Our post this morning summarizes some of what I have learned and will teach on at Cedar Valley Bible Church’s “Second Coming Conference” (November 16-17) in Iowa. We have thought through three prophetic texts: I Thessalonians 4:13-18, 2 Peter 3:1-18, and I John 3:1-10.
From I Thessalonians 4:13-18 we have seen how the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus ought to encourage our hearts! Prophetic material in the Bible is given, not simply to inform us about the future, but to form us in the present. The practical present application in I Thessalonians 4:13-18 is found in verse 18 which read, “Therefore encourage one another with these words.”
In our second text, 2 Peter 3:1-18, we have seen the theme of final judgment. In the light of God’s certain judgment in the future, Peter gives several specific present challenges to the believer. The believer is told, “Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming” (vv. 11-12). Peter also commands the Jesus-follower with these words: “So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him” (v. 14). Lastly, Peter warns his readers (since they have been forewarned) to “be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position” (v. 17). They are then challenged to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever!” (v. 18).
In our third text, I John 3:1-10 the biblical writer lays out several practical implications for the HERE and NOW as he teaches about our ultimate glorification. In contemplating the truth that we will see the Lord Jesus and will be made like Him, John states plainly: “All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure” (v. 3). He then gives several specific challenges about turning away from SIN.
Linda and I just held a church service aboard the river cruise ship! Thanks for praying for us!