Purpose of this Session
When these truths are internalised, not just analysed, they have a supernatural power to transform an individual from the inside out. In the light of Christ’s imminent return the born again believer will regulate their life with eternity in mind, not being bound by a temporal mindset.
The doctrine of Christ’s coming:
1. Is a comfort and purifying hope, which encourages the believer to holy living. (1 John 3:2-3; Rom. 8:20-25; Titus 2:13; 2 Pet. 3:9-13)
2. Is called to remembrance every time a believer partakes of communion. The Church is to do this “until He Come”. (1 Cor.11:23-32; Mat. 26:26-29)
3. Challenges the believer to watchfulness and prayer. (Mat 24:42-44; 25:13; Luke 21:34-36)
4. Challenges the believer to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit through fellowship and prayer, expecting and watching for the Bridegroom (Matt 25:1-13)
5. Encourages the believers to faithfully employ their God given talents in the increase of the Kingdom (Mat. 25:14-30).
6. Causes the believer to be spiritually alert in anticipation of His soon return (Mark 13:32-37)
7. Encourages the believer in times of trial and persecution. (Heb.10:32-37; 2 Tim.2:12; James 5:7-8)
8. Stirs the Church to evangelism, seeking the salvation of as many as possible before the end of the age (Mat.13:24-30,36-43)
The Second Coming of Christ is a key doctrine of the Scriptures, and the fulfilment of the many prophesies concerning it are fundamental to understanding the whole of the redemptive plan and story. The signs of our times indicate that we are indeed in the days of Christ’s imminent return, and as such should be watchful and prayerful, that we will be ready when He does.
His return is the great hope of the church, causing our hearts to be set apart for Him, as a bride awaiting her betrothed husband is set apart until his arrival. Our hearts are burning with love for Christ, and the closeness of His second advent amplifies the desire of the Bridal Church’s cry for His presence, and longing for the world to come into the called out community.
Together with John, and even in the sure knowledge of difficulty and tribulation, we cry together, “Even so, Come Lord Jesus”.
““And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”
And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!”
(Revelation 22:12-13, 17, 20 NKJV)