Preparation For Christ’s Coming
By Otto Stockmayer (1838 – 1917)
The church of God is being awakened now as never before to the expectation of the Lord’s Coming, but one hears little about the preparation for His Coming. It is to them that wait for Him that the Lord will come a second time, apart from sin, unto salvation (Heb. 9:28), and they who have this hope set on Him purify themselves even as He is pure (1 John 3:3). If they do not purify themselves, their hope is not a living and a real hope; they are deceiving themselves; they will not be ready to receive Him, and they will be “ashamed before Him at His coming” (1 John 2:28). He will – He must – have a Bride without blemish, a people thoroughly sanctified by the Holy Ghost, without reproach, “kept” (1 Pet. 1:5), at His coming. We speak in vain of the redemption of the body and of the coming of the Lord if we have not gone through sanctification.