The Coming Of The Lord: A Practical Hope
The early Church thrilled with the expectancy of Christ’s imminent coming. Yet, who would accuse those virile evangelicals of being visionaries who dreamed away their days waiting for the coming of the Lord? The most successful evangelists, the godliest of God’s saints, have been men and women whose souls longed for, and firmly believed in the coming again of the Lord from heaven.
Paul, that amazing apostle, that outstandingly successful evangelist, and the leader of the Church’s theological thought, swept unweariedly over continents in his search for souls, and the driving thought in his prodigious labors was the shortness of time in view of the coming of the Lord from heaven.
John, the beloved disciple, who leaned on the Master’s breast, whose Gospel and the epistles breathe forth the fragrance of the divine love, lays the utmost stress on the purifying hope of the coming of the Lord. "He that hath this hope within him, purifieth himself even as He is pure" (1 John 3:3). In this hope is contained the completion of our glorious salvation. "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is" (1 John 3:2).
Peter, the firebrand, bold as a lion, tender as a woman, keeps ever to the fore his confidence in the coming again of the Lord from heaven. Note how intensely he refutes the scoffing of the unbelievers who teach the permanence of all things (2 Pet. 3:3-12).
Let us rouse ourselves. The Lord is at hand! Time is short! Let us speed the message of the evangel lest we should be as those servants who said: "Our Lord delayeth His coming" (Matt. 24:48), and in the midst of their slumber were roused to greet the Lord whom they had so unfaithfully served.