Thursday, September 26, 2013

THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST

TEXT: Daniel 7:13; Matt 25:31-33; John 14:1-6; Luke 12:40; 1 Thess 1:10; Jude 14; James 5:7-8; 1 Corinthians 15:23-28; 2 Peter 3:10-13; 2 Tim 4:7; Rev 22:20

Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

 The second coming of Christ is the great event that will wind up this present age. Unlike the first coming of Christ which was in humiliation, the second coming will be glorious Rev. 22:12, 2 Thess 1:10. In Matthew 24:27. The Bible states "for as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the son of man be.

The second coming of Christ which is also referred to as the second advent and the rapture of the Saints are two different and distinct events.

At the time of the rapture, Jesus Christ will come as the bridegroom to take unto Himself a holy and pure bride. Whereas at the second coming, He comes back with the Bride to rule the nations and set up His millennial Kingdom.     

WHAT THE SECOND COMING IS NOT
To eliminate a general confusion, what the second coming is not: 
  • The rapture - 1 Corinthians 15:51-52
  • The Holy Spirit - Acts 1:8
  • The New Birth - Acts 3:19
  • Vision nor trance - Eyes shall Him Rev 1:7
  • Death - Rev 6:8
HOW HE WILL COME
  • He will descend with a shout , with the voice of the archangel and with trump of God, Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thess 4:16.
  • In the clouds - Matthew 24:30
  • In the glory of His Father - Matthew 16:27
  • In His glory - Matt 24:31
  • In flaming Fire - 2 Thessalonians 1:7
  • With the power and great glory - Matt 24:30
THE PURPOSE OF HIS COMING
  • To complete the Salvation of the Saints - Heb 9:28
  • To be glorified in His saints - 1 Thess 1:10
  • To judge - 2 Timothy 4:1
  • To reign - Revelations 11:15
  • To destroy death 1 Corinthians 15:25-26
  • To pull down rebellion on earth
  • To remove everlasting bondage
  • To bind satan and his angels
  • To bring universe peace
  • To establish the throne of David
  • To deliver Israel
  • To establish a universal Kingdom
  • To judge the living nations - Matt 25:31-34
  • To execute judgement on the ungodly - Jude 1:15
  • To receive His people - John 14:1-3
  • To destroy God's enemies - Rev 19:11
  • To reward each person according to his work - Matt 16:27 
The second coming of the Lord is sure. It is one of the fundamental doctrines of the Christians faith. You must prepare yourself so that you will be counted worthy at His appearance. Are you ready for the coming of the Lord? Prepare to meet the Lord.

Prayer point:
Holy Spirit, fill my heart and prepare me for the coming of the Lord, in Jesus name.

God bless you
Pastor Edith

SELF-CLEANSING

TEXT: Hebrew 10:19-23

"Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God" 2 Corinthians 7:1.

God's desire is that His people will be clean outwardly and inwardly, Zechariah 3:4, 1 Thessalonians 5:23. He loves those whose hearts and lives are perfect towards Him and have made adequate provision for their all round cleansing, Heb 10:22. In Psalm 51:7, David prayed for God's cleansing. We also have a crucial role to play in this matter. It is our prayer that we will be blessed as we examine the issue of self-cleansing today, in Jesus name, Amen!!

WHAT IS SELF-CLEANSING?

Self-cleansing is a conscious and decisive effort put in by man to purge himself of all filthiness, 2 Corinthians 1:7, in order to become whole and acceptable to God, through the help of the Holy Spirit. In involves a thorough sanitation of a life whose filth has been revealed through the mirror of God's word. It is a renewal of ones mind Romans 12:2. 
It is putting away evil deeds, Isaiah 1:16, wickedness of the heart and impure thoughts, Jeremiah 4:14. It is giving no room for sin n one's life, Rom 6:12.

HOW CAN A MAN CLEANSE HIMSELF?

It is absolutely true that we are purged and cleansed through the shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, Heb 9:14 and 22.
However, the Bible raises a fundamental question in Psalm 119:9, "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?" The Bible also provides the answers, "...by taking heed thereto according to thy word." Having identified the grey areas in your life, take necessary steps to adjust and make changes. This will show that you fear God. 
Lay aside weights and besetting sins, Heb 12:1. 
Steer clear of the appearances of evil , 1 Thess 5:22.
Wash thoroughly in the water of God's word, Eph 5:26; Ezek 36:25; Heb 10:22.
Mortify the deeds of the flesh, Rom 8:13; Col. 3:5 and draw near to God James 4:8.

Self -Cleansing makes us honorable and useful vessels, 2 Timothy 2:21. It is essential for those that have the hope of eternal life with Jesus, 1 John 3:3. It provides a platform to appear before God blameless and to obtain answers to prayers, Heb 10:22; 4:6.

God bless you.

Pastor Edith