June 21, 2010

Even so, come, Lord Jesus

ταχύ - tachu (takh-oo'); quickly, speedily (without delay)

Revelation 22:20 – He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

11:59:59. That is the hour in which we live, Christian. We are not living in the last days, not by any means; we are living in the last seconds of the last days. So swiftly approaching is the midnight hour, the beginning of the end, and I am concerned that many Christians will be caught off guard not watching, not waiting, and not working. This is all-too-often the story of the modern church, and this text reflects Christ’s warning to churches that are asleep.

It is a fundamental law of biblical interpretation that when you see a repetitive word or phrase, you must put heavy emphasis upon it, for God desires to drive a truth deep into our hearts. We have here three times in one chapter Jesus telling the church, not sinners, “Behold, I come quickly” (22:7, 12, 20). We must say then, that God is deeply concerned about our lack of watching for Him. This verse tells us that, emphatically, Christ is coming again sooner than we think. And in light of this, there are two calls to the church: repent and witness. To help us with this text, we look also to 2 Peter 3:10-14 which says:
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
Christian, the primary application of this verse is to be ready for His coming. Be found blameless before God, spotless, without wrinkle, walking in holiness, obedient to His word, always in prayer. When the Master comes, let Him find us ever-diligent, studying the Scriptures, working out our salvation with much fear and trembling. Do not allow the false teachers fill your heart with "damnable heresies" (2 Peter 2:1), but stay obedient to the Word of God, in much prayer, walking in holiness. This is the only way to be ready for Him! Let us take the necessary time, even right now, to fall down on our knees in confession and repentance, forsaking sin and running toward obedience. This is the first step to successful witnessing and evangelism.

The secondary application is the result of obeying the primary application: If we fix our eyes on Christ, praying always, keeping his imminent return in the forefront of our hearts, walking in holiness and righteousness, and obeying the full Word of God, it naturally produces evangelism.

It is a foregone conclusion, an irreversible consequence; Christ regenerates us, and as we obey the Word of God and walk in holiness and obedience, God brings an overflow of love into our hearts and we cannot help but share the gospel (1 Cor. 9:16). The man of God sees death all around him; lifeless, hopeless, helpless dead men and having known the deep love and grace of Christ, he gives his life to proclaiming on the streets and the rooftops, “I have found life! You may find it too!”

Time is short and the final trumpet call is just mere milliseconds away. Saints, let us be found blameless, watching, praying, repenting, evangelizing and exhorting others to follow Christ as we watch, wait, and anticipate the return of our glorious King Jesus.

Today's post is written by Joshua Van Geersdaele.

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