“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6
What a refreshing message this must have been to the church at Philippi, to hear of Paul’s confidence in the fact that Jesus was both the “author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2). This confirms with them and us too, that there is not only a “day” in which we receive Christ, where we are; but also a day in which Christ will receive us to be where he is (John 14:3)!
“That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.” 2 Thessalonians 2:2
We should not be “soon shaken” or “troubled” by the “day of Christ”, we just need to be reminded that it is “at hand” and be prepared for it! This “day of Christ” is a reference to what some have rightly called “the rapture”, after the Latin word raeptius / raptus / rapere / raptum; meaning to be “caught up” (1 Thessalonians 4:17). This age-old belief, that Christ will one day mysteriously call out / catch up his own, has also been called “that blessed hope”.
“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;” Titus 2:13
Do you currently have “hope” beyond this life? If the last trump were to sound today and the graves of believers released their occupants, would you follow them to be with the Lord? If so, are you being confirmed and held “blameless” and “without offense” through participation in a local church?
· “Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 1:8
· “That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.” Philippians 1:10
One can only imagine what it will be like to one day be going about the business of this life, then “in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump” (1 Corinthians 15:52), every Christian that ever lived or is alive at that moment will be in the very presence of Jesus Christ physically! Wow, that thought stirs my soul with two emotions, partly with abundant joy to be with my Lord, and partly with deep sorrow for those that will be left behind. Christian, we need to keep “holding forth the word of life” and offering it to others as we would a lifesaver to a drowning man.
“Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.” Philippians 2:16
Friend, the Bible says, “the coming of the Lord draweth nigh” (James 5:8), are you ready? When the role is called up yonder, will you be there? Has your name been written in the “Lamb’s book of life” (Revelation 21:27) yet? Don’t procrastinate any longer, “make your calling and election sure” (2 Peter 1:10), because when he comes, he will come “quickly” / suddenly, and it will be too late…
“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” Revelation 22:20