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Anticipating Messiahs Return

The Messiah's coming at the Rapture doesn't just involve the future - it affects the way we live here and now, or at least it should. Some of the ways our lives should be different when we live in anticipation of Messiah's imminent return are as follows:

1). It should have a purifying influence on our lives (1 Thess. 5:23; 1 John 3:3).

2). It should burden us to pray and work for the salvation of the lost (Gen. 19:14; Ezek. 33:6; Jude 21-23).

3). It should encourage us to persevere in spite of persecution and trial (Rom. 8:18; 2 Cor. 4:17; 1 Thess. 4:13-18).

4). It should make us reduce our holdings of material possessions; their value declines as His coming approaches (Lev. 25:8-10, 14-16).

5). It should constrain us to apologize to anyone we have wronged and to make restitution where necessary (Matt. 5:24; James 5:16).

6). It should inspire us to diligent service knowing that the night is coming when no one can work (John 9:4; 1 Thess. 1:9, 10a).

7). It should keep us in the attitude of expectancy (Luke 12:36) and abiding in Him so we will not be ashamed before Him at His coming (1 John 2:28).

8). It should make us bold to confess the Messiah (Mark 8:38; Luke 9:26).

9). It should prove to be a comforting hope (John 14:1-3, 28; 1 Thess. 4:18; 2 Thess. 1:7; 2 Tim. 2:12).

10). It should be an encouragement to moderation, gentleness, and sweet reasonableness (Phil. 4:5).

11). It should be a motive for unity and love (1 Thess. 3:12, 13).

12). It should encourage an otherworldly attitude (Col. 3: 1-4).

13). It should be a reminder of coming review and reward (Rom. 14: 10-12; 1 Cor. 3:11-15; 2 Cor. 5:10).

14). It should be used as a powerful appeal in preaching the gospel (Acts 3:19-21; Rev. 3:3).


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Always look forward to the coming of Messiah.


Messianic Perspectives, Jan/Feb 2009 Referencing Believers Bible Commentary by William MacDonald.
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