Like the whole subject of death and resurrection, the return of Christ contains many, many areas of which we are not aware. Yet, many areas are readily available to those who believe.
Let’s look at areas of which we can be certain.
First, Christ will return to the earth to gather His own. That gathering will also be a separating of the saved from the lost or as Jesus put it the wheat from the tares.
Recently, I wrote about the gathering of atheists in Washington, D.C. in March. At that time I said something which offended many atheists–I called them lost. I meant to convey my sorrow and did not mean to offend.
Lost is an appropriate word. If the return of Christ is true and certain as the Word of God indicates, the return of Christ will be a time when those apart from the promises of God will experience lostness–the sense that everything of value is lost. They will experience the sorrow of separation from God first and then everything of goodness as well.
Second, we will be given a resurrection body. This body will be imperishable and immortal. It will no longer be subject to weakness and decay.
Third, the defeat of death will finally be revealed to all. At that point, the saying from the Old Testament will be assured: “death has been swallowed up in victory.” Truly, there will no more tears, no more sorrow, no more grieving. As we rise to meet the Lord, will we be taunting death? “O death, where is your sting?” Death will no longer have its sting.
Fourth, sin will have lost its power. In the resurrection, sin will have no power over us. For the first time ever, we will be free from the sin of Adam. No wonder at this point Paul broke out in thanksgiving to God: “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Finally, for all of these reasons we know that our labor for God has eternal meaning. Thanks be to God who gives us the victory!
If you would like to receive my daily posts, you can subscribe to waylonbailey.com at the top of the page. Simply type in your email address, and click subscribe. It’s free and easy. When you receive a return email, confirm your desire to subscribe by clicking on the link.
Waylonbailey.com is my ministry across the Internet. I would appreciate your subscribing and also forwarding this and other posts to your friends. Thank you!