“He’s Coming For His Bride”

Posted: May 11, 2021 in Uncategorized

It’s Imminent. Perhaps Today! That would be wonderful for those Christians who make up the true Church that becomes Christ’s Bride at the Rapture (Ephesians 5:32; Revelation 22:17), but not for those who are merely “professing Christians,” or for the Old Testament believers. (See Daniel 12:2, 12; 1 Corinthians 15:20-24) So, what’s keeping Jesus Christ from coming back for her? Let’s find out.

The Church’s Origin. It began on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) about 2,000 years ago. This was 50 days after Passover when Jesus was crucified. Since that day God has been adding true Christians to “His Church” from every tongue, tribe, and nation (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8; 2:47). It is made up of a specific number of people known only to God. Jesus said, “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out” (John 6:37).

How Are People Saved? We are saved by believing in Christ alone, through the Gospel. The Apostle Paul wrote, “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). “…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved…” (Acts 16:31). “For by grace [unmerited favor] you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Merely knowing the facts, and giving mental assent to them won’t save anyone. There must be a transfer of faith and trust from ourselves and our good works over to Christ alone who can save us. Have you done this yet? If not, why not right now?

Good Works. Not only is it necessary for all these people to be saved before Christ returns, they also need to do some praiseworthy works that God planned for us to do. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). On Judgment Day, for New Testament Christians, Jesus Christ, the righteous Judge, will find something praiseworthy in every true Christian (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5). Sadly, not every Christian will receive all the crowns, rewards, and praise from God that were intended for him/her (Revelation 3:11). What about you? Would you like to learn more about these things? If so, ask.

Problem. Maybe you’ve been saved from the penalty of sin (Romans 8:1), but you haven’t yet presented/yielded your body to God as a living sacrifice for Him to use you for His glory and for the good of others (Romans 12:1, 2). Is He your Lord/Master (1 Peter 3:15)? Jesus said, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another” [with God’s quality of agape love] (John 15:16, 17; 1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13, 22, 23). We can’t do this unless we are “filled with the Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). We must not be “grieving” (Ephesians 5:30), or “quenching” (1 Thessalonians 5:19) Him. Are you doing these things? If so, confess your sins to God and claim His forgiveness (1 John 1:9; See James 5:16).

Fruit. Such spiritual fruit might involve our having and displaying a Christlike character (2 Peter 1:5-8; Galatians 5:22, 23), a life characterized by good works (Colossians 1:10), being a faithful witness (Romans 1:13; 1 Corinthians 16:15), a pair of lips that praise God (Hebrews 13:15, 16), and generous giving (Romans 15:28; Philippians 4:17). (See Dr. Charles Ryrie, So Great Salvation, p. 50)

Effects . Those believers who love and anticipate Christ’s imminent return in the Rapture (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) will live differently. It’s called “The Blessed Hope” because it makes us happy (Titus 2:13). It’s called a “Comforting Hope” for Christians who have had believing loved ones taken from us in death (1 Thessalonians 4:18). It’s a “Purifying Hope” because it will motivate believers not to be engaged in anything that would be displeasing to Christ (1 John 3:2, 3; See 2 Corinthians 5:9, 10). It’s also a “Sure Hope” because it is based on the immutable promises of God rather than the wishful thinking of men (John 14:1-3).

Help. If you’re not sure that you’re truly saved, or if you lack assurance of salvation, or need additional information, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, please SHARE it with others.

The Believers’ Hope – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/the-believers-hope/

After The Rapture – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/the-order-of-coming-events-2/

Lordship Salvation – https://www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2011/03/what-is-wrong-with-lordship-salvation.html

Scripture verses taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

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