Why God Emphasizes Christ’s Return

We should all try to live blameless lives that encourage others to come to Christ up until His second coming.

Therefore, if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4

Because we live bound by time, eternity is a hard concept to grasp. Nevertheless, Paul reminds us to set our minds on heavenly things rather than earthly ones. And keeping Christ’s return at the forefront of our mind helps us do this. Then, as we live each day, we’ll be reminded to consider the eternal impact of our choices.

Realizing that Jesus could return at any time keeps the church focused. We have the responsibility to share the gospel widely so that salvations will multiply. Believers and the church as a whole should want to take along as many people as possible into eternity.

Remembering Christ’s return also has a purifying effect because it motivates us to abstain from sin and live righteously (1 John 3:2-3). We want “to be found spotless and blameless by Him” when He returns (2 Peter 3:14).

There is great comfort in knowing that one day we will be free from sin and its consequences—and we’ll live in a perfect environment, with our Lord reigning as King over the entire earth. So we say, “Come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).

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