What Are We Waiting For?

We should be patiently waiting for our Lord’s return.

Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” – James 5:7-8 (NKJV)

There is no getting around the doctrine of our Lord’s long-awaited return. Every New Testament author mentions it as a certain future event. The New Testament’s 260 chapters and 7959 verses are packed with 318 references to the future coming of Jesus – or one out of every 25 verses.

All too often this belief becomes a point of argument.  We might better spend our time in application.  An attitude of expectation characterized the early church. May that same joyful hope be a central part of our faith, leading us to live pure and holy lives as we await that moment when we will be eternally transformed.

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” – 1 John 3:2-3 (NKJV)

Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.” – Matthew 24:42 (NKJV)

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