Joy in Jesus’ Coming


Joy in Jesus’ Coming seems obvious. One would think he/she would be overjoyed about Jesus’ return for the rapture. The rapture is when Jesus returns to take those who trusted in Him as Savior and Lord to be with Him forever. Those words, to be with Him forever, should be encouraging enough, but there is more in our text, 1 Thessalonians 2:17-20, today.

17 But, brothers, when we were torn away from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. 18 For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan stopped us. 19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? 20 Indeed, you are our glory and joy.

The entire purpose of our ministry of reconciliation is to participate in God’s plan in not counting men’s sins against them. Beyond our character being conformed to the likeness of Christ, God will be evaluating and rewarding the believer for his/her involvement in people being reconciled to Him.

The soul of man is exceedingly important to God. He became incarnate to die to restore relationship between God and man. What is the question when we stand before God? I “For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? 20 Indeed, you are our glory and joy.”

The Reformation Study Bible states “Christ’s coming is presented as the time when the outcome of our works of faith is disclosed. Paul’s joy and crown at that day will be his beloved spiritual children, those converted under his ministry (2 Cor. 1:14; Phil. 2:16).” This is why we must take our ministry of reconciliation seriously. God wants to add more joy to our eternal lives by having souls in heaven associated with our work for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Do you want to experience Joy in Jesus’ Coming? First, you must give your life to Jesus as Savior and Lord in order to be raptured. Next, you must be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Lastly, you must give yourself fully to the ministry of reconciliation as Paul states in 1 Thessalonians 2:17-20.

 

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