“Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall
give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” (2 Tim. 4:8)
“…them also that love his appearing.” For many years I thought that this expression referred to those
believers who had kindly, sentimental feelings about the coming of the Lord. They would be rewarded with a
crown of righteousness because their hearts glowed warm when they thought about the Rapture.
But surely it means more than this. To love His appearance means to live in the light of His coming, to
behave as if He were coming today.
Thus, to love His appearing means to live in moral purity. For, as John reminds us, “every man that hath
this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure” (1 John 3:3).
It means to stay disentangled from the things of this life. We should set our affections on things above, not
on things on the earth (Col. 3:2).
It means to serve God’s people, giving them “meat in due season” (Matt. 24:45). The Lord pronounces a
special blessing on those who are doing that when He comes.
In short, it means that we won’t do anything that we would not want to be found doing when He appears.
We would not go anywhere that would cause shame at His coming. We would not say anything that would
be offensive in His presence.
If you knew Christ were coming in a week, how would you spend the intervening days? Does it mean you
would give up your job, go to a mountaintop and spend all day reading the Bible and praying? Does it mean
you would go into “full-time Christian work,” preaching and teaching day and night?
If we are really walking with the Lord today and living in the center of His will, it would mean carrying on as
usual. If, however, we are living for self, then it would require some revolutionary changes.
It is not enough to have kind thoughts about the Savior’s return. The crown of righteousness is reserved
for those who love it enough to let the truth mold their lives. It is not enough to hold the truth about His
coming; the truth must hold us.
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TO BE ANNOUNCED
Below is a meditation written, by Mr. William MacDonald. 1917-2007
Phil Dossett will be the Speaker at our 11 A.M.
Family Bible Hour on Sunday, September 21, 2014.
Phil and his wife Anne are the parents of four
grown children. Their son Mark and his wife Karen
served as missionaries in Vienna, Austria for
many years. Phil serves as an elder and Sunday
school teacher of one of our adult elective
classes, currently studying 2nd Peter. He and
Anne have fellowshipped at Grace Bible Chapel
since the mid 1950s.