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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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January 21, 2014 - Glorious Hope of the Church

By Mrs. Max Johnson

The first coming of Christ saw the beginning of the Church. The Second Coming will bring its purpose to full consummation.

Much has been said regarding the time and manner of our Lord's second advent that has hidden the main issue — that of applying the glorious hope to the present situation. Looking into the future, Peter voiced this: "Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness (2 Peter 3:11, KJV).

A Purifying Hope
"And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure" (1 John 3:3). We are exhorted to "live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world" (Titus 2:11-13) and to exhibit godly character. We are constantly reminded to be clean at His appearing (2 Peter 3:14; Ephesians 5:25-27). God grant that the Church may be free of spot and wrinkle on that great and blessed day.

A Strengthening Hope
Urging us to action, the apostolic injunctions are ever pointing to the coming of the Lord. We are exhorted to watch for (Mark 13:33), look for (Hebrews 9:28), and to love His appearing (2 Timothy 4:8). While the day of grace remains, we are to labor zealously in the ministry of the Word and an all-out effort of evangelism (John 9:4). Night follows the Rapture; hence the Church's opportunity ends.

A Consoling Hope
To those who have suffered persecution from early times to the present, this hope has been a source of power. Here we see the ultimate victory of the Church against whom no enemy shall prevail. To this suffering world of physical pain, great losses, severe temptations, the future is glowing with the prospect of the coming King with all His glory. The bereaved have a sure promise of a resurrection (1 Thessalonians 4:16). To the living at His coming there is the assurance of immediate union with Christ (v. 17). "Wherefore comfort one another with these words" (v. 18).

A Stabilizing Hope
The Blessed Hope is practical for everyday living. It keeps us awake in those areas in which we are most likely to go to sleep. It gives us strength in discouragement and prods us on to greater zeal when we grow lazy. It gives proper direction and meaning to all that is really important in our personal lives and in our Christian service. It keeps us looking up with our affections on things above rather than on the earthly and temporal.

"Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:13).

— "Glorious Hope of the Church" originally appeared in the July 9, 1967, Pentecostal Evangel.

 

 

 

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