Devotion for December 2012

The Wonderful Analogy

I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have so that no one can take away your crown,(Rev 3:11).

In light of the expectations of the prophets the Second Advent of Christ can be seen as a coin with two sides. One side is viewed as the anticipation of God’s wrath inflicted on the ungodly and unrepentant sinners,(Isa 64:5b-7). Another side reminds of the teaching of God’s infinite love and kindness toward people who look for Him and who love His Son, (Isa 65:8-10; Joh 14:21; Jas 2:5).

As we look for a close analogy to Jesus’ promise to come back to us, we find it in the writing of the apostle Paul to the church of Corinth. In this letter the apostle pledged to come back, (1Cor 4:16). However, there were some Christians in Corinth who thought that Paul would never return (1Co 4:18); so, some contemporary adherents of Christianity also do not believe in the Second Advent of Jesus or they believe that it has already happened.

Paul, as a good-hearted leader, wished to return to the church with Christ’s grace and peace. Based on the testimony of his friends, Paul heard that the Christians in Corinth had received the Holy Spirit. On hearing this fact the apostle joyfully expressed Jesus’ wish that the vessels of the Holy Spirit ought to be worthy of their election; that is to say, now they are called to stay away from adultery, sexual immorality, greediness, drunkenness and so forth, (1Co 5:11). The apostle offered himself as a model worthy to be imitated. “I urge you,” he wrote, “be imitators of me,”(4:16). Paul urged Christians to live godly lives. Paul named several areas in which the believers needed to show a progress in order to be congruent with Christ’s teaching of righteousness.

The next analogy between Jesus and Paul’s Advents is found where the apostle promised the Corinthians to come soon, if the Lord wills, (1Co 4:19). Then he challenged the Corinthians with a question, “What do you wish? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?” (4:21). This verse sounds similar to the teaching of the Second Advent of Christ which can be seen with Paul’s advent to Corinth. Apparently, Paul didn’t want to come with a rod, so far Jesus doesn’t yet want to come to us with an iron rod, (Rev 19:15). Paul expressed his desire to come to the community of believers with love in a spirit of gentleness, in same way our Lord Jesus Christ, (Rev 3:20).

Yes, since Christ has not come yet, it’s still a promise; and our living hope is that he will come to us as the King of peace as it was shown by the symbolic act of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey (Mar 11:7). For now, we are to show love, gentleness and mercy to others as we anticipate the Advent of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

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