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The Second Coming – Incentive To Holy Living

     Scripture associates the Second Coming of Christ with sanctification in seven aspects:

     1.  Repentance.  “…Ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; and to wait for His Son from heaven…” (1 Thes. 1:9-10).

     2.  Hope.  “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?” (1 Thes. 2:19).

     3.  Blamelessness.  “To the end He may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints” (1 Thes. 3:13).

     4.  Comfort.  “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (1 Thes. 4:17-18).

     5.  Sanctification.  “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thes. 5:23).

     6.  Stability. “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto Him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind…” (2 Thes. 2:1-2).

     7.  Patience. “And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ” (2 Thes. 3:5).

    The study of the foregoing passages goes far to show that the Apostle Paul regarded the attitude of watchful waiting for the Second Coming of Christ as a practical sanctifying power – no foolish dream, but a real everyday power and incentive to a holy life.

    – J. Townsend, from Life Indeed.