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Living in Light of Christ Return

Part I

Text: 1 Thess. 5:1-11

Key Concepts:

  • Hope in God abounds even in times of trials and hardships.
  • Have you a place to hide from the Day of the Lord?
  • Are you appointed to God’s wrath or the Church’s Rapture?
  • Are you of the darkness or of light?

 

Hope in God abounds even in times of trials and hardships

The Covid-19 pandemic is truly a challenging time to live in. This situation has undoubtedly given us the opportunity to reaffirm our belief in God. For some it is an experience that crushes their hope and faith. For others, it is a question of whether they had any faith to start with. It has been encouraging to be reminded of the Rapture of the Church, the blessed hope of the saints, the promise of the resurrection. In truth, nothing provides greater comfort than to know that this is not the end; this is not a hopeless situation. Our blessed trust in the Lord and His promise to come and gather His flock to Himself has brought us much reassurance, especially to those who are mourning loved ones. There is no greater comfort, nor therapeutic intervention, nor medication that can bring the level of reassurance we find in the Word of God. No, we are not afflicted as those who have no hope. In the midst of our pain and suffering our blessed hope prevails.

Have you a place to hide from the Day of the Lord?

Paul, to clarify Eschatological events for the Thessalonians (1 Thess. 5:1), expended on the prophecy of the Rapture of the Church and the Day of the Lord. He did this to reassure the believers, as Christians should draw hope from rather than worry about the signs of the return of Christ. The apostle is not referring to a regular 24hr day since the series of events he described cannot happen in a day but a period of time. Paul did not want the Thessalonians to be ignorant nor confused about these things. Indeed, there is difference between the Tribulation (7 years of God’s wrath) and tribulations (daily hardships that everybody goes through). The Day of Lord is what follows the Rapture of the Church. It is a series of events that will characterize the Tribulation after which Christ will establish His millennial kingdom, the judgment will follow, then the end of the world as we know it.

Are you appointed to God’s wrath or the Church’s Rapture?

What is the Day of the Lord? The Day of the Lord is a cruel and terrifying time of judgment for the unredeemed world (Is. 13: 6-11, 2:12, Eze. 20:33, 39, Dan. 9, 11). If you have not yet accepted Christ, now is the time to make a decision. If you are already a believer, then fret not. God has scheduled this for his enemies. It will be no accident. God will even turn nature against them. There will be catastrophe upon devastation, the sun and moon will be darkened. There will no place on this earth to hide, nowhere in this world will be untouched. He will set His anger loose against wickedness, evil, and iniquity. It will sneak up, as a thief in the night, on the proud, the arrogant, those who have rejected God, those who think they can live without a care for their soul and the consequences of their sins. The believers will not be around to experience this. Those who have already accepted the lordship of Christ, cannot be part of that day. Judgment will come for those who rejected the Messiah, the savior of the world, Jews and gentiles alike.  This is the day of God’s vengeance against His foes.

Are you of the darkness or of light?

If you are a child of God, you will avoid the Day of the Lord because the Rapture happens first (I Thess. 5: 9); for believers are not appointed to God’s righteous wrath. Christ paid our dues; the wrath of God fell on Him at the Cross on our account.  We are now appointed to God’s salvation, to thrive eternally in His presence. This is our blessed hope. If the pandemic were God’s judgment or the end of the world, no Christians would be afflicted or die from it. We would not be here for it. This is not the first pandemic. Human beings have faced pandemics before. There might be more to come. But, the Day of Lord is undeniably God’s judgment upon the unbelieving world. There will be no warning, just like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah. God’s judgment, like a thunderstorm, will interrupt life-as-usual. It will be sudden. The world will be caught unawares, but it is not so for those “are not in darkness” (1 Thess. 5:5). One may be in darkness due to lack of knowledge, or due to an obscured heart (not cured by intellectual knowledge). However, believers are given the Holy Spirit who teaches and enables us to understand the Word and things of God. There is also the issue of moral darkness, which is the side effect of a heart of darkness. What is the condition of your heart? 

In conclusion…

Paul reminds the Thessalonians that they were made children of light because they had embraced Christ, the light of the world. Truly, your actions will determine the type of darkness you live in. Without the evidence of true light in your life, you may deceive yourself. There is always proof of either light or darkness in one’s life. What differentiates your life from those who live in darkness? It is your personal relationship with Christ and the indications that your life was transformed from sin to righteousness, from corruption to holiness, and from darkness into light. If your life is characterized by spiritual, and moral darkness or that of the heart, coming to church and getting involved in activities will not spare you from the wrath to come. Repentance towards God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only way to avoid the Day of the Lord. It is not just an act, but also a radical transformation that can turn you from the darkness into the light, from idols to the only true living God. If you care nothing for your soul, you will be surprised by the Day of the Lord. Paul notes two groups of people, two characteristics, responses, and destinies, wrath vs. Rapture, where will you be? How do you know where you belong? The evidence is in your life, the Spirit of God testifies to our spirits that we are children of God (Rom. 8:16). We, believers, anticipate the Master’s second return eagerly.

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