04/22/12 The Promise of His Coming!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 Under: Sermon
Text: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11 (NKJV)

13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words. 1 But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. 2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 3 For when they say, "Peace and safety!" then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. 8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. 11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.

“And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” 1 John 3:3 (NKJV)

Application: His coming gives us urgency for Holiness

Intro: Promises

You promised, have you heard that a time or two? Have you promised someone something? Did the promise come through or were you disappointed? Have you been on the receiving end? Have you been on the sending end of the promise?

In are text today He is sending a promise and He delivers. Jesus Christ delivers; He has parted the Seas, He has freed the captive, He has fed the hungry, He has clothed the naked, He has brought sight to the blind, he has healed the lepers, He has raised the dead, and if He has said He is coming back He is coming back and coming back soon!

1. A Comforting Promise: 4:18 “Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

What is a thief? One who steals something that does not belong to them. One guilty of theft! Is it possible that there are some thief’s in the church today. Are some of you robbing yourself of eternal peace and security because in your pride and stubbornness you don’t what to do the work that goes into a relationship with Christ? But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. The light of Christ comforts and darkness convicts or it needs too. Are you convicted?

John 14:1-3 (NKJV) "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

We are assured a reunion with loved ones. The promise relieves fears of destruction by nuclear holocaust. This comforting promise reaffirms that God is sovereignly in control of universe. It declares that Christ’s kingdom will yet triumph. It affirms that Satan will ultimately be defeated. It announces that some will not have to experience death. The believer will never experience a second death. The promise of His coming should be comforting.

2. A Cautioning Promise: 5:1-3

“But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. 2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 3 For when they say, "Peace and safety!" then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.”

I don’t believe we are to “play games with prophecy”: The Bible makes it very clear we can’t and aren’t to know when Christ is coming. The scriptures make it very clear; “the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night” There are no signs of His coming of any kind. The next event in the prophetic timetable is the rapture. The rapture may occur at any moment. We who are alive and remain shall be caught up (raptured).

We are not to know when it will take place. Thus there can’t be any signs of it. No one knows exactly how the historic details fit the overall picture. There may be time after rapture before tribulation. Things can happen very fast and without much warning. All attempts to identify signs to this point have proved wrong—which doesn’t stop the speculation. Such teaching/preaching tends to make Word of God an object of curiosity which it is not. Such teaching causes us to waste time which might better be spent on other things (“why stand ye gazing up?”).

Acts 1:11 (NKJV) “Who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven."

3. A Challenging Promise: 5:4-8

“But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. 8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.”

The hope of second coming (if it is more than speculation) should produce a response in the believer. I need to make sure you hear my opinion “He is coming back!” It produces personal holiness: 1 John 3:3 (NKJV) “And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”

- We will be concerned for the state in which we will meet Him.
- We will deal with issues of Biblical holiness, not just outward appearances. Holiness is a matter of the heart.
- Any concern with prophecy that doesn’t result in an increase in Biblical holiness is merely curiosity. There is a children’s program on television whose main character’s name is Curious George, this George is a monkey, a very curious monkey. It is through his curiosity that this character is used to teach young children a variety of things about life. In the Christian realm we can’t monkey around with knowing the truth, because the truth will set you free!

It produces concern for the lost: Acts 1:8-11 (NKJV) “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem
, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." 9 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven."

- There is power instead of knowledge in this place.
- There are witnesses instead of investigators here.
- Any concern with prophecy that doesn’t cause us to seek the salvation of the lost is merely curiosity.

Conclusion:

Jesus is coming again! That knowledge should affect our lives significantly. It should cause us to perfect holiness. It should give us a burden for souls getting people to Jesus. If you are not working on personal holiness and bringing people to Jesus, your belief in the second coming is questionable. His coming gives us urgency for Holiness. The promise of His coming is real! “And Thus we will always be with the Lord.”

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