Holiness Is Trusting Christ's Promises
"And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations-'He shall rule them with a rod of iron; they shall be dashed to pieces like the potter's vessels'-I also have received from My Father; and I will give him the morning star. "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."
In Revelation 2:25, when Jesus says, "hold fast what you have till I come," He is making the first mention of His return in the seven letters. There are many precious promises concerning Christ's coming to remember. I'll share some of them with you now.
God will reward us with immeasurable treasures. This is an investment that will reap blessings which will never pass away: "There is no One who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel's, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time- . . . and in the age to come, eternal life" (Mark 10:29-30).
God will overwhelm us with unbelievable pleasures. When we reach heaven, we will finally become all that God created us to be: He was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter (2 Corinthians 12:4).
God will give true believers an important future. We will reign with Christ over the earth. I do not know what each of our specific duties will be, but we will have authority: "to him I will give power over the nations-'He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter's vessels'-as I also have received from My Father" (Revelation 2:26-27).
God will give true believers a bright and glorious future. We can never lose Jesus' light, life, and hope in the dark and gloom, so we are on the winning team with Christ! Consider these precious promises: Jesus is "the Dayspring from on high" and salvation is described as when "the day dawns and the morning star rises in [our] hearts" (Luke 1:78; 2 Peter 1:19). What glory lies ahead for us! For there shall be no night there: they need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever (Revelation 22:5). All true believers will make it safely to the end. Hallelujah!
Make a choice to live in hope: You cannot experience these pleasures if you come before God with unclean hands and filthiness of heart and spirit. Are you tolerating evil? Stop. Are you growing in Christ? If not, start. Are you pressing on to the end? Good--you're an overcomer! The words of this old song nicely describe the growth process of the Christian life-the desire to keep pressing on to honor Christ's holiness.
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