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ANTICIPATING HIS RETURN

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Sermon shared by Clarence Clough

December 2007
Summary: The anticipation of Christ’s return is a vital encouragement to live holy and seek to do God’s will.
Denomination: Church of God
Audience: General adults
Sermon:


ANTICIPATING HIS RETURN

Text: John 14:3, "And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again, and receive you unto myself;
that where I am, there ye may be also."

Intro: (Per Sandra Jean Pathik) Biblical prophecy provides some
of the greatest encouragement and hope available
to us today.
Just as the Old Testament is saturated with prophecies
concerning Christ’s first advent, so both testaments
are filled with references to the second coming of Christ.

One scholar has estimated:
1,845 references in 17 O. T. books to Christ’s second coming.
N. T., 318 references to the second advent of Christ
—an amazing 1 out of every 30 verses.

23 of the 27 New Testament books refer to this great event.
For every prophecy in the Bible concerning Christ’s first advent,
there are 8 which look forward to His second!
Consider: I. What We Already Have
II. His Promise To Return
III. Reasons For His Return
IV. How He Will Come Back
V. Then What?

Theme: The anticipation of Christ’s return is a vital
encouragement to live holy and seek to do God’s will.

I. What We Already Have
A. rich provisions from God
1. promises
2. unbelievable blessings
3. advantages in this life (outweigh present troubles)
1. Needs being supplied.
2. being given divine direction
3. sins covered/guilt taken away
4. assurance/declaration of forgiveness
5. peace with God
6. live in harmony with others
7. We can freely approach the Father to ask for
healing of our sicknesses.

B. We already have the ultimate revealing of God
when Jesus returns to earth.
1. 1 Cor. 15:19
2. "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable."

II. His Promise To Return
A. J. C. often told disciples He would return.
B. Some say circa 300 vss in N. T. concerning the 2nd Advent.
1. Jesus taught most of that number.
2. It is a doctrine common to all N. T. writers
a. Paul
b. Peter
c. John
d. Jude
e. angels -- Acts 1:9-11

III. Reasons For His Return
A. to reward His people
1. Rev. 22:12, "And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward
is with me, to give every man according as
his work shall be."

2. Rev. 22:13, "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and
the end, the first and the last."
B. Jesus’ return will prove, once and for all, the Heavenly
Father is truthful.
1. Some doubt. Some deny.
2. Jesus WILL return
3. So then every one of us will give account to God .
C. Good ultimately overcomes evil
D. There is a created MORAL ORDER in the universe.

IV. How He Will Come Back?
A. Harmonizing (bringing together in an understandable manner)
a couple of Scripture verses:
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