There are more crimes and natural disaster happening around us. Sometimes we wonder where is the grace of God? Will there be justice? How is it that the righteous are suffering? Is there no deliverance for those who insist on following God’s Way and Truth?
Where is the grace of God?
The Lord’s second coming will come in due time. This is a great spiritual event with the descent of the wrath of Almighty God. It is also the time for judging the dead. All who fear the name of the Lord, His servants and prophets and disciples, will receive their reward. (Rev 11:15-18).
Place your hope in His promise that can be found in the bible:
1. Grace of God for those who follow His Way and Truth.
Jesus promises, “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” (Jn 14:2–3).
As members of God’s true church, we are now betrothed to Jesus Christ (2 Cor 11:2). The Bible calls us His “perfect one” (Song 6:9), a bride preparing herself for the marriage of the Lamb (Rev 19:7).
At His second coming, we shall be caught up “in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thess 4:17).
2. Grace of God in delivering those who wait for Him.
He will “judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom” (2 Tim 4:1). By that time, the Lord will have closed the door of salvation, and those wishing to enter in will be unable to do so (Lk 13:25).
Moreover, those who do not know God, or who refuse to obey the gospel of salvation in their lifetime, will be “punished with everlasting destruction” (2 Thess 1:8–9).
In contrast, those who believe in Him and follow Him faithfully to the end will obtain their reward (Rev 22:12).
3. Grace of God in destroying all evil in the world.
This present world is corrupt and lies under the control of the devil (1 Jn 5:19). It is reminiscent of the days of Noah, when God sent a flood to destroy the earth (Gen 6:12–13, 17; cf. Lk 17:26–27). Only this time, He will destroy it permanently with fire, to make way for “new heavens and a new earth” (2 Pet 3:10–13).
Elder Peter says,“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up” (2 Pet 3:10).
The grace of God is with us. He did not hasten in His second coming so that man still have the chance to turn back to Him.
Jesus’ second coming signifies the end of the world. What bearing does it have on the world? It will mark the end of the old world and the beginning of the new heaven and earth. Every Christian who yearns to enter the new heaven and earth regards Jesus’ coming as their greatest hope (1 Pet 1:13). Will Jesus come again to mark the end of you and I? That will depend on our faith and obedience to God’s words.
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