One of the downsides of living in the technological age is that we are constantly overwhelmed with what we allow to stream into our minds and hearts from our newsfeeds, social media debates, conversations about world affairs, social agendas, personal opinions and every sort of religious and political ideology. All of this, in turn, has the propensity to animate anxiety, depression, fear, anger, hatred and misplaced zeal in our hearts. People are crying out for change without recognizing that there is only one remedy for all of the social ills--and for the burdens of our own lives.
J.C. Ryle, the great 19th Century Anglican Calvinistic pastor/theologian, would walk to the window of his study every morning, and--looking up--would say, "Maybe today, Lord, maybe today!" Ryle was longing for the coming of Christ. This is one of the definitive marks of every true believer. The Apostle Paul declared that his greatest inner desire was "to depart and be with Christ" (Phil. 1:23). The better part of the New Testament focus on the return of Christ; and, in doing so, link our sanctification in the present to the hope we have of His coming in the future. In short, this teaches us that our actions are directly correlated to the hope that we have in our hearts to see Christ and to be with Christ.
When the Apostles wrote to the members of the fledgling churches of the New Testament, they held out the hope of Christ's second coming in order to...
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