When Christ Appears #844

When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:4, NKJV)

Christ is our source of life. Not only is He the giver of our physical life (the One through whom all things were made and given life, Jno. 1:3), He is especially the source of our eternal life (Jno. 1:4; 14:6). We have been raised from sin’s death to newness of life, quickened by the power of God that raised Jesus from the dead (Col. 2:12). This assures our faith that Jesus will appear again, returning from heaven in the same manner He was seen going into heaven (Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thess. 4:16). When He does, Christians will share in the brightness of His presence. Our splendid hope rests in Christ and the life we have in Him. We cannot overlook the unmistakable point of this passage, Colossians 3:1-4: If Christians do not “seek” things above, if we do not “set” our minds on heavenly things, and if we do not live faithfully “with Christ in God,” then when Jesus comes we will not appear with Him in glory. We have clear incentives to put Christ first in our lives: He died for us, and we have died to sin. God has raised us from spiritual death and given us a heavenly inheritance. Now, let us be faithful to Him and receive our inheritance on the great day of His return.

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