We continue from Dec 17 Koinonia pastoral column on the above topic.
One of the key purpose of the biblical rapture is for God to judge and reward the church of God.
“For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ; that everyone may receive the things done in His body… whether it be good or bad” (2 Cor 5:10).
The Rapture mentioned by Paul is said to be a mystery. Millions of Christians will some day reach heaven without dying! “Behold , I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed”. This then, is the mystery of the Rapture.
As we begin the new year 2018, the promise of the Rapture gives us great certainty and hope in the God we believe and trust. This will give us a strong foundation in our faith, reminding us to Step Up & Remain Faithful.
The challenge of the Rapture compels God’s children to do many things, while waiting faithfully :
- We are to observe the Lord’s Supper with the Rapture in mind. “For as often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you do show the Lord’s death till He comes” (1 Cor 11:26).
- We are to refrain from judging others. “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts; and then shall every man have praise of God “(1 Cor 4:5).
- We are to preach the Word . “I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; preach the Word”(2 Tim 4:1,2). “Feed the flock of God…and when the chief Shepherd shall appear, you shall receive a crown of glory and fadeth not away (1Peter 5:2,4).
- We are to win souls. “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ into eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference; and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire… (Jude 21-23).
- We are to be concerned with heaven. “If you then be risen with Christ seek those things which are above, where Christ sit on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life,shall appear then you also appear with Him in glory (Col 3:1-4).
As we begin the journey of 2018, many of us may have made fresh resolutions, that we want to commit ourselves to. Some may be personal, some family related, some church-based and others too. Whatever they may be, let’s pray and ask God that in all of our resolutions, we will have Him within them. May we let our lives count for God in 2018. So that one day, when we stand before Him, we can receive the rewards that He has for us.
Elder Andrew Lim