The Christian Life: Sanctification

Are You Longing for Christ's Return?

By Dr. Paul M. Elliott
Do you say, with the hymn writer, "Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight"?

From the TeachingtheWord Bible Knowledgebase

Part eight of a series of selections from chapter three of
Profiting From the Word by Arthur W. Pink

Edited by Dr. Paul M. Elliott, President, TeachingTheWord Ministries

Do you say, with the hymn writer, "Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight"?

In our last article, Arthur Pink dealt with the the need for the believer to experience a deepening desire to please Christ. In the final section of this chapter in Profiting From the Word, Pink deals with the need for the believer to grow in expectant longing for the return of Christ, through the study of the Scriptures:

An individual is profited from the Scriptures when they cause him to long for the return of Christ. Love can be satisfied with nothing short of a sight of its object. True, even now we behold Christ by faith, yet it is "through a glass, darkly." But at His coming we shall behold Him "face to face" (1 Corinthians 13:12). Then will be fulfilled His own words, "Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am: that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world" (John 17:24). Only this will fully meet the longings of His heart, and only this will meet the longings of those redeemed by Him. Only then will He "see of the travail of His soul, and be satisfied" (Isaiah 53:11); and "As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness" (Psalm 17:15).

At the return of Christ we shall be done with sin for ever. The elect are predestined to be conformed to the image of God's Son, and that Divine purpose will be realized only when Christ receives His people unto Himself. "We shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is" (1 John 3:2). Never again will our communion with Him be broken, never again shall we groan and moan over our inward corruptions; never again shall we be harassed with unbelief. He will present His Church to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing" (Ephesians 5:27). For that hour we eagerly wait. For our Redeemer we lovingly look. The more we yearn for the coming One, the more we are trimming our lamps in earnest expectation of His coming, the more do we give evidence that we are profiting from our knowledge of the Word.

In summary, Pink reiterates the probing questions of this series - and they are not merely his, they are the Lord's, and He asks them of each of us who profess faith in Him:

Let the reader and writer honestly search themselves as in the presence of God. Let us seek truthful answers to these questions. Have we a deeper sense of our need of Christ? Is He Himself becoming to us a brighter and living reality? Are we finding increasing delight in being occupied with His perfections? Is Christ Himself becoming daily more precious to us? Is our faith in Him growing so that we confidently trust Him for everything? Are we really seeking to please Him in all the details of our lives? Are we so yearning for Him that we would be filled with joy did we know for certain that He would come during the next twenty-four hours? May the Holy Spirit search our hearts with these pointed questions!

Believer friend, I pray that the Spirit may indeed search our hearts, and that all of these things will be true more and more for each one of us!

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