Have someone ever asked you the question “what if Jesus comes now?” For some people, it sends chills down their spine, for some, it’s a moment of sober reflection, a time to rethink about their lives and begin to make amends where they deem it fit and for others, it’s a time of rejoicing!
There are other people whose doubts and uncertainties are exposed the moment they encounter that question. They have professed Jesus as their Lord ad saviour but they believe there are people who are predestined to perish regardless of how they try, some also believe they have to try very hard to be saved at the end.
Some would simply answer “if Jesus comes, I hope to be among those he will rapture but nobody knows…” That was me many years ago as a kid but when I began to grow, my answers started changing. Today, I would say “I am dwelling in the secret place of God already, Jesus is in me and I am in him. We can’t be separated. Anywhere he is, there I am and will be”.
While it’s safe and supposed, to be expectant of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, I don’t think it’s something that calls for fear but something that calls for a celebration. Let’s see how St. John puts it in his writing
“And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.” – 1 John 4:17-18
There is nothing to be afraid of on the day of judgement regardless of the level we are on our love growth before the judgement day. When we understand the magnitude of God’s love, fear flies out and we live and move about in confidence. It is with such confidence that we do even much more work for God on earth. I wonder what a preacher who is sure about this would be preaching to unbelievers.
If God was able to save me, then he is able to save me to the uttermost. The author of Hebrews captures this so well and I love the rendering of the New Living Translation
“Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.” – Hebrews 7:25
As long as Jesus lives, we are saved! And you know how long he lives? As long as God lives! His living is our intercession, he doesn’t kneel to intercede, the reality of what he has done is on continuous replay! We can boldly sing “because he lives, I can face tomorrow, because he lives, all fear is gone!”
Eternity with God is not a state I am hoping to find myself in, it’s a state where I already am. The journey with God started the day I accepted his gift of salvation and it has no end. The day I accepted God’s gift of salvation, I wasn’t just giving a second chance, I was given a fresh start in the way that the initial life never existed. Before God, I started on a perfect note!
I am dwelling perpetually in the Grace-zone, I am not under some kind of probation waiting for the day of approval before I can either receive the certificate of salvation or be sent down into hell! No, this is the wholesome truth of the gospel and this is where my confidence is birthed.
I shouldn’t be panicking when I have the feeling or get informed that Jesus is coming soon. I think one of the things I should say every night and morning is “Lord, I am forever yours! And you are forever mine!” Not actually as a ritual or chants to blackmail God emotionally, but a daily reminder that I belong to God. I am not trying to convince him that I am qualified, he qualified me.
St. Paul wrote in Colossians 1:9
“…and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.”
I have been qualified and enabled to share in the inheritance of God’s holy people! I am holy by God’s making. Glory to God!
I see some believers praying and singing “don’t leave me when you come” and I think it is as a result of wrong teaching. Why should I be scared that I might have missed something? Why should I be found on my knees asking God to deal with anything that would prevent me from being with Him eternally?
When I am on my knees, I am rather asking the Lord to stir up passion in my heart for the unsaved than asking him not to leave me when he comes to take the Saints home. He already promised in Christ Jesus that he would never leave me nor forsake me. Let’s read:
“For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” – Hebrews 13:5
“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
I don’t take God’s word for a joke. Wouldn’t the mission of Jesus be a waste if I have to do something to remain saved when I actually did nothing to be saved? What saved me has the capacity to keep me saved. The Bible tells me in John 3:16 that anyone who believes and accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour shall not perish but possess eternal life; the life that has no end, the God-life.
I remember the Bible tells me in Romans 6:23 that although the wages of sin is death, the gift of God is eternal life. Eternity with God is a gift and not a reward based on our efforts. If it had anything to do with my effort, then it’s no gift!
I am aware that God loves me, he showed this love when I didn’t ask for it, he gave me his love which brought deliverance and I accepted it. No wonder John writes in 1 John 4:18, perfect love drives fear out! I wouldn’t be afraid of judgement because I know what the template looks like – I believe and I am saved!
As a matter of emphasis, I like it that God made his promises and assurance readily available. In Hebrews 7:25 we see “Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” Jesus is my own way of coming to God, and Jesus is the only means by which I am completely saved!
Isn’t that amazing? Shouldn’t that rather make me live in absolute Thanksgiving rather than shiver in fear and live in doubts? I know what will be of me in the last days. I know my position! I may not know what the reward would be or look like, I know that I am completely saved and secured in Christ. I also know that Christ is my non-negotiable inheritance.
Just like Paul wrote in Ephesians 1:13
“And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago.”
I am fully aware that I belong to Christ, he owns me and has sealed me with the unbreakable and unhackable seal of the Holy Spirit.
Didn’t the word of God tell us that we are born of God? How then can I be born of God and still perish? How can the product of incorruptible seed get corrupted? Does it even make sense at all? I heard the words of Jesus, I believe them and I have passed from death to life!
Should I bring a lot of instances from the Bible where our eternal security in Christ Jesus is affirmed, I’d be writing a book of many verses but just before I release hands from my virtual keyboard, I’d like to echo the words of Jesus in John 10:29
“My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”
Jesus wasn’t talking about Apples and Mangoes, he is talking about you and I! Should the devil unleash the entire weaponry of hell, he can’t pluck me out of the hand of Jesus. I am not the one holding on to Jesus, Jesus is the one holding on to me. That makes it super easy!
When next you ask me “what if Jesus comes now?” I’d smile and say “well, it may take my flesh by surprise but it’s going to be a great time because assuredly, I am abiding in God forever!”