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Down through the centuries many sincere Children of God have spoken the following prayer, "Come, Lord Jesus; come quickly" but here at The Lion and Lamb Ministry, we have not joined them in this, and will not.
Now, unless I be misunderstood, let me explain that I long to see, and be, with our blessed LORD Jesus Christ, and if we were to think ONLY of ourselves we would have Him come NOW! Without any further delay.
But this continued absence of our the LORD Jesus Christ, in Grace mind you, is the special subject of the Apostle Paul's epistles. Take a look at what even the Apostle Peter states, "AND ACCOUNT THAT THE LONGSUFFERING OF OUR LORD IS SALVATION; EVEN AS OUR BELOVED BROTHER PAUL ALSO, ACCORDING TO THE WISDOM GIVEN UNTO HIM, HATH WRITTEN UNTO YOU; AS ALSO IN ALL HIS EPISTLES, SPEAKING IN THEM OF THESE THINGS..." 2 Peter 3:15-16 .
How gracious has the LORD Jesus Christ, been in delaying His return for His own and the judgment to follow! How gracious to extend the Day of Grace all this time, even until now! Of couse now that we are saved we would naturally want to be with the One we love and long for, but how grateful we should be that He waited for us, to not only be BORN, but also for that day when we would be RE-BORN! You See, you do not know which Child of God, Chosen in The LORD Jesus Christ, BEFORE the Foundations of the world...will be born today, tomorrow, next week, month, or year! THEY will also NEED to hear the Gospel of Grace, just like YOU!
Romans 1:14-17 says, "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! So then Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God."
Therefore, how EAGER we should be to win others to Him while He waits still longer!
So, as we consider the lost around us, we simply cannot, in all good consciousness, implore The LORD Jesus Christ, to "come quickly"...though His coming for us is indeed a "blessed hope" and we remain on the alert for it to take place at any time.
Now...an important point to make note of...it is interesting to observe that the prayer, "Come, Lord Jesus" and its counterpart "How long!" are both "Great Tribulation" prayers, uttered by the saints, who are NOT part of the BODY of Christ, who will live during that dreadful time of God's wrath. Both are found in the Book of the Revelation and both are in connection with The LORD Jesus Christ's return to EARTH, not into the AIR, to JUDGE and REIGN, and NOT in connection with the Rapture, The Harpazo.
In both Revelation 2:5 and Revelation 2:16 our LORD Jesus Christ, says, "Repent...or else I will come unto thee quickly", (meaning to judge). In Revelation 3:11 He writes to the assembly at Philadelphia, (but again in warning): "Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown."
Revelation 22:7 and Revelation 22:12 are used in the same way, indicating that in that day only those who are "overcomers" will long for The LORD Jesus Christ, to come and put an end to the world's rebellion. Thus John closes The Book of Revelation with the declaration, "He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly", and the response, "Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus" Revelation 22:20 .
BUT, “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us; we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God” 2 Cor. 5:20 . THIS is The Body of Christ’s Commission!
There is no doubt that the member of the Body of Christ needs much training along Bible lines in order to work successfully with sinners in an effort to bring them to Christ; but the all-important thing is to believe in the terrible consequences of sin, the awful penalty awaiting the sinner at the Great White Throne judgment, and to know from personal experience that The LORD Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is an almighty Savior from sin and its consequences. Both here and hereafter.
Such knowledge should create within the heart of every Child of God a passion for lost sinners, an earnest and sincere desire to see them brought to The LORD Jesus Christ, and washed in His blood.
However, the sinner knows that a good portion of the Children of God are not in earnest about these eternal issues. Many Children of God simply never seriously take the message of salvation to sinners. It is UNBELIEVABLE, the wasted moments, hours, and days of God’s people, while millions on this earth are perishing without the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
And, regardless of what you might think, even many of your neighbors have never heard the Gospel of Grace before. They might be aware of other sentiments CALLED “The Gospel”, but it would AMAZE you to know the number of people who have sincerely never heard the True Gospel of God's Grace for today.
Ezekiel 3:18 says, “When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at THINE hand”. The Apostle Paul said, “For the love of Christ constraineth us” 2 Cor. 5:14 . Also, “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men” 2 Cor. 5:11 . He likewise said, “I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise and to the unwise” Romans 1:14 . If this Hebrew Christian, Paul, was debtor to the Gentiles, surely WE are debtor to the Gentiles AND also the Jews.
Think of the passion for souls that dominated the life of this man who said, “I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren” Romans 9:3 . The Apostle Paul believed that eternal darkness awaited every man who failed to receive through The LORD Jesus Christ, the gift of Eternal Life. He tried in his day to reach every sinner he possibly could with this message. How full was his life! Which begs the question: What are YOU doing?
2 Cor. 5:20 says, “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us; we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God” THIS is The Body of Christ’s Commission!
Saul asked this of the RISEN Christ, “What wilt thou have me to do?” Acts 9:6 . In contrast, the Apostle Peter said concerning the Apostle John, “LORD, what shall THIS man do?” To this Jesus replied, “What is that to thee? Follow THOU me”
Therefore, if no other Child of God assumes his or her responsibility, remember the Savior, is saying to YOU, “Follow THOU me” There are nearly a billion souls who have never heard the gospel story. What are YOU going to do about it? RIGHT Where you live...
Some day we are going to look into the face of The LORD Jesus Christ, our Savior, and give an account of what we did with the Life He gave us. “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men” 2 Cor. 5:11 . “When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at THINE hand” Ezekiel 3:18 . “Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men” Acts 20:26 .
May the LORD from this moment on have your life and mine fully dedicated to Him. Will you say to Him now, “Here Lord am I, send me” WOW! that we might measure up to the Apostle Paul’s standard.
In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 . BELIEVE today. The time is short.
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Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.
In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20 )