The return of Christ is vital to the message of the Bible. But is it an integral part of our Christian lives? After surveying the Scriptures for the influence of Christ’s return on our personal holiness, Ryan M. McGraw carefully examines 1 John 2:28–3:3 in order to show how this truth gives us direction in the Christian life, drives us to maturity in Christ, and brings our hope to resolution in light of His second coming. Read and see how our future hope of Christ’s return drives our present pursuit of godliness.
Direction: Christ’s Second Coming and Personal Godliness in Scripture
Maturity: Christ’s Second Coming and Personal Godliness
The Goal of Hope: That We Might Not Be Ashamed before Him at His Coming
The Drive of Faith and Love: That We Might See Him as He Is and Be Made Like Him
Resolution: Walking in Faith, Hope, and Love in Light of Christ’s Return
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said that what the church needs to do most all is “to begin herself to live the Christian life. If she did that, men and women would be crowding into our buildings. They would say, ‘What is the secret of this?’” As Christians, one of our greatest needs is for the Spirit of God to cultivate biblical godliness in us in order to put the beauty of Christ on display through us, all to the glory of the triune God. With this goal in mind, this series of booklets treats matters vital to Christian experience at a basic level. Each booklet addresses a specific question in order to inform the mind, warm the affections, and transform the whole person by the Spirit’s grace, so that the church may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
Ryan M. McGraw is Morton H. Smith Professor of Systematic Theology, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
“McGraw’s booklet nicely fulfills the intention of the editors of the series of which it is a part. He deftly describes the way believers should be prepared for and wait with eager anticipation for the return of Christ at the end of this present age. His study reminds me of the wisdom expressed by the well-known adage, ‘Live as though Christ died yesterday, arose this morning, and is coming again tomorrow.’” — Cornelis P. Venema, president and professor of doctrinal studies, Mid-America Reformed Seminary