We Look for the Savior

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The greatest expectation that the believer has is the return of his or her Savior who is Jesus Christ. When he returns, we will be gathered up with him to enjoy our eternity with him at God’s own right hand.

Philippians 3:20 – For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

“Our conversation” means our citizenship because our homeland is in heaven! With our heavenly standing in God’s family we may earnestly look with great hope for our Savior who is the Lord Jesus Christ. Notice that the verse does not say to pray for him to come because his return will happen on God’s timetable rather than on man’s timetable. The word “look” means to wait with patience and expectation.  I know that many Christian people fear this great and glorious day, but that is only because they have a wrongful fear of the greatness of Christ’s return for us. Some people are indeed fearful of the future wrath; however, God’s children do not, will not, and cannot pass through the impending wrath that is surely to come. In Philippians 3:20 our Lord Jesus Christ is called “our Saviour” because we have been saved, not for the wrath of God, but for heaven itself and to be eternally immersed in the love of God! The word “Saviour” in reference to Jesus Christ means that he himself accomplished our salvation and our complete spiritual wholeness. We will be in heaven before wrath and tribulation ever begin (I Thessalonians 4:13–5:5).

Philippians 3:21 – Who {Jesus Christ} shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things {all believers} unto himself.

The words “vile body” means a body that has been humiliated. The human body was originally perfect in every detail, having eternal life within its very nature before the fall of man in Genesis. It was the Adversary (the Serpent) who defiled and humiliated the human body of man from its original perfect creation, and with the return of Christ our bodies will be “fashioned like unto his {Christ Jesus’} glorious body.” When Christ Jesus awoke from the dead after his crucifixion he had a new and glorious body, which would never be humiliated again, that will never die again, and that will last him for eternity. This is the kind of body promised to believers!

Jesus was a perfect man, he had no sin in his body, neither was his body humiliated until he allowed himself to become sin for us and be brutally tortured and crucified. He indeed received humiliation and he experientially knows the hold the sin nature still has in man because he himself experienced this so that he could identify completely with humanity. Although our human body is still humiliated, we have been given great hope in the return of our Savior, and then we will receive heavenly life-regenerating bodies equally as powerful as what Jesus now has. He literally walked (or passed) through walls, appearing and disappearing in the midst of his disciples at will; he passed through the heavens and back in the blink of an eye, and was only recognizable to his disciples when he wanted to be recognized. This glorious body will be given to us, and is why the Scriptures say that we can look with great expectation for that great and glorious day of his return, and our gathering together up to him.

Patience of Hope

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Epistle of I Thessalonians Paul wrote great encouragement to the believers:

I Thessalonians 1:3 – Remembering without ceasing your work of faith {believing faith}, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father.

Notice the three words faith, love, and hope – these three words are often connected together in the Scriptures. First mentioned is their work of believing which appropriates the promises of God. Secondly is their labor of love, and this labor of love qualifies or distinguishes them as true believers. Thirdly is their patience of hope. Patience? Yes, patience because Christ has yet to return, even though at any moment he most definitely could, and our patience in anticipation is always activated when we hope in patience. Great rewards will be given out for having “patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” Notice that when we do have patience in our hope of Christ’s return that we are before God, “in the sight of God.” God will remember our patience of hope, our labor of love, our work of believing faith, and reward us richly for them!

II Timothy 4:7-8:
-7: I {the Apostle Paul} have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: {Paul knew that his life was coming to a close, and he is explaining that he had done his best in this life.}
-8: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day {the day that he had been patiently waiting and hoping for, the return of Christ}: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

“A crown of righteousness” is promised to those who will love the appearing of Jesus Christ. What a marvelous hope we truly have! What this crown will give to us, and the full meaning of it can only be speculated about, but what we do know from the Scriptures is that crowns represent authority, and majesty, and power. Believers will receive the crown of righteousness for loving his appearing, and this takes “patience of hope.”

Paul kept the faith; he always believed to the best of his ability, and he loved his hope, the hope that his Savior would speedily return for him, and he loved to savor his own anticipation. Again we see faith, hope, and charity (love) working together in unison as a completed unit.

Patience in the hope of Christ’s return will also build within the believing heart of the Christian great expectation every day that today could be the day. Hope makes life exciting, hope makes waking up each day exciting, and hope makes living through every day exciting.

I sincerely thank God for you in prayer that our God will continue strengthening your life in the magnificent “patience of hope” that can grow within your heart, and in the sight of your God Who is also your Heavenly Father.