FOR THE COMING OF HIS SON
1 Thess 1:9-10: how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; and to wait for His Son from Heaven. 1 Tim 6:14-15: That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: which in His times He shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.
Waiting on our God Who is in Heaven, and waiting for the coming of His Son from Heaven…these two God has joined together, and no man may put them asunder. Waiting on God for His Presence and Power in my daily life will be the only true preparation for waiting in humility and true holiness for our Lord’s promised return to this Earth…the Great Consummation of all things through the Blessed Apocalypse of the Blessed Christ. The Father, Who in His Own time will reveal His Son from Heaven, is the God Who, as I wait on Him, prepares me for the revelation of His Son. The present life and the coming glory are inseparably connected in God and in me. Waiting on God must ever lead to waiting for Christ as the glorious consummation of His work; and waiting for Christ must ever remind me of the duty of waiting on God as the only proof that the waiting for Christ is in Spirit and in Truth.
There is such a danger of my being so occupied with the things that are coming more than with a true love for Him who is to come: His purpose for unveiling Himself is to show His servants beforehand what must soon take place during the forthcoming administration of His role and reign on Earth, so that they may make proper and diligent preparations for His immanent return, and for their invitation to the marriage supper of the Lamb. All you who say you wait for Christ’s coming, be sure that you wait on God now. All you who seek to wait on God now to reveal His Son in you, see to it that you do so as men waiting for the revelation of His Son from Heaven.
The same Omnipotent Love that is to reveal that glory is working in me even now to fit me for “that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” [Titus 2:13]. The revelation of Christ in me, as it is given to them who wait upon God, is the true preparation for the full revelation of Christ in Glory. I am to earnestly wait, long for, and love the appearing of my Lord and Heavenly Bridegroom. Tender love to Him and tender love to each other is the true and only bridal spirit: The Spirit and the Bride, with an intense longing and yearning emanating from the deepest, inmost recesses of their Being for the Great Consummation of all things through the coming of Christ, continually say, “Come!” And let him who hears, in union and in fellowship with the Spirit and the Bride, also continually say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty for these Waters of Life, let him also come and join in fellowship with the Spirit and the Bride; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the Water of Life, to be appropriated solely and only by faith in Christ, by seizing hold upon His promises to His church, and by joining the cry of the Spirit, the yearning of the Bride, and the soul of all right hope, in looking for and hastening the coming of the Day of God, even the blessed Apocalypse of the Blessed Christ! [Rev 22:17].
It is when in humility and love I am clinging close to my Lord and His brethren that I am in the bride’s place. Jesus refuses to accept my love except as it is love to His disciples. Waiting for His coming means waiting for the glorious coming manifestation of the unity of the body, while I seek here to maintain that unity in humility and love. Those who love most are the most ready for His coming. Love to one another of my brothers and sisters in Christ is the life and beauty of His bride, the Church. Remember…it is God alone Who can give you the deep spiritual life of one who is really waiting for His Son. Wait on God, and look to Him, for grace to wait for His Son from Heaven in the Spirit which is from Heaven. And you who would wait for His Son, wait on God daily, hourly, continually, to reveal Christ in you even now.
This is the blessed life of deep and intimate personal relationship with God: my waiting upon God…watching and waiting, looking off unto Him and listening for His voice…with an unwavering child-like trust and an unreserved child-like dependence, with a joyful expectation and an excited anticipation, for God to reveal to me His plans, His purposes, His will, a deeper revelation of Who He is, SO I MAY THEN RESPOND with an unquestioning child-like obedience to every leading and prompting of the Holy Spirit, cooperating with the power of His enabling grace Who works in me both to will and to do. My soul, wait thou only upon God!