Living in Light of Christ’s Return – 1 Peter 4:7-11
I. WE ARE TO BE LOOKING FOR HIS COMING
a. We are to look sensibly
Matthew 25:13 “Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.
Acts 1:7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority;
b. We are to look soberly
2 Thessalonians 1:7-8 when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, (8) dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
2 Peter 3:10-11 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. (11) Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,
c. We are to look with supplication
Matthew 26:41 “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Ephesians 6:18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,
Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;
II. His coming WE ARE TO BE LOVING WHILE WE WAIT FOR HIS COMING
Mark 13:12-13 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and have them put to death. (13) “You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.
2 Timothy 3:1-3 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. (2) For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, (3) unloving
a. We are to have a love that is fervent
John 13:35 “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
b. We are to have a love that is forgiving
Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all transgressions.
1 Corinthians 13:4-6 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, (5) does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, (6) does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
Matthew 18:15-16 “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother.
c. We are to have a love that is friendly
III. WE ARE TO BE LABORING WHEN HE COMES
a. We are to know our gifts
1 Corinthians 12:1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware.
b. We are to use our gifts
c. We are to glorify God with our gifts