This week I have been largely meditating on a small portion of scripture that I read on the train early Monday morning.
“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:13).
As a Christian, I know that the grace of God has come to me in the revelation of Jesus Christ. I love the first Chapter of Ephesians. If He never did a blessed thing for me ever again, this Chapter reminds me that it is okay. He has already done in it all. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places…In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ”
Christ has been revealed in me. This, in and of itself, is a magnificent thing. For those who seek signs and wonders, and all kinds of outward manifestations as evidence of His presence, I would respectfully ask, is the revelation of Christ not enough for you? Is the forgiveness of your sins too small a matter? Is the sanctification of your soul such a negligible and trivial thing? There simply cannot be a, “Yes, but…” when answering this question! Christ, and him crucified is more than you can even handle!
Yet I am aware of this deep yearning, this inward longing — even restlessness, that will never find satisfaction here. Romans 8:22-23 tells us, “For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.”
We Christians are waiting for a final revelation of Jesus Christ; this hope will never cease until the final consummation of our Saviour’s return.
We remain sober and alert because we know that the Master is coming back one day. The whole world will see it! He will restore everything. He will redeem everything. There will be no sin. There will be no suffering. There will be no bodily decay or corruption. We will have glorified bodies and glorified souls. Somehow, someway, He is going to make it all right.
If we are to endure to the end, that is, if we are to overcome discouragement, opposition, sin and everything on this side of eternity that sets its face against Jesus Christ, we must fight and do what Peter says: ” set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
Let nothing — absolutely nothing, obscure your hope in Christ.