and the Second Coming
Will there be a chance for sinners to repent at the Second Coming of Jesus?
God gives sinners that opportunity now. “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2). “Now [God] commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness” (Acts 17:30,31). He’s even delaying His coming because He’s longsuffering and “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9). But at the coming of Jesus it will be too late to repent because that day will come “as a snare” with “sudden destruction” (Luke 21:35; 1 Thess. 5:3). The verdict will then be “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still” (Rev. 22:11).
Now is the time to repent! “Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts” (Heb. 3:7). Jesus warned, “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:5). With such eternal consequences, a person would be unwise to wait until it’s too late.
What is repentance?
First, consider briefly what repentance is not. It is not merely being dedicated as a baby; nor is it “accepting Christ” without having a change of heart. Repentance is not merely joining a church. Many rejoice to have their names on a church roll, but Jesus said, “Rejoice, because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20).
In addition, repentance is not just promising to do better; nor is it doing good deeds in hopes they’ll outweigh bad deeds, such as offering gifts to God or to the poor. Also, it is not doing penance or performing certain religious duties; nor is it mere cultural refinement or outward correctness of life.
Jesus told the parable of two men who went up to the temple to pray. The Pharisee trusted in and boasted of his own righteousness, but the publican “would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.” Jesus said, “I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other” (Luke 18:9–14).
Moreover, repentance is not being baptized without having confessed and forsaken sins (Acts 2:38). Simon the sorcerer was baptized, yet his heart was “not right in the sight of God.” Admonishing him to repent of his wickedness, Peter said he was “in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity” (Acts 8:13–23).
Finally, repentance is not partaking of the Lord’s supper. Paul warned, “Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep” (1 Cor. 11:27–30). Clearly, true repentance must precede water baptism and partaking of the Lord’s supper.
What, then, is true repentance? Repentance is having a deep godly sorrow for sin that causes a person to confess it to God and to forsake it (Pro. 28:13). It is a sense of shame and humiliation for having indulged in sin. It is completely exposing one’s heart before the Lord so that nothing is held back or covered (2 Cor. 7:10,11). It is turning from Satan to Christ, from the old sinful life to a new life of righteousness, and from idols to serve the living and true God (Ezek. 14:6; 1 Thess. 1:9).
Repentance is also confessing our sins directly to Jesus Christ, believing that He will forgive us according to His promises (Acts 4:12; 5:31; 1 Tim. 1:15). Without this faith, confession is meaningless. We must believe that God saves us by His grace and not by our good works, or our own righteousness: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast” (Eph. 2:8,9).
Repentance is also a willingness to make restitution, wherever possible (Luke 19:8,9). It is a complete change of mind, a change of heart, and a change of action: “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter” (2 Cor. 7:10,11). “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things pass away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Cor. 5:17).
True repentance includes conviction, contrition, faith, confession, restitution, and obedience to God’s Word.
Why is repentance necessary?
Repentance is necessary because only by repentance can a person experience:
Eternal life—“God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life” (Acts 11:18).
True conversion and the forgiveness of sins—“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19). See also Acts 26:18–20).
Saving faith—Jesus came preaching, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). Paul also preached “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). See also Matt. 21:31,32.
The joy of salvation—“I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance” (Luke 15:7).
The gift of the Holy Spirit—“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38).
Readiness for the Second Coming— “Now [God] commandeth all men every where to repent: because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness” (Acts 17:30,31).
To be saved, must repentant sinners confess their sins to someone besides the Lord Jesus?
Absolutely not. The Bible teaches us to come to Christ for forgiveness and salvation: “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Eph. 1:7). Consider the following reasons:
1. Jesus is the only mediatory priest or advocate recognized in the New Testament. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5).
Jesus Christ Himself said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
John exhorted believers, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:1,2). See also Heb. 4:15,16; 7:24,25; 8:1,6; 9:24; 10:15–22; 12:24.
2. When preaching repentance and salvation, the apostles did not instruct their hearers to confess their sins to them or to any other man. Rather, they instructed them to “repent and turn to God” (Acts 26:20). They made it clear that we should confess our sins to Him who is “faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
When Simon the sorcerer sinned, Peter commanded him to repent and pray to God: “Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee” (Acts 8:22). The following verses also show that we should turn to the Lord, not to man: Isa. 55:6,7; Hosea 14:2; Joel 2:12,13; Ezra 10:11; 2 Chr. 30:22; Acts 11:21.
3. Jesus instructs us to come directly to Him. “Come unto me . . . I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28); “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger” (John 6:35); “Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37). “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
4. Only the Lord Jesus Christ is exalted by God to give repentance and forgiveness of sins. “Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins” (Acts 5:31).
Jesus Christ is the only begotten, sinless Son of God (John 3:16; Heb. 4:15) who died for our sins and rose from the dead for our justification (Rom. 4:24,25). Therefore, He is the only one whom God exalted to give repentance and the forgiveness of sins (Acts 5:31; Matt. 9:6) and to be a mediator between God and man (1 John 2:1,2). Jesus Christ is faithful and just not only to forgive us our sins, but to do that which man could never do—that is, to cleanse us with His precious blood (1 John 1:7,9); to deliver us from sin and the powers of darkness (Col. 1:13); to heal our broken hearts (Luke 4:18); to give us peace (Luke 7:48,50); to transform our lives (2 Cor. 5:17); to make intercession for us (Heb. 7:25); and to keep us from falling (Jude 1:24). In other words, only the Lord Jesus Christ is able to save “to the uttermost [them] that come unto God by him” (Heb. 7:25).
5. Since we find complete forgiveness and salvation through repentance and confessing our sins directly to the Lord, confession to man is unnecessary and unscriptural. The Bible gives examples of those who confessed to the Lord and found forgiveness: King David (Psa. 32:5; 51; 2 Sam. 24:10); the woman who “was a sinner” (Luke 7:48,50); the prodigal son (Luke 15:20–24); and the publican (Luke 18:13,14).
6. Only the Lord knows all our sins, including secret sins that we would be too ashamed to tell anyone else (John 4:16–18; Psa. 19:12; 90:8; Rom. 6:21). If one confessed his sins to God through a man, his confession would not be complete because he would not recall long forgotten deeds of the past. Also, he would be too ashamed to admit some sins to another. But God knows all things and searches the hearts of men (1 Kings 8:38,39; 1 Chr. 28:9; Psa. 44:21; Jer. 17:9,10; Acts 1:24).
7. Faith in Christ saves us, not just confessing our sins. True salvation includes faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His grace giving repentance and the forgiveness of sins (Acts 5:31; 11:18; 2 Tim. 2:25). When the woman who “was a sinner” came to Jesus in tearful repentance, He said to her, “Thy sins are forgiven. . . . Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace” (Luke 7:48,50).
8. The Bible promises that when we repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, our sins are gone forever. The Lord washes our sins away with His precious blood (1 John 1:7; Rev. 1:5); blots them out (Isa. 44:22); removes them as far as the east is from the west (Psa. 103:12); casts them all into the depths of the sea (Mic. 7:19); and remembers them no more (Isa. 43:25; Heb. 10:17). Therefore, it is unscriptural for us to dig up our past sins and re–confess them to an individual or before a group to find forgiveness from the Lord.
9. The Bible says it is a shame even to speak of those things that were done in secret (Eph. 5:12). New converts should not be pressured into publicly confessing that which they should be ashamed of (Rom. 6:21). This practice only serves the purposes of gossip and feeding the evil curiosity of carnal persons.
Rather, new converts should be encouraged to confess, that is, to publicly acknowledge God’s wonderful grace in saving them from sin. We believe this is the meaning of the word confess as used in Matthew 3:6 and Acts 19:18. (According to Strong’s Concordance, confess means to acknowledge, to profess, to promise. In Matthew 11:25 and Luke 10:21, it is translated as giving thanks.)
10. James 5:16 is written to believers, not to repentant sinners at conversion. It says, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.” If a believer knows that some sin in his life has caused his sickness, then he should confess that particular sin to God and to the one whom he has offended. See also Matt. 5:24.
As a means to obtaining salvation, what are the evils of confessing all our sins to a man?
The evil of being condemned by one who may be unmerciful—After realizing he had sinned by taking a census of the population, King David said, “Let us fall now into the hand of the Lord; for his mercies are great: and let me not fall into the hand of man” (2 Sam. 24:14). Man is not always merciful and forgiving.
Simon, the Pharisee, showed his scorn for the repentant woman when he said, “She is a sinner” (Luke 7:39). No doubt, he thought that her sins were too great to be forgiven. But Jesus, who is rich in mercy, said to her, “Thy sins are forgiven. . . . Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace” (vs. 48,50).
The evil of doubting God’s mercy and grace— To make it compulsory for anyone to confess their sins to an individual or a group is to make them doubt the sufficiency of God’s mercy and grace. Thus, instead of walking in newness of life with the joy of the Lord, they often become spiritually crippled and lack the assurance of sins forgiven.
The evil of exalting man— The New Testament teaches that every believer is a priest of God, even newborn babes in Christ (compare 1 Pet. 2:2 with 2:5).Church leaders who encourage and receive confessions are exalting themselves in an unscriptural way (Acts 5:31). Moreover, they show that they could be given to a curious fascination for wickedness.
The evil of temptation— A person hearing all the morbid details of someone else’s past sins could become defiled and be led into temptation. See 1 Cor. 15:33.
The evil of shameful speaking— The Bible says, “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret” (Eph. 5:11,12). “What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death” (Rom. 6:21).
The evil of trusting in man— God says, “There is none righteous, no, not one. . . . For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:10,23). If one confesses his sins to a man, to whom does that man confess his sins? Moreover, why should one reveal to another that which does not concern him? What good purpose would it serve?
The evil of bondage to man— Usually, a person comes in bondage to the one who hears his confession of sins.
The evil of someone gossiping your confidential confession— “A faithful man who can find?” (Pro. 20:6). But God is “faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
My sins are great. How can I be sure that God will forgive me?
Be assured that God’s Word promises mercy, pardon, and cleansing to all who call upon Him:
“Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” (Isa. 55:6,7).
“For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee” (Psa. 86:5).
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isa. 1:18).
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
“The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
What are the risks if I do not repent now?
Being ruined by sin—“Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin” (Ezek. 18:30).
Suffering the vials of God’s wrath— “And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, and blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds” (Rev. 16:8–11).
Dying and awakening in the torments of hell fire— “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; and in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. . . . Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead” (Luke 16:22,23,27–31).
Not entering the kingdom of heaven, but standing outside with weeping and gnashing of teeth— “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 4:17). “There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out” (Luke 13:28).
Treasuring up wrath for yourself on the Day of Judgment—“The goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance . . . But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God” (Rom. 2:4,5). “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Rev. 20:15).
What will unrepentant sinners do at the coming of Jesus?
They will blaspheme God. “And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent (130 pounds): and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great” (Rev. 16:21).
They will be humbled and bow down. “The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day” (Isa. 2:11). “At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:10,11).
They will cast down their idols of silver and gold. “In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats” (Isa. 2:20).
They will mourn and their hearts will fail them for fear. “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity: the sea and the waves roaring: Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken” (Luke 21:25,26). “And then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matt. 24:30). See also Isa. 13:6–8.
They will cry to be hidden from “the face of him that sitteth on the throne.” “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; and said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: for the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Rev. 6:15–17).
Who will be able to stand in that day?
Those who have repented and have their sins forgiven— “If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared” (Psa. 130:3,4).
Those who have received the gospel of the grace of God— “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand” (1 Cor. 15:1). “This is the true grace of God wherein ye stand” (1 Pet. 5:12). See also Rom. 5:1,2.
Those who have clean hands, a pure heart, humility, and honesty— “Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation” (Psa. 24:3–5).
Those who belong to Jesus and depart from sin— “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (2 Tim. 2:19). See also Psa. 1:5,6.
Those who have put on the whole armor of God— “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” (Eph. 6:13–18).
Those who watch and pray— Jesus said, “Watch, ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:36).
Those who trust in the Lord— “Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him. The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him” (Nahum 1:6,7). See also Rom. 11:20; 2 Cor. 1:24.
Therefore, if you haven’t repented of your sins and trusted in the Lord, do it now!
Don’t neglect it until you get sick; you may never be sick.
Don’t neglect it until you get more time; you may never get more time.
Don’t neglect it until you get old; you may never get old.
Don’t neglect it until the Spirit strives more powerfully; He may never strive again.
Don’t neglect it until tomorrow; this night your soul may be required of you. Do it now! If with a repentant heart and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ you will pray, “God be merciful to me a sinner,” you will experience the joy of having all your sins forgiven and new life in Christ Jesus (Luke 18:13,14).
What will Christ’s coming mean to me if I repent and believe on Him now?
If you repent and patiently continue in well doing, you will receive “glory and honour and immortality, eternal life” (Rom. 2:4,7). Indeed, it will be a glorious day for you and for all true believers when Jesus comes in His own glory, in His Father’s glory, and in the glory of all His holy angels to receive His glorious Church, and to eternally reign in His glorious kingdom (Luke 9:26).
Believers “shall see the king in his beauty” (Isa. 33:17). The Bible gives us a glimpse of Christ’s glory. The keepers of the tomb saw our resurrected Lord with His countenance like lightning and his raiment white as snow (Matt. 28:3). The apostle Paul described the glory of the Lord as “a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun” (Acts 26:13). Peter, James, and John were “eyewitnesses of his majesty” (2 Pet. 1:16). They indeed had a preview of Christ’s coming in glory: He was “transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light” (Matt. 17:2).
The Bible also describes the glory of the Father. He is “glorious in holiness” (Ex. 15:11), “clothed with honour and majesty” (Psa. 104:1), and His glory is above the heavens (Psa. 113:4). The Psalmist David said, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork” (Psa. 19:1). “Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory” (Psa. 72:18,19).
Christ is coming in the glory of all the holy angels. How many angels are there? The Bible speaks of “ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands” (Rev. 5:11). In other words, there is “an innumerable company of angels” (Heb. 12:22). In 2 Kings 19:35, one angel slew 185,000 of the Lord’s enemies. In Revelation 18:1, the glory of one angel illuminated the whole earth. If just one angel is so powerful and glorious, how much more glorious will be “ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands” of angels!
What will it be like to see heaven open, and to behold countless millions of glorious, holy angels “ascending and descending upon the Son of man”? (John 1:51). Words fail. They will come “with a great sound of a trumpet” and “shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matt. 24:31).
Our glorious Savior is coming to “be glorified in his saints” (2 Thess. 1:10). At His coming true believers will:
• Be glorified together with Christ—“And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint–heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Rom. 8:17,18). See also Rom. 8:30; 2 Cor. 4:17; 2 Thess. 1:10; 1 Pet. 1:7.
• Be changed like unto His glorious body—“Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body” (Phil. 3:21). See also 1 John 3:2.
• Be raised in glory—“It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory” (1 Cor. 15:43). See also Rom. 8:21.
• Appear with Him in glory—“When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory” (Col. 3:4). See also Psa. 73:24.
• Be glad with exceeding joy when His glory shall be revealed—“But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy” (1 Pet. 4:13).
• Receive an eternal crown of glory—“And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away” (1 Pet. 5:4).
• Be presented faultless before the presence of His glory—“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 1:24).
• Enter the glorious kingdom of God—“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matt. 25:34). This eternal existence is described in part as “the holy city, [the] new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a Bride adorned for her husband. . . . Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. . . . And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it; for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. . . . And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Rev. 21:2,11,23,27).
• Inherit glory and shine with His glory forever and ever—“The wise shall inherit glory” (Pro. 3:35). “Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father” (Matt. 13:43). “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever” (Dan. 12:3).
At the Second Coming, therefore, all who have repented and believed on the Lord Jesus Christ shall behold Him coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory and shall eternally reign with Him in His glorious, heavenly kingdom. Oh what a glorious day that will be!
“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20).
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