Many today are obsessed with looking for the signs of His coming. Me, too! I’m looking for a glorious church without spot, wrinkle or blemish that has been washed in the water of the Word. Eph 5:25-27
“Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.”
I’m waiting for the saints to be equipped until we come into the unity of the faith and the full knowledge of the Son of God – unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Eph. 4:11-13
“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, TILL we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”
I’m waiting until we are built together and have become an habitation of God in the Spirit. Eph. 2:20- “having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, n whom you also ARE BEING BUILT for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”
I’m waiting until we reveal the manifold wisdom of God to the principalities and power in the heavenly realms. Eph 3:8-12 “This grace was given to me—the least of all the saints!—to proclaim to the Gentiles the incalculable riches of the Messiah, 9 and to shed light for all about the administration of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things. This is so that God’s multi-faceted wisdom may now be made known THROUGH THE CHURCH to the rulers and authorities in the heavens. This is according to the purpose of the ages, which He made in the Messiah, Jesus our Lord.”
I’m waiting until the Church receives the glory that Jesus gave us and we become one resulting in the world knowing that Father sent Jesus.John 17:20-23
“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, THAT THE WORLD MAY BELIEVE THAT YOU SENT ME. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that THAT THEY MAY BE MADE PERFECT IN ONE, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.”
I’m waiting until Jesus brings many sons and daughters into the glory He now possesses. Heb. 2:10-11 “For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, IN BRINGING MANY SONS TO GLORY to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren.”
I’m waiting for the Church to stop looking for the second coming and start to appreciate the first. Eph. 1:3 “Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Through Christ, God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing that heaven has to offer.
All of these statements are clear pronouncements from the Word. Ask yourself: How do these ideas fit with my current understanding? Then – adjust!