Many of you have mentioned that when you witness about Christ's close return, some Christians say He won't come for years while others ask why you would ever long for such a thing (usually giving a "magnanimous" word about bringing in the lost and whatnot, thus appearing as if they have a heart for the lost and not a heart for staying in this world...)
Why would we dare to long for our Lord?
Philippians 1:6 is our answer.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Our salvation was only BEGUN on the cross. We are now adopted in the family of God. We are His children through the sacrifice of His Son and no one can snatch us out of His hand. BUT, our salvation is not fully realized -- UNTIL the Day of His Coming, when WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM.
Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
AMEN! How could we NOT want our Lord to come again?! Our salvation isn't yet complete. Our glorification is the final step of what He began on the cross. That's what "He who has begun a good work in you will complete it" MEANS! Our salvation isn't complete until we are LIKE HIM.
And we won't be like Him until the Resurrection.
And the Resurrection is the RAPTURE!!
Folks, the only way we can live in Heaven and see Him face to face is to be glorified. That is the final step in our salvation story. Christ must complete our salvation, just like He promised. Completing salvation has nothing to do with "getting holy" or "becoming more like Him", it's quite literally our transformation into our glorified, heavenly bodies.
Come, Lord Yeshua! Complete our salvation in You!! \O/