Why “Awaiting That Day?”

“Awaiting That Day” may seem like a peculiar name for a blog, but think about how the New Testament uses the word day (Gk. hēmera). Like many words that we have even in English, its usage is varied, and sometimes nuanced, depending upon the context. Sure, it has its usual meaning of a 24-hour period, or perhaps of the length of time that the sun is overhead and it is light out. It even has the extended meaning of a general time period such as the days are evil or the days of Herod.

But there is another meaning listed in the Greek lexicon known [affectionately] as BDAG: a day appointed for very special purposes, especially of a day of judgment fixed by a judge. It is this aspect from which I derived the name. As believers, we are to be eagerly anticipating and awaiting the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. To a certain extent, it does not matter when we place that coming (admittedly, I am pretribulational, but that is not the point!); the main thing to keep in mind is that He is indeed coming again, and the New Testament is not silent on the ramifications of that truth!

Consider a few of the passages that refer to the coming day:

1 Corinthians 1:7-8 …so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:12-13 Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work.

Ephesians 4:30 Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Philippians 1:6, 9-10 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus… And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief.

2 Thessalonians 1:10 …when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed—for our testimony to you was believed.

2 Timothy 1:12 For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.

2 Timothy 4:8 …in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.

Hebrews 10:23-25 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

Even in this sampling of occurrences, we see two main themes emerge: security and scrutiny.

For those of us who believe that Jesus died on the cross to satisfy God’s wrath towards our sin, we can have hope in and long for that day. Once we believe, we are sealed by the Spirit, so that no one can pluck us out of God’s hand. The Father will confirm us and perfect us, in part because the Spirit has baptized us into the body of the Son. This baptism so inextricably links and identifies us to and with Him that denying a believer entrance into eternal life would be like denying the Son entrance, as well. Our hope in that day can give us peace, joy, and perspective today.

Yet, there is a second aspect that we will find on that day — the Judgment Seat of Christ. All believers will give an account for how their lives lined up with the Word of God, and what they did with what God entrusted to them. In this way, we will be scrutinized, all the while secure in our eternal life. This is what Paul is getting at in the 1 Corinthians 3 and 2 Timothy 4 passages above. The author of Hebrews, as well, makes encouragement between believers a central theme in their work, for they know that the Christian life cannot be successfully lived in solitude.

That is why this website exists. In equipping the people of God with the Word of God, I seek to shore up their hope in Christ’s Coming by teaching them about His Word. At the same time, I want to encourage others to passionately pursue the Word of God as the sole source of Truth, so that they can be diligent to present [themselves] approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).

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