By His Grace and infinite mercy God provides a blessing in the “Day of Christ” right before the terrible judgment of the final “Day of the Lord”. Paul tells us “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.” (A)
Merrill F. Unger said the ‘”Day of Christ” is the period connected with reward and blessing of saints at the coming of Christ for His own. The Day of Christ is not the Day of the Lord. The latter is connected with earth judgments (B), which come after the out-taking of the church to heaven at the rapture, the body of Christ, and its glorification and judgment for works at the judgment seat of Christ. The Day of the Lord (C) cannot occur until after the church is completed (D).
The “Day of the Lord” is the protracted period commencing with the Second Advent of Christ in glory and ending with the cleansing of the heavens and the earth by fire preparatory to the new heavens and the new earth of the eternal state (E). The Day of the Lord as a visible manifestation of Christ upon the earth is to be distinguished from the Day of Christ. The latter is connected with the glorification of the saints and their reward in the heavenlies previous to their return with Christ to inaugurate the Day of the Lord. The Day of the Lord thus comprehends specifically the closing phase of the Tribulation and extends through the Millennial Kingdom. Apocalyptic judgments on earth (F) precede and introduce the Day of the Lord.” (G)
Matthew said “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.”(H) and Peter said “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” (I)
The time may be short and I need to be diligent about telling people about the eternal salvation available only through Jesus Christ. Then we are to train those believing in Him in discipleship so they can go make disciples.
Henry Luke March 8, 2015
Notes: A-Philippians 1:6, also see I Corinthians 1:8; 5:5; II Corinthians 1:14; Philippians 1:10; 2:16; B- Revelation 4:1-19:16; C- Isaiah 2:12, Revelation 19:11-21: D- II Thessalonians 2:1 cf. II Thess. 2:2-12; E- Isaiah 65:17-19; 66:22; II Peter 3:13; Revelations 21:1; F- Revelation 4:1-19:6; G-Unger’s Bible Dictionary by Merrill F. Unger Moody Press 20th Printing 1974; H- Matthew 24:42; I-2 Peter 3:9