To Love His Appearing (Sun. Jan. 3)

The word of the day is “love.” Today’s reading allows us to consider what is our primary hope in life and death. In 2 Timothy 4:5-9, St. Paul says, “Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing”  (vs. 9). Paul believes that his death is near.  “For I am  already,” he says, “being poured out as a drink offering (vs. 4:6).  The  Mosaic Law required that “libations” (“drink offerings”) accompany the daily burnt offerings, the Sabbath offerings, the monthly offerings, the Paschal offering, and the Feast of Weeks offerings (Number…

Hidden and Revealed (Sun. Dec. 13)

The word of the day is “appear.”  In today’s reading of Colossians 3:4-11, St. Paul promises that when Christ returns, He will bring the faithful with Him to share His glory.  The Apostle proclaims, “When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory”  (vs. 4). The root of the Greek original text is “to make apparent.” Therefore, Christ’s appearance means more than that He “shows up.”  Rather, the term refers to the revelation of what is hidden.  More than that, it is the manifestation of the fundamental character of what is now unseen (Strong’s #5319, 1-20). Our Hidden Life At present, the wickedness of this present age conceals the true nature of Christ. …