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by Stanford Chambers

Stanford Chambers (1877-1969)

From April 1920 Word & Work

     Comparatively few church members desire the coming of the Lord and would like to close their eyes to the vast amount of Scripture there is on the subject. They have become conformed to this world and are attached to it. Their hearts are set upon earthly treasures and earthly enterprises instead of the things of their Lord. His plans and purposes are not understood and there is little sympathy with them. The subject of His return is sadly neglected, and as we stated before, much of the teaching that is given on it produces a dread rather than a desire for the event to occur. Even with some who have Observed the bulk of Scripture devoted to the subject and who have learned in what attitude the Word of God would have us toward the event and wish to conform to its teaching find it difficult to do so for the fact that the world is unprepared for His coming. They are staggered at the thought of the numbers unsaved upon whom the event would come. The thought is indeed appalling, but think again. In the light of the Scriptures, and of the past and present as well, can you hope for conditions to be better in years to come?

     Does the number of conversions to the Lord keep pace with the increase of population? By no means. It is continually falling farther and farther behind. There will be far more unprepared for the coming of the Lord later on than now. Consider further: The population of the earth is said to be 1,650,000,000. The average life of man is said to be less than 35 years. Put it at 35. Divide the population of the earth by that figure and you have the number of deaths per year, which is 50,000,000. Divide that by 12 and you have the number per month which is over 4,000,000. Divide by 30 and the number who die daily is found to be 137,000. Again, divide in turn by 24, 60 and 60 and you find that over 5,000 die every hour, over 95 every minute and one and a half per second. That is how fast people are dropping into eternity. How many of them are prepared to meet God? Millions are dying in their sins. As the present order continues population increases and the number dying in their sins likewise increases and why should we therefore not desire the Lord to come and cuts in short, thus sparing millions from a hopeless fate? But someone may say, “Perhaps if the coming is deferred the world could finally be converted to Christ.” That would be a glorious thing, indeed, but the Bible saves us the disappointment of that vain hope, for “as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the coming of the Son of Man.” Again, “evil men and impostors shall wax worse and worse deceiving and being deceived.” Let us allow the Bible to put us right on this as on all other questions. May we have faith to believe in its wisdom in all things and not hesitate to take the position it assigns for us.

     But another obstacle to the desire for His coming often arises in the minds of earnest people who really want to stand where the Lord would have them, and be pleasing to Him in every matter, and that is the thought that “I myself, am not well enough prepared for the coming.” Well in what does preparedness consist and how long does it take to be prepared? Few feel a great deal better prepared now than they felt a year ago and would feel little better a year hence. But why are you not prepared? It is the Lord who prepares us and not we ourselves. Let Him prepare you. He furnishes the wedding garment. Let him furnish you. His blood cleanses from all sin and you have access thereto, so that “though your sins be as scarlet they shall be as white as snow.” Be cleansed at once and keep cleansed. It is not a question of length of years in this important matter of preparing to meet our Lord, but of faith in Him and His ways. But you may be wishing you had done better in the world, and feeling that you need more time to earn your reward and win your crown. But even that does not depend on quantity of work, but rather upon quality, and that is determined by the spirit and heart put into it as shown in more than one of the parables.

     Get in the right attitude toward the coming of your Lord and you will find yourself greatly helped already both as to your being and doing.” He that hath this hope purifieth himself.” Like the Thessalonians of old (I Thes. 1:9-10), let us “serve the living and true God and wait for His Son from heaven,” “For our citizenship is in heaven, whence also we look for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Phil. 3:20.) “For the grace of God hath appeared, bringing salvation to all man, instructing us to the intent that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world; looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a people for his own possession, zealous of good works.” (Titus 2:11-14.) “And now, my little children, abide in. him; that, if he shall be manifested, we may have boldness, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.” Amen

  Stanford Chambers (1877-1969)

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2 corinthians 1:3-4