|The Second Coming of Christ 6
Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith? Now God himself and our Father,
and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you. And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even
as we do toward you: To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
with all his saints. (1 Thessalonians 3:10-13 KJV)
The apostle Paul asks a question at the end of one paragraph, before continuing on. What else can be done than what he has been doing? Thankful for them
before God, he has prayed day and night to be able to come see them that he might perfect that which is lacking in your faith.
For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God; Night and day praying exceedingly
that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith? (1 Thessalonians 3:9-10 KJV)
In the meantime, Paul’s prayer is that they would grow in love for one another and for all men, that their love would equal Paul’s love for them. His love for
them is that they might be unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints. This is a reference
to the events discussed in Chapter 4, and described and promised by the angels in Acts 1. It is a prayer for their eternal salvation, and that they might have
part in the eternal life described in heaven with the Father and His Christ. This would be theirs if they were established unblameable in holiness – washed by
the blood of Jesus, and humbly obedient to His word.
For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? For ye are our glory and joy.
(1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 KJV)
What was Paul’s hope and joy and reason to rejoice? The fact that the Thessalonians would be His at his coming. This coming is the coming of Chapter 4. It
is the return of described and promised by the angels in Acts 1.