DAY OF CHRIST vs. DAY OF THE LORD

  • Day of Christ  (Day of the Lord Jesus Christ)– Return for the Church, Rapture (snatching up of the church)
    1 Corinthians 15:23 f.f.
    1 Thessalonians 2:19;  4:14-15, 17;  5:23
    2 Thessalonians 2: 1-2
    James 5: 7-8
    2 Peter 1:16;  3:4
    1 John 2:28
    1 Corinthians 1:8;  5:5
    2 Corinthians 1: 14
    Philippians 1: 6, 10;  2:16
    John 14: 2-3  (“I go (ascension) to prepare a place for you…. “I will come  again (Rapture)…”
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    Day of the Lord (2nd Coming)
    Matthew 24:  3, 27, 29-30, 37, 39
    Isaiah 2:12
    1 Thessalonians 3:13
    2 Thessalonians 2: 2  (should read “day of the Lord is at hand”)
    1 Corinthians 15: 24-25
    Revelation 19: 11-21
    (a few verses to show the distinction between the Day of Christ and the Day of the Lord)
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IN ACCEPTANCE LIETH PEACE……Amy Carmichael

In acceptance lieth peace. O my heart be still;
Let thy restless worries cease and accept His will.
Though this test be not thy choice;
It is His—therefore rejoice.
In His plan there cannot be aught to make thee sad:
If this is His choice for thee, take it and be glad.
Make from it some lovely thing
To the glory of thy King.
Cease from sighs and murmuring. Sing His loving grace.
This thing means thy furthering to a wealthy place.
From thy fears He’ll give release,
In acceptance lieth peace.

—Amy Carmichael

Copied from The Speaker’s Quote Book, ©1997,
2009 edited by Roy B. Zuck, p. 376-377

THE CHRIST-CENTERED CHRISTIAN……Miles J. Stanford

The risen Lord Jesus is the abiding-place and environment of our new nature, and it is in that life we are to walk, “for our citizenship is in heaven” (Phil. 3:20).
It is there, abiding above, that we fellowship and grow; and it is from there that we minister here in this lost and needy world. Although we are in this world, we are not of it; we are primarily here in order for God to be glorified in us and the Lord Jesus to be manifested through us for the sake of others. “Conduct yourselves properly (honorably, righteously) among the Gentiles, so that although they may slander you as evil doers, [yet] they may by witnessing your good deeds [come to] glorify God” (1 Pet. 2:12, Amplified).
To escape from the reign and corroding influence of the world we must count on the work of the Cross, by which we were crucified unto the world, and the world crucified unto us.  (Galatians 6:14 “But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”)  The source of our Christian life is neither in the worldly nature, nor the worldly system; we are to look to another world for all our resources. “If [since] then ye were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are upon the earth. For ye died, and your life is hid with Christ in God” (Col. 3:1–3).
Satan
Both the Cross and the risen Lord Jesus separate us from the reign of Satan. At Calvary we died out of his kingdom of darkness and death; in the resurrection we were born into the Son’s kingdom of light and life. “Giving thanks unto the Father, who hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son” (Col. 1:12, 13).
Resist
Satan would seek to bluff us out of our position of safety. But we are to “be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour; whom resist steadfast in the faith…” “Neither give place to the devil.” “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you”(1 Pet. 5:8, 9; Eph. 4:27; James 4:7).
Our resistance to the Enemy is on the basis of faith, faith in the work of the Cross in which he was doomed and his power broken. Through our reckoning, his defeat at Calvary is applied and we are made to triumph.
Satan, although dangerous, has been defeated. “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same, that through death he might destroy [make of no effect] him that had the power of death, that is, the devil” (1 John 3:8; Heb. 2:14).
Stand
We are to stand in our position, “hid with Christ in God,” that we may be “strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might” (Col. 3:3; Eph. 6:10). We do not have to wage war with the devil to obtain our position, nor do we have to fight him either to maintain it or to retain it. We simply stand where we have been placed, abiding above, resisting his assaults and fiery darts through faith in the Victor who defeated him and all his cohorts. At the Cross the Lord Jesus “spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it” (Col. 2:15). We humbly walk in the train of His triumph.
Rest
Many believers, not knowing of, nor abiding in, their position in the triumphant Lord Jesus, attempt to war against and defeat the devil and his demons. Before long Satan looms larger and stronger in their eyes, while the Lord Jesus seems to become smaller and weaker.
Soon they imagine there are demons on every hand, possessing nearly everything and everybody. They become obsessed with their “warfare,” and before long begin to experience defeat and breakdown in the physical, mental, moral, and spiritual realms.
If Satan can get the believer to become more aware of him than of the Lord Jesus, the inevitable result is a triumphant foe and a defeated Christian. Our responsibility is to steadfastly resist the Enemy by quietly resting in our impregnable position in Christ. “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.” “Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light” (Col. 2:9, 10; Rom. 13:12).
Our Father often uses the Enemy as a foil, to teach us to handle our weapons of defense. We are told to “put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Eph. 6:11).  Actually, the Lord Jesus is our armor—“put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh” (Rom. 13:14). Satan cannot touch Him, nor can he touch us in Him.
Even when our Father chooses to let out Satan’s chain a bit, the Enemy’s worst only proves to be God’s best for the believer who stands his ground in Christ. Satan thought he was destroying the Lord Jesus on the Cross, and now he attempts to do the same with the believer. But all he gets is a mouthful of ashes, his Calvary defeat. All he gets is judgment, “because the prince of this world is judged” (John 16:11).
I am thankful that the Cross has closed my history as related to the world and its prince. I was a slave to the world, but now it is crucified to me, and I to it.
Galatians 6:14
14 But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.  I was a slave to Satan, but now my Father has made me a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light, and delivered me from the power of darkness.
Colossians 1:12-13
12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.
13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,

INCOMPARABLE CHRIST……Author Unknown

REFORMATION OR TRANSFORMATION…..J.B. Stoney

The word “transformation” occurs twice in Scripture with reference to Christians (Rom. 12:2, and 2 Cor. 3:18). Every believer tries to be reformed, but very few apprehend the great moral difference between reformation and transformation. As a rule believers rejoice that they are saved, and aim to be up to the language of Micah 6:8, “to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.”

There are increasing numbers who have accepted the truth that by the grace of God they have been transferred from Adam to Christ, and that they are clear of the old man in God’s sight; yet they have no true understanding of what it is to be “transformed.” Reformation is improvement, and refers to what already exists; but transformation means a change of being. This, it is feared, is little known.

In Romans 12:2, we are exhorted not to be “conformed to this world,” but to be “transformed by the renewing of your mind.” This means a new mind, something altogether new; so that you are not to walk before men according to this world, but according to the mind of Christ, your life. Hence, at the end of this exhortation, the Apostle says, “put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof” (Rom. 13:14).

It is not a question as to whether the order of this world is good or not, but you are not to be conformed to it any more: you are to be “transformed” according to a new mind, and thus be able to “prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” Everyone who knows anything of his own heart must know that he has tastes and desires connected with this earthly scene, and the more they are gratified the stronger they become. But as he walks in the Spirit he finds that what he likes most in the natural order of things is the very thing he must avoid: “No man . . . having drunk old wine straightway desireth new; for he saith, The old is better.” Very slowly do we learn to be altogether non-conformed to this world, but transformed by the renewing of our mind.

As to the transforming of 2 Corinthians 3:18, the blessedness of it is that it is by beholding the Lord Jesus’ glory with unveiled face that we are transformed into the same image; that is, we are brought into moral correspondence with Himself. It is not merely a new course outside and apart from the world as in Romans, but here we are in conscious union with the risen Lord Jesus Christ in glory.

It is true that every convert does not enjoy the light of His glory, because many are dwelling more upon the work than upon the Person who did the work. The fact is, the nearer you are to Him in glory the more assured you are of being in the righteousness of God, and that you are there without a cloud; and it is as you behold the Lord Jesus there, you are gradually transformed into moral correspondence to Himself. Many have been misled by thinking that by reading the Bible you become like Christ—transformed; but you will find diligent students of the Word, who may never say anything incorrect in doctrine, yet who never seem to grow in grace and walk in spiritual reality.

When we learn that we are united to Him who is in glory, we can come forth in the new man to manifest His beauty and grace here on earth. This transformation is of the highest order. The Lord lead our hearts to apprehend the great contrast between the old man, however reformed by law, and the new man growing by grace into the likeness of the Lord Jesus Christ.