Loving His Appearing

Word of the Kingdom Conference 2009 series
By: Maina Waiganjo Mwangi | Feb 8, 2009
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Message Notes

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Word of the Kingdom Conference
Sunday, February 8th
Topic: Loving His Appearing
(2 Tim 4:8)
Maina W. M
([email protected])
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TOPIC: LOVING HIS APPEARING
(2Tim 4:8)
De 29:29
29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which
are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all
the words of this law
NB. Fundamentally, Moses is rehearsing and expounding instructions for the new
generation as they were about to take possession of the land that which was
promised as an inheritance to them by GOD. He is almost coming to the
close of these instructions
Why is this a nice place to begin this last message for this years conference
here today?
As Kingdom believers we have over these last four conference days, God has
revealed new things or we have received reminders important in this journey. The
Lord has shared with us His Mind about the coming Kingdom and how in knowing
His mind and heart we would therein, get
- encouraged to run the race with patience
- challenged to adjust our lives in specific ways in view of the
inheritance set straight out right ahead
- come into the knowledge of the hugeness of our responsibility
individually and within the body
Today?s message/topic is structured funny ? it will in a sense be in two parts.
In Part one ? With the help of the Holy Spirit I will call our attention
to????????...
1. Moses? caution about why God He is revealing His secrets to us
a. It is that we would obey ? that we as he puts it ? do all the words of
law?
2. As we obey these words the Holy Spirit in on duty to continue opening our
eyes to understand the mysteries/hidden/ secrets
1Co 2:7-11
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom,
which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they
would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
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9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered
into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love
him. (Isa 64:4, 65:17)
10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all
things, yea, the deep things of God.
11 or what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in
him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
Isa 55: 8-11
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,
saith the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than
your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not
thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may
give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return
unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper
in the thing whereto I sent it.
The Holy Spirit will reveal and teach them to us
Joh 14:26
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in
my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your
remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you (reminding them the
Kingdom things already taught- things in the realm of knowledge already)
Joh 16:13 -15
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all
truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that
shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come (things yet future ?
Kingdom).
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of
mine, and shall shew it unto you.
We therefore need to have the Holy Spirit in plenty but how is this to happen?
Eph 5:18
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18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and
making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Col 3:16
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and
admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing
with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
God?s thoughts and ways are higher than ours. But there a way in which we can
enjoy knowing those thoughts and ways and that is by allowing the Holy Spirit in
us to reveal them to us.
The Holy Spirit?s willingness to reveal them to us is contingent on our willingness
to obey all of what has already been revealed
What should our prayer be then?
Lu 24:45 Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the
scriptures
Ac 16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of
Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord
opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.
Ac 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from
the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of
sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is
in me.
Eph 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know
what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his
inheritance in the saints
Ps 119:18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy
law
Ps 119:34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe
it with my whole heart.
2Ti 3:16
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all
good
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Personal Prayer
LORD Open my eyes, give me understanding of your Word.
I choose to obey it because in obeying I will please you.
In obeying I will profit from it and thus remain thoroughly furnished unto all
good work that will account for me at your appearing.
In Christ?s Name, Amen
Part Two of this message concentrates on the central theme of the topic
We will take this further by looking at an encouraging testimony that Paul gave his
son in the faith ? Timothy
2Ti 4:7-8
7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the
Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that Day: and not to me only,
but unto all them also that love his appearing
Paul is writing these two letters to his son in the faith (Timothy). The letters were
probably written between AD 63 & 66. Second one to timothy was probably the
last letter that he wrote. In the first letter (AD 63) Paul is providing some
instructions to his son.
In the second letter (AD 66) was written from prison (2Tim 1:8) in Rome with the
certainty points to Timothy of what he boldly states a successful race. He calls
attention of Timothy to the purpose of our high calling of God in Christ which
relates very directly to a specific Day.
In seeking to unravel this, we will trust the Holy Spirit to unpack it for us in
responding to three questions
Question ONE
Which DAY is this Paul is calling Timothy?s attention to?
The DAY is mentioned three times in this second letter
2Ti 1:12
For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not
ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able
to keep that which I have committed unto him against that Day (KJV)
2Ti 1:18
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The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that Day:
and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest
very well
2Ti 4:8
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord,
the righteous judge, shall give me at that Day: and not to me only, but unto
all them also that love his appearing.
1Co 3:13-15
13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the Day shall declare it,
because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of
what sort it is. {it shall be: Gr. it is}
14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a
reward.
15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall
be saved; yet so as by fire.
His Appearing
2Ti 4:1
I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the
quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
1Pe 5:4
And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that
fadeth not away.
1Pe 1:7
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth,
though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the
appearing of Jesus Christ:
Tit 2:13
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God
and our Saviour Jesus Christ
2Co 5:9-10
9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted
of him.
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10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one
may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done,
Comparing scripture with scripture (2 Tim 4:8; 2 Tim 4:1; 1 Pet 5:4; 2 Cor
5:9; 1 Pe 1:7; 1 Cor 3: 13-15; Tit 2:13)
- His appearing is connected to His Kingdom
- His appearing is connected to judgment
- His appearing is connected to approval for rewards
- His appearing is connected to disapproval & suffering loss
What is it to love His appearing?
Fundamentally and of necessity one cannot love the appearing of one they don?t
know and love
We will look at only a few of the behaviors or characteristics of a believer who is
looking for his appearing
The conduct/behavior of who love his appearing
1. Lovers of the One Appearing
Because of what is at stake only those who genuinely love the one appearing can
benefit from his appearing
Love as has been defined for us by Scott - ?a profound tender affection for a
person
Mt 7:21-23
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of
heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy
name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many
wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that
work iniquity.
What Jesus was saying here is that loving His appearing is not in the saying but
the in the doing
But not just doing anything but doing the right thing - that which is in line with
the will of God. (Nakuru @ this moment)
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There is possibility that there will be many who will produce a resume that will not
account for them.
Works yes but works of wood-hay- stubble axis and not Gold-Silver-precious
Stones axis.
Joh 14:15-16
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he
may abide with you for ever;
Joh 14:21
21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me:
and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and
will manifest myself to him
1Jo 5:3
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his
commandments are not grievous (burdensome, weighty).
Jas 2
5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world
rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that
love him?
1Jo 2:
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love
the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Mt 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Its not rocket science to locate ones? heart. Just check what he treasures most.
Lots was in the plains
Points to ponder
- One who loves His appearing is the one who has His word, doer of the word
- One who loves His appearing is the heartily doeth the word. Looking for
every opportunity to do the word
- It is not possible to love the world (which has it own patterns and systems
and still be able to love his appearing). This is irreconcilable.
2. Keep the flesh in its place - subdued
Flesh is simply the sinful nature /the old man that is still alive in us.
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The flesh is one of the enemies of our maturing in the faith and serious distracter in
our vision of soon coming King
Ro 8:12
Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh
You owe nothing to the flesh. Nothing is due to the flesh. So sub(due) it
Rom 7:18
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will
is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find
1Th 5:1-4
1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto
you.
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the Day of the Lord so cometh as a thief
in the night.
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness (shadiness, obscurity), that that Day
should overtake (Katalambano ? kata = down & lambano ? to take; take
hold of) you as a thief. Picture of a knock out situation in a boxing game
Paul calls to our attention the following truths (not in the slides)
Ephesians 5:8
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children
of light
1Th 5:5
You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of
darkness.
1Pe 2:9
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special
people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness
into His marvelous light;
Col 1:13
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the
kingdom of his dear Son
Joh 8:12
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that
followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Ge 1:3-4 - provides a good type
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
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4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the
darkness
During the restorative work of the earth after the ruin God separate Light &
Darkness
He did not eliminate the darkness; He put light and darkness side by side. He
expected that as long as light is on darkness will have to stay away
The conflict within
That there a constant conflict in the life of a believer brought about by the presence
of both sinful nature and the divine nature residing in the same body, with either
man capable of gaining control and proving victorious in the conflict.
Ex 10:21-23- Another type
21 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that
there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be
felt.
22 And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick
darkness in all the land of Egypt three days:
23 They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but
all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.
Illustration
Ga 5:24 -25
24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and
lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit
We cannot deal with the flesh with the flesh in the flesh. The flesh is not a weapon
? it?s a debilitating agency. It?s a cancer
Good news
Ro 8:13 - For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do
mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
The good news is that the Holy Spirit in us will come to our rescue. The Spirit man
must therefore be empowered on a regular basis through the reading and doing the
word.
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Jas 1:25 ?But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth
therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be
blessed in his deed?
3879. looketh = parakupto to bend beside, i.e. lean over (so as to peer within):--
look (into), stoop down.
2Ch 32:8
With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to
fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah
king of Judah
Joh 6:63
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak
unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
3. Ministry one to another
1 Thes 5:9-11
9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord
Jesus Christ,
10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together
with him.
11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also
ye do.
Heb 10:24 -26
24 And let us consider one another to provoke (paroxusmos ? incitement to
good) unto love and to good works
- provoke = paroxusmos ? incitement to good
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some
is; but exhorting (parakaleo) one another: and so much the more, as ye see
the day approaching.
26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the
truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
3870 Comfort (parakaleo) - to call near, i.e. invite, invoke (by imploration, or
consolation):--beseech, call for, (be of good) comfort, desire, (give) exhort (-ation),
intreat, pray.
3618 Edify (oikodomeo) to be a house-builder, i.e. construct or (figuratively)
confirm :--(be in) build(-er, -ing, up), edify, embolde
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1Co 3:9
9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are
God's building
- [labourers together =sunergos - coadjutor:companion in labour, (fellow-
)helper(-labourer, -worker), labourer together with, workfellow]
- building = oikodomeo
10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise
masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But
let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon [buildeth =
epoikodomeo]
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones,
wood, hay, stubble; [build = epoikodomeo]
13 Every man's work (in relation to the building ? you and I are part of) shall
be made manifest: for the Day shall declare (reveal) it, because it shall be
revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
Some points to ponder
- We have a responsibility in a sense of what reward others get
- We need to build on the building = body carefully
- We need to be careful in the way we supply in the measure of grace and
knowledge of God
- What is my contribution to your works = my contribution to your reward
1Co 12:12-14; 18; 26
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that
one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or
Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into
one Spirit
14 For the body is not one member, but many.
18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath
pleased him.
26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one
member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
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Eph 4:16
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is
the head, even Christ
16 From whom (Head ? Christ) the whole body fitly joined together and
compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual
working in the measure (metron =metre) of every part, maketh increase of
the body unto the edifying of itself in love
Col 2:19
And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having
nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
4. Watching eagerly
1Thes 5: 6
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
Sleep = katheudo, to lie down to rest, i.e. (by implication) to fall asleep
(literally or figuratively)
Watch = gregoreuo, to keep awake, i.e. watch (literally or figuratively): be
vigilant, wake, (be) watch (-ful). Used 23 times in the KJV
This word comes from egeiro = to rouse from sleep, to cause to rise up,
hence to live
Watching
- means to be thoroughly alive to a situation and taking all measures required
in the light of what is expected.
- It does not mean to do nothing or inactivity
- Read
o Mt 24:45-51 ? the faithful & the evil servant
o Mt 25:14-30 ? the parable of the talents
1Co 1:7
7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus
Christ: {coming: Gr. revelation}
Waiting = apekdechomai, to expect fully, look (wait) for
The force of this word lies in the intensity of the longing and it does not depend
upon length of the period
Sitting on the edge = climactic experience as in movies
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It has to be profitable waiting
In these parables we all are to be busy doing good works that were prepared
beforehand that we should walk in them.
Other messages from this series Audio Video PDF Study Notes
Loving His Appearing
Saved for a Purpose
An Ending - Moses / John
Who Is My Neighbor?
Loving the Lord Jesus and Avoiding the Anathema - Part 3
Loving the Lord Jesus and Avoiding the Anathema - Part 2
Judea, Samaria, and the Remotest Parts of the Earth
A Beginning - Moses / John
To Him Who Overcomes
Jonah / Christ
Works Prepared Beforehand
Loving the Lord Jesus and Avoiding the Anathema - Part 1
Casting Crowns
Jonah / Israel