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The Purifying Hope

If He shall be manifested, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him even as He is (1 John 3 2).

The Lord Jesus will be manifested to all who have received Him as Saviour when He comes to the air to take us to Himself. Then we shall be like Him, we shall see Him. Thrilling thought! Grasped by faith this truth becomes to us a daily source of spiritual power. As the apostle John goes on to say, "Every one that hath this hope set on Him purifieth himself, even as He is pure". Knowing His purity, the thought that perhaps today we shall see Him face to face stirs us to purity ourselves. Does the heart tend to slacken in standards of holiness? If so, the very thought of the soon return of the Master quickens

afresh the desire to purify our ways according to His Word. "Abide in Him; that, if He shall be manifested, we may have boldness, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming".

When this is a real factor in our spiritual experience it has a powerfully sanctifying effect. Much spiritual weakness may be traced to lack of vigilance as to standards of holiness. Sin tolerated by the believer leads to a run down condition. As a battery is flat when a "short" has drained the current, so a Christian's spiritual strength for service is depleted when known sin is indulged.