The Limiting of God

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“Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. – [Rev 22:12 NASB]

It’s been almost 2,000 years since Christ spoke these words in John’s vision. We have to wonder why it has been such a long period of time. I am sure that many no longer believe He is coming quickly.

Was Christ wrong? Never!

Is it because time is different for Him? Well, a 1,000 years for God is like a day. But, Christ was talking to Him beloved Bride. He knows how what time is like for us. He is our His Priest and He sympathizes with us.

Has Christ been slow to return? Has He taken His time? No.

Christ is very quick to return. He would not wait an extra second.

So what has happened? Why has it been 2,000 years?

God has limited Himself. The omnipotent, omnipresent God has limited Himself by humanity.

In the Old Testament, God limited Himself to the ark of testimony. This ark had to be carried by His Priests. In order for God to move, He had to be carried by His People.

Do you see that this is just a type of the reality that we have today? In order for Christ to move today, He must be carried by His People. Christ goes where we go.

So has Christ been slow to return? No, we have been slow. He would move in the flash of lightning, but we would take our time. We have not allowed Him to prepare us. Christ must return victoriously. He must have attained His eternal desire. Christ must have His testimony, a People filled up with Him. Christ must have His Bride City, the New Jerusalem.

Pray without ceasing, because your prayers lay the tracks for God’s move.

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Posted on March 22, 2012, in Exhortation, Jesus Outside the Four Gospels, Teaching, Thoughts and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Do you think maybe these comments from our Lord could refer to Christ daily coming into our lives? He comes into all of the circumstances & events of our daily lives… esp. Into our various relationships cuz that’s where He is experienced (known).

    • Thanks for the comment Ron! There are many verses that tell us that Christ will return. I don’t think that it would be phrased as “I am coming quickly”, if it was referring to Christ in our daily lives. As the life-giving Spirit He has already come and He is already in our daily lives. Also, it refers to our reward, which we haven’t received yet. Although, I think He was referring to that when He said, “I am with you, even to the end of the age”. What are your thoughts?

  2. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 (ESV)

    These were the first words that came to mind as I read your convicting post Peter … thanks for the reminder!

    Be blessed IN Christ Jesus brother!


  3. excellent words brother, of the same mind, 🙂

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