God's Answers to Man's concerns - Abiding in Christ
Abiding in Christ
"I am the vine,ye are :He that abideth in me and I in him; the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing". (John 15:5)
The uniqueness of the Christian experience results from the union of Christ and the believer.
This was expressed in scripture as Christ being in the believer and the believer in Christ. Ten times Paul uses the Greek preposition sun(together) to describe this relationship.Believers were crucified (Gal 2:20),dead Col 2:20), buried (Rom 6:4),quickened or made alive (Eph2:1-5;Col 2:13;),raised (Col3:1;Eph 2:6),seated (Eph :6), and glorified (Rom 8:17) together with Christ.
Signs of Christ's Return
So likewise ye when ye shall see all these things know that it is near even at the doors (Matthew 24:33)
Signs are indications that Christ is about to return to earth. Technically they refer to the revelation of Christ and not the Rapture.There are obvious signs during the seventh year of Tribulation before the revelation, but there are no signs that precede the Rapture.However there are conditions that suggest the Rapture will happen soon. No one will ever know the date of Jesus' return until He comes. Still there are certain things happening in our world tpo suggest that His return may be very close. These are : (1) Israel's return to the Promise Land;(2) the obvious accelerations of lawlessness;(3) increase of apostasy (1Tim4:1);(4) the socioreligious climate preparing for the one world church;and (5) the rapid acceleration of life threatening conditions- such as potential atomic annihilation population explosion, and pollution- that require Christ's return before events run their natural course and terminate the world. Paul listed certain conditions which, though true in every age, appear to be more prevalent today (2Tim 3:1-5).