By A.J. Tozer
The end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober,
and watch unto prayer. (1 Peter 4:7)
When the Bible says that God is calling a special people
out of the nations to bear the name of His eternal Son, I
believe it and His name is Jesus!
Our pious forefathers believed in spiritual preparation,
and they said so. They saw themselves as a bride being
prepared to meet the Bridegroom. They regarded this
earth as the dressing room to outfit themselves for
The evangelical church has come through a period
when nearly everyone has believed that there is just one
prerequisite to readiness: being born again. We have
made being born again almost like receiving a pass to a
special event - when Jesus returns we whip out the pass
to prove our readiness.
Frankly, I do not think it will be like that. I do not
believe that all professed believers are automatically ready
to meet the Lord. Our Savior Himself was joined by Peter
and John and Paul in warning and pleading that we should
live and watch and pray, so to be ready for Jesus' coming.
Yours in Christ,
Paul N. F.