“When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”
This verse speaks of our future with the Lord Jesus. This is the destiny of the believer.
“When Christ who is our life appears”
The word “appears” means to manifest. Manifest is more than “appear.” The true meaning is to uncover, lay bare, reveal. It means to cause to become visible — to make appear, to cause to be seen, to cause something to be fully known by revealing clearly and in some detail. When Jesus comes he will be made known, made plain. He will be brought to light to Christians. If a person appears in a Halloween mask, they are not what they appear. When Christ comes in manifestation he will demonstrate what he truly is. He will reveal his true character (John 3:21; 1 Cor. 4:5; 2 Cor. 5:10,11; Ep 5:13).
Jesus will appear at the Rapture (1 Th. 4:16-18). Then he will be visibly manifest. God is moving toward a new era. Even though God is presently working toward this new era, it is invisible to this present age.
God wants us to make “known the knowledge about him in every place like a sweet aroma” (2 Cor 2.14). Christ is the believer’s life: “I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me” (Gal. 2:20). He is the principle and end of the Christian’s life. He lives in us by his Spirit, and we live to him in all we do, “To me to live is Christ” (Phil. 1:21). Christ will appear again. He is now hid but he will appear in all the grandeur of God’s glory.
On the occasion that Christ appears God expects us to celebrate our life in Christ.
Do we look forward to Christ’s coming to take us to himself? Should we not set our affections upon that world and live above this world? What is there here to make us fond of this age? A true Christian’s heart draws to eternity. Our Lord is there, our home is there, our wealth is there. Since our hope is there, we will be there for ever.
This is the point when the believer will receive ultimate sanctification. Ultimate sanctification involves a new body and a soul separated from sin and the capacity to sin.
The best is yet ahead for the Christian. Meanwhile we should set our hearts on things above. We need to cultivate a taste for eternity and fellowship with God. We cultivate that taste by study of God’s Word. Many have lost their appetite for the Word of God. When that happens, we are headed for spiritual disaster.