THE APOSTLE PAUL was constantly concerned, that Christians would be ready when Jesus returned with His Church. It is God’s desire that Christians in every period of church history live in continuous expectation that Jesus could come for us at any time. I think His purpose was to give us a sense of urgency in order to get the gospel message out to as many people as possible. And He wanted to give us a sense of priority because, when Jesus Christ comes, we’re going to leave behind all of our material possessions. Our priority should always be the things of the Spirit. And because Jesus could return at any time, we have a real incentive to walk in holiness. The hope of the imminent return of Jesus Christ is a purifying hope.