As for you, my brethren, bear your sufferings with constancy, till the advent of the Lord. the farmer, from the prospect of a golden crop, patiently expects the showers of the spring and the autumn.
let us then not be weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap, if we be not tired.
for as the lightning darts from the east in an instant to the west: such shall the advent of the son of man be.
therefore be ye also prepar'd: for the son of man may come at an hour you least expect.
but by the good ground is meant such persons as have received the doctrine with simplicity and sincerity, abide by it, and practise it with perseverance.
I tell you, he will speedily avenge them. however, when the son of man comes, how few of the faithful will he find in the land?
and then shall they see the son of man come on a cloud, with power and great glory.
for we are saved but by hope: but hope supposes things not yet present; for how can a man hope for what he has now in possession?
now whatever was heretofore writ, was writ for our instruction; that we through patience and the comfortable promises of the scriptures might have hope.
so that you will be deficient in no gift; during your expectation of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
but in all things I approve myself as the minister of God, by great constancy in afflictions, in torments, in distresses, from stripes,
being fortified in so effectual a manner, as to sustain your trials with constancy and joy:
never forgetting the effects of your faith, your charitable offices, and the constancy of your hope in our Lord Jesus Christ; of which God is our witness.
that by the sanctity of your affections, you may stand unreprov'd in the presence of God our father, when our Lord Jesus Christ shall come with all his holy angels.
Wherefore, since we are surrounded with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every incumbrance, and the sin which does so easily embarrass us, and let us pursue with constancy the course that is proposed to us:
be you equally patient, and exercise your fortitude, for the advent of the Lord is nigh.
"where is the promise of his coming? for since our fathers are dead, the state of things is the same it has ever been since the beginning of the world."