Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which you have, that no man take your crown.
I. THE POSSESSION IMPLIED. "That which thou hast."
1. If unsaved, still we have —
(1) The offer of salvation.
(2) The means of grace.
(3) The Bible.
(4) The commanding voice of conscience.
(5) The convictions of the Holy Ghost.
(6) The precious, ennobling possibilities of a blood-bought probation.
2. If saved, we have all these, and —
(1) Saving faith.
(2) The witness of the Spirit.
(3) God's approving smile and fellowship.
(4) Saintly communion and fellowship.
(5) Place among the people of God.
(6) Hope of glory.
II. THE DUTY URGED. "Hold fast."
1. Do it publicly.
5. In faith, and humble reliance upon Jesus Christ.
6. Do it in self-defence. "That no man take thy crown."
III. THE MOTIVE PRESENTED. "Behold, I come quickly."
1. The majesty and power of the person coming. "I." Describe him:
(1) His pre-incarnate glory.
(2) His humiliation and sacrifice.
(3) His mediatorial glory and coming to judgment.
2. The solemnity of the event. "I come."
3. The impressive manner of His approach. "Quickly."
4. The attention the subject demands. "Behold." This great crisis will be sprung upon no man unaware or unwarned. He exhorts, entreats, warns, so that all may be ready to meet Him with joy.
Parallel VersesKJV: Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.