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Monday, April 18, 2011

The Coming of the Lord

By Jimmy W. Cox

There are three extremes taught about the coming of Christ. (1) He has already come. (2) He will come soon—some have set dates, all of which have been wrong. (3) He will not come (2 Pet. 3:3-8).
But what do the Scriptures teach on the matter? If we read it in God’s holy word, we know it is true.

We should note that in Matt. 24:1-4, Jesus answers three questions His apostles asked. (1) When will the Temple be destroyed? (1) What will be the sign of Your coming? And (3) When will the end of the age be? One should never try to apply the "signs" of the destruction of the Temple, to the return of our Lord. The temple was destroyed in 70 AD.

Christ will come again! He promised that very plainly in John 14:1-3. (1) He will return in the clouds. (Acts 1:11; "Behold He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him , even those who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him." (Rev. 1:7). (2) He will return when He has defeated all of His enemies. (I Cor. 15:24-26). (3) He will come with a shout, the voice of the archangel, and the trumpet of God. (I Thess. 4:16).

When will He come? Jesus said in Matt. 24:36–"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only." Jesus also warned us–"Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming." Those who want to go to heaven must be ready for His coming, at all times.

What will happen when Jesus returns? We will all be called to be judged. (Matt. 25:31-46). Those not ready, will be punished eternally. The righteous will receive eternal life. "For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. (1 Cor. 15:53).

Become one of the righteous ones. Believe in Jesus Heb. 11:6; Repent of your sins Acts 2:38; Publicly Confess Christ Mt. 10:32-33; Be baptized into Christ Acts 2:38; Rom. 6:3-5.

- Jimmy W. Cox lives in Sandy Hook, MS and attends the Columbia church of Christ in Columbia, MS. He may be contacted at coxsandyhook@yahoo.com

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