Yesterday the Gospel Coalition posted an interview with me regarding the Second Coming of Jesus. I thought you might enjoy reading it. Continue reading . . .
Yesterday the Gospel Coalition posted an interview with me regarding the Second Coming of Jesus. I thought you might enjoy reading it.
What exactly is the second coming of Christ? How does it relate to his first coming?
The second coming of Jesus Christ is the personal (he won’t send an angel in his place), visible (every eye will see him), physical (he will come in the body in which he was crucified, raised, and glorified) return of Jesus to this earth to consummate the salvation of his people (Phil. 3:20-21; Heb. 9:28; 1 John 3:1-3), to be glorified in them (2 Thess. 1:10), and to inflict vengeance on those who have defied him and the gospel of grace (2 Thess. 1:8). At his first coming Jesus came as a suffering servant, a sacrificial lamb, “to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself” (Heb. 9:26), and to inaugurate the kingdom rule of God. We read in Hebrews 9:28 that he “will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him” and to consummate the kingdom in its fullness.
What would you say are two or three of the greatest misconceptions about the second coming of Christ among Christians today?
In spite of our Lord’s unmistakable declaration that “no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son” (Matt. 24:36) when his return will occur, some continue to set dates or allegedly discern the times in order to pin down the precise moment of his coming. This simply needs to stop. Although it certainly sells books, nothing brings more reproach on the church of Jesus Christ than these ill-conceived efforts to predict the time of his return.