The Lord Jesus Christ - His return

Christ's qualifications.

    • The qualifications required for a high priest are set out in Hebrews 5:1-2.
    • fellowship with man - taken from among them, and able to have a moderating feeling towards them.
    • authority from God - not self-appointed.
    • Christ satisfies both requirements.
    • see Heb 2:17 and 5:4-6.
    • further, He was morally and spiritually qualified. Heb 7:25-26.

Christ's capabilities

    • Able to succour :- that is, to provide all necessary help. This is because He Himself suffered. Heb 2:17-18.
    • Able to sympathise :- able to enter all our experiences. Heb 4:15-16. He does not condone our sin, but sympathises with our weaknesses.
    • Able to save :- and to keep on saving, because His high-priestly ministry is constant and endless. Heb 7:24-25.

Christ's intercession.

    • Job lamented : "There is no umpire between us, who might lay his hand upon us both." (Job 9:33).
    • Paul rejoiced: "There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." ( 1 Tim 2:5 ).

    His intercession is silent.

      • He appears as our Advocate
      • not to appeal for clemency, with agonising entreaty and tearful supplication.
      • but to Claim justice
      • to claim what we are entitled to by virtue of Calvary
      • 1 John 1:8 - 2:2, Rom 8:34, Heb 9:24, 10:12-14

    Five bleeding wounds He bears,

      • Received on Calvary,
      • They pour effectual prayers,
      • They strongly plead for me.
      • Forgive him, 0 forgive, they cry,
      • Nor let the ransomed sinner die
      • (Charles Wesley).

    His intercession is personal; and perpetual.

      • Hebrews 7:25
      • Romans 5:10

    His intercession is availing.

      • sinners may approach the throne !
      • their prayers are heard there !
      • Jn 14:6, Heb l0:18-22, Rev 5:8.
      • "We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens." ( Heb 8:1 ).

Return

    Our Lord Jesus Christ is definitely coming again.

      • He Himself promised it. Jn 14:3
      • the prophets promised it. Dan 7:13, Zech 14:5
      • the apostles promised it. Acts 3:19-20
      • the Lord's Supper promises it. 1 Cor 11:26
      • early Christian greetings promised it. 1 Cor 16:22.

    We do not know WHEN He is coming.

      • Only the Father knows that. He will send Him at the last time. Mk 13:32, Acts 3:21
      • He will come when least expected. Matt 24:27, 44. 1 Thess 5:2-3.
      • the world will be caught unawares, but Christians need not be. Matt 24:48 1 Thess 5:4-5
      • we can see the Day approaching. The Lord is at hand. Heb 10:25, Phil 4:5
      • if He appears to delay, it is because He is being merciful to those who are still unrepentant. 2 Pet 3:9.

    But we do know HOW He is coming.

      • in the same way as He went. Acts 1:9-11. from heaven, visibly, gloriously, bodily
      • with the glory of His Father, and His angels Matt 16:27
      • with all His saints, in flaming fire. 1 Thess 3:13, 2 Thess 1:8

    We know that the resurrection will take place.

      • our salvation will not be complete until He returns. Heb 9:28, 1 Pet 1:5, 13
      • our bodies will be raised from the dead. Rom 8:11, 1 Cor 15.
      • and we will take an the likeness of Christ. Phil 3:21, 1 Jn 3:2
      • Christ will gather us to Himself. 2 Thess 2:1
      • no believer will be left out. 1 Thess 4:13-18
      • a glorious harvest ! Rev 14:14-16

    We know that the world will be judged.

      • at His return, Christ will call all men to account. Lk 12:40-48
      • Christians will be included in this. 2 Cor 5:10 ( but see Rom 8:1, 1 Cor 3:13-14)
      • open actions, secret things, and even thoughts will be judged 1 Cor 4:5
      • those who do not obey the Gospel will suffer terribly. 2 Thess 1:7-9
      • but believers will go to be with Christ for ever. Jn 14:2-3, 1 Thess 4:17

    We know that all things, as we now know them, will end.

      • the present world Set-up will be over. 1 Pet 4:7, 2 Pet 3:10
      • the physical universe will be dissolved, 2 Pet 3:7, 10-12.
      • a new heavens and new earth will then be revealed. 2 Pet 3:13
      • what God's Word has spoken will have came to pass. Acts 3:21
      • our Lard Jesus Christ will be vindicated. Phil 2:5-11
      • Christ will put all things under His feet, and then subject Himself to His Father, that God may be all in all. 1 Cor 15:24-28.

    We know these truths should affect all our living and thinking.

      • unbelievers may scoff, but they will soon be put to shame. 2 Pet 3:3-10
      • we should love this truth, expect Him, and long for Him. 1 Pet 1:13, Rev 22:20
      • we should live in a holy way. 1 Pet 4.7-11, 2 Pet 3:11-12, 1 Jn 3:3
      • we should always be ready, remembering that the time is short. Mk 13:32-37, 1 Cor 7:29-31.

      "Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look far such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot and blameless." 2 Peter 3:14.

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