Time or Eternity? ™

Watch for the return of Christ

In Uncategorized on April 15, 2012 at 8:00 am

Jesus certainly insisted that His people be ever watching for His coming. If the Scriptures teach us anything about the coming of Jesus, they teach us that no one knows when the time is.

“For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until . the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming  of the Son of man be …. Watch, therefore, for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” — (Matt. 24: 38-42.) “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.” — (Mark 13: 32, 33.) “Be ye therefore ready also; for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.” — (Luke 12:40.)

From these Scriptures we should be able to determine the attitude which the church should ever bear towards the coming of the Lord.  Anything that discourages watchfulness is contrary to the teachings and exhortations of Jesus Christ.

Paul, through inspiration, wrote many things about the second coming of Jesus; yet, he did not know the time.  He believed that Jesus would come again during his life “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.” —(1 Thes. 4:15)  Notice that he did not say they which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent us which are asleep.  That is the way he would have said it had he expected to be asleep himself.  If the Scriptures place anything between the day of Paul and the coming of Christ, Paul did not so understand it, for he expected Jesus to come during his life time.

The true attitude of the church of Christ towards His second coming is that of ever watchfulness. When any church or individual fails to be on the alert for His coming at any moment, that church or individual fails to measure up to God’s highest will.


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