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comings of Christ

Two physical comings of Christ to Earth

There are 2 comings of Christ, and they are very different. In the 1st Coming, the Messiah greatly humbled Himself in His Incarnation in a human body, his ministry and death on our behalf, in order to provide the means of grace and to establish His Spiritual Kingdom.

• How and why did Jesus greatly humble himself for us? Answer

At the 2nd Coming, the Messiah will come in awesome and overwhelming deadly power to destroy Satan’s kingdom on Earth and establish the physical Kingdom of God on Earth in fulfillment of His promise.

  1. His 1st Coming—the advent “in the fullness of the time” of the Messiah’s incarnation and ministry

    …the Son of God has come… —1 John 5:20

    …coming in the flesh… —2 John 1:7

  2. His 2nd Coming—at the end of our current era

    …“Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.” —Acts 1:11

    so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him. —Hebrews 9:28 NASB

    Act 3:20-21; 1 Thess. 4:15; 2 Tim. 4:1

See: KINGDOM OF GOD for the stages involved

“Come” as an expression

The expression “coming of Christ” is used metaphorically of…

  • the introduction of the Gospel into any place

    If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. —John 15:22 ESV

    …he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. —Ephesians 2:17 ESV

  • the visible establishment of His spiritual kingdom in the world beginning the Church Age

    …there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom… —Matthew 16:28 ESV

    Note: Shortly after this statement by Jesus, 3 of his closest disciples (Peter, John and James) witnessed the transfiguration of His appearance—brilliant, glorious, holy, Divine power—on a mountain, accompanied by Moses and Elijah (Luke 9:28-36) speaking with Him about His soon departure from Earth, at the beginning of the Church Age.

    “…we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father…” (John 1:14 NKJV)

  • the conferring of tokens of love on His people

    I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. —John 14:18 NASB

    Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.” —John 14:23

    “You heard that I said to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.” —John 14:28 NASB

  • His executing judgment on the wicked

    Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming… —2 Thess. 2:8 NASB

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Article Version: June 7, 2019