Torrey - Christ -8.2- The Doctrine of the Coming of Christ

II. THE IMPORTANCE OF THE DOCTRINE OF THE COMING AGAIN OF JESUS CHRIST.

First Proposition: The Second Coming of Christ is mentioned 318 times in the 260 chapters of the New Testament and, averaged out, occupies one in every twenty-five verses from Matthew to Revelation.

Second Proposition: By far the greater number of the predictions concerning Christ in the Old Testament are connected with His Second Coming. 1 Thessalonians 4:18 — "Wherefore comfort one another with these words." (See context.)

Third Proposition: The coming again of Jesus Christ is the doctrine with which God bids us to comfort sorrowing saints.

This is true also of the Old Testament. (Compare to Isaiah 40:1, 9-10- ''Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God! Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him." Titus 2:13 — "Looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 3:11,13 RV — "Seeing that these things are thus all to be dissolved what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy living and godliness, looking for and earnestly desiring the coming of the day of God, by reason of which the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?"

Fourth Proposition: The coming again of Jesus Christ and the events connected with it are the blessed hope and eager desire of the true believer..

The last prayer in the Bible is "Even so, come Lord Jesus" ( Revelation 22:20). 2 Peter 3:3-4 RV — "Knowing this first, that in the last days mockers shall come with mockery, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for, from the day that the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation."

Fifth Proposition: The coming again of Jesus Christ is a doctrine which is the particular object of the hatred and ridicule of mockers who walk after their own lusts.

A worldly church and worldly Christians also hate this doctrine. Matthew 24:44-46 — -"Therefore be ye also ready; for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his Lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his Lord when he cometh shall find so doing." Luke 21:34-36 — "And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." 1 John 2:28 — "And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, ye may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming."

Sixth Proposition: The coming again of Jesus Christ is the great Bible argument for a life of watchfulness, fidelity, wisdom, activity, simplicity, self-restraint, prayer and abiding in Christ. (See also Matthew 25.) Luke 12:35-36 — -"Let your loins be girded about, and your lamps burning; and be ye yourselves like unto men looking for their Lord, when he shall return from the marriage feast, that when he cometh and knocketh, they may straightway open unto him."

Seventh Proposition: The coming again of Jesus Christ is the one event for which the disciples of Christ should be looking.

In verse 37, a special blessing is promised to those whom the Lord shall finds watching when He comes. (Compare to Hebrews 9:28 — "So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation.")