First the Question: The Apostle Paul never referred to the LORD Jesus either as the Son of Man, or as Jesus of Nazareth, in writing or speaking to Gentiles. True or False?
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And now the answer to the LLM Question of 11-8-2011
Question: Nothing of the return of the Son of Man to save Israel out of the Great Tribulation is mentioned in the Gospel of John. True or False?
Answer: TRUE! Nothing of the 13 or 14 Kingdom parables of Matthew are mentioned in the Gospel of John, likewise nothing of the return of the Son of Man to save Israel out of The Great Tribulation is mentioned in the Gospel of John. The Gospel of John tells us nothing concerning Jesus as King and judge on the throne of His glory. Now, out of the 715 responses we received to this question, 90.9% of you got it right! Therefore,
Today let us consider, THE GOSPEL OF JOHN....THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, pt. 30 of 30*
THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
In John 16:7-9 the LORD Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit after He ascended up to heaven. In John 14:3 the LORD Jesus said, “I will come again, and receive you unto Myself, that where I am, there ye may be also.” Then the LORD’s petition of John 17:24 in behalf of His disciples will be realized; they will be where Christ is, and will behold His glory. John was directed to write in his First Epistle, that God’s children should so live that they will not be ashamed before Christ at His coming (parousia). Then he added, “we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is.”
The word ‘coming’ in 1 John 2:28 is the Greek ‘parousia’. The word ‘appear’ in 1 John 3:2 is ‘phaneroo’. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, we learn that Israel and the rest of humanity will be plunged into a time of distress and sorrow, called “The Great Tribulation”; that the LORD Jesus, as the Son of Man, will come and saved His ‘Kingdom’ nation out of that Great Tribulation which will be shortened for the LORD’s elect’s sake. (Matthew 24:21-22). According to Luke 21:27-33, the Son of Man will save Israel. According to Luke 14:14, the LORD’s disciples will be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
As we learned that nothing of the thirteen or fourteen ‘Kingdom’ parables of Matthew are mentioned in John’s Record, likewise nothing of the return of the Son of Man to save Israel out of The Great Tribulation is mentioned in John’s Record. In Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, in James, in Peter’s two Epistles, in Jude, in John’s First Epistle, in Revelation and in at least ten of Paul’s fourteen Epistles, we learn that the LORD Jesus is going to appear the second time APART from sin unto salvation. (Hebrews 9:28). Those that are Christ’s shall be made alive at His coming. (1 Corinthians 15:22-23). In 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 we learn that the LORD Jesus will come in awful judgment, “when He shall have come to be admired in all that believe.” (2 Thessalonians 1:10). Then He will come to this earth as the Son of Man. (Luke 18:18).
John tells us nothing concerning Jesus as King and judge on the throne of His glory. (Matthew 25:31-47). John does not tell us concerning the wars and famines and pestilences and earthquakes and the end of the world (age), described in Matthew 24:3-12. John tells us nothing of the course and culmination of “the times of the Gentiles” which will continue until the Son of Man shall come in a cloud with power and great glory. (Luke 21:24-33, Matthew 24:30-31). In Matthew 24:31 we learn that the LORD’s angels will be sent to gather His elect. In Mark 8:38 we read that the Son of Man is coming in the glory of His Father with the holy angels. In Jude 1:13 and Jude 1:14 we read, “Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of His holy ones.” In 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 we read that the LORD Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels to take vengeance on unbelievers when “He shall have come (elthe) to be glorified in His saints.”
Many, many times the Apostle Paul mentions the coming, or the appearing of the LORD Jesus Christ, stating that Christ’s appearing in glory for the Church, Which is His Body, is the blessed hope of members of that Body. (Titus 2:13, Philippians 3:20-21, Colossians 3:4). But Paul never calls the LORD Jesus, “the Son of Man,” in His relation to the Church, Which is His Body, the Body of Christ.
The Apostle John, in John 1:50-51, records Christ’s words to Nathaniel (meaning ‘the gift of God’), “Thou shalt see greater things than these, Verily, verily, I say unto you, hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.” When we read John 6:62, John 8:28, and especially John 3:13, we do not wonder that the bewildered, perplexed Jews asked the question: WHO IS THIS SON OF MAN? (John 12:34).
*A series of appendices to this series of messages on the Gospel of John is to follow.
“Believe on the LORD Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” Acts 16:31, while there is still time!
So There You Have it!
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In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)