Finally, what will this coming mean to us? It will, mean, as the text declares, the completion of salvation. There is a sense in which Christ's death accomplished salvation, and in another, we are today working out our own salvation, but in the fullest sense, salvation will not be com- pleted until Christ returns. I t will also mean the resurrection of the dead and the union with our friends. Death has not been swallowed up in victory; there are many of us who know its sting, in spite of all the poets say. But when He appears its victory will be gone, the dead shall be raised in glory and we shall all be changed. Some of us will not die; what a blessed thought that is. For Christ's coming is surer for us even than death. His coming will be the time of reward, and the chief- est will be that we then shall be "like Him.'' His coming will mark the begin- ning of His universal reign, and not until He comes will a world kingdom of peace and love be possible. When will it be? The next chapter says " y e t a little while." It is for God to set that time, not for us. The only thing that prevents His coming today is the delay in the evangelization of the world. The hope of His coming should send us down from Northfield to work harder for the spread of His Kingdom over the earth, so that we may hasten His longed-for return.
more important; perhaps we have neg- lected it and do not study it really to find out what it means. I do not know why it is, but I have noticed that anyone who is on fire over this truth 1 , is generally a strong Bible student; he wants to know all that the Bible can teach him about it. Again, so many religious fads and fal- lacies have been associated with this be- lief that we have felt it the part of ?au-' tion to avoid its consideration, but should we not rather seek to be fully informed about this doctrine that we may be- able to distinguish the true from the false? And because there have been differences within the church on certain points regard the hoped-for return, some of us have been silent from courtesy so that we might not hurt others' feelings; whereas every church, Protestant, Boman Catholic and Greek, all agree on the great fact of the coming return. Finally, the prevailing popular uniformitarian world-view, which allows no place for the supernatural, has caused some to be silent on this great truth. A purely naturalistic philisophy must not only make ridiculous any thought of a return of Christ, it must also'deny his incarnation, and his resurrection a,nd ascension, and present intercession. I do not believe there is any good reason why we who believe in this coming of Christ should not speak of it more than we do.
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us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for u s ." (Gal. iii:13). 7. Would you know the price of your redemption? "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition . from your fathrs, but with the precious blood of Christ as of a lamb without blemish and without spot." (I Pet. i:18, 19). 8. Do you ask what Christ did with sins? "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the t r e e ." (I Pet. ii:24). 9. Would you know what God thinks of your heart? " T he heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked." (Jer. xvii:9). 10. Would you know what God thinks of your goodness? "We are all as an un- clean thing, and all our righteousnesses
iigigiSRE you a sinner?
" I am not come to call the right- eous, but sinners to repen- tance," Mat. ix:28.) 2. Are you heavy laden? "Gome unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy
laden, and I will give you rest. (,Mat.xi:28). 3. Are you lost ? ' ' The Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost," (Luke xix:10). 4. Would you know God's feelings to- ward you? "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that who- soever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting l i f e ." (Jno. iii:16). 5. Do you need cleansing? " T he blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin." (1 Jno. i:7). 6. Do you desire deliverance from the curse of the law? "Christ hath redeemed
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