And as it is appointed to men once to die, but after this the judgment:…
I. THE FACTS CONCERNING MAN.
II. THE FACTS CONCERNING CHRIST. They are two, corresponding with the two concerning man.
1. The first fact is past. It corresponds to man's one certain death. He was once offered.
2. The second fact is future. It corresponds to the certain judgment. He cannot die the second time, but He can come the second time. He will come to judgment. Not Himself to be judged. Mark —
(1) The fact itself. He will "appear." It is the word used in 1 Corinthians 15:5-8, to express His appearance after His resurrection. As then, He will be seen in His glorified body.
(2) The persons interested in it. "Them that look for Him." They are distinctly taught to anticipate this event (Matthew 16:27; Acts 9:11). Hence they stand in the attitude of believing, longing expectation (Romans 8:19, 23, 25; Philippians 3:20, 21; Titus 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 1:10).
(3) The ends contemplated by it.
(a) A contrast with the first coming. "Without sin." He was personally without it. At His second coming He will be officially without it. He will come in His glory as the Judge of men.
(b) A resemblance to His first coming. When He came before He came to save. When He comes again it will be " unto salvation." This is equivalent to full salvation. It will be both the public manifestation of His position as the Saviour and the public acknowledgment of His people. The best preparation for His coming is the cultivation of faith, love, holy character (2 Peter 3:11-14).
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