Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Phillips: where our treasure is

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
    [Jesus:] “At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”
    —Matthew 24:30-31 (NIV)
    Now, if our hopes, whatever we protest, really lie in this world instead of in the eternal order, we shall find it difficult to accept the New Testament teaching of the Second Coming. In our eyes the job is not yet done, and such an action would be, though we would not put it so, an interference. But suppose our hope rests in the purpose of God, then we safely leave the timing of the earthly experiment to Him. Meanwhile we do what we were told to do—to be alert and to work and to pray for the spread of His Kingdom.
    ... J. B. Phillips (1906-1982), New Testament Christianity, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1956, chapt. v, p. 70 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 24:30-31,36,42-44; Dan. 7:13-14; Matt. 16:27-28; 25:13; 26:64; Mark 13:26,33-37; Luke 12:40; 21:27,36; 2 Thess. 1:6-7
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, keep me focused on Your purposes.
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