But something is preventing Jesus return. Now if we look at what reasons Paul gives for his return being delayed we can see that they parallel Jesus reasons for delay.
Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles. Romans 1:13
The phrase 'was let hitherto' is sometimes translated 'hindered until now'; and 'Gentiles' can also be translated as 'nations'. So this is saying that the journey has been delayed so he can have fruit among the nations or Gentiles. Lets look at what is meant by fruit.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:4-5
Here we find that there are two ideas involved. One is being attached to the vine and the second is to then bring forth fruit. These correspond to the meanings of bringing forth fruit.
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