1. The Nature Of This Coming.

Although without doubt accompanied, in the case of the regenerate, by inward and invisible influences of the Holy Spirit, the Second Advent is to be outward and visible. This we argue:

(a) From the objects to be secured by Christ?s return. These are partly external ( <450821>Romans 8:21, 23). Nature and the body are both to be glorified. These external changes may well be accompanied by a visible manifestation of him who ?makes all things new? ( <662105>Revelation 21:5).

<450810> Romans 8:10-23 ? ?in hope that the creation also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the liberty of the glory of the children of God? waiting for our adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body?; Revelations 21:5 ? ?Behold, I make all things new.? A. J. Gordon, Ministry of the Spirit, 49 ? ?We must not confound the Paraclete and the Parousia. It has been argued that, because Christ came in the person of the Spirit, the Redeemer?s advent in glory has already taken place. But in the Paraclete, Christ comes spiritually and invisibly; in the Parousia, he comes bodily and gloriously.?

(b) From the Scriptural comparison of the manner of Christ?s return with the manner of his departure ( <440111>Acts 1:11) ? see Commentary of Hackett, in loco ? ? dn tro>pon = visibly, and in the air. The expression is never employed to affirm merely the certainty of one event as compared with another. The assertion that the meaning is simply that, as Christ had departed, so also he would return, is contradicted by every passage in which the phrase occurs.?

<440111> Acts 1:11 ? ?this Jesus, who was received up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye beheld him going into heaven?; cf.

<440728> Acts 7:28 ? ?wouldest thou kill me, as [ o{n tro>pon ]thou killest the Egyptian yesterday?? <402337>Matthew 23:37 ? ?how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as [ o{n tro>pon ] a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings?; <550308>2 Timothy 3:8 ? ?as [ o{n tro>pon ]Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also withstand the truth.? Lyman Abbott refers to <402337>Matthew 23:37, and <421335>Luke 13:35, as showing that, in <440111>Acts 1:11, ?in like manner? means only ?in like reality .? So he says, the Jews expected Elijah to return in form, according to <390405>Malachi 4:5, whereas he returned only in spirit. Jesus primarily returned at Pentecost in spirit and has been coming again ever since. The remark of Dr. Hackett, quoted in the text above, is sufficient proof that this interpretation is wholly unexegetical.

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