when the end should be but rather, declared the knowledge of it to be reserved in the counsels of God that men might ever recognize it as possibly at hand and so might live in the attitude of constant expectation.
<461551> 1 Corinthians 15:51 ? ?We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed?; <520417>1 Thess. 4:17 ? ?then we that are alive, that are left, shall together with them be caught up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord?; <550408>2 Timothy 4:8 ? ?henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give to me at that day: and not only to me, but also to all them that have loved his appearing?; <590507>James 5:7 ? ?Be patient therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord?; <600407>1 Peter 4:7 ? ?But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore of sound mind, and be sober unto prayer?; <620218>1 John 2:18 ? ?Little children, it is the last hour: and as ye heard that antichrist cometh, even now have there risen many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last hour.?
<500405> Philippians 4:5 ? ?The Lord is at hand ejggu>v . In nothing be anxious? may mean, ?the Lord is near? (in space), without any reference to the Second Coming. The passages quoted above, expressing as they do the surmises of the apostles that Christ?s coming was near, while yet abstaining from all definite fixing of the time, are at least sufficient proof that Christ?s advent may not be near to our time. We should be no more warranted than they were, in inferring from these passages alone the immediate coming of the Lord.
Wendt, Teaching of Jesus, 2:349-350, maintains that Jesus expected his own speedy Second Coming and the end of the world. There was no mention of the death of his disciples, or the importance of readiness for it. No hard and fast organization of his disciples into a church was contemplated by him, <401618>Matthew 16:18 and 18:17 are not authentic. No separation of his disciples from the fellowship of the Jewish religion was thought of. He thought of the destruction of Jerusalem as the final judgment. Yet his doctrine would spread through the earth, like leaven and mustard seed, though accompanied by suffering on the part of his disciples. This view of Wendt can be maintained only by an arbitrarily throwing out the testimony of the evangelist, on the grounds that Jesus? mention of a church does not befit so early a stage in the evolution of Christianity. Wendt?s whole treatment is vitiated by the presupposition that there can be nothing in Jesus? words, which is inexplicable upon the theory of natural development. That Jesus did not expect speedily to return to earth is shown in <402519>Matthew 25:19 ? ?After a long time the Lord of those servants cometh?; and Paul, in 2 Thess. had to correct the
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