The Lord's Coming

The Lord's Supper

Keeping the Ordinance (1 Corinthians 11:23-34) - Before and when we assemble to remember the Lord, there are four looks we should take. There must be preparation before there can be participation in a worthy way. 


1. The Look-In

"Let a man examine himself (test...prove...approve)." See 1 Corinthians 11:28-29. There must be soul searching, introspection, and confession. This examination does not mean that we should stay away from the Lord's Supper. We should examine ourselves, get right with God, and get right with our brethren, and then partake. If we "examine" and "judge," God will not judge us. There will be a judgment (see 1 Corinthians 11:31). [There is the thought of confession and repentance].

1 Thessalonians

Paul proceeded on to Thessalonica after his visit to Philippi, where he was flogged (see Acts 16). The record of his visit there is found in Acts 17:1-10. For three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Old Testament, showing that Jesus was the Christ. The result was that some of them believed, including some Jews, a great number of Greeks, and some chief women.

Knowing the Time

Romans 13:8-14

The imminence of the Lord’s coming is under consideration here. The apostles use this great even to urge believers to live more holy lives. This portion is no exception. In Romans 13:8 Paul says, “In view of the soon return of the Lord, owe no man anything except love. Love is a debt which cannot be paid in full.” Romans 13:9-10 is very practical in their application. [Mention the five commandments; the others are summed up in the one. “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”]

    Love thinketh, seeth, and speaketh no evil.

    Love doeth no wrong.  

    Love is the fulfilling of the law.  

    Love covers a multitude of sins.  

    Love is as strong as death.

    Many waters cannot quench love.

Step 13: The Disciple Looks for the Lord's Return and Prepares for the Judgment Seat of Christ

The Lord Jesus clearly said, “I will come again” (John 14:3).   In His parable of the absent king who returned to have a reckoning with the servants for whom he gave “ talents,” the Lord effectively foretold that He too would return (Luke 19:15).   When Jesus returns, He will both judge His defectors and His faithful servants.   Before ascending to Heaven, following His resurrection, angels announced, “The Son of Man shall...

When is He Coming?

Three times in the last chapter of the Bible, the Lord announces His return: "Behold, I come quickly" ... Rev. 22:7 and 12 "He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly" ... Rev. 22:20 In neither of these statements does He say when He is coming. In fact, elsewhere He emphatically rules out the when, for He says to His disciples: "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power" (Acts 1:7). Just before He...

Chapter 3 - The Resurrection of the Saints and the Great Tribulation

It is evident from what we have been considering that the writers from whom we have been quoting are involved in the same great error. Over-looking the meaning of the time-gap in which we are, and ignoring or belittling the mysteries which give Christianity its distinctive character, we can be said to be in the "last days" of Jewish prophets, and "partakers of the promise given through Abraham to the sons of Israel." There is but one passage that I know which may seem to assert the first, and th...

The Second Coming of Christ - Lecture 1

1 Thessalonians 1 What I would desire to bring before you is, the coming of the Lord as the proper hope of the church, and to show you that it is constantly, increasingly brought before it as such by the Spirit of God. When once the foundation is laid of His first coming as that which brings personally peace and salvation (and even before it, so far as it is a means of awakening the conscience), the one thing the saints were taught to look for was the coming of the Lord. No doubt the fir...

The Second Coming of Christ - Lecture 2

Ephesians 1 At the last lecture I mentioned that the two epistles in which the second coming of the Lord is not spoken of are the Galatians and the Ephesians. It may seem strange that, this being the case, I should have selected on this occasion the chapter we have just read. But I have done so (and shall refer to other passages with the same intention, desiring to found all I say upon Scripture) because that chapter gives us a general view of the whole scene and plan that will be fully ...

The Second Coming of Christ - Lecture 3

Acts 1 This evening I am going to speak of the coming of Christ. Many questions link themselves with this great one, as for instance, the reign of Antichrist. But I shall limit myself this evening to the event itself-namely, the coming of the Lord. I began by reading Acts 1 because the promise of the Lord's return is there set forth as the alone hope of the church, as the first object which would of necessity fix the attention of the disciples, when they were vainly following with their...

The Promise, the Prospect, and the Period

In John 14 Christ encourages his disciples by declaring that while He was leaving them, He would return. "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (John 14:1-3) The Promise—Every believer in Christ has the ...
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