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Distinguish between things that differ: Example 5

A careful examination of the different passages in which our Lord is referred to as coming reveals the fact that by no means all of them allude to His personal and public return, when He shall “appear the second time without sin unto salvation” (Hebrews 9:28). Thus, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you” (John 14:18), which had reference, first, to His corporate coming unto His disciples after His resurrection and, second, to His coming spiritually at Pentecost, when He gave them another Comforter.

“If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him” (John 14:23)

—come in the powerful influences of Divine grace and consolation.

“And that He might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: and came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh” (Ephesians 2:16, 17),

which was accomplished mediately, in the ministry of His servants, for be who receives them receives Him (Matthew 10:40).

“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and wil remove thy candlestick out of his place” (Revelation 2:5, 16)

—that is a judicial visitation. “He shall come unto us as the rain” (Hosea 6:3): every spiritual revival and bestowment of grace is a coming of the Lord unto the soul.

Arthur W. Pink-Interpretation of the Scriptures

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