Day of our Lord Jesus

The return of Jesus will be the “Day of the Lord” when the dead are raised, the wicked are judged, and death will cease .  The coming of Jesus is not a major topic in Paul's letters to the church in Corinth. But in the process of addressing several problems, he touches on key aspects of Christ’s return, including its identification with the “ Day of the Lord ,” the consummation of God’s kingdom, the resurrection of the dead, the examination of believers, and the cessation of death - [ Sun Rays - Photo by  eberhard  grossgasteiger  on  Unsplash ] .

Day of Visitation

Peter exhorted Christians to persevere in suffering and live holy lives in anticipation of the “day of visitation.”  In his first epistle, Peter wrote to Christians who were under pressure to conform to the surrounding society. Their situation was not unique, and they were members of the worldwide suffering community of believers. One of his themes is the necessity to remain steadfast through tribulations until the “ day of visitation ” when Jesus is “ revealed ” - [ Photo by Mick Haupt on Unsplash ].

Revelation of our Lord Jesus

At the “revelation of Jesus,” the saints will experience glory, but the wicked will receive “everlasting destruction.”  Most often, Paul labels the future return of Jesus as his ‘ parousia ’ or “ arrival .” But he also calls it his ‘ erchomai ’ or “ coming ,” ‘ epiphaneia ’ or “ manifestation ,” and on two occasions, his ‘ apocalypsis ’ or “ revelation .” By comparing how he applies these terms, it becomes apparent that the same final event is in view regardless of which term is used - [ Photo by Alice Donovan Rouse on Unsplash ].

His Appearance

When Jesus “appears,” faithful believers will rejoice exceedingly and participate fully in the glories of that day .  In his first epistle, John exhorted his congregations to “ abide ” in Jesus so that “ when he appears , we may have boldness and not be shamed away from him at his  arrival .” John was summoning believers to holy living in consideration of the inevitable “ arrival ” of Jesus and the rewards that he will bring with him – ( 1 John 2:28–3:3 ). - [ Photo by Will van Wingerden on Unsplash ].

Then Comes the End

The return of Jesus at the end of the age will be an event of great glory, victory, and finality . In the New Testament, the return of Jesus at the “ end of the age ” is an event of great finality. His “ arrival ” in glory will be accompanied by celestial and terrestrial upheaval, the New Creation, the resurrection of the righteous, the judgment of the ungodly, the “ gathering of his elect ,” and the cessation of death. Nothing will ever be the same again! - [ Beach Sunset photo by Joshua Earle on Unsplash].