The Two Comings of Jesus Christ!
John 3:17 “For God sent not his Son into
the world to condemn the world; but that the world
through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
The First Time
The first time Jesus Christ came into the world as the Lamb of God to die on Calvary’s cross … was to be the propitiation for our sins. “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” [1 John 2:2]
The first time Jesus Christ came into the world to minister as the High Priest in our behalf. “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” [Mark 10:45]
The first time Jesus Christ came into the world was for the purpose of redeeming us who were “under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” “To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” [Galatians 4:5]
Jesus Christ came into the world the first time, not to condemn the world, “but that the world through him might be saved.” [TO SAVE]
The Second Time
The second time Jesus Christ comes into the world is to judge the world. “Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.” [Acts 17:31]
The second time Jesus Christ comes into the world is to rule the world in righteousness.
“They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom. Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.” [Psalm 145:11-13]
The second time Jesus Christ comes into the world is to restore Israel. “And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.” [Isaiah 49:6]
Two thousand years ago GOD the
Son – Jesus Christ came into the world :
1. To Die … for us
2. To Minister … to us
3. To Redeem … us
4. To Save ... us
“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” [Luke 19:10]
You and I were lost.
You and I were dead in our sins.
We were heading … justly … to a devil’s hell. Make no mistake about it, we have to do nothing while here on this earth to end up at death busting hell wide open.
Yes, do nothing and you will end up in the fires of Hell.
We are sinners by birth. We are the sons of Adam. “Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.” [Romans 5:14]
You need to do something to change your destination and coming fate.
You need to jump the track that you are on.
You need a catastrophic event to occur in your life to jump this track.
The death track of the first Adam can be jumped into the eternal life track of the second Adam. “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.”
The quickening spirit of [1 Corinthians 15:45] will “quicken” you. Amen! “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)” [Ephesians 2:5]
Receive Jesus Christ
1. He died … for you
2. He ministered … to you … in order to ransom you.
3. He wants to redeem … you
4. He wants to save ... you
“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
If you reject Jesus Christ here in this matter of believing on him, it will leave you remaining on the track to Hell.
You are condemned already.
“But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” [Romans 10:8-11]
John 3:19 “And this is the condemnation,
that light is come into the world, and men loved
darkness rather than light, because their deeds were
evil. 20 For every one that doeth
evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light,
lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
In our Bible Study in John 1:4-9 THE BOOK showed that; “that light” is Jesus Christ … THE SON of GOD.
Verse nineteen gives us the slam dunk truth that men hate GOD [you and I] because “their deeds” are evil. In contrast, “he that doeth truth” is drawn to the light [Jesus Christ – The Word and to the words of GOD – The Bible]
[See my study in John 1:4-9 in this matter of the LIGHT.
I will go on from here to our next passage in John 3:22-36.