Jean’s Gospel: The Coming of the Son of Man

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  1. Babylon's Dread says:

    That is lots of good scripture and it means what it means.

  2. Jean says:

    Thanks BD. I sure hope so.

  3. Michael says:

    This is the biblical answer to those who think they must of their own power keep their necks craned toward heaven while trying to acquire oil for their lamps…

  4. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Luke 21:29 is very interesting. I remember as a young Christian in a Rapture theology setting being told that the Fig Tree was a key in these prophecies – that the fig tree was Israel and when it blooms it is the beginning of the end – God is starting his stop watch again. (the obvious illustration being that the creation of the nation state of Israel was the blooming of the fig tree.)

    But when you read the passage – it is not speaking of the fig tree as much as all trees.

  5. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Good article Jean.

  6. Jean says:

    Thanks big brother. 🙂

  7. Owen says:

    Jean, thanks for this. Days like today I need to hear the hope spelled out like this again…..

    “Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place.”

    I have often wondered what is meant by “this generation”…… ?

  8. Jean says:

    Owen,
    You have a knack for picking out interpretive challenges. 🙂

    The term “this generation” is used 9 times in Luke and every time, it describes those who reject Jesus. Therefore, I am comfortable interpreting “this generation” as unbelievers.

    My over all interpretation of “this generation” in the context of our text is that God will allow unbelievers to exist alongside believers until the judgment, because of His desire that all would be saved. I do not limit this to Jews only but in an eschatological context, we should see this as applying to the generation of the human race.

  9. Owen says:

    Thanks, Jean – that’s an interpretation I had never thought of – unbelievers. I’ll be delving further, now that you’ve got me more curious and all….. 😉

    And as for my knack, my Pastor has said that to me on more than one occasion.

  10. Jean says:

    Owen,
    It is always a pleasure to hear from you. Although I can’t address every interesting or important issue in a particular text in an article of approximately 1,000 words, I try to be prepared to discuss them in the comments section. Therefore, I am very happy that you brought up the issue of “this generation.” If you had the question, I expect that other readers did too. Thus, you provided a good service.

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