Jesus is Coming as a Matter of Fact

(He) which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven. – Acts 1:11

Certain of the commentators do not seem to understand English at all. “He which is taken up from you into heaven shall so come in like manner as you have seen Him go into heaven,”-this, they say, relates to His spiritual coming at Pentecost. Give anybody a grain of sense, and do they not see that a spiritual coming is not a coming in the same manner in which He went up into heaven? There is an analogy, but certainly not a likeness between the two things. Our Lord was taken up; they could see Him rise: He will come again, and “every eye shall see Him.” He went up not in spirit, but in person: He will come down in person. “This same Jesus shall so come in like manner.” He went up as a matter of fact: not in poetic figure and spiritual symbol, but as a matter of fact,-“This same Jesus” literally went up. “This same Jesus” will literally come again. He will descend in clouds even as He went up in clouds; and “He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth” even as He stood aforetime… Jesus is coming as a matter of fact, therefore go down to your sphere of service as a matter of fact. Get to work and teach the ignorant, win the wayward, instruct the children, and everywhere tell out the sweet name of Jesus. As a matter of fact, give of your substance and don’t talk about it. As a matter of fact, consecrate your daily life to the glory of God. As a matter of fact, live wholly for your Redeemer. Jesus is not coming in a sort of mythical, misty, hazy way, He is literally and actually coming, and He will literally and actually call upon you to give an account of your stewardship. Therefore, now, today, literally not symbolically, personally and not by deputy, go out through that portion of the world which you can reach, and preach the gospel to every creature according as you have opportunity. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

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