Nuggets of Fudge – VITAL CHRISTIAN MESSAGE LONG MUTED


The following is a timely message from my esteemed friend and spiritual mentor Edward Fudge. This is surely a needed word for today.

“Based on the little attention it receives in teaching and preaching today, one might suppose that the future return of our Lord is a fringe doctrine invented by extremists, a second thought hastily tacked on to resolve some alleged difficulty in the original Christian message. Instead, it is a foundational teaching of the faith, rooted in the promise solemnly given by angels immediately after Jesus’ ascension. This “blessed hope” is part of the earliest Christian narrative as reported by Luke: “Repent therefore . . . that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for establishing all that God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old” (Acts 3:18-21).

Jesus’ future appearance is anticipated in the most primitive of Christian communities–including those pastored by James (5:7-8), Jude (24-25), and the author of Hebrews (9:28). It is mentioned in every chapter of First Thessalonians, probably the earliest canonical New Testament book (1:7 -10; 2:17-19; 3:12-13; 4:16-18; 5:23-24). Truly a universal teaching, it is documented as taught in Philippi (Phil. 3:20-21), Corinth (1 Cor.15:23), Colossae (Col 3:1-4), Thessalonica (1 Thes 1:7- 10), in Asia Minor (1 Peter 5:1-4), Crete (Titus 2:11-13), Palestine (Jude 24-25), Rome (Acts 1:9- 11), Ephesus (1 Tim.6:14), and wherever Christians are found.

The esteem accorded to this teaching is demonstrated by its inclusion in both the most ancient and also the most prestigious post-apostolic statements of faith. In the section of the Eucharistic Liturgy known as The Great Thanksgiving, we “proclaim the mystery of our faith,” that “Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.” And in the Nicene Creed we affirm: “For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven . . . He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.” Let us recover this vital Christian doctrine, muted too often and for too long, and once more proclaim it from the roof-tops–“Jesus is coming again!”

Edward Fudge

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Thanks for reading,

Royce

The 2nd coming of Christ


“…This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:11)

I don’t know when He will come, nor do I know much about the events surrounding His return, but I do know for sure He will come. Will it be soon? I have no way of knowing. I know His coming is sooner than when I first considered this question some 40 plus years ago.

There are scores of questions concerning the “end of the age”, few with clear answers. Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of answers but they are as varied as the people who give them and are mostly not clearly supported by scripture. Several well known preachers are supposed to be prophecy experts but for the most part I don’t put much weight on what they espouse. When a preacher is so obviously in error on other, pretty basic doctrine, I am cautious about his views on eschatology.

The several times I have been asked my view on the rapture, tribulation, the millennial reign of Christ, the role of the nation Israel, etc., my answer is usually pretty simple. “I don’t have an opinion to share on this subject because I have not studied it for myself and I am not going to just take what someone else says for truth”, or something very akin to this reply is my response.

What about you? Have you studied this topic? What are your conclusions? I would be very interested in knowing, and I’ll wager others will too.

I have recently began to study the topic by first studying the Abrahamic and Davidic Covenants. I have been reading the prophets and trying to wade through the mass of texts widely considered to be prophetic. I am excited to see what I will learn. I have an open mind, no axe to grind, no dog in the fight,  I’m just a student wanting to learn. If I am able to reach the place where I believe I have some truth to share I will. Until then I’ll remain silent except to ask questions.

Your comments please!

His peace,
Royce Ogle