Luke 12:40 — Be Ready for the Coming of the Son of Man
Be you therefore ready also: for the Son of man comes at an hour when you think not.
– Luke 12:40
Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
This verse refers to the prophecy of the second coming of Jesus. The day of Jesus coming is unimaginable to us. Since we cannot imagine that, then how should we welcome the second coming of Jesus? How should we prepare ourselves? This prophecy mentions the Son of man, and it refers to being born of man and a person with normal humanity. Just as Jesus, He spoke and worked in normal humanity of the flesh. In outward appearance He looks like a normal and ordinary human, doing His work and speaking His word practically and realistically among men. That is to say, only God incarnate can be called the Son of man. Obviously, how to know the incarnate Son of man is crucial to being able to receive the return of the Lord and be raptured into the kingdom of heaven. Then how can we recognize the incarnate Son of man?
God says, “He who is God’s incarnation shall hold the substance of God, and He who is God’s incarnation shall hold the expression of God. Since God becomes flesh, He shall bring forth the work He must do, and since God becomes flesh, He shall express what He is, and shall be able to bring the truth to man, bestow life upon man, and show man the way. Flesh that does not contain the substance of God is surely not the incarnate God; of this there is no doubt. To investigate whether it is God’s incarnate flesh, man must determine this from the disposition He expresses and the words He speaks. Which is to say, whether or not it is God’s incarnate flesh, and whether or not it is the true way, must be judged from His substance. And so, in determining whether it is the flesh of God incarnate, the key is to pay attention to His substance (His work, His words, His disposition, and many more), rather than external appearance.”
Source: Grow in Christ — The Second Coming of Christ
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