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"... απ αρτι... from now on..."
The Most Neglected Words of Jesus
Matthew 26:64 ...please read them!
They are
recorded for us by Matthew and have an enormous significance that would have prevented so many false expectations of Christ's return, and would have also given us the real perspective, Christ's perspective, on His people.
The term "Son of God"
was a Semitic idiom for
the Christ / Messiah.
It did NOT mean
God gave birth to a son
or a hierarchical deity!
 
These words were not given n a public teaching, nor in a private message to His disciples. These words were spoken to the head of Israel's religious practice in immediate response to being challenged to speak before God in the High Priest's court –
"I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God".
The Christ's
answer was no prevarication.
It was a direct statement of the full significance and consequence of His personal identity.
"συ ειπας πλην λεγω υμιν
απ αρτι οψεσθε τον υιον του ανθρωπου καθημενον εκ δεξιων της δυναμεως
και ερχομενον επι των νεφελων του ουρανου
"
"You have said so. But I tell you,
 from now on you will see
[through My people] the Son of Man [Messiah] seated at the right hand of Power 
and coming on the clouds of heaven.
"
The Christian Church
is not an emergency
rescue mission.
As Jesus was,
so also it is to be
a direct revelation
of God Himself
On the
threshold of humiliation and rejection by those He had come to, and His violently cruel public execution at their request, His focus is fully on the consequence of this, in the revelation of the power of God in His people
as a consequence of His advocacy at the right hand of Heaven's Throne.
which will culminate in His return "on the clouds of heaven".
 
That Jesus
meant His people has not been adequately digested!
His view of His Second Coming is seen through, and as the climax, of the revelation of God's power – in His people
There is no other way to explain why He would say "from now on" for the link between the "now" and what He describes lies in His people and only in His people!
 
 
For this reason we are told that on that Pentecost day, what the worshipful gathering of 120 of His disciples (not 12) in the upper room experienced, was given by Him, and came directly as the continuance of the Holy Spirit's relationship to His ministry.
Acts 1:15.
This
is why inspired Peter attributes this as a gift from Jesus, rather than from the Father, saying to the amazed street crowd –
"Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit,
He has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.
"
for it is Christ's ministry which is thereby to continue in human history as it was in Him, for what He had received at His baptism is what He now gave to all His disciples on that Pentecost morning as they waited together in worship.
Acts 2:33.
Jesus
the sinless one, had no need of an anointing of the Spirit until it was time for His public ministry. His reception of the Holy Spirit's anointing as He arose from the water of John's baptism was the inauguration of His ministry to others, and likewise, His gift of this anointing to all His people at that Pentecost was for the same purpose to the same standard.
 
 
That Saul of Tarsus could publicly blind a mocker with a word in the governor's court (Acts 13:11), just as Jesus had killed a fig tree by speaking to it (Matthew 21:19), was no coincidence. The same authority of Heaven came in this gift of the Spirit.
 
Yes,
believers are "born of the Spirit" in sharing the resurrection life of Jesus, but this is not for their salvation, for Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were also redeemed by God's mercy but to them the Spirit was not given.
 
  The prime purpose for the gift of the Holy Spirit to all God's people is the continuance of the ministry of Jesus.  
As He stepped
into that humiliating valley of pain and blame, Christ's focus was on its purpose –
the completing climax of what had begun in Him.
 
  Less than this is not enough!  
Eschatological

The three versions
of one statement
to give us the
full significance
(end-time) argumentation among scholars, as to what Jesus meant about His return when He said –
  
"Truly, I say to you, there are some [only in His people] standing here who will not taste death
    until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom." Matthew 16:28
  
"Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death
 
    until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power" Mark 9:1
  
"But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death
 
    until they see the kingdom of God." Luke 9:27.
would be resolved if they saw it from His perspective
rather than trying to fit it into their own various end-time views reflected in Christian history.


See:
Kingdom of God



for
Pentecost
was coming!
So remember,
Jesus said –
"if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you"
This is His perspective, and it applies now concerning all His people!.
Matthew 12:28.
 
This is to be understood within the historical framework, as Jesus described, of the full completion of the world-gospel-mission He began (Matthew 24:14) and the associated spiritual maturity of all His people, His Church (Ephesians 4:13), which brings to an end Satan's right to accuse them before the Throne of God (Revelation 12:10,14) and thus sets the time of the End, and so begins the last 1,260-days (half-week of Satan's anger), in Gabriel's message from God in Daniel Nine,
in which Christ's Church shares His suffering before its glorious resurrection to reign with Him forever.
 
See Also:  GOD'S  SEVEN-PHASED  HISTORICAL  INVITATION  TO  PERSONAL  HUMAN  OBEDIENCE
Evangelism & Christ's Return When Satan Is Cast Out The Core Concept
Moses' Depression A Chronology of Confusion The Hidden Time of God

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