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The Incarnation of the Word.: Search then, the Scriptures, if you can, and so fill up this sketch. Learn to look for the Second Advent and Judgment.
§56. Search then, the Scriptures, if you can, and so fill up this sketch. Learn to look for the Second Advent and Judgment.
Let this, then, Christ-loving man, be our offering to you, just for a rudimentary sketch and outline, in a short compass, of the faith of Christ and of His Divine appearing to usward. But you, taking occasion by this, if you light upon the text of the Scriptures, by genuinely applying your mind to them, will learn from them more completely and clearly the exact detail of what we have said. 2. For they were spoken and written by God, through men who spoke of God. But we impart of what we have learned from inspired teachers who have been conversant with them, who have also become martyrs for the deity of Christ, to your zeal for learning, in turn. 3. And you will also learn about His second glorious and truly divine appearing to us, when no longer in lowliness, but in His own glory,—no longer in humble guise, but in His own magnificence,—He is to come, no more to suffer, but thenceforth to render to all the fruit of His own Cross, that is, the resurrection and incorruption; and no longer to be judged, but to judge all, by what each has done in the body, whether good or evil; where there is laid up for the good the kingdom of heaven, but for them that have done evil everlasting fire and outer darkness. 4. For thus the Lord Himself also says: “Henceforth 348 ye shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming on the clouds of heaven in the glory of the Father.” 5. And for this very reason there is also a word of the Saviour to prepare us for that day, in these words: “Be 349 ye ready and watch, for He cometh at an hour ye know not.” For, according to the blessed Paul: “We 350 must all stand before the judgment-seat of Christ, that each one p. 67 may receive according as he hath done in the body, whether it be good or bad.”
Matt. xxvi. 64.66:349
Cf. Matt. xxiv. 42; Marc. xiii. 35.66:350
2 Cor. 5:10, Rom. 14:102 Cor. v. 10; cf. Rom. xiv. 10.
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