Christ Will Come Again

Gavin Ortlund | October 15, 2014

Editors' note: This is the third installment in a series exploring key doctrines of the Christian faith, and their practical ramifications for everyday life. Earlier in this series:

"Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again." So goes the well-known memorial acclamation. But sometimes we don't think much about the third of these three declarations. Where does Christ's second coming fit in with his first coming? And how does it shape our life and hope now?

To explore the doctrine of Christ's second coming, and its practical ramifications, I corresponded with TGC Council member Sam Storms, lead pastor for preaching and vision at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and author of (among many other books) Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative.

What exactly is the second coming of Christ? How does it relate to his first coming?

The second coming of Jesus Christ is the personal (he won’t send an angel in his place), visible (every eye will see him), physical (he will come in the body in which he was crucified, raised, and glorified) return of Jesus to this earth to consummate the salvation of his people…

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