Why does Jesus have to come again?

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Q. Why does Jesus Christ have to return? He came to save us the first time, but why do we need a Second Coming?

A. Torrey’s Topical Textbook cites six purposes for Christ’s Second Coming:

1. To complete the salvation of saints. We have been justified and are being sanctified, but will be glorified at His Second Coming:
Heb 9:28 … and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.
• 1 Pet 15 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

2. To be glorified and marveled at by His saints.
2 Thes 1:10 on the day He comes to be glorified in His holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. …

3. To reveal what’s hidden. Often we are deceived because we don’t know the real motives, but all will be brought to light:
1 Co 4:5 … He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. …

4. To judge. Christ will return to execute justice. If there is no Second Coming the ungodly will go unpunished and there will be no righting of wrongs:
Jn 5:22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son,
• 2 Tim 4:1 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, …
• Jude 1:15 to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”
• Rev 20:11-13 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from His presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done.

5. To reign. The first time He came as Savior, the second time He will come as King:
Rev 11:15 The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Messiah, and He will reign for ever and ever.”

6. To destroy death. He will destroy all His enemies, including death.
1 Co 15:25-26 For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

Often people think of God only as love to come and save us. That is true and that’s what He did at His First Coming. But God is also just and must punish sin, which is what He will do at His Second Coming. God’s love and justice are in dynamic tension and we must not ignore one at the expense of the other. His attribute of righteousness demands His Second Coming to execute justice.

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