Study # 75
March 10, 1999
Harlingen, Texas

Thesis: What is the biblical significance of the promise of the nearness of the coming of the Lord? Introduction: Last week we looked at James' exhortation to the believers to be patient in the face of their difficulties as the righteous who were called upon to exercise a certain passivity in the face of persecution by the wicked wealthy. The focus of our study was upon the question of what "non-resistance" means. We noted that in verse 6, the righteous man does not resist the wealthy wicked even in the face of the death penalty. We also looked into Jesus' requirement that we turn the other cheek and walk the extra mile. The conclusion of our study was that both James and Jesus were addressing governmentally established injustice. The policy of believers toward unjust government is gracious submission to the point of the boundaries of conscience, and passive acceptance of the consequences when conscience requires disobedience. There is NO basis in Christ for armed rebellion against established government. However, one of the issues that we did not address in our study of James' exhortation to patience, is his use of the "coming of the Lord" as a driving motivator to the exercise of patience. This evening we want to do this. The question we want to ask is this: what is the true significance of the promise of the imminence of the coming of the Lord?