Matthew 16:28 — Did Jesus Lie?

I want to give an exam­ple of what I was talk­ing about in the pre­vi­ous entry, about unbe­liev­ers lay­ing claims against a Bible they them­selves refuse to (or, more prop­er­ly, can­not) under­stand: Matthew 16:28.

At first glance, it would appear that Jesus is a liar here. At least, it would appear like that if one has­n’t stud­ied. Jesus said, “There be some stand­ing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man com­ing in his kingdom.”

It is said that Jesus had to have lied because those men He spoke to have cer­tain­ly died, and He still has­n’t come in His kingdom.

So, let’s look at it this way… When Christ comes in His king­dom, why would believ­ers die? Death will be done away with! So we see that Christ isn’t talk­ing about that far into the future; His sec­ond advent is not in view here.

Christ came in His king­dom when He arose from the dead, glo­ri­ous and mag­ni­fied in His own pow­er, ready to ascend to Heav­en and assume His place at the Father’s right hand. Cer­tain­ly, those men Christ spoke to that day were alive to see this day.

Also, we must keep in mind that there are more king­doms than just the King­dom of Heav­en, that earth­ly King­dom every­one seems to think of first. It is that king­dom that the Jews have await­ed for mil­len­nia, and it is that king­dom which will be inau­gu­rat­ed about 7 years after the saved of our age are unit­ed with the Lord. Speak­ing of which, the saved of our day rep­re­sent anoth­er king­dom, the King­dom of God, which is a spir­i­tu­al king­dom, invis­i­ble to those whose hearts are set on earth­ly affairs. Christ has come in this king­dom, and from the begin­ning it has been imbued with pow­er to out­last even the might­i­est of empires and persecutions.

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