Taking a Second Look

I was re-reading my post (April 14th)  “Bored” and in the seventh paragraph I picked up on something I had not noticed when I originally posted it. I don’t normally read from The Message, yet there are times when I do like the way it seems to jolt my comprehension. As I read it again, I caught something I hadn’t caught when I first read it and I decided that Peterson’s particular translation of Col. 3:4 is a bit distorted. Perhaps I’m wrong, perhaps not. Note the area I underlined.

His rendering of verse four reads like this – Col 3:4 When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too — the real you, the glorious you. Perhaps I’m over thinking, but by adding “shows up again on this earth” as he did, seems to promote pre-millennialism, and if it does, I strongly disagree.

Here is the same verse from other versions –

Col 3:4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. NIV

Col 3:4 And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. NLT

Col 3:4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.ESV

Col 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

The following verses seem to strongly dispute Peterson’s take on Christ showing up on earth.

1 Thess 4:16-18 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words. NIV

2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.

Help me out here; am I looking at this correctly or incorrectly? I urge and encourage any comments on any of my articles. I do not want to be distorting, adding to or taking away. Keep me on my toes! 😀

2 comments for “Taking a Second Look

  1. Meowmix
    April 19, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Recently I’ve heard this said in a couple of different sermons: “There is no indication that Jesus will ever set foot on the earth again.” As you and Greg have already said, He can do anything He wants. And we can be caught up together with Him in the clouds whether we rise to meet Him or whether he steps onto the earth and we rise together.

  2. April 16, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    When he does appear again, it will be to this planet, appearing to those who are alive at the time. I don’t think we have to read into that he will actually “land” on terra firma, but even if he did, it doesn’t necessarily support a pre-millennial argument. Though I do not believe that he will establish a reign here on earth, I have finally decided he can do pretty much whatever he wants to do and if it violates my understanding, then that’s okay as well!

    I agree Greg, he CAN do whatever he wants. There is so much I don’t understand and can’t explaine, but I still believe. 🙂

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