Theology for the Masses

November 15, 2006

Question of the Day: Luke 9:27

Filed under: Doctrine,The Kingdom — Henry Imler @ 11:41 pm

Early on in my thinking, Luke 9:27 presented a challenge to me. Jesus says the following:

But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.”

I always thought that it meant the coming of the second coming of Jesus. I guess it more than likely talks about the initiation of the church age and Acts 2.

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6 Comments »

  1. My impression, looking at the context is that Jesus was referring to the transfiguration event on the mountaintop. Some (Peter, James, John) did see that manifestation of the “kingdom of God” in the glorified Jesus, Elijah, and Moses – as well as the appearance of the cloud out of which the Father Himself spoke (remniscent of Exodus accounts). If we take it to mean the resurrected Christ, or the coming of the church age (Acts 2) then ALL of them saw those events before they died, not “some” as Jesus says. If we take it to meant he second coming of Christ, then NONE of them saw it before they died. To me, both contextually and logically, it makes sense that the transfiguration was what Jesus was intending to mean.

    Comment by Carey — October 23, 2008 @ 1:03 pm | Reply

  2. He was actually referring to the fact that soon John would be translated and forever stay on the earth until Jesus returned again!!

    Comment by John — November 18, 2008 @ 6:44 pm | Reply

    • The bible actually tells us that this is not true. It says that The lord did not say that John would live until Jesus’s return. in John 21:23 it says “So the rumor spread among the community of believers that this disciple wouldn’t die. But that isn’t what Jesus said at all. He only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?””

      This does not mean that John will not die until Jesus comes back. However this does mean that if it were Jesus’s will, that it would be fulfilled.

      I believe that Luke 9:27 means that some will see the transfiguration. The original Greek word for Kingdom can also be translated to mean Royal Splendor, Which I took to be speaking of the cloud of glory which The Lord has bestowed upon the world before. When the three disciples entered into this cloud they were witnessing the “Kingdom of God” or “Royal Splendor of God”.

      My wife interprets this passage to be speaking of when the disciples witnessed Jesus’s ascension to the kingdom of heaven after his resurrection.
      When Jesus is with the disciples and ascends into heaven, the disciples catch a glimpse of the kingdom that Jesus has ascended into.

      I believe that these are both possible explanations for what Jesus was speaking of in Luke 9:27

      Comment by Mike — October 4, 2011 @ 6:33 pm | Reply

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