I. The Apostolic writers took the second coming, the "consummation," for granted. The subject pops up everywhere in their writing, even when we wouldn't expect it. They missed Jesus; they expected him back any minute.
A. "when he is revealed" - interesting the John also wrote revelation.
1. this phrase makes us understand that it is as if Jesus was masked in the incarnation and they only were allowed to see so much (except the three during the transfiguration), but in the end, we will have revealed to us the fullness of Jesus' character, of who he is. We get stuck on our own personal version or vision of Jesus (see other post).
2. We will "see him as is is, not was or will be, but is.
B. As children of God, we live in a tension.
1. in the world, but not known by it, not understood by it
2. in the world in terms of responsibilities, but ot of it..
3. already but not yet.
4. knowing a little but not a whole lot. We see through…