Matthew Poole Commentary - Matthew 16:28 - 16:28

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Matthew Poole Commentary - Matthew 16:28 - 16:28

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Mark saith, Mar_9:1, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power; Luk_9:27, saith no more than till they see the kingdom of God. There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, that is, that shall not die. Heb_2:9. It is the same with not seeing death, Joh_8:51,52 Heb 11:5. The great question is, what is here meant by the

Son of man coming in his kingdom. It cannot be meant of his second coming to judgment, spoken of immediately before, for all who stood there have long since tasted of death, yet is not that day come. Some understand it of that sight of Christ’s glory which Peter, and James, and John had at Christ’s transfiguration, of which we shall read in the next chapter; and I should be very inclinable to this sense, (for there was a glimpse of the glory of the Father mentioned Mat_16:27) were it not for those words added by Mark,

till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power. This inclineth others to think, that it is to be understood of Christ’s showing forth his power in the destruction of Jerusalem. But the most generally received opinion, and which seemeth to be best, is, that the coming of the Son of man here meant is, his resurrection from the dead. His ascension into heaven, and sending the Holy Spirit, after which the kingdom of grace came with a mighty power, subduing all nations to the Lord Jesus Christ. He was declared, (or determined), to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead, Rom_1:4. And when, after his resurrection from the dead, they asked him, Act_1:6, whether he would at that time restore the kingdom to Israel, he puts them off, and tells them for an answer, Act_1:8, But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth. And then, Act_1:9, he in their sight ascended up into heaven. Then did the kingdom of the Son of man come with power, Act_2:33-36, they knowing assuredly that the Son of man, whom the Jews had crucified, was made both Lord and Christ, as Act_2:36, and, as Act_2:34,35, set at God’s right hand, (according to the prophecy of David, Psa_90:1), until his enemies should be made his footstool.