new age the Son of man was to be seen "coming
in his kingdom" (Matt. 16. 28). His coming was
to be at once personal and dispensational. He was
to come in a kingly way; and in the establishment
of his kingdom the end of his coming was to be
In the coming of the kingdom of Christ the
Messianic hopes of the early Christians centered.
And they had good grounds for their hopes. Jesus
himself preached "the gospel of the kingdom"
(Matt. 9. 35) ; he charged the twelve to preach,
saying, "The kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matt.
10. 7). Instead of looking upon his kingdom as
something in the distant future they were to look
upon it as something about to be set up. Upon his
return in kingly power he was to subdue all things
unto himself, and build up on earth that ideal king-
dom, modeled after heavenly principles and laws,
which he set forth as the final goal of all his effort
and of all the effort of his people.
The nature of his kingdom Jesus himself
describes. "Being asked by the Pharisees, when
the kingdom of God cometh, he answered them and