"At hand" is never a positive affirmation that the person or thing said to be "at hand" will immediately appear, but only that no known or predicted event must intervene. When Christ appeared to the Jewish people, the next thing in the order of revelation as it then stood, should have been the setting up of the Davidic kingdom. In the knowledge of God, not yet disclosed, lay the rejection of the kingdom (and King), the long period of the mystery-form of the kingdom, the world-wide preaching of the cross, and the out-calling of the Church. But this was as yet locked up in the secret counsels of God. Matthew 13:11,17; Ephesians 3:3-10.
kingdom See note 2, (See Scofield "Matthew 5:2") .
is at hand (See Scofield "Matthew 3:2") . For Another Point of View: See Topic 301207
Other Scofield entries containing Matthew 4:17:
1 Corinthians 15:24
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