Please consider the following points as we labor to give the biblical sense of how we must understand this generation from Matthew 24:34. We all know the primary meaning of the word generation, but we want to know how Jesus used it within this discourse, and can it be supported from other scriptures. Please consider the following scriptures and see if we should allow and follow its primary meaning, or should we be on the alert and consider and be open for its spiritual meaning? Every student must decide for himself before God.
In Genesis 7:1 and Exodus 1:6 we see and understand that the word generation is used in its common use that any dictionary would define as: "A class of person among a people, or in the world, that are born together, or so nearly together, that the time of their being in different stages of the age of man is the same. They shall be young persons, middle aged, and old together. Or, they shall be together upon the stage of action. All together upon the face of the earth, or stage of action, these are very often accounted as one generation.
In Matthew chapter one we see for the first time the word generation in the NT, and will notice that within this chapter, there are two different senses, or signification in which the word generation is used. One, it is used as: "a certain race of mankind, whose birth agree, not as to time, but as to descent and perigree, or as to those persons from whence they originally proceeded. So Matthew give to us the account of Christ's family tree by using the word generation. Not only was Abraham and David progenitors of Christ~but an election of grace went through the family of Seth to Abraham to David to Christ, who came and died for his people. In other words, there is a chosen generation~1 Peter 2:9. More on this later.
We must decide when reading the word generation in what sense is the Holy Ghost using the word~is it speaking about men born in and around the same time, the common use of the word, the only use that men outside of Christ would never use or consider, for the most part? Or, is it speaking of a progenitor? Or, is it speaking of a kind of person like a righteous person or evil person, in which the scriptures said much about, as we shall see?
Before the next post, please consider these two scriptures:
1 Peter 2 :9
"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light."
"But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Saducees come to his baptism, he said unto them O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?"
" Ye serpents, ye generation pf vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?"
They cannot! The word generation that is used in these two scriptures above were spoken by the two greatest prophets that has ever lived in this world, it would be wise to hear them very carefully on the sense in which they used the word generation, would you not say?
To be continue~RB