An Alphabetical Analysis
Volume 6 - Doctrinal Truth - Page 122 of 270
Let the reader pause for a moment and ask whether a word which
primarily means to 'resolve a thing into its elements', and so return to its
original state, is a fitting word to use for the Second Coming of the Lord
Jesus Christ.  In what way will it be an 'analysis'?  In what way will it be
'a return' in the sense of analysis?  Surely there must be indubitable
evidence for such a rendering before it can be accepted, and that evidence is
not only not found, but is practically denied by the context of Philippians
1:23 when truly presented, and by the larger context of 2 Timothy to which we
now return.
It would add considerable weight to our argument if
we were to show the close parallel that exists between Philippians and 2
Timothy, but two passages only must suffice at present.  (See Philippians3;
and 2 Timothy5).
In Philippians 1:23 we read that the apostle desired analuo, and in
Philippians 2:17 that even should his ministry involve his being poured out
as a drink offering (spendomai) he would rejoice.  In 2 Timothy 4:6 the
apostle says, 'I am already being poured out as a drink offering (spendomai),
and the season for my departure (analusis) has come near'.  Here he uses the
substantive instead of the verbal form, but the parallel is most evident.
That which he desired and was willing for in Philippians has come to pass in
2 Timothy 4.  There is no possible chance of missing the meaning of analusis.
'My analusis' must mean 'my dissolution', my departure, my return.
Philippians 1:23 must be interpreted in the light of 2 Timothy 4:6.  The only
return that analusis can indicate is death.  This also is the meaning of
analuo in Philippians 1:23.  If there is a difficulty in the linking together
of death and of being with Christ, without any explanatory clause to bridge
the intervening period, it is not the only one of its kind, and must not
influence our decision.  2 Corinthians 5:8 brings the two together without
feeling the necessity for a parenthetical explanation.  If any should say, is
it possible that Paul would desire to die?  They could also ask, is it
possible for him to be willing to be absent from the body? for although 'and
to be present with the Lord' (or to be with Christ) immediately follows, Paul
himself had taught that it was not until raised from the dead that any could
hope to be 'with the Lord'.
In Philippians 1 the apostle is speaking of his own feelings to those
who knew well his doctrine and hope.  Under such circumstances he expressed
himself in a far different manner from the way he would if he were stating
formal truth.  To have made a digression and explained his belief regarding
the state of the dead and any special feature of his own hope since the
revelation of the Mystery, while it would have been doctrinally true, would
have been false to feeling.  One other mistaken view has helped to lend
colour to the interpretation that Paul desired the return of the Lord, the
truth is, that Paul's hope at the time could not be thus expressed.  We
believe that Paul, entertaining the hope connected with the Mystery, was not
looking for the Lord to return, but for himself and fellow -members to be
'made manifest with Him in glory' where Christ sitteth on the right hand of
God, 'looking for that blessed hope, and the manifesting of the glory of our
great God and Saviour Jesus Christ' (Titus 2:13).
The A.V. is certainly not inspired, neither is it perfect, and many
times we feel how much truth has been hidden or distorted, but we do feel
that in this particular case, with the one correction already suggested
relative to the words, 'I wot not', that it is a good rendering.  If the R.V.
margin be noted, 'I do not make known', then all the rest can remain as