Originally posted by FreakyKBH
Well, if we're going to go back, we may as well go all the way back and consider the passage in the context in which it was written. This particular passage is a study of contrasts. At one point, Peter is being commended for his faith, while in the next sentence he is considered an agent of Satan.
The verse to which you refer is not to be interpreted ...[text shortened]... me of the people hearing His voice will receive a taste of the kingdom of God, before they die.
There is no contrast or jumping around in subject matter as far as those two verses are concerned.
First off, the text should read:
“For the Son of Man is about to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works."
The word "about" is strangely and improperly missing from the quotes in the other posts. The word "about" was included in my post.
About means SOON.
Second, Notice the word "Assuredly" or "Verily" in verse 28. Assuredly is always used in scripture as a point of emphasis to the previous verse, meaning no change in subject matter.
An explanation that has been put forth by some scholars that is consistent with the "some not dying" is that judgement and the new kingdom has already occurred with the destruction of the temple, 70 AD, and the removal of the old testament form of worship. Interestingly, the analysis of tense implies "the some disciples" looking back at the event, according to the scholars (eg. Luke 9 "until they have seen.....). In that case, the kingdom does not refer to a future, end time kingdom.