O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

This is a really good article. Thought I should share it here at DiD:


Galatians and the New Jerusalem


What is the true strength of covenant eschatology? A lot of people would say the "time-texts" convinced them of preterism. We've all seen people try to fudge them in order avoid the implications for their beliefs. They mean what? Well, anything but what they actually say. We can't have the coming of Christ and the Resurrection fulfilled in the first century! But... but... but...


I think the "time-texts" are sort of like what we call a mud-room here in Montana. The mud-room is that little place right inside the back door where people remove their coats, take off shoes, and prepare to spend some cozy time indoors. The snow melts into little pools of dirty water. The abandoned shoes are chaos. Stuff gets dropped there, for the moment at least. You get your first whiff of what's cooking in the kitchen. It's warm. Time texts get you in the door. But the mud-room is no place to spend all your time indoors. There's more to the house than the mud-room.


After studying the Bible and preaching locally for the last eleven years [I'm new at this, mind you!], I have come to the conclusion that the true strength of preterism is not time-texts. Oh yes, you need a mud-room. You need a place where people can come in out of the cold of futurism. But the true strength of preterism is a lot bigger, thicker, and stouter than merely a hundred (plus) proof texts.


The true strength of preterism is something special. You see, preterism organically follows the entire narrative of Scripture. It explains how and why the apostles and writers of the NT wrote what they did. It predicts the way they argued from the Law and Prophets. Preterism zigs where the Bible zigs; it follows the zags, too. Parables come alive. Ancient prophets make sense. All of Israel's history is illuminated anew in the person and glory of Jesus Christ. Old creation becomes new creation. Resurrection.


Riley's article is just another example of the importance of covenant transition. It's the key to properly understanding Scripture as it was originally intended. Covenant eschatology fits it perfectly. No futurist viewpoint comes close to the fidelity preterism offers in regard to the details, content, and flow of the text. This is what it means to live in the whole house of Scripture. It's all related, from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21.


That's what they've all been saying if you actually pay attention.


Tim Martin


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Comment by jjkratt on December 4, 2011 at 11:26pm

Tim, thanks for posting that. It was awesome.

Riley, I tried several times tonight to post a comment on your blog page but it wouldn't let me, kept saying there was some sort of member error. This is what I was going to say:

That was one of the best written essays on that subject I have read. I saved it, printed it, and plan on reading it in the class I teach at my church. Thank you for writing it! ---Jerel

Comment by Doug Wilkinson on December 5, 2011 at 12:57am

That was an impressive article.  I agree that there is more to preteriem than time statements and it's been my experience that some of them are actually easier to argue.  The best one in my opinion is the Mosaic Law in the New Testament.  Disagreeing about the Law is not as threatening for some reason as disagreeing about eschatology.  But, looking at the Law in detail takes you right to preterism without any real alternative.  The best stuff on this right now is done by "New Covenant Theology" writers, but they are currently in a slump because they can see the eschatology writing on the wall.  The next best option is to take someone to Rev. 21-22 and have them explain why there are still sinners running around outside of the New Jerusalem in the New Heaven and New Earth.  That usually causes some head scratching.  Since theology is systematic you can obviously start from any particular part of theology (Pentecostal gifts, soteriology, "Israelology", etc.) and work your way back to preterism, but the Law and the existence of sin in Rev. 21-22 are the two most easily argued in my experience.


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