It is not helpful to overly conflate old covenant principles with new covenant realities, but believers can learn something from the viewpoint of the Old Testament.
As we study the text, we discover that the ancients concluded that a long life was a privilege of the righteous. Several passages indicate that those who love God will experience a full life.
Job’s friend, Eliphaz, for example, expressed hope that amid Job’s calamity that he would “live to a good old age. You will no...Read More
In Jesus’ death and resurrection, he began the restoration of creation, a renewal that continues until the final unveiling of the dominion of God.
Communion is the memorial of Jesus’ death and resurrection, celebrating restored creation and anticipating the fullness of the Kingdom.
What we’re engaging is a symbol. But it’s more than that.
The bread and the wine are tangible, visceral objects that root our memory in the substantial.
In a sense, we’re celebrating t...Read More
Ancient Christians, entrenched in mysticism and wonder, were basically Platonists. But on the eve of modernity, Protestants shifted toward the rationalism of Aristotle.
With this, the underlying perception of the cosmos shifted.
These differences are superbly illustrated in a Raphael fresco, The School of Athens (1510-1511). In the painting, Plato points up to the heavens, but Aristotle extends his hand outward to the world.
Plato (428-348 BC) observed an interplay be...Read More
Jesus was and is God. Yet, while walking in the dirt and mire of earth, he chose not to operate in his divinity (see Philippians 2:5-8).
Instead, the Lord functioned as a man—furnishing a practical model for all of mankind.
If Jesus primarily operated in his humanity, how did he access power or perceive the mysteries of the Kingdom?
I think the answer to this question is found in a biblical passage from Luke:
“The news about him spread all the more, so that crow...Read More
The ancients were persuaded that the realm of the Spirit intersected with their day-to-day activities. It is easy to dismiss this as a flagrant superstition. But modern believers shouldn’t be too quick to reject their outlook. People in the first century understood things we do not readily comprehend.
Compared to today, the ancients had a more holistic view of the cosmos. They were convinced the spiritual and the natural order were interrelated. For them, there wasn’t a large chasm be...Read More
Through the work of Jesus, the earth is already being restored. The Lord is transforming everything right now—not just in the "sweet bye and bye." I’m not saying that this work is completed. Nor am I suggesting that the Kingdom is fully realized. But I’m saying that things are shifting and a new era is already underway.
I think one of the best passages to summarize this reality is Acts 3:19-24:
"Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out,...Read More