Wednesday, 20 December 2017

The Story of the World

Some people seem to think 'the age' began and ended with the Torah in Israel. But God's overall plan was always worldwide, not just Israel-wide. And it isn't only people-wide - it also encompasses God's physical creation. 

It's a bit hard to pinpoint 
'the moment' between old and new: there's a certain amount of overlapping. But if I was to mark a decisive moment: I would pick the cross and resurrection of Jesus. But still there is a sense of inauguration versus culmination. An already/not-yet sense. 

We do still look forward to the culmination of all things (which will include the general resurrection of the dead). Resurrection-life has already been inaugurated spiritually (at the cross, not in AD70) - but the day is coming when our mortal bodies shall be quickened too. All creation groans, waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God, when it shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption. 

Israel's Old Covenant ended at the cross, not in AD70. But there was a historical overlapping in which Israel continued attempting to carry it out, until they no longer could, after AD70. But AD70 still wasn't the be-all and end-all of everything the Bible encompasses when it talks about the coming of Christ and the eternal new age.

The overarching story of the Bible goes from creation to new creation, paradise to Paradise, encompassing not only Israel but all mankind, and not only mankind but the creature itself. And all through JESUS. Beautiful story! 

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