By J. Richard Middleton
In recent times, a growing number of Christians have come to understand the Bible's instructing that the last word blessed wish for the believer isn't really an otherworldly heaven; as an alternative, it really is full-bodied participation in a brand new heaven and a brand new earth introduced into fullness in the course of the coming of God's nation. Drawing at the complete sweep of the biblical narrative, J. Richard Middleton unpacks key outdated testomony and New testomony texts to make a case for the hot earth because the applicable Christian wish. He indicates its moral and ecclesial implications, exploring the variation a holistic eschatology could make for dwelling in a damaged international.
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47 and knowledge (daʿ at). Likewise, when humans build a house, according to a text later in Proverbs (24:3–4), the project requires this very same triad of qualities. There is thus a clear parallel here between God’s original creative activity and human building projects. 20 This means that when we utilize wisdom in our human construction projects, we are recapitulating or imaging God’s own building of the cosmos. Indeed, like the human cultural task, creation itself was a developmental project as God transformed an originally unformed and empty world (Gen.
Vetus Testamentum 58 (2008): 480–94. â•¯Thorkild Jacobsen was the first to use the idea of “transubstantiation” to describe the consecration and vivification of a cult image in Mesopotamia; see Jacobsen, “The Graven Image,” in Ancient Israelite Religion: Essays in Honor of Frank Moore Cross, ed. Patrick D. , Paul D. Hanson, and S. Dean McBride (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1987), 15–32. â•¯I first suggested that the imago Dei was more like a prism (directing God’s glory outward) than a mirror (reflecting back to God) in a keynote lecture at a conference sponsored by Ontario Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship in 1989, and then in a paper given to the Canadian Theological Society in May 1991, published as “The Liberating Image?
The Hymnal for WorshipÂ€& Celebration. â•¯Chris Tomlin, “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone),” released on the album See the Morning (Six Steps Records, 2006). â•¯This quote is found all over the Internet without an explicit citation to Tozer’s works. Noted Tozer scholar James L. Snyder admits that while it may not be found in a specific published work, the quote accurately echoes what Tozer has said in some of his sermons (available in audio recordings); “it is Tozer and it expresses his feelings on the subject” (personal communication, December 20, 2010).
A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology by J. Richard Middleton