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Christian Living

Most people incorrectly state that we are commanded to take the Lord’s Supper every first day of the week until the He comes. First of all, taking the supper every first day of the week is an implication, not a command. Second, we are not going to cease taking the supper when Christ returns, but rather partake with him (Mt 26:29). Third, the text says we proclaim His death till He comes (1 Cor 11:26). Since Jesus has returned, we can proclaim His life, victory, and sovereignty.

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Death

This question is based off of an assumption that the spiritually dead could not go to “Paradise.” This, however, overlooks the fact that sins were not taken away until the atonement was completed (Hebrews 10:1-4). While the OT saints had life, they only had it in view of the cross of Christ. Under the Law they were still considered spiritually dead.

So, everyone under the Law died in a state of spiritual separation because of man’s inability to follow the law perfectly. The difference lies within if they tried to keep the law or not. One group was destined to rise to eternal life, but the other was destined to shame and everlasting contempt (Daniel 12:2) Therefore, Christ could give His soul as an offering and still go to “Paradise” because of His perfect keeping of the Law.

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    Heaven Hope and Purpose

    John 11:25-26. Jesus is the resurrection. If you are in Christ, you are in resurrection. Revelation 22:2, the leaves of the tree of life are available for the healing of the nations after the emptying of Hades, judgement, and coming of the Lord of Revelation 20.

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    This is a question that has been debated for ages, but here is our take on the issue. We believe that Hades existed for a period of time, but its purpose has been fulfilled and it has since been destroyed. Upon death, we either enter into the presence of the Father or depart from His presence, depending on if we obeyed the gospel and how faithful and active we were.

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    Our purpose now is the same as it was in the days of the first century church as they awaited the coming of Jesus: preach the gospel to the lost, bring back the wayward, take care of the needy, etc. Here is the difference between us and that first century church in waiting: we are no longer waiting and watching, but now confidently affirming that God has kept His word. Our goal remains to preach the kingdom of Jesus.

    But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Eph 2:4-7).

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    The hope of the Christian is to spend eternity in the presence of the Father in heaven. Preterism in no way, shape, or form denies this or detracts from this. The preterist teaches when the temple fell, Hades was abolished too, and that the way into heaven was then opened. Thus, for the preterist, hope is more hopeful since they don’t have to wait around in Hades for heaven like others do.

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    It is often argues by opponents of preterism that if Jesus destroyed spiritual death in A.D. 70 then it is impossible for any to die spiritually today, thus all go to heaven. While Jesus most certainly did defeat spiritual death then, the victory belongs only to those who are in Christ. Grace, mercy, forgiveness of sin, life, and all spiritual blessings are found only in Christ Jesus. Thus, the only ones going heaven are those found to be clothed with Christ, the ones for whom death has been defeated.

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    Matthew 24

    In Mt 24 the disciple were marveling at the beauty of the temple, and Jesus told them in no uncertain terms that it would fall: not one stone would be left upon another. Many believe that they proceed to ask about the end of the world, but this is simply not the case. The word used here for “world” is aiwnos, from which we get our word “eon,” and is better translated “age.” Thus they didn’t think the fall of the temple would end the world, but they knew it would end the age in which they were living, that is the Mosaic age. They equated the fall of the temple with the Parousia and end (consummation) of the age, and Jesus confirmed that equation by spending the rest of the chapter answering their questions of when this would happen, and what the signs would be.

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    Most amillennials read Mt 24 and teach that Jesus’ changes the subject abruptly from Jerusalem to the end of the planet right around verse 36 (some back up a little earlier). The problem with teaching that Jesus changed the subject is that He didn’t: Mt 24 (and 25) is all one discourse on one subject: the destruction of Jerusalem. The context really begins in chapter 23 where Jesus pronounces woes upon the city for their treatment of the prophets, and then laments at her unwillingness to be gathered to Him, and as a result their house would be left desolate. Moving then into chapter 24, the disciples are marveling at the temple and Jesus very plainly states that it will be destroyed, not one stone will be left upon another (1-2). This is the context; plain and simple. The disciples then asked what when that would take place, and what would be the sign. They equated the fall of the temple as His coming, which was also the end (consummation) of the age. (NOTE: they were not asking about the end of the world, the physical planet). Jesus then proceeds to answer their questions by saying that the coming (Parousia) of the Son of Man would be in that generation (34).

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    Resurrection

    Abraham had a relationship with God, David had a relationship with God, John the Baptist had a relationship with God, and Stephen had a relationship with God; however, these men died prior to the fall of Babylon, so they would have gone to Hades. Now that Babylon has fallen, “Blessed are they who die in the Lord from now on” (Rev 14:13). The reason is because Christ had yet to appear a second time apart from sin but for salvation.

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    John 11:25-26. Jesus is the resurrection. If you are in Christ, you are in resurrection. Revelation 22:2, the leaves of the tree of life are available for the healing of the nations after the emptying of Hades, judgement, and coming of the Lord of Revelation 20.

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    Yes. John 5:24-29. The difference is when the true sons of God would be manifested. Until the time when Christ would appear apart from sin but for salvation, the believers prior to the coming of the Lord were described by Paul in Colossians 3 as having their life hidden with Christ in God.

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    This represents the heart of the debate between futurism and preterism. The death that Jesus came to defeat is the death that entered in the garden, the death Adam experienced the day he ate of the fruit. When Adam ate, he lived for another 900 years and had children, one who died physically before he did. Thus, the death Adam died was not physical, but spiritual: he became separated from God. Thus, the death Jesus came to defeat is not physical death, but spiritual. Bodies are still in graves after the resurrection has taken place because the Bible does not speak about the resurrection of physical bodies, but reunion between God and man, made possible through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.

    I did a six part series on the resurrection of the just and the unjust. You can find it by clicking here.

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