Recently, I watched a Facebook live video on a page “Prove All Things”. These men had been talking about the consummation of God’s kingdom and His presence when I chimed in with some thoughts regarding “Full Preterism” and how such proper understanding of eschatology helps better understand the New Covenant. I have provided short clips of the video found in the links below.
First, the teacher on the video offer the challenge, “If the Lord returned after His death in the first century, do you today take the Lord’s Supper?” and citing “We are to observe His death, burial, and resurrection until the Lord comes” (cf. 1 Corinthians 11:25-26 ). I totally appreciated the challenge that “If we are going to be consistent about it, let’s be consistent” and this man is totally correct in such assertion. So, if the Apostles and the other Christians (such as the Corinthian Church) were “filling up the measure of Christ’s suffering” (as the Body of Christ) cf. 2 Corinthians 4:12; Colossians 1:24 – as their proclamation of “His death”, and the Pharisees and Christ-rejecting Jews were “filling up the measure of their fathers” (cf. Matthew 23:32), when would such measurement come to an end? As the Preterist asserts, at the end of the age, which would signified by the destruction of Jerusalem, namely the temple – “the power of the holy people (cf. Matthew 24:3; Daniel 12:7)
Link # 1 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_RMZ1CKdoI
Many have sought to use this “Lord’s Supper debacle” to go against the truth of Fulfilled Bible Prophecy, however all it does it reveal a lack of understanding the “telos” and the consummated “one hope”. For example, in this next clip the teacher chides my response that the goal that would be attained (“longing fulfilled”) at the coming of the Lord was that His Church would “become a deposit of His Life”. He remarked, “Where are you getting that from?”
Link # 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVszSv95aZk
Please allow me to explain and show where I am getting that from.
To make something a deposit is defined as “placement or storage especially for safekeeping or as a pledge”. When we study the Biblical narrative, we learn that Old Covenant Israel (“flesh and blood”) carried “the death”, which was their demeaned relationship of God due to their constant innate idolatry. In other words, we might say that Old Covenant Israel, under the “flesh and blood” covenant became a deposit of “covenant death” or “fellowship death”. This is the death highlighted in the Garden of Eden, lamented by the prophetic Hosea (cf. Hosea 6:7), and promised deliverance from by the prophet Isaiah (cf. Isaiah 25:8 and chapter 65). The New Testament details that those that died to the “flesh and blood” system by accepting Christ as Lord and Savior, carried His death rather than “the death” within them. His death was producing Life (cf. John 12:24-25; Hebrews 12:2) and that would be shown through all the consummating work of Jesus Christ (ultimately up until His coming, or “Parousia” which means “presence”) cf. Hebrews 9:28. The goal of the coming was for Christ to demonstrate His presence with the saints – past, present, and future through the Church (cf. John 14:1-23; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 1 Corinthians 15:21-28, 50-58; Hebrews chapter 11:39-40; Revelation chapters 14 and 21-22).
It is rather depressing that so many have been led down the path of a “deferred hope”, waiting for someday in the future to be the fulfillment of God’s presence with His people. And while the Full Preterist framework does bring with it a complete paradigm shift and necessary study to “rightly divide the Word of truth” (cf. 2 Timothy 2:15), we can surely praise God that the application of such a shift in our theology, is rather than waiting for “the day”, we celebrate His presence today, noting the Church as the deposit of His Life.
The last proof text I will mention is Ephesians 1:20-23, wherein we read, “That which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”
Yes, Christ’s resurrection was a “sign” (which He called it Himself in Matthew 12: 38-45) to demonstrate His faithfulness, mercy, and power that would be demonstrated in and through His Church. In Christ, those who are dead find life, and the dead ones are put in right standing (otherwise known as the “resurrection of the dead”), and the focal point of the covenant is no longer a mortal body (“flesh and blood”/ OC Israel), but rather is based upon the Spirit of Christ as found in and through His Glorified body (the Church) – “the fulness of Him who fills all and all”.
Listen to my “Resurrection Sunday” sermon for more on how this beautiful picture is painted through the Biblical narrative. Here is the link, http://www.buzzsprout.com/11630/1049193-4-22-bpbc-resurrection-sunday-worship-service
Glory to God For His Goodness,
Pastor Michael Miano
*** Here are some other Biblical tends that lend more support to the understand that the Holy Spirit was given as a deposit to guarantee Christ’s presence in and through His Church (which was completed at His Parousia):
“…set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. – 2 Corinthians 1:2
“Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. – 2 Cor 5:5
“…who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory. – Ephesians 1:14
“For which cause also I suffer these things; but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep for that day the deposit I have entrusted to him…By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you. – 2 Tim 1:12- 14