By J. Richard Middleton
In recent times, increasingly more Christians have come to understand the Bible's educating that the final word blessed wish for the believer isn't really an otherworldly heaven; in its place, it really is full-bodied participation in a brand new heaven and a brand new earth introduced into fullness throughout 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 Drawing at the complete sweep of the biblical narrative, J. Richard Middleton unpacks key outdated testomony and New testomony texts to make a case for the recent earth because the applicable Christian desire. He indicates its moral and ecclesial implications, exploring the adaptation a holistic eschatology could make for residing in a damaged global.
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Specifically, since both male and female are made in God’s image with a joint mandate to rule (Gen. 1:27–28), this calls into question the inequities of power between men and women that have arisen in patriarchal social systems and various forms of sexism throughout history. And since the imago Dei is prior to any ethnic, racial, or national divisions (see Gen. 10), this provides an alternative to ethnocentrism, racism, or any form of national superiority; beneath the legitimate diversity of cultures that have developed in the world, people constitute one human family.
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).
20 Perhaps that is too harsh; nevertheless, I can testify to the steady diet of such songs that I was exposed to growing up in the church in Kingston, Jamaica, which certainly reinforced the idea of heaven as otherworldly final destiny. I am, however, perpetually grateful that along with such exposure I came to know, through sheer proximity, the this-worldly theology of Rastafarianism, especially as mediated through the music of Bob Marley and the Wailers. â•¯Stanza 6 from “Amazing Grace,” written by John Newton, originally titled “Faith’s Review and Expectation,” in connection with a sermon he preached on New Year’s Day 1773 on 1Â€Chron.
A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology by J. Richard Middleton