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37_Pauls View on Consummation

37_Pauls View on Consummation - Consummation(in Paul Romans...

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Unformatted text preview: Consummation! (in Paul) Romans 8:1725 "Creation" Distinct from the "children of God" The nonangelic, nonhuman created order The Salvation of Creation Not annihilation but transformation Reversal of the curse (Isa 65:17, Rev. 22:3) Paul does not conceive of the person apart from the human body or his or her environment. The redemption of our bodies is just a part of the total redemption of creation to which we ourselves belong. 1 Thessalonians 4:1317 Victory over death occurs at Christ's parousia (cf. 1 Cor. 15:2028, 5455) Jesus' resurrection is like DDay. The outcome of the war has been decided and VEDay is assuredly coming. There are two groups of Christian involved at Christ's return. (cf. 1 Cor. 15:5154) Those who are dead Those who are alive 1 Cor 15:3549 Christian belief in life after death is NOT the immortality of an immaterial soul. It is RESURRECTION from the dead! There is continuity and discontinuity between the two states Christians live in and will live in. Continuity same body/person that is resurrected Discontinuity that body/person is transformed Perishable vs Imperishable (not bodied vs disembodied; vv. 4249). Paul's analogy of a seed vs its mature form (3637). It is one and the same plant with two different bodily existences. Continuity and Discontinuity Intermediate State the time after death but prior to resurrection from the dead (i.e., God's final victory over death at the end of history). Two views Conscious disembodied existence (2 Cor 5:110; Phil 1:21; Rev 6:911) No consciousness apart from bodily existence If so, then according to Revelation it is still a time of groaning and waiting for full redemption and restoration. Dualistic anthropology body and soul A person's next conscious moment is at the resurrection "That great gettingup morning." Paul refers to death with the metaphor of sleep (1 Thess 4:13) Monistic anthropology complex psychosomatic unity Science has tended to confirm this view 1 Cor 6:19 (body = person) The Intermediate State How then Should We Live? 1 Cor 7:2931 A Christian's lifestyle should reflect God's future. A Christian's existence is not defined by the present form of this fallen world but the future God has promised, guaranteed, brought to light in Jesus Christ. Example: the "Punch line" of a joke ...
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