Matter of Faith: What is the consummation?


(9/16/2020)

From: Jamie Smith

Wabasha

 

The consummation concludes God’s purpose for the ages (eons). If I can use this term, “eternity” (endlessness) then begins.

Eph 3:11: “in accord with the purpose of the eons, which He makes in Christ Jesus, our Lord;”

Your Bible will say “eternal purpose.” An eternal purpose in English means that the purpose will never be consummated, never fulfilled. It is a bad translation.

Here is the Grand Consummation:

1Cor 15:22-26: 22 For even as, in Adam, all are dying, thus also, in Christ, shall all be vivified.

23 Yet each in his own class: the Firstfruit, Christ; thereupon those who are Christ’s in His presence;

24 thereafter the consummation, whenever He may be giving up the kingdom to His God and Father, whenever He should be nullifying all sovereignty and all authority and power.

25 For He must be reigning until He should be placing all His enemies under His feet.

26 The last enemy is being abolished: death.

This occurs “thereafter,” long after the events recorded in the book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ. At the consummation, Death for all of the dead is abolished and all the dead will be raised in Christ. Understanding it as “all in Christ shall be vivified” makes no sense since those in Christ are already alive. It also changes the syntax and violates the law of language.

Keep the syntax intact as Paul wrote it and we have “in Christ, shall all be vivified.” It is the same “all” as those included in “all are dying” in the previous clause. It is a broad universal “all” including any who died in Adam. That’s the good news for all humanity. That is God’s purpose for the eons. There isn’t any bad news in this good news for this time. This understanding is clear, concordant, maintains syntax rules and is also not believed by Christianity in general. I say stick with Scripture and not with Christianity. Just my opinion of course.

Christ Himself will become subject to His Father. His Father and God will be All in all. That’s the goal that is finally, in due time, accomplished.

1Cor 15:28: Now, whenever all may be subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also shall be subjected to Him Who subjects all to Him, that God may be All in all.

In order to get to the consummation, Jesus Christ must be revealed. So when will we see events that finally initiate The Revelation of Jesus Christ? There is a sign post fast approaching. I don’t know for certain what God has in mind as that time arrives. I hope to introduce readers to this sign post in the coming weeks, Lord willing.

 

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