Seeing scripture as already fulfilled may be one step toward seeing reality from a divine eternal perspective, as God sees it. Conversely, seeing reality from an eternal perspective may be one step toward seeing scripture as already fulfilled.
With this divine insight, the Christ is come, and the resurrection is a present reality, and the consummation is complete.
Some call this Preterist theology, or fulfilled eschatology. In this view, there is a progression, a working out of a divine plan that is now fulfilled. This is a reasonable human understanding that can lead to a spiritual worldview that sees all as now completed within the Christ. Within this view, when all is fulfilled, the scriptures are unlocked and our interpretations and understandings are freed from the fetters of time and cultural restraints.
Even within the common futurist viewpoint, we are now that spiritual body of Christ. This spiritual body has already been raised up to newness of life. We are the spiritual house. This is a present reality. We have been raised up, a spiritual body. We have all been baptized into this one body, and raised up, and made to sit together in heavenly places. We don't have to wait for the fulfillment of future events to have the fullness. Nor do we have to look longingly into the past to regain a former golden age of glory.
“Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house.” 1Peter 2:5
“There is one body, and one Spirit.” Ephesians 4:4
“It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.” 1Corinthians 15:44
The body of Christ is that spiritual body that has been raised.
You are that spiritual body. We are that spiritual body. We don’t have to wait for some future day of transformation. We have been “fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.” Philippians 3:21.
Once we see this our ultimate destiny as fulfilled, or realize this eternal reality, then from the perspective of the consummation, or from the divine viewpoint of eternity, we can understand that we always were raised up into heavenly places, and always were partakers of his glorious body, the pre-existent or eternal body of the Christ. We are (chosen) in him before the foundation of the world. Ephesians 1:4. We sometimes come to this realization of eternal oneness step by step, little by little, and revelation by revelation. It is a new divine perspective. This realization is more than a Preterist theology. However sometimes, it is through such a fulfilled eschatology that this divine viewpoint may open up to us.
There are hints of this divine eternal worldview within scripture freeing us from the fetters of time and cultural restraints. One example of this revelation is found in the study of that phrase “all in all”. It occurs three times in scripture within time and in eternity, and serves as a clue, connecting or uniting God and eternity with the universe and us, within the body of Christ. The “all things” which are presented as existing in time, are also presented as progressing through time, and finally as one with God in eternity at the consummation. It is all one. In this way, all things are in Christ, one with God, eternal, beyond time, even if we experience them within time.
Within the scripture, once within time, “all in all” refers to the present working of all things within the body of Christ for the good of all.1Corinthians 12:6
And once progressing through time, “all in all” refers to the filling up or completion of all things within the universal body of Christ, “the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” Ephesians 1:23
And once at the end of time, at the consummation, in eternity, “all in all” refers to God being all, when all things are found reconciled and united in the Christ "that God may be all in all." 1Corinthians 15:28.
Here we see God is all, and all is One, with the Eternal.
The consummation is the hint that helps many see that the Church, God, and the universe are all one, now and eternally. Some see the coming of Christ and the resurrection as a still future event to bring about this oneness. This is a reasonable human perspective.
However, these events don’t really make God to become something God wasn’t previously. The sense in which the consummation makes God to be all, is rather that it clearly reveals to us, and helps us to see, the eyes of our understanding being enlightened to behold, even now, who God is and who We are. As One Spirit with God, and possessing eternal life, we can know and dwell in an eternal present, and don’t have to wait for prophetic events to move toward a consummation. Know the reality that God is all and God is one.
I speak as a
mere man for humans
restrict their perspective and experience with timelines.
that is joined to the Lord is one Spirit with the mind of the Christ,
Regardless of our view of prophecy, or our eschatological school of thought, in human history, as time passes and as we mature, we may see all fulfilled in Christ at the cross, at the comings, and then at the consummation.
Limited by the perspective of time, we don't always see things as they really are. True reality is the way God sees it. However, through revelation, we do have the ability to look at reality through significant events, or standpoints in time, receiving a glimpse into the eternal reality. Try looking at reality from the standpoint of the consummation.
Dare to take even one step further. From the eternal vantage point, it has already happened.
from God's perspective.
God is All.
never think of the future. It comes soon enough."
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