I’m working through G. K. Beale’s excellent The Temple and the Church’s Missionand lights are going on everywhere.¬†I’ve been impressed with his insights in identifying the Temple as a representation of creation itself, ¬†showing that God’s intention for the temple was to display His plan for extending His presence throughout the cosmos (as we see fulfilled in Revelation 21-22). Beale’s thesis is that the new heavens and earth are themselves the eschatological worldwide ‘temple’ of God, and that this is hinted at even from as far back as the garden of Eden.

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