Often as we journey through the Bible we run across more unfamiliar passages than we would like to admit. Why is this story here? How is this passage relevant to the story of salvation? Or maybe we have this attitude towards entire books. What purpose does Lamentations, or even Isaiah, serve? Even many older Christians haven’t given this much thought, though we may be good at finding our favourite books, chapters, or verses. Putting the whole Bible together to see where everything fits is both exciting and daunting so we often need help in understanding the story and flow, and this brings me to Thomas Schreiner’s The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments. For Schreiner, “Scripture unfolds the story of the kingdom, and God’s glory is the reason for the story.” (xiii, emphasis italicized in original). Schreiner uses the kingdom as a motif throughout this book, seeing a threefold focus of God’s rule, our role within His kingdom, and creation as the place where His kingship is worked out (xv). Schreiner desires that this will be a book that is “understandable for college students, laypersons, seminary students, and pastors” (x). This is a book for you!
This is the fourth part of our interviews on Premillennialism. Introducing the final view, Historic Premillennialism, is Dr. Jim Hamilton of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Hamilton also blogs here.
Last week to introduce this post, I started writing about the importance of eschatology, which ended up getting quite long and so became a post of its own. Now, in this post, we can turn to what I had originally planned: an introduction and examination of three kinds of Premillennialism by way of interviews with a proponent of each one.