There is common confusion regarding how Jesus responded to the Sadducees regarding the resurrection and the age to come (in Matthew 22:23-33; Mark 12:18-28; and Luke 20:27-40), which unfortunately is often picked up by opponents to the Full Preterist View. In my debate with Sam Frost in 2013, he used the argument that since I as Full Preterist believe that the resurrection already occured, that I should not be marrying nor giving in marriage (and he claimed that some Full Preterists have done exactly that). Therefore, not only is the text often misunderstood and misapplied, but it also demonstrates a stronghold within Futurist eschatologies that needs to be destroyed. That being so I was rather excited and appreciative that Ward Fenley talked about it quite a bit (and will continue this coming Tuesday) on NCMI Live. Last night, Edward Howell and I offered a bit of commentary on the topic, namely talking through understanding the Old Covenant and how your perspective informs your interpretation.
A MUST WATCH! You can watch the NCMI Live program from this past Tuesday at the following link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_MIFyZ8Yuo
You can watch the Preterist Power Hour podcast from this past Thursday at the following link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIOIQYghjEw
Beyond providing links and resources for further study, I’d also like to utilize this blog to further detail some points that stood out to me in regards to the passages mentioned above, the marrying and giving in marriage conversation.
- When we seek to honestly understand what is being asked of Christ and why from the original audience perspective, we must notice that this conversation is not about marriage as we contemporary Western-minded Christians would understand it. Rather, the Sadducees are seeking to understand application of the Law of Moses in the ‘age to come’ (which explains their citation of Deuteronomy 25:5-12). The simply explanation that most Full Preterists have highlighted is that Jesus is responds to the facetious questioning by asserting that not only is their perspective off, but also in the ‘age to come’ they will not be bound to the Law of Moses (cf. Matt. 22:29-30; Mark 12:24-25).
- In all three of the correlating texts we should notice that there are two ages being compared, however Luke 20:34 – 35 makes it even more clear. A study through the two Biblical ages is surely beneficial to study of the Scriptures (i.e., “the present evil age; “the age to come”, etc). Many have misunderstood this “age-talk”. The following link will take you to a blog I have written regarding ‘The End of The Age”, https://mianogonewild.wordpress.com/2019/05/07/the-end-of-the-age/?fbclid=IwAR10FTDcl9u_PvyBtmWDh0RflZShL5kW1urYMTFeWVNetKyklqBKT-F-KTk
- “This age” corresponded to the life and times under the Law of Moses (which is the context of the question the Sadducees are asking), and the “age to come”, which would correspond to being “in the resurrection”, and the resurrection of the dead. In the following article, Dr. Don K. Preston explains the importance of understanding the ‘age language’ being used here, especially by way of showing that (1) in the age to come there is no marrying or giving in marriage, (2) many Christians believe we are living in the ‘age to come’ (i.e., the Christian age, or age of grace, which began at the destruction of the Temple in AD 70. Therefore, (3) there is neither marrying nor giving in marriage in the Christian age. All of which shows that “marrying and giving in marriage” is not what many contemporarily assume it is. Read the aforementioned article here, https://donkpreston.com/no-marrying-or-giving-in-marriage-a-few-thoughts
- Also, pertaining to the transition of the ages and how that relates to the resurrection of the dead, I rather appreciated Ward Fenley’s thought that, “…if some Preterists consider themselves sons of the new covenant age, how is it from the passage they conclude they have the new covenant age but have not obtained the resurrection?”.
- Another point that is more-often-than-not confused is what Jesus Christ means when he says that in the resurrection, the children of God, will be like the angels (cf. Matt. 22:30; Mark 12:25; Luke 20:34-36). Most people in contemporary times begin to conjure up images of ethereal beings when they think of angels. In these texts, this need not be the case. In my book, Wicked, wherein I seek to highlight necessary study regarding angels, demons, Satan, etc..I explain, “Rather than see these angels (not all mentions in Scripture) as otherworldly beings though, I understand them to be human beings commissioned by God and endowed with Spiritual (elevated) powers”. Jesus Christ was contrasting the current state of the Jews as being bound to the Law of Moses, but “in the resurrection”, they would be the sons of God who do not die and who were not bound to the Law of Moses (like the angels/messengers).
On last Tuesday’s session of NCMI Live, Ward Fenley went on to say, ““There is neither male nor female for they are all one in Christ (Galatians 3:28)”. This corresponds perfectly with Christ’s statement that there will be no marriage in the kingdom of heaven. We are all one in Christ and there is neither male nor female. His Kingdom is not of this world. Therefore, the fact there there is still marriage in this physical life does not negate the fact that there is no marriage in the Kingdom anymore than the fact that there are males and females in this physical life and there not males and females in the Kingdom”.
I trust that these thoughts were edifying and clarifying. May we continue to show forth the fruit of fulfillments, or, as I often like to say, the power of preterism. God willing, YOU might consider joining us for more conversation in this regard next Tuesday night at 8:30pm (Eastern Standard Time)on NCMI Live.
By His Grace & Knowledge,