Jobine Theology Part 4 -- By: Ralph Rogers Hawthorne
BSac 101:404 (Oct 44) p. 417
(Continued from the July-September Number, 1944)
Parousia is a Greek term occurring twenty-four times in the New Testament. It speaks of Christ’s coming again both for and with His saints. Even Job had some conception of the Advent like this.
35:14 -Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him, yet judgment is before him: therefore trust thou in him” (Elihu).
42:5 -“I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee” (Job).
Peace is an inner experience as presented in Job. The idea of holding one’s peace also occurs. That of peace with God is not presented here nor anywhere except in the New Testament (cf. Rom 5:1).
1. Peace, a possession.
5:2 -Thou shalt know that thy tabernacle shall be in peace; and thou shalt visit thy habitation, and shalt not sin” (Eliphaz).
22:21 -“Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee” (Eliphaz).
25:2 -Dominion and fear are with him, he maketh peace in his high places” (Bildad).
2. Holding one’s peace.
11:3 -Should thy lies make men hold their peace? and when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?” (Zophar).
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13:5 -“O that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom” (Job).
13:13 -Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what will” (Job).
Griffith-Thomas considers this doctrine under seven aspects: Old Testament perfection, spiritual maturity, positional perfection in Christ, progressive perfection, ultimate individual perfection, ultimate corporate perfection, and perfection in some one particular. Perfection is attributed to certain men in the Old Testament (Ps 37:37). This is the phase in which Job develops the doctrine.
1:1, 8 -“There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job...
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