Editorial -- By: Robert W. Yarbrough
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Hebrew and Greek exegesis, biblical theology, church history, systematic theology—these are the classic focal points of Christian faith seeking understanding through the centuries. They are the pillars of ministerial training in the biblically-grounded curriculum for which Trinity Evangelical Divinity School is known around the world. And they are the areas of focus of this issue’s four articles.
To begin, Herbert W. Bateman, IV sifts carefully through interrelationships between Psalm 45 and Hebrews 1. It is clear enough on even a casual reading that Hebrews presents an exalted view of Christ. But this surface impression is only enhanced by Bateman’s study, which brings out nuances easily lost on the modern reader. Christ’s throne, his divinity, his kingdom, his companions—these familiar themes of Hebrews take on new meaning and weight when this psalm of David is mined for its witness to the Son of David. Psalm 45 takes its place among other OT passages (e.g., Ps 8:4–6; Ps 2:7 and 110:4; Jer 31:31–34; Ps 40:6–8) that are well-known, both in their own right and because of the attention Hebrews devotes to them. Since Hebrews’ imperatives to obey God are grounded in its indicatives that place Christ unmistakably at the center of the heavenly throne, Bateman’s clarification of what Hebrews affirms about Jesus is at the same time encouragement for us to be renewed in our zeal for Christ’s worship and service.
While Hebrews looks back in history to highlight Christ’s identity, the book of Revelation shows us Christ in things to come. Among those things is the Rapture of the church. But there is a puzzle here. In 1 Thess 4:17 Paul clearly affirms, “We who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord
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forever.” But just where does Revelation speak of this epochal event? Answers to this question have ranged across a broad sweep of a half-dozen texts: Rev 3:10; 4:1–2; 7:9–17; 11:11–19; You must have a subscription and be logged in to read the entire article.
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