Matthew 16:27-28 - Don Preston Review #15

27 For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. 28 Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.  -  Matthew 16:27-28

Note: Don Preston is a full preterist and therefore his teaching cannot receive full or blind acceptance. His many videos on YouTube are worthy of listening and interacting with in a timeline manner.

This video repeats some past themes but is useful for refinement. Mr Preston certainly pushes on some nerves here. But hopefully it will help sharpen us in our understanding of God's law.

@0:56: Mr Preston continues to link the fulfillment of Daniel to the coming or resurrection of Christ. Very specifically this is Christ being presented to God the Father at His ascension to receive the kingdom. This is crucial because it pulls a small leg out from Mr Preston's view that the conclusion of Matthew 25 is already fulfilled. We'll get to look at that in detail later.

@2:00: Christ did not say the whole Old Testament was fulfilled! It is speaking only here of the law. He definitively includes the prophets in not destroying the writings of the OT. But He only speaks of the νόμος ("law") with reference to fulfillment. This can be discussed and argued but it is not as clean an argument as Mr Preston would like.

@3:30: This argument has a huge hole in it. They assume the fulfillment must include us. But if the entirety of the OT Law points to the work of Christ, it is safe to assume the fulfillment of these feasts can occur with Christ without including us. The promise of a future resurrection is not the calling of the "first fruits". That is Christ. He is the firstborn from the dead. Not us. These things are established and sure.

@5:38: This bringing together of the judgment and resurrection is dangerous. He hasn't made a defense for this and yet throws it out as true. I have some problems with that. I can affirm that Christ's resurrection occurs to fulfill the Ceremonial Law. I can affirm that the judgment described in Matthew 16 came at the destruction of Jerusalem. But this does not lead to the full annihilation of a future resurrection.

We'll get more chances to disagree with Mr Preston in the future. So that will be all for today.

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