The Soteriological and Eschatological Implications of Seeing the Kingdom and Being "Born Again/From Above" at Christ's Parousia in AD 70 – An Exegesis of (John 3:16)

The Soteriological and Eschatological Implications of Seeing the Kingdom and Being Born Again at Christ’s Parousia in AD 70

BY: MICHAEL J. SULLIVAN
My purpose in this article is twofold. First, I want to propose and defend that the Church (as God’s New Creation) was corporately born again at Christ’s parousia in AD 70. And secondly, it is my purpose to demonstrate that Christ laid His life down for the New Covenant/New Heavens and Earth “world” and that it is this world of believers that God alone willed not to perish in AD 70 and continues to will not to perish but have everlasting life.
One must be born again or born from above
Nicodemus, like so many of his day believed that when Messiah and His Kingdom would be manifest to Israel, that this would mean that the natural descendants of Abraham would be admitted with no or very little effort. However, here and in John 8 Jesus describes the teachers of the Law and the nation itself, as needing to be born again and set free from the bondage of sin. They were not “free” and entitled to Messiah’s Kingdom just because they were descendants of Abraham.
Under the Old Covenant, if a gentile proselyte desired to join the covenant community of Jehovah, he needed to repent from following his false gods, exercise faith in Jehovah, be circumcised, and be baptized with water. Upon believing and confessing that Jehovah alone was God and performing these outward covenant rituals (which outwardly pictured what was professed to have already taken Continue reading “The Soteriological and Eschatological Implications of Seeing the Kingdom and Being "Born Again/From Above" at Christ's Parousia in AD 70 – An Exegesis of (John 3:16)”