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The consummation of the kingdom of God. Reflections on the final victory of Christ as portrayed in Paul’s first Epistle to the Corinthians

P. Potgieter
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 35, No 2 | a556 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v35i2.556 | © 2001 P. Potgieter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 August 2001 | Published: 08 August 2001

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P. Potgieter, Dean: Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

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Abstract

Reflections on 1 Corinthians 15:24-28 raise the question whether eschatology should be focused on Christ, or should rather be viewed theocentrically. A study of the mediatory reign of Christ clearly favours the notion of an intermediate kingdom, during which He will subjugate and destroy the “powers” and the enemies of the kingdom. Having achieved the final victory over death itself, the need for an intermediate rule of Christ no longer exists. However, the office of Mediator is unquestionably linked to Christ’s humanity. This again brings to the fore the question whether Christ will retain his human nature after the consummation of his kingdom. Although it remains an open question in Reformed theology whether Christ will relinquish his human nature at the end of this dispensation, it is argued that in the next dispensation He will no longer serve in the office of Mediator, but that He will reign as the Lamb of God in the stature of the eternal Son of God.

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Consummation Of The Kingdom; Eschatology; Humanity Of Christ; Kingdom Of Christ; Mediator

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