Heidelcast 181: As It Was In The Days Of Noah (24)—We Are Pilgrims Under Christ’s Lordship

With this episode we have almost reached the end of 1 Peter and in our passage (1 Pet 5:6–11) Peter turns again to one of his major themes: the Christian’s pilgrimage to the heavenly city under the Lordship of Christ. This passage, like the rest of 1 and 2 Peter, challenges the American prosperity gospel and other forms of the theology go glory that so many Americans find so attractive. We saw an example of the attraction of theologies of dominion and conquest this week when amillennialists and the historic distinction between the two spheres of Christ’s kingdom (the temporal and the eternal) was likened to Dispensationalism and characterized as an eschatology of failure. No, it is the dominion theology that is the cousin to Dispensationalism since it sets aside Peter’s doctrine that the Christian life is like Noah’s and like Noah we are waiting for the coming salvation. Was Noah a failure? After all, Scripture observes that only 8 souls were aboard the ark. It is good for us to think about these two competing visions of the Christian life since this is why I have been doing this series, As It Was In The Days of Noah. Both the Dispensationalists and the Reconstructionists postpone Christ’s Lordship to a future point. Both are looking forward to earth glory ages. Peter, however, says that Christ is Lord now and that he is actively exercising his dominion right now. Our suffering, for Christ, is part of his Lordship. For Peter, suffering for Christ’s sake is evidence of Christ’s favor and blessing.



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