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    love is so difficult.

    So if our fallen nature is selfish, how can we live self-

    lessly? The short answer is that we cant, but God can. The

    power for selfless living comes from God. The Holy Spirit

    empowers us to love cruciformly. How though? One of

    the main ways is by exalting Christ in our hearts. Romans

    5 says that we have been justified by faith and have peace

    with God through our Lord Jesus Christ and that Gods

    love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy

    Spirit (Rom. 5:1-5). The Holy Spirit has a floodlight

    ministry.

    J.I. Packer writes, When floodlighting is well done,

    the floodlights are placed

    In this series of articles we have been seeking to see how the New Testa-ment Scriptures interpret Old Testament kingdom prophecies. Does the New

    Testament interpret the Old Testament as literal, meaning using natural

    language, or does the New Testament spiritualize the Old Testament kingdom

    promises? We have been testing one of the basic hermeneutical principles of

    Dispensational theology called the literal, grammatical, historical, method

    of interpretation. In this method, every word is understood in its literal or natu-

    ral meaning. The word man means a real man, and the word lion means a

    real four legged lion, house means house, etc. NCT will agree we should use

    this method when interpreting books like Romans and the gospel of John but

    not when interpreting symbolic books like the Song of Solomon or the book

    of Revelation. All agree that the context will force a symbolic interpretation of

    some texts. In a previous article we dem-

    onstrated this with the following texts from

    Is s ue 1 8 8 June 2 0 1 2

    It is good fo r the heart to be stre ngthened by grace Hebrews 13:9

    New Covenant Theology

    and Prophecy #6

    John G. Reisinger

    Where does love come from? In this series of articles,

    we have been called to a love that cannot come from

    ourselves! We have said that the primary virtue for new

    covenant Christians is cruciform love. This is cross-shapedlove. It is the pattern of giving of self for the good of oth-

    ers. It is a call to selfless living. The call to selflessness is

    extremely hard!

    Sin is fundamentally selfishness. It started in the garden

    of Eden. Adam and Eve wanted autonomy (self-rule), and

    the sons and daughters of Adam have been plagued by the

    same disease ever since. Isaiah described us as straying

    sheep. We have all gone astray. We have all turned to our

    own way. This is why Luther said that since the fall, hu-

    manity is curved in on ourselves. This is why cruciform

    The Power for Cruciform Love:

    1 Thessalonians 4:8-9

    A. Blake White

    ReisingerContinued on page 2

    WhiteContinued on page 12

    In This Issue

    New Covenant Theologyand Prophecy #6

    John G. Reisinger1

    The Power for Cruciform Love:1 Thessalonians 4:8-9

    A. Blake White1

    Postmodernism andChristianity, Enemies? Part 2

    Steve West

    3

    A Wise Man Who Built HisHouse on the Rock

    Stan F. Vaninger

    5

    Outside the BoxJohn G. Reisinger

    7

    Warfield on the Divine Originof the Bible

    Fred G. Zaspel9

    Our PurposeJohn G. Reisinger 13

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    Psalm 22 and Isaiah 11.

    Manybulls have compassed me:

    strong bulls of Bashan have beset me

    round. They gaped upon me with their

    mouths, as a ravening and aroaring

    lionFordogs have compassed me

    Psalm 22:12, 13 &16.

    No one would insist that four

    legged bulls, four legged dogs and

    four legged roaring lions were gath-

    ered around the cross. The text is

    describing, in symbolic language, two

    legged men who were acting like mad

    bulls, furious lions and barking dogs.

    All interpreters, including the most die

    -hard Dispensationalists, will agree

    that such an interpretation of Psalm

    22, is obvious and clearly demon-strated by the context. The language

    in these texts cannot be taken in a lit-

    eral, grammatical, historical sense.

    They must be understood symboli-

    cally. The problem arises when there

    are texts where it is just as obvious,

    at least to me, that should be taken

    symbolically but the Dispensationalist

    says, No, no, we must take the Bible

    literally. We must be consistent with

    the literal, grammatical, historical

    hermeneutic. An example of this is

    a text like Isaiah 11:6, 7. In this text

    we are told that the wordlion must be

    taken literally instead of symbolically

    as in Psalm 22.

    The wolfalso shall dwell with the

    lamb, and the leopardshall lie down

    with thekid; and thecalfand the

    younglion and thefatling together;

    and a little child shall lead them. And

    the cow and the bear shall feed; their

    young ones shall lie down together:and the lion shall eat straw like theox.

    Isa.11:6, 7.

    The vital question is what rule of

    hermeneutics says roaring lion in

    Psalm 22 is symbolic; it means a man

    is acting like a wild animal, but the

    same word in Isaiah 11 must be taken

    literally andmeans a four legged

    animal acting totally contrary to his

    nature. What makes it obvious that

    Psalm 22 is to be understoodsymboli-

    cally but Isaiah 11 is to be understood

    literally, meaning in natural lan-

    guage?

    Again, all agree that the context in

    Isaiah 11 is talking about the king-

    dom Christ would establish. The

    question is whether it is describing

    the present spiritual kingdom that he

    established at his first coming or the

    so-called future earthly millennial

    kingdom taught by Dispsationalism. Is

    Isaiah 11 describing a present spiritual

    kingdom or is it describing a literal

    physical millennial kingdom in the

    future at the second coming as the

    Dispensationalist insists.

    I agree that Isaiah 11 does not

    clearly resolve the problem since thecontext does not absolutely prove

    that the lions and lambs must be four

    legged or two legged. Lets look at

    two Old Testament kingdom proph-

    esies that are interpreted for us with

    New Testament apostolic authority

    and see how New Covenant apostles

    interpreted Old Testament prophecies

    concerning the kingdom. The first pas-

    sage is Jeremiah 31:31-34.

    31 Behold, the days come, saiththe LORD, that I will make a new

    covenant with the house of Israel, and

    with the house of Judah:

    32 Not according to the covenant

    that I made with their fathers in the

    day that I took them by the hand to

    bring them out of the land of Egypt;

    which my covenant they brake, al-

    though I was an husband unto them,

    saith the LORD:

    33 But this shall be the covenant

    that I will make with the house of Isra-el; After those days, saith the LORD, I

    will put my law in their