Concordia Theological Monthly

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new testament, jerusalem, end time, millennialists, israel, pentecost, grace, gentiles, zion, dispensation

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Some months ago, it happened that I came to grips with an ardent disciple of Premillennialism. To meet the man's arguments, I was driven to the Bible, as I found very little help outside of it. Especially on one point did I wish clarity: How does the Holy Ghost in the New Testament apply prophetic passages which millennialists interpret literally but which we interpret spiritually? What is the basis of our spiritual interpretation of Old Testament prophecy? My paper is intended to draw out the meaning of Scripture - and it will offer an example of one of the prime rules of exegesis: "Scriptura Sacra est sui ipsius legitimus interpres," and of St. Augustine's well-known dictum: "Vetus Testamentum in Novo patet."


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Luke 24:44-45; Isaiah 2:2-5; Acts 1:6-8; Joel 3:1-5; Romans 10:13; Acts 15:13-18; Acts 15:28; Romans 9:6-8; Galatians 3:26-29; Isaiah 57:13-21; Zechariah 9:10; Matthew 21:5; Romans 15:5-13;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars