Law of Moses and Amillennial Eschatology
In the previous study on 2 Corinthians Chapter 3, we discussed the Law of Moses showing that it continued beyond Jesus’ death on the cross in A.D. 3. We also demonstrated that it was yet in the process of being fulfilled when Paul wrote the second epistle. Thirdly, we demonstrated that the fulfillment of the Law of Moses was Paul’s hope. There is but one hope of the gospel (Eph. 4:5). Therefore, the fulfillment of the Law of Moses fulfills the gospel hope.
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For those, especially Amillennialists who yet view the hope of the gospel as future, including the resurrection, eternal life, etc, this is a major contradiction of Jesus and Paul’s teaching on the Torah.
“For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious. Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech.” (2 Cor. 3:11-12). Paul makes it very clear in this text that at the time, the Law of Moses had not already passed away. His words are, the law is passing away. He concludes saying, “Therefore, since we have such hope. The hope of the gospel was the passing of the Law of Moses.
But, hope which is seen is not hope. (Rom. 8:24). In other words, if the Law of Moses had already passed, it could not have been Paul’s hope. Hope that is already realized is not hope. There would be no need to desire and expect that which one already has. Rather, one waits for a hope to be realized at some time in the future. Thus, Paul says, “But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.
The New Testament church persevered in order to achieve the state and time of the fulfillment of the Law of Moses. Amillennialists place the hope future, even future to those of us living today. But they place the fulfillment of the “Law of Moses” in the past, even before Paul wrote 2 Corinthians 3. This is clearly a contradiction. It shows the serious problems inherent in Amillennial eschatology.
Resurrection, the Hope of the Gospel Fulfilled the Law of Moses
In Acts and especially 1 Corinthians 15, Paul emphasized that resurrection fulfills Torah (Law of Moses). “But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets. I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.” (Acts 24:14-15).
Paul’s resurrection hope is the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets. That is none other than the Mosaic Law. He says the same in 1 Corinthians 15. “The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.” (1 Cor. 15:58) See also verse 54, in which he quotes Isa 25:8 and Hos. 13:14, straight from the Law and the Prophets as he stated in Acts.
Therefore, the Amillennialists cannot affirm the passing of the law of Moses in 30 AD, while at the same time claim that the hope of the law of Moses, i.e. resurrection remains future. Amillennialism falls upon its own broken sword in this respect. It is why I abandoned that view. The fulfillment of the Law of Moses is a key to understanding eschatology.
See more studies on fulfilled eschatology and the problems of Amillennialism see and the fulfillment of Torah. Look for our next study on the Law of Moses in future posts.