Friends Don’t Let Friends . . .

The Christian life is a life of true expectancy. The corporate Christian life—life together in the church—is a life of corporate expectancy. It does not yet appear what we will be, but we know that it will be glorious and good. Even prior to the last day, the day of resurrection, we expect to see stupendous realities unfold in this world because of the impact of the gospel. Paul tells us that eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has entered into the heart of man, what God has prepared for those who love Him (1 Cor. 2:9).Exhort

When it comes to what God is “up to,” we have to come to grips with the fact that we are not capable of getting our expectations too high. We are capable of getting them too high too soon, which is the problem of an over-realized eschatology. This is the problem of premature grabbing—reaching into the future and demanding that all the benefits that Isaiah gloriously saw be our present possession now. Another phrase that describes this temptation to rush things is immanetizing the eschaton. This is the special province of cranks and utopians, and so we must be on guard against it. Friends don’t let friends immanetize the eschaton.

Because we are postmillennial in our outlook, we are optimistic about history long term. That means we will face temptations in this area—the temptation to regard every stretch of good news as the advent of the golden era.

Ironically, this is the same temptation that Adam and Eve succumbed to. God had not prohibited the tree of the knowledge of good and evil forever. That tree would provide them with the ability to rule—which is what the phrase refers to throughout Scripture. Note that after they had eaten from it, God says that “they have become like us, knowing good and evil.” Their problem was that they grabbed for their responsibilities prematurely, and they disobeyed in order to do so.

The very best way to be given new and marvelous responsibilities is to be diligent and hardworking with the old, duddy ones.

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“Friends don’t let friends immanetize the eschaton.”

Ha! Somebody needs to put that on a bumper sticker.


God had not prohibited the tree of the knowledge of good and evil forever.

You have said this before. Yet to be convinced but possibly because the opposite of this claim was my default since forever. Fleshing out this claim would be helpful to not a few here.

B. Josiah Alldredge
B. Josiah Alldredge

James Jordan has gone into a little more detail on this. Were we to remain forever unable to judge between good or evil? Or were we to grow up first and receive that glory from God in His timing? We don’t tell our two year olds the details of sex, and sometimes children grab that knowledge and start using it before they are ready. Sexual knowledge and appetite awakened at the right time and in the right godly context is beautiful, but allowing our two-year old to become sexualized is a travesty.


Covenant history follows the same pattern as Adam’s testing in the garden. The food laws which were given to bring humility became obsolete when a better Adam obeyed God, and history moved from priesthood to kingdom. Same goes with the temporary manna in the wilderness, whose purpose was to humble Israel. Submission before heaven (Oath) is required for dominion on the earth (Sanctions).


Or, as God said it: (in a less wierd way. ; – )

Luke 16:10Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

10 Whoever can be trusted with small things can also be trusted with big things. Whoever is dishonest in little things will be dishonest in big things too.

B. Josiah Alldredge
B. Josiah Alldredge

Isn’t it immaneNtize?