Theologian Kim Burgess likens systematic theology to dissection and biblical theology to vivisection. While both methods seek to understand what the Bible is saying, one works in bits and pieces, while the other works to understand the Bible as an organic whole. Traditional evangelical interpretations are too often informed by the dissection method and less by vivisection.
25-The New Testament's Own Hermeneutic
Kim summarizes all that has been said in this series by using eight different sets of verses that explain and describe the spiritual hermeneutic of the New Testament. The Bible itself should be the guide and informing our understanding. (NOTE: This will be the last episode for a few weeks as we work on getting all of this material transcribed and put into book form.)
24-A Spiritual Kingdom
Kim continues expounding the Spiritual worldview of the New Covenant. Abraham was looking for a city whose Builder was God, not a city—or kingdom—made by men. Jesus said it was good that He was going away so that He could send the Spirit to bring all things to their mind. Understanding of the Bible's internal hermeneutic, including the eschatological message, comes through the Spirit. Like Abraham, we also should not be looking or waiting for a physical kingdom.
23-Two Covenantal Administrations
In this penultimate episode of what he planned to present, Kim shows how the Old Covenant and the New Covenant are related and separate, i.e., their continuity and their discontinuity. Both covenants are pictured in the symbol and the reality of the temple: the holy place and the Holy of Holies. The way into the Holy of Holies was opened and made manifest by Christ's work and ministry.
View the chart here: https://americanvision.org/posts/two-covenantal-administrations/
22-The Heavenly and Spiritual Reality
Kim explains his chart further by revealing that the eschatological fulfillment of the New Testament is a Spiritual reality. Most systems of biblical interpretation focus on a renewed version of the physical world, but the biblical reality is Spiritual, not natural. Spiritual are not less "real" than physical things, in fact, they are "more real." God is a Spirit and God's reality is Spiritual.
See the chart here: https://americanvision.org/posts/the-heavenly-and-spiritual-reality/
21-The Structure of the Covenants
Kim reveals his paradigm in visual form with a chart called, The Structure of the Covenants. Drawing from the influence of Geerhardus Vos, Kim shows how the covenants unfold and come to pass in history and, ultimately, through the life and work of Jesus Christ.
View the chart here: The Covenant Structure Chart https://americanvision.org/posts/the-structure-of-the-covenants/
20-Covenants and Ages
Kim discusses the difference between covenants and ages in the Bible. We must get our definitions of terms from the Bible itself and not assume we know what is being said. Many have taught that covenants and ages are essentially synonymous, but Kim argues that while related, they are also very distinct.
Cleared up fog.
I am a blind man with artificial, eyeballs in my head, in other words, I have prosthesis. A lot of people tell me that I may not have eyes, but the spiritual eyes of my heart are opened. this podcast is a blessing, it teaches truth.
I have been working through these issues for the last 7-8 years. I was a pastor in the SBC when I first came across them and had to honestly teach where I was. This led to me being told to “step down” and leave the church I was leading. More recently I was asked to leave a job with a ministry due to my honesty over where I stand on this issue and this also has lead to real isolation and restriction within my church family. I have always been honest with my pastor and elders about where I stand on these issues and that has been acceptable as long as I don’t talk about it with any other person attending the church. At the end of the day sometimes I have felt crazy for seeing scripture the way that I see it and I also feel like there is this “secret” part of my Christian life that has to be hidden or it will cause division.
These talks have been so refreshing and uplifting to my soul. The time that was put into them and care that was taken to display thoughts and “showing your work”has been really amazing. Thank you for being honest about the complexity of the topic and even for being comfortable with the mystery of some of the destinations of scripture. I am very grateful to the LORD for bringing me to this discussion. I have a lot to think about.
These have been so eye opening to me. I've seen things I've never seen before. Thanking God for your work and showing truth through His word.