Session 3: Method of Interpreting the Scriptures—Part 2, Understanding the New Creation as Sons of God
In this session, I will describe my method of interpreting and organizing the Scriptures when developing a theology of the future. To understand the kingdom of God on earth and then in heaven, it is very important to understand and maintain the two distinct orders of being, their defining characteristics, and their corresponding kingdoms. The Adamic order of being represents humanity with natural, mortal bodies designed for marriage. The new order of being as children of God represents a new creation who, after being raptured, will have immortal bodies and will not experience marriage.
As a believer, I am a restored man of God in the Adamic order of being. I am a citizen of the earth as a descendant of Adam. At the same time, I am a child of God in the new order of being. I am a citizen of heaven, which is my ultimate eternal destiny. According to the Adamic order of being, I am one flesh with my wife, who is my female companion on this earth. Since my wife is a believer, she is also a fellow child of God in the new creation. When Christ comes again, our natural bodies will be transformed into eternal bodies adapted for heaven.
This new creation is not a “re-creation” of the old Adamic order of being; otherwise, there would be marriage in heaven. The Adamic order of being actually comes to an end when this Genesis creation comes to an end. The new creation as children of God is truly a new order of being, and one whose form and function are unknown until we experience the final resurrection. Because God’s plan of redemption revolves around two orders of being, there are two aspects to God’s kingdom. One, on the restored earth for a restored humanity (the millennial kingdom), and another, in heaven for the transformed children of God (the heavenly kingdom).