Posted On March 14, 2016

In Proposition 70, George Peters states:

“The apostles, after Christ’s ascension, did not preach, either to Jews or Gentiles, that the Kingdom was established.”

This is an easy enough proposition to confirm given all one has to do is investigate the book of Acts, specifically the message proclaimed by the apostles. There would be a massive problem if they were teaching and preaching something not aligned with the covenant promises made by God. If they were preaching something opposed to the construct of those covenants, they were either wholly ignorant or were acting in wanton rebellion. Knowing the Holy Spirit prepared them for their mission, we can rest assured they taught a biblically consistent and correct doctrine of the Kingdom to both Jews and Gentiles.

The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 70 is the following:

“That our Proposition is true appears from the immediate result of their preaching. The early church, the Apostolic Fathers, all that were nearest to the apostles and the Elders, knew of no established Kingdom but looked for one to come at the Advent of Jesus. This is evidences by the intensely Chialistic position of the Primitive Church. How can the reader account for this, unless our view of the Kingdom is the correct one. When the apostles, and their co-laborers, “preached the things concerning the Kingdom of God,” “preached the Kingdom of God”, how does it happen that the only doctrine of the Kingdom, East and West, in the churches under their supervision (comp. Props 73-77), is the one that we advocate? Is this merely accidental? Can a single writer be quoted who lived in the First, and Second, and part of the Third, centuries, and who proclaimed the modern view of the Kingdom, now so generally entertained? Let me in answer to this, take refuge in the development theory, in accommodation, in transition, in substituted revelation, etc., but all such subterfuges prove unsatisfactory, at the same time invalidating the credibility of inspired teachers whose personal supervision and instruction such a doctrine was allowed to prevail.”

One thing is quite clear and that is if we investigate what was taught by the apostles in the New Testament and if we take a close look at those who came right after (i.e. the Apostolic Fathers), we can also see a consistent message being proclaimed. It boggles the imagination why so many scholars, pastors, and learned me of God throughout the centuries avoid looking at the source material before developing their theological stance, in particular when it comes to something as important as the establishment of the Kingdom of God. Source material is first and foremost the Word of God. We see no indication of the apostles teaching the Kingdom had already come in full. We also see no evidence, at least in the very early stages, those who were under the tutelage of the apostles teaching anything other than what Scripture and the apostles taught regarding this doctrine. If we are so concerned with “church history” as some claim, it is vital then to note what was taught at the very earliest time possible, at least before things went a bit askew and pet doctrines began to infiltrate.

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