The biblical witness is a simple one. It is an historical witness: past, present, and future. It witnesses to the acts of God throughout history—to creation, the covenants, the cross, and the consummation at the Day of the Lord (see top pic). The biblical witness remembers creation and looks forward to the “new heavens and new earth, the home of righteousness” (2 Pet. 3:13). The biblical witness hopes for salvation in the return of Jesus above all else—the “blessed hope” (Tit. 2:13). It also boasts in the cross of Jesus alone for forgiveness in the sight of God—the “righteousness of God” (Rom. 3:21; 10:3f). The biblical witness thus emphasizes the first and second comings of Jesus in all its various forms of proclamation: preaching, teaching, writing, etc. A simple witness, attainable and proclaimable by the least educated, yet holding in its narrative infinite knowledge and mystery.

The christoplatonic witness has a much more confusing witness (see bottom pic). Its ultimate end is immaterial heaven rather than a new earth, a perverse form of “eternal life”. Thus, the return of Jesus is rarely emphasized. Though the cross sometimes receives attention, righteousness often degenerates into humanistic self-help philosophies—“three principles” of this or “five keys” to that. Moreover, the christoplatonic witness often becomes radically shortsighted, seeking its inheritance in this life—“kingdom now” and dominion theology—with a perverted view of God’s sovereignty. Sadly, when believers loose sight of eternity, their walk with God becomes reprobate, for in the end, “the man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” (Jn. 12:25)

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