This episode is about the how we will study the Word of God and how we derive proper theology from it. We will first ask the question: why are we studying the kingdom of God? The answer is simple. Among all the prosed central themes of the Bible, the Kingdom is the central theme of the Bible, and since we are members of that kingdom, it is critical for us to understand it.
Then we will discuss 10 interpretational assumptions that we followed in our study. These assumptions I adapted from Vlach’s book, He will Reign Forever. First, all the Bible passages harmonize and complement each other. Second, the proper approach to understanding the kingdom is through a consistent use of the grammatical-historical-literary interpretation. Third, symbolic language in kingdom passages have real, physical meaning. Fourth, the New Testament builds upon the Old Testament passages in their original context. Fifth, the primary meaning of a passage is in its original location, regardless of how it is used later. Sixth, God will fulfill his promises of the Kingdom through the two advents of Jesus. Seventh, the kingdom will involve a restoration of all things. Eighth, just because God did not repeat an Old Testament promise in the New Testament, does not mean that it is no longer in effect. Ninth, when God establishes His kingdom, it will include nations as well as individuals. Tenth, God will fulfill both His general and detailed promises. With these as our ground rules, we then proceeded to the book of Genesis.