Is Jesus the Fulfillment of Ezekiel’s Promise of the Restored Temple?

Perhaps this depends on whom you ask.

I use to be an premillennial dispensationalist.  Then I moved to the historic premillennial position.  With the pre– behind me, I’m now a happy A-millennialist.

Meaning, I once read Ezekiel’s promise of the restored temple as a premillennial dispensationalist (Ezekiel 43-44).

So I’m reading N.T. Wright’s How God Became King, and he throws this curveball, if you will:

Jesus has dramatically upstaged the Temple as the place where God now dwells.  This is the fulfillment of Ezekiel’s promise of the restored Temple” (emphasis added).

And while Wright didn’t elaborate, I’ve found it rather interesting, asking myself, “Could it be?”

Rather than dismissing Wright’s interpretation as novel and therefore suspicious, it’s something I wish to explore in greater detail.

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3 Responses to Is Jesus the Fulfillment of Ezekiel’s Promise of the Restored Temple?

  1. Paul seems to think so. Ephesians 2 is pretty darn clear!

  2. Lon Hetrick says:

    I agree with you here. I think there are a host of difficult but useful questions to asked about a re-built temple:
    1. Would the ritual sacrificial system be renewed?
    2. If so, what does that mean for the once for all sacrifice of The Lamb of God?
    3. If not, what purpose would it serve?

  3. TC Robinson says:

    Kyle,
    Not as clear to all. 😉

    Lon,
    Good questions. Dispensationalists have answers in the affirmative to all of your questions, including reasons. The same people who have an issue with Catholic Mass.

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