I have been thinking about posting the quote below for a couple years now and it finally seems that the time is right. Anyone who regularly reads this blog is probably aware that I am a dispensational premillennialist (I believe that Christ and resurrected believers will reign on earth for 1,000 years some day). Because of this I have gotten into some interesting conversations over the past five years. One of those conversations was with another Christian who holds to an amillennial view of the future (he believes that Christ will not literally reign here on earth). Probably the biggest problem he had with premillennialism was he felt, for lack of a better word, there is something unnatural with both resurrected and mortal (non-resurrected) human beings living on earth at the same time.
I suppose it depends a lot on what you believe it means to be human. To me if you are born human then you are always human whether you are in a resurrection body or not. I never have understood what the problem is. A few weeks after our conversation I found the quote below which defends the idea that “risen saints mingling with men of flesh and blood” is not creepy. If the topic ever comes up again all I have to do now is link to this article and let Dr. McClain do the talking for me.
From “The Greatness of the Kingdom” by Alva J. McClain:
One thing in this connection that seems to disturb some theologians is the thought of a kingdom in which the glorified Christ with His risen saints mingling with men of flesh and blood on the earth. To illustrate this point, I quote from Berkhof’s final paragraph in his book on The Kingdom of God. The author first states the premillennial view as follows: “Jesus Christ, the glorified Lord, will be seated upon the throne at Jerusalem. And risen and immortal saints will reign with him ‘the thousand years.’ And besides these there will also be men in the flesh, both of the Jewish and of other nations, some converted and others unconverted. They will all share in the glory of the Kingdom, and all enjoy the open vision of Jesus Christ.” Then with considerable indignation Berkhof exclaims, “With Brown we too would call out, ‘What a mongrel state of things is this! What an abhorred mixture of things totally inconsistent with each other.’ This representation is not warranted by scripture and grates upon our Christian sensibility. Beet truly says: ‘We cannot conceive mingled together on the same planet some who have yet to die and others who have passed through death and will die no more. Such confusion of the present age with the age to come is in the last degree unlikely’” (p. 176). (more…)