1. One way we see this is the NT's referencing salvation not only in future but also in present terms.
The NT says we will be saved (Acts 15:11; Rom 10:9), but it also says that we have been saved (Rom 8:24; Eph 2:5, 8).2. Another way we see inaugurated eschatology is by reflecting on the OT's eager anticipations, its neck-straining longings, its forward-leaning tilt.
The NT says we will be adopted as God’s children (Rom 8:23), but it also says that we already have been adopted (1 John 3:1).
The NT we will be raised (2 Cor 4:14), but it also says that we already have been (Eph 2:6; Col 3:1). (And remember Gaffin's good word about what it means to be raised 'spiritually' in 1 Cor 15)
From the perspective of the OT, many world-shaking events were to take place in the eschaton, in the last days. Here are a few of the things that the OT anticipates taking place at the end of history:
- Messiah would come;
- God's enemies would be defeated;
- sin would be judged once and for all;
- the nations would stream to Jerusalem;
- the dead would be raised;
- God's people would be vindicated;
- and God's new-age kingdom would be ushered in.
I note: the NT teaches that every one of these things has happened.
- Messiah has come (John 4:25-26);
- God’s enemies were decisively 'triumphed over' at the cross (Col 2:13-14), and even the second Adam's exorcisms (driving demons out of people) were a middle-of-time execution of what Adam failed to do (driving a demon out of Eden);
- sin was judged once and for all, at the cross--the cross was the end-time judgment on sin, all funneled down onto one man (Rom 5:9; 1 Thess 5:9);
- the Gentiles are now gathered in as never before (Rom 15:8-27);
- in Christ, the dead have been raised--Colossians and Ephesians say we have been 'raised with Christ';
- God’s people have been vindicated--they have been justified (Rom 5:1)--the end-time declaration has been announced in the present;
- and Jesus said that the kingdom is here (Mark 1:15).