“Our task as Christians is not to try through social action or labors or endeavors of one sort or the other to usher in the new heavens and the new earth ourselves. We’re not the agents of that. That’s something God’s going to introduce Himself, at the last day.”
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and disciple all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
If Waters had stuck with “ourselves” he would have slipped through. But not even agents? And “usher in” is rather misleading. Jesus says he’s already done it. All that is left is growth and mopping up. He’s now king. A man is ruling at the right hand of God (new heavens) and the Spirit has been poured out (new earth). The stone has shattered the empires and is now growing into a mountain. Psalm 2 is fulfilled and now all nations are being given over to the Son as the Great Commission spells out. Psalm 110 is being fulfilled and God’s enemies are being put under his feet.
What assumptions are being brought to the text that make this anything less than obvious?