Edited by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr., Thine is the Kingdom: Studies in the Postmillennial Hope presents a series of seven essays covering various aspects of a postmillennial worldview. The chapters that stood out to me included:
Ch. 1 by Keith A. Mathison that summarizes the postmillennial position. This chapter helps deal away with any confusion that people assume postmillennialism teaches; although ch. 4 by Gentry also makes a fine supplement to this; as does ch.5 but more about that later.
Ch. 2 by William O. Einwechter dealing with Psalm 110 and the Postmillennial Hope. This chapter was especially helpful to establishing a very solid basis for the matter of postmillennialism. No matter what eschatological view one takes, this chapter makes postmillennialism a real contender.
Ch. 3 by Benjamin B. Warfield on Jesus Christ the Propitiation for the Whole World is mind-blowing. It offers a perspective on the promises of God that every Christian needs to read about.
Ch. 7 Practicing Postmillennialsim by Jefferey A. Ventrella is perhaps the icing on the cake. Therein he argues the practice of postimillennialism is:
- Promoting Gospel Primacy
- Demonstrates Evangelical Zeal
- Cultivating Christendomic Consciousness
- Practicing Cultural Engagement
- Habituating Christian Humility
While these above items sound wordy, they are worthy. I’d by the book simply for this last chapter. Nevertheless, I don’t recommend this particular book as a starting place for post-millennialism; for that I turn to Bahnsen’s Victory in Jesus. Nonetheless, I enjoyed much of this. My only caveat is chapter 5 being disproportionate from the others where Gentry goes on for over 60 pages. This in itself seems like a book and can drown the reader in things that however good, may be unexpected based on the length of the other chapters.
If I’ve learned anything over the years it is this: Eschatological views are best held with humility. And this book delivers aid to such an aim.
“Only by having pride be left behind will “the earth be filled with the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” Postmillennialism and the gospel demand no less.”p.222
Having read works by Bahnsen, Wilson, and these men, and looking at Calvin’s Commentaries and other works referred, I favor the Postmillennial position. And it indeed makes me see the world quite differently with much hope. Nonetheless, I will not deny that those of different orthodox positions may also have hope in the Lord. Whatever we have is given by the Lord, including our eschatological understandings. We have no room to boast nor to press the matter too far on others. But I’d be remiss to my own learning if I didn’t share that I’ve been greatly encouraged by the postmill perspective.