James Jordans Influence

He spent one year at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi in 1978. That was where he studied under Greg Bahnsen, before Bahnsen left Reformed Seminary.

What he received from his year in Mississippi had little to do with seminary, as he admitted publicly three years later. Far more important to his thinking than classroom instruction was James Jordan:

While I was in Seminary, I attended a class that taught me more about the Bible than all my other classes combined. The class was taught by Jim Jordan. But Jim was not a teacher at the seminary; he was a student. And the class he taught was held at the adult Sunday School of St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, in Jackson, Mississippi. The understanding of Scripture that I received from Jordan's insights has served as a basis for virtually all my subsequent Bible study and teaching; and I believe it will prove to be just as helpful to other Bible teachers.

In his class, Jim began at the beginning (or almost the beginning) — with the garden of Eden. Essentially, he was teaching biblical theology, the study of God's progressive revelation of salvation. In principle, the whole of redemption is taught in the early chapters of the Bible: the chapters that follow simply build on the foundation laid there. This is why, as we shall see below, the later revelations depend so heavily on the theme of the Garden of Eden. The story of Eden contains the three basic motifs of all biblical revelation: Creation, the Fall, and redemption in Christ. . . .

By beginning our study of the Bible where the Bible begins, we can more readily understand the rest of the Bible, and why the prophets said what they said in the way they said it. The basic concepts are easy to teach to any age group; and once they are grasped, the ideas of the Covenant, the Kingdom, the Law,

Salvation, and (I give you fair warning) Postmillennialism, naturally flow forth from them.5

Paradise Restored and The Days of Vengeance are the visible proof of Chilton's assertion concerning the themes of Genesis leading to postmillennialism. Jordan persuaded Chilton of this very early. Chilton then did as much as anyone could to persuade the rest of us.

James Jordan came to Tyler, Texas in 1981, about a year before Chilton came, to serve as associate pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He has written three excellent books since then: The Law of the Covenant: An Exposition on Exodus 21-23 (1984), Judges: God's War Against Humanism (1985), and The Sociology of the Church (1986), all distributed by Dominion Press. He has also produced a six-tape audio cassette series on the Book of Revelation, plus a workbook, for $29.95. It emphasizes several topics differently from The Days of Vengeance, but it is excellent. It is a complementary study to Chilton's, and indispensable for students of Bible prophecy.6

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