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Book Review – “The Restructuring Of Heaven”

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The Restructuring Of Heaven WEBWhen partaking of the Lord’s Supper, what do you find yourself appreciating the most about our Lord? Do you think about the physical pain and suffering He endured on your behalf? Do you think about the spiritual significance of the redemption of the Cross? 

To gain a better appreciation of our Lord’s sacrifice, you may consider the small book by Mike Johnson, The Restructuring Of Heaven. The foundation of the book is 1 Corinthians 15:28, which states,

When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subjected to Him who put all things in subjection under Him, that God may be all in all. (ESV) 

Admittedly, this is a very difficult verse to comprehend, but The Restructuring Of Heaven offers a possible explanation. Johnson does a responsible job in presenting the theological position that Christ, after His second coming, will voluntarily place Himself in subjection somehow to God the Father for eternity while being no less God Himself. The author’s goal is to introduce the theory that “Jesus experienced a severing of a bond between Himself and His Father that had existed since before time began” (p. 50). Wayne Jackson takes a similar position in his article, A Breath-taking View of the Love of ChristThe idea of Jesus eternally serving in a submissive role to the Father is fascinating and adds an entire new dimension to His sacrifice for mankind.

Johnson, knowing that this theory can be easily abused, writes,

I do not intend to dethrone Jesus with this understanding. He remains where the Revelation has Him as it closes – on “…the throne of God and of the Lamb…” (22:1, 3). Whatever is going on in 1 Corinthians 15:28, it does not dethrone Jesus. He is still enthroned, albeit as a Lamb. To the contrary, this understanding elevates what Jesus did in His death to a level that we may never have considered before. (p. 39)

Like Brother Johnson, I too would warn of the dangers of taking this position too far. Any doctrine that minimizes the deity of Christ, or makes Him a lesser member of the Godhead, is a false doctrine. The Restructuring Of Heaven does not push the envelope of scripture too much and does not leave any reckless implications.

What do I believe about 1 Corinthians 15:28? I don’t know. I simply know that I have been bought by the blood of Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 7:23; Acts 20:28). I appreciate the physical sacrifice of His death and the spiritual ramifications of Calvary. The more I study His Word, the more I realize how unfathomable Christ’s sacrifice really is. I may not ever fully grasp the significance of 1 Corinthians 15:28, but Brother Johnson offers a viable explanation in his book that warrants consideration. Scripture simply does not give me enough of a glimpse into this aspect of Christ’s sacrifice to make a firm conclusion.

The Restructuring Of Heaven will certainly add value to your study of the significance of Calvary. I appreciate the insight this book brings to the table and how concisely Johnson states his hypothesis. Being only 51 pages long and written in accessible English, this book is a pleasure to read in one sitting. More importantly, I believe Brother Johnson steers his readers away from going down the road of speculation on this difficult topic. Let us always be content with accepting the limited extent to which God has chosen to reveal Himself and His plan of redemption to mankind.

This book can be purchased from Amazon for $6.30 (Prime eligible!), or from the publisher, Enwrightened Publications, for $7.

Disclaimer: I was supplied with a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

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