ALTERED MESSIANIC EXPECTATION
1 The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham: (Mat 1:1 NASB)
A. The New Testament begins with the acknowledgment of Messianic expectation by stating that the One promised to David (cf. II Sam. 7) and to Abraham (cf. Gen. 12) as their descendant came to the earth born of a woman. Thus, reaffirming the hope of the Jewish audience not altering it.
B. For the most part, modern Christian theology —assuming a Platonic cosmology —is based largely upon a non-existent verse in the Bible. Most modern teachings regarding salvation, eschatology, the kingdom, and the Christ all assume a passage in the Scripture where Jesus (and presumably reaffirmed by Paul) corrects the foolish Jews for their naïve expectation of Him. The problem, of course, is that this passage does not exist.
C. Because the New Testament, as a whole, is built upon the assumption of Old Testament Messianic expectation, the alteration (and thus perversion) of this expectation has been the primary source of confusion within the 38,000+ Christian denominations which exist on the earth today.
D. The fact that most members of Christian churches assume the word ‘Christ’ to be little more than Jesus’ surname is primary evidence that something tragic has happened. Few acknowledge the amount of damage done by the Gnostic Christianity of the modern church. Christoplatonism has not only perverted Biblical theology (namely Christology), but Biblical hope as a whole.
E. While the coming and ministry of Jesus and the apostles introduced new understanding regarding the manner of inclusion into the promises made to Abraham (i.e. ALL who repent and believe), it is essential to note that there was never an alteration in the fundamental hope of the Patriarchs. The hope in the Messianic seed who would resurrect and deliver the righteous, restore creation, and crush the wicked has always been the same.
14 “But this I admit to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect I do serve the God of our fathers, believing everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets; 15 having a hope in God, which these men cherish themselves, that there shall certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked. (Acts 24:14-15 NASB)
3 But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ (i.e. the Messiah). 4 For if one comes and preaches another Jesus (other than the Jewish Messiah) whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully. (2Cr 11:3-4 NASB)
22 Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. … 24 As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning (the promises from the OT)… (1Jo 2:22, 24 NASB)
F. Thus, the coming of Jesus was understood to be the reassurance of the promises given to the patriarchs and the prophets and not their redefinition.
19 So we have the prophetic word (i.e. given to the patriarchs and prophets) made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention (i.e. the eyewitness accounts) as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts. 20 But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, 21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God (not the will of man, but the will of God). (2Pe 1:19-21 NASB)
9 “Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’ (i.e. as it was in the beginning); (Isa 46:9-10 NASB)
 Pure Gnostic Christology —as displayed in Docetism (i.e. that Jesus never had an actual body, but was incorporeal) —was only really applied in a few limited geographical regions. However, the Gnostic ‘Jesus’ has become widely accepted by the church in the common view that He shed His physical body at the ascension. Thus, it is the Gnostic, immaterial Jesus who has ascended into the immaterial heavens for His immaterial reign over materiality until the time for it’s destruction.
 ‘Christoplatonism’ is a term used by Randy Alcorn and others to describe the new worldview which derived from the union of classical Christianity and classical Platonism. Primarily the product of the Alexandrian school, under the leadership of Origen whose mission was the synthesis of Hellenism and Christianity, ‘Christoplatonism’ is a modern term which the Apostles would have simply known as Gnosticism.