[b]”Proleptic”[/b] is that which represents or characterises something in the future as having already occured, or already having been accomplished in the present.
I read it today in a Chapter called “The Gospel; Repent, for the Kingdom Is at Hand” in a Section called “What Disciples Believe” in a book called “Mere Discipleship; Radical Christianity in a Rebellious World” by Lee C. Camp. I can’t recommend the book to you yet, because I’ve not yet read it in it’s entirety, nor understood much of what I’ve read, however it’s a challenging read, with some great “Ah huh!” moments so far!
Camp is using the adjective “Proleptic” here:
“Jesus’ life and ministry – and subsequently the life and ministry of the church – thus [b]proleptically[/b] realizes that come age, in which the enemies of God will be entirely defeated. So, Jesus “watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightening” (Luke 10:18). but Satan’s ultimate defeat still stands in the future”.
Kinda like when I read the other day a conversation… “Why don’t you just give up?” “Well because I’ve read to the end of the book, and we win!”
The Victory has already been won! Hallelujah. We’ve just gotta live as though we believe it, and do our part to usher in the new kingdom.
“Moreover, if the gospel be true, then our fundamental identity will be wrapped up in the new kingdom. Full allegiance must be given, shared with no other. There is no dual citizenship, but only complete commitment and obedience… [i]Indeed, it is as if we have called to a holy war.[/i] Everything must now be set aside for this one calling.”