I think this is probably the best interpretation if we begin with the idea that the Bible must be true since Preterism is the best fit (by far) to the Biblical data. But when I read the Bible it's very difficult to believe that Paul would agree if I presented this interpretation to him. I think he would have looked at me quite quizzically before turning on his heal and shaking the dust from his feet. He wrote as if he believed there would be a visible transformation of the whole world:
Originally Posted by Gil
Romans 8:18-25 18 ¶ For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. 24 For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one also hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.It seems that Paul hoped for something that would be visible, since he contrasted it with "what we do not see." I can't imagine him accepting the "non-change" that happened in 70 AD as a fulfillment of his hopes.