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  • 1.
    • Eschatology is traditionally associated with ideas about the end of time: how will the world end, and what will occur? What will happen at death?
    • Biblically, eschatology is more fundamental than only future contingencies. By the Spirit’s power, we begin to live already in the new life God has brought into being in Jesus Christ.
    Eschatology
  • 2.
    • I. Initial Points on Eschatology
    • 1. Eschatology is a larger topic than simply the final consummation of history.
    • It keeps theology from becoming static.
    • We experience a foretaste of our future life in Christ with God through the Holy Spirit.
    • Eschatology has informed and shaped all our theological statements.
    Eschatology
  • 3.
    • I. Initial Points on Eschatology
    • 2. Jesus’ work is eschatological by its nature.
    • In Jesus, the end of the world has come, and God’s judgment and sovereign Kingdom are new, present realities.
    • Jesus defeats demons: Matthew 8:29
    • The ruler of this world is defeated: John 12:31-32
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  • 4.
    • I. Initial Points on Eschatology
    • 3. While God brings the new reality, God has chosen to bring this new life to pass in and through our choices and actions.
    • 4. Eschatology concerns not just my ultimate fate, but others and all of creation. Escha-tology is therefore universal in orientation.
    • 1 Cor. 15:20-28; Revelation 21:1-2
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  • 5.
    • II. The Meaning and Shape of Eschatology
    • An eschatological orientation has been indispensable for the Christian Gospel from the beginning.
    • Why is eschatology essential for Christian faith and life? How may eschatology inform how we live and act as Christian believers?
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  • 6.
    • II. The Meaning and Shape of Eschatology
    • The Meaning of Eschatology
    • Etymology:  χ  , “last” or “final”
    •  ó  , “word
    • Literally, discourse or discussion of the last things.
    • When was it first used? 1644 by Philipp Friedlieb
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  • 7.
    • II. The Meaning and Shape of Eschatology
    • The Meaning of Eschatology
    • Implications: 1) Up to the 17 th -century, the church spoke of these topics but in different contexts.
    • Context of the coming of God’s Kingdom in Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.
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  • 8.
    • II. The Meaning and Shape of Eschatology
    • The Meaning of Eschatology
    • Implications: 2) Eschatology is directly relevant for Christians as speech about God.
    • Sauter: Eschatology is “talk of God which is determined by God’s coming.”
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  • 9.
    • II. The Meaning and Shape of Eschatology
    • The Meaning of Eschatology
    • Moltmann: “Christian eschatology speaks of Jesus Christ and his future.”
    • Christian eschatology attempts to point to the future, but the present is not devoid of the future since Jesus Christ is a living and present reality through the Holy Spirit.
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  • 10.
    • II. The Meaning and Shape of Eschatology
    • The Meaning of Eschatology
    • The Kingdom of God, fully enacted in Jesus Christ, awaits its full consummation and manifestation, and we hope for this in the present because of its presence among us.
    • The future is to be our future, and we anticipate it in our present lives.
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  • 11.
    • II. The Meaning and Shape of Eschatology
    • The Meaning of Eschatology
    • God’s Kingdom is not one possibility among many, but the very future toward which God is moving history.
    • Hope as faithful assurance in God is thus the essential virtue for eschatological thinking.
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  • 12.
    • II. The Meaning and Shape of Eschatology
    • The Meaning of Eschatology
    • In eschatology, we are seeking to perceive a reality that is present yet not fully realized: the Kingdom of God.
    • Dangers: 1) these are truly future realities we seek to perceive in faith;
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  • 13.
    • II. The Meaning and Shape of Eschatology
    • The Meaning of Eschatology
    • Dangers: 2) differing hermeneutical approaches to the texts;
    • 3) no one biblical passages incorporates all of the aspects of Christian hope;
    • 4) extremism threatens the Church’s views.
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  • 14.
    • II. The Meaning and Shape of Eschatology
    • B. The Shape of Eschatology
    • Eschatology covers topics associated with the end of this age and the beginning of the next.
    • Kingdom of God, the biblical vision, death/resurrection of the dead, judgment, eternal life are all interrelated topics.
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  • 15.
    • II. The Meaning and Shape of Eschatology
    • B. The Shape of Eschatology
    • The goal is faithfulness to the Gospel, not anthropological issues.
    • Eschatology is grounded in the life of Jesus Christ as the One who continues to live and reign.
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