<ul><li>Eschatology is traditionally associated with ideas about the end of time:  how will the world end, and what will o...
<ul><li>I. Initial Points on Eschatology </li></ul><ul><li>1. Eschatology is a larger topic than simply the final consumma...
<ul><li>I. Initial Points on Eschatology </li></ul><ul><li>2. Jesus’ work is eschatological by its nature. </li></ul><ul><...
<ul><li>I. Initial Points on Eschatology </li></ul><ul><li>3. While God brings the new reality, God has chosen to bring th...
<ul><li>II. The Meaning and Shape of Eschatology </li></ul><ul><li>An eschatological orientation has been indispensable fo...
<ul><li>II. The Meaning and Shape of Eschatology </li></ul><ul><li>The Meaning of Eschatology </li></ul><ul><li>Etymology:...
<ul><li>II. The Meaning and Shape of Eschatology </li></ul><ul><li>The Meaning of Eschatology </li></ul><ul><li>Implicatio...
<ul><li>II. The Meaning and Shape of Eschatology </li></ul><ul><li>The Meaning of Eschatology </li></ul><ul><li>Implicatio...
<ul><li>II. The Meaning and Shape of Eschatology </li></ul><ul><li>The Meaning of Eschatology </li></ul><ul><li>Moltmann: ...
<ul><li>II. The Meaning and Shape of Eschatology </li></ul><ul><li>The Meaning of Eschatology </li></ul><ul><li>The Kingdo...
<ul><li>II. The Meaning and Shape of Eschatology </li></ul><ul><li>The Meaning of Eschatology </li></ul><ul><li>God’s King...
<ul><li>II. The Meaning and Shape of Eschatology </li></ul><ul><li>The Meaning of Eschatology </li></ul><ul><li>In eschato...
<ul><li>II. The Meaning and Shape of Eschatology </li></ul><ul><li>The Meaning of Eschatology </li></ul><ul><li>Dangers: 2...
<ul><li>II. The Meaning and Shape of Eschatology </li></ul><ul><li>B. The Shape of Eschatology </li></ul><ul><li>Eschatolo...
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Eschatology 1

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

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