Monday, January 18, 2016

Notes on Eschatology

Eschatology is the brand of theology dealing with final things. However, in a sense, most of the Bible is eschatological because it tells the story of the relationship between God and man from beginning to end. It even has a "spoiler" at the beginning. Immediately after the fall of man, God cursed the snake. The curse was also a statement about the conclusion of earthly history. God said "I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your offspring and her offspring: he shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heal".

From that time forward, Satan sought to destroy the seed of woman and to derail the plans of God. He never defeated God's plan, but he caused, and causes, much havoc and suffering. That is why we look forward, yearning for Christ's final victory and our vindication. That final victory begins with the return of Jesus. And that is why his return is the basis for our great hope. Paul wrote that we are "waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ". (Titus 2:13)

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