David Westerfield

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Tag: eschatology

Incarnational Eschatology

There is a grand interconnection between the incarnation of Christ and his second coming. Graeme Goldsworthy gives a great summing up of the relation of the incarnation to eschatology or last things, when Christ returns in glory and brings to completion and finality all he has accomplished (inserts mine, to give context to the quote).

The structure of New Testament eschatology requires that we at least consider that [Christ’s return] is both fulfilled now in the incarnation and awaiting its consummation at Christ’s [second] return. That is, what happened in Jesus’ first advent as fulfiller of all God’s promises is the paradigm of what will happen at his parousia. Everything was fulfulled in him representatively at his first coming, and everything will be fulfilled in a universal consummation at his return.

Graeme Goldsworthy, Christ-Centered Biblical Theology, pgs. 184-185

A Present and Future Hope

If you ever had any hope of trying to please God with your good, moral behavior, put that notion to rest. Psalm 14:2-3 should lay you flat.

2The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man,
to see if there are any who understand,a
who seek after God.

3They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good,
not even one.

How then will you be able to stand in the last day, when God judges the thoughts and intentions of the hearts of all, when all must give an account? Especially in light of the passage above, that there are none righteous?

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Babylon the Great and Our Souls’ Final Satisfaction

“And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn for her, since no one buys their cargo anymore, cargo of gold, silver, jewels, pearls, fine linen, purple cloth, silk, scarlet cloth, all kinds of scented wood, all kinds of articles of ivory, all kinds of articles of costly wood, bronze, iron and marble, cinnamon, spice, incense, myrrh, frankincense, wine, oil, fine flour, wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and slaves, that is, human souls. ‘The fruit for which your soul longed has gone from you, and all your delicacies and your splendors are lost to you, never to be found again!'” – Revelation 18:11-14

This is the culmination of judgment that will come upon the earth at the end of time. The Lord strikes the economic prosperity of the world, bringing it into utter devastation for its idolatry and extreme extravagance that is served as a god through exchanging the glory of God for junk. (Lest you think I will be correlating this to our modern day economic situation, think otherwise).

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