Why Study Eschatology?
Devout Christians say, “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20)
Unbelievers and scoffers say, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation”(2 Pet. 3:4)
1. Its Prominence in the Scriptures
A. The New Testament mentions this doctrine more than 300
B. Whole chapters are devoted to the subject (Matt. 24, 25;Mark 13; Luke 21; 1 Cor. 15)
C. Some Books are given over to the subject (1 Thess.;2 Thess.; Rev.)
2. It is a Key to the Scriptures
Many Biblical doctrines cannot be clearly understoodexcept for in the light of this important doctrine.
A. Christ is prophet, priest and king. To properly understandHis kingly office you must understand the 2nd coming.
B. Salvation is represented as past, present and future. One
must understand about the Lord’s Return to fully comprehendwhat is meant by future salvation.
C. Baptism implies resurrection with Christ to newness of life,
and this new life in Christ Jesus will be made manifest whenJesus shall appear in glory (Col. 3:1-4)
3. It is the Hope of the Church
A. Titus 2:13
B. 1 Peter 1:3-5
C. 1 John 3:2
4. It is the Incentive to Biblical Christianity
A. Induces self-purification (Matt. 25:6; 2 Pet. 3:11; 1 John 3:3)
B. It inspires watchfulness and perseverance (Matt. 24:44;Mark 13:35)
C. It challenges the backslider to return (Rom. 13:11)
D. It constitute a warning to the ungodly (2 Thess. 1:7-10)
E. It is a stay in adversity and bereavement (1 Thess. 4:13 -18;
5:11; 2 Tim. 2:12; Heb. 10:35 - 39; James 5:7)
5. It has a marked Effect on Christian Service
A. 1 Cor. 3:11-15
B. 2 Cor. 5:10
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