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Eschatology and Faith

Eschatology is not simply how you think about the end of the world, but it is an articulation of faith.  As a postmillennial, I believe that the new creation, that the redemption of the world has begun, and that everything is not going to Hell in a hand-basket.  In fact, I would submit that you would be hard-pressed to read the Gospels and the Epistles and not come to any other conclusion.  Jesus’ death and resurrection have set the world on this course, and this trajectory is at the very heart of the Gospel message.  Nevertheless, sin and death still have a prominent existence in our lives.  There are wicked people who perform violent acts and engage in despicable practices.  You can hardly read the news headlines without getting depressed about all of the awful things that are going on around us everyday.  And if you read them too much, then you might conclude that the world is decidedly getting worse, instead of better.  I suppose there are times when that appears to be the case, and we may very well live in such a time, but let us go back to the statement made at the outset: eschatology is a matter of faith.   Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).  To believe that the world is being redeemed is a matter of faith.  To believe that the new creation has begun is a matter of faith.  To believe that with each passing day God’s name is more hallowed, His kingdom has spread a little farther, and His will is being done, on earth as it is in Heaven, well, that is a matter of faith.  And it has to be because the life of sight will come to a different conclusion, a conclusion not founded on the promises and word of God.  Christ is victorious and He reigns over heaven and earth right now, and only faith can know it to be so.