Statement of Faith Project – Part 8
I’m concluding my first draft a statement of faith with a broad evangelical posture. This project was started from a commission to write a statement for a particular organization, and to do so within particular parameters. This has shaped my approach deeply.
Thanks for the interaction on my previous posts, on the Triune God, scripture, humanity, the Gospel, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and the church. I appreciate your feedback on each of these entries, because it will help the final version be that much better! Here is my statement about Eschotalogy.
While Jesus inaugurated the kingdom of God, it has yet to be completed, so we should continue to pray that his kingdom would come and his will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Our ultimate hope is in the triune God’s ability to bring about the new creation – the redemption of our bodies and the redemption of the world. The return of Christ is certain and can occur at any time, thus we ought to live holy lives, seeking to take the good news to all of creation. For only those who are already connected with Christ in this life can have assurance that after death, they will be present with the Lord and after final judgment be with him forever in the new heavens and new earth. What we do in this life matters, for not only will God reward every good deed done in his name, but he will honor the decisions of those who reject him in this life. Hell is a reality. And while God desires the salvation of all people, he will always respect the choices of those who reject him. Jesus holds the keys to death and Hades and will judge the world with truth and grace. His judgment means the ultimate end of evil, and the renewal of all things.