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Theology Scripture Project

Post by Admin on Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:35 pm

Select one of the New Testament epistles (Romans-1 John) that has at least 2+ chapters. Read the epistles, and write down everything the book says about things related to the End Times (Jesus' return, resurrection, judgment, etc). Then write a paragraph summarizing that epistles' contribution to our understanding of the end times and post it below (make sure you indicate which book you chose).

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Post by kellyrenelantz on Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:01 pm

I read Romans for this assignment.

Paul doesn't address the end times as overtly as other books might, but he does give us some information about judgment and Jesus's resurrection. In Romans 2:5, he brings up "the day of God's wrath" - judgment day, and explains he will judge each person 'according to what he has done." This letter frequently addresses Jesus's resurrection and how it is only through Him that we have eternal life and are made righteous with God through faith. In Romans 8:17 he says children of God are co-heirs with Christ, that we will inherit God's new Kingdom. Romans 8 also addresses the fact that because God knows who will be saved, and that God is the one who judges and condemns each one of us.

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1 Thess.

Post by Brittony on Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:25 pm

I read 1 Thessalonians for this assignment. It’s clear Paul wanted to not only inform people but to challenge and encourage them for when Jesus comes back. Paul reminds the Thessalonians, Jesus had saved them from the wrath that’s going to come (1:10). He challenges them to have blameless hearts before Jesus’ coming (3:13). Paul doesn’t want people to be caught off guard for when Jesus returns. He, then, goes forth describing not, entirely, the imagery of Jesus coming back but instead the actions that will take place such as: Jesus will bring those who have fallen asleep (4:14), there will be some who are left and go with Jesus after the first round (4:15), and Jesus, himself, will come down with a loud command for everyone (4:16). Paul wants the Thessalonians to be prepared for the “Day of the Lord” because he warns it will be like a “thief in the night (5:2).” He also warns that people will believe in their safety nets and peace doesn’t realize that destruction will be right around the corner (5:3). But again, Paul reminds his audience that God is for them and makes sure that they know, “For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,(5:9).” It was their hope back then and our hope today in which we can look forward to.

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1 Cor

Post by SHKelly on Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:52 am

I read First Corinthians, and Paul had a lot to say about the end times.

From the opening lines, Paul is already looking towards the end, saying that, “Christ will hold us firm till the end.” (1:Cool He encourages the Corinthians not to judge, for, “[Christ] will bring to light what is hidden” (4:5) and, in fact, “[we] will judge the world and the angels.” (6:2-3) Paul admonishes us that “the time is short… the world in its present form is passing away.” (7:29, 31) In chapter 13 he tells us that everything except love will cease, and that when the perfect comes we will know fully, face-to-face. That is a great hope! Chapter 15 of First Corinthians is probably the longest discourse on the things to come in Paul’s letters. He discusses the resurrection (v. 20-23, 42-44, 51-52), our glorified bodies (v. 36-50, 53-54), and the reign of Christ (v. 24-28).

To Paul, our motivation to live the Christian life is rooted in the hope of the resurrection and transformation of our bodies to live eternally with Christ, “Therefore, be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (15:58)

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Colossians

Post by matthewostermeyer on Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:02 am

In my eschatological study of the book of Colossians I recognized many references to the end times. Paul clearly felt it important to stress the hope of which we have in joining Christ in heaven after departing from this earth. Not only that but we see the true hope being in the reconciliation of man with God in the new creation. In Chapter 1 Paul ties the gospel and the new creation by emphasizing that it is through Christ that we are reconciled and welcomed into the kingdom of light. By entering the kingdom of light we receive it as inheritance. Paul also clearly recognizes in Ch. 1 that there is a distinction in destiny between those who are God’s holy people and those who are not when he writes, “he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.” Paul also indicates the importance of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection as it pertains to the end times. That through his death and resurrection we may also put to death the old man and rise to new life in Christ. Through this new life we have the promises, or “treasures” as Paul calls it, to freely receive the kingdom of God. In Chapter 3 of Colossians Paul goes on to stress the importance of how believers should act in light of the hope of the new creation. Writing very directly to the believers about their sinful behavior he establishes that they are God’s people and will receive and inheritance and because of this they should be encouraged to shed away the things of this earth which are evil and be renewed to become more like the Lord. To me the primary point of Paul in reference to the end times was to make his readers aware of the coming promises and the life promised them. It was also to encourage and motivate them to live out God’s will for their lives.

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Ephesians

Post by DaneMiles on Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:22 pm

For this project, I read through Ephesians.

Paul’s letter does not so much deal with prophecy of end times events or timelines, but rather what believers ought to be doing as we wait for the return of Christ. Chapter one lays the groundwork of “all things in heaven and on earth [being] under Christ” (v. 10). The remainder of the letter lays out various practical goals for Christians (how to be parents, how to be spouses, how to wear the armor of God, etc.). Rather than doling out apocalyptic revelation, Paul’s letter encourages believers to increase in holiness as we await the return of our almighty Savior.

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2 Corinthians

Post by lleeson on Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:40 am

In 2 Corinthians, there isn’t many verses focused on the end times or future, but there are some. First there is 2 Cor 1:14, where Paul hopes that the Corinthian church can more fully understand and therefore boast in Paul’s gospel message to them as we (Paul) will boast of the Corinthian church in the day of the Lord Jesus. In 2 Cor 4:14, Paul shares that the Spirit of God who raised Jesus from the dead will raise us with Jesus and present Paul and the Corinthian church in God’s presence. He follows this in verse 15 sharing that “All this is for your benefit, so that the grade that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. In 2 Cor 5:10 Paul shares that all must appear before the judgment seat of Christ and we will receive due what we did during our lives, good or bad. Those are the main verses I saw surrounding the end times.

I would say these verses lead us to be more motivated toward doing God’s will on Earth and sharing His gospel message with others. He shares that in the end when we see God, He won’t be pleased in how much money we have earned or how much we have, but what we have contributed to the Kingdom. Paul is boasting in the Corinthian church at judgement day and how he had a part in bringing them to God. Also, with knowing that God will raise the believers to be with Him should excite others in sharing the Gospel so that more can come and be raised also. Seeing that we were so dead and hopeless without Jesus should bring the believers to want to make a difference in His mission and see how He in brought more glory through this work. Finally, Paul shares we will be judged by are actions. We will not be ultimately judged (sent to Heaven or Hell) because of our works if we have faith in Jesus (Ephesians 2:8-9), yet our works will reveal our faith. This means if we have true faith in Jesus, our works will show it in how we live for and love God and others. When we are judged when we meet Jesus, this is how He will judge us which also should motivate to not live selfish lives on this Earth but to do all we can with the resources He has given us to do His will and be a part in bringing more into His kingdom.

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Re: Theology Scripture Project

Post by kkuriyama on Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:17 am

I read 1 Timothy.

The only things that it says about end times is the mention of false teachers appearing in "later times" which could be referred to times approaching 70AD or parousia. They will teach against marriage and abstaining from certain foods. But it is really strange why those are the things he warns them against. Why specifically those two things. Which makes me think that it's something pertaining 70AD since it seems oddly specific, like fulfilling a prophecy.

The other scripture is a commandment to Timothy to " to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time." "This command" meaning fleeing from false teachers and love of money, and instead pursue godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. It's interesting that he adds "which God will..." It almost sounds like he wants to make sure Tim knows that only God knows the time and day. It's also encouraging that we are supposed to keep the command until Jesus appears, meaning until the end(unless appearing means 70AD).

I also wonder if the "meaningless talk" that Paul talks about in the beginning of the book has anything to do with predicting the day of the Lord. Something makes me think that it may have something to do with it, but there isn't anything that confirms that that's the case.

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