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Post by Bethany Hutson on Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:15 pm

1. Share your summary of the epistle’s contribution to eschatology.

There are three main observations with Titus and they are as follows. Titus 1:2 states, “in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began.” Titus 2:13 states, “waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” Titus 3:7 states, “so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” The purpose of the letter was to point out terrible moral standards, helping the churches grow in faith, knowledge of truth and in godly living, and silencing false teachers. In the midst of all the chaos, there are three instances that point to Christ’s return and the rapture. These phrases use the terms “hope of eternal life” or “blessed hope.” This indicates that the rapture is realized and could be fulfilled at anytime. It makes the readers aware that they should not let the corrupt ways interfere with their salvation and eternal life.

2. Select a question from #1-3 from page 339 and write a response.

Explain how the kingdom is both a present experience and a future hope. What do we already have and what do we still hope for?

Since we have Jesus and the Holy Spirit living on the inside of us, we experience the kingdom of God in everyday life that is within us. God’s kingdom is all around us from reaching out to others, the nature all around us, and even the worship we give to our Father. In the scriptures, for example, Jesus rejected the habit of trying to “observe” the kingdom through calculations because the “the kingdom of God is in your midst” (Luke 17:21). Therefore, Jesus pointed out to the Pharisees that Jesus’ kingdom ministry was right in front of them. This proves to us that we have the same opportunities to experience God’s kingdom in the present through ministering to others. In a sense, we are working out our salvation, but are hoping for the day Christ returns. We must remember that this world is not our home and final destination. One way to live between the “now” and “not yet” is to remember that Jesus’ first coming was where Jesus defeated Satan by his death and resurrection and His second coming will be when Jesus conquers all hostile forces to God’s reign. Overall, the gospel is a kingdom story where God’s saving reign is revealed in the lordship of Jesus Christ.
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Post by Alicia.O. on Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:26 am

Bethany Hutson wrote:1. Share your summary of the epistle’s contribution to eschatology.

There are three main observations with Titus and they are as follows. Titus 1:2 states, “in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began.” Titus 2:13 states, “waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” Titus 3:7 states, “so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” The purpose of the letter was to point out terrible moral standards, helping the churches grow in faith, knowledge of truth and in godly living, and silencing false teachers. In the midst of all the chaos, there are three instances that point to Christ’s return and the rapture. These phrases use the terms “hope of eternal life” or  “blessed hope.” This indicates that the rapture is realized and could be fulfilled at anytime. It makes the readers aware that they should not let the corrupt ways interfere with their salvation and eternal life.

2. Select a question from #1-3 from page 339 and write a response.

Explain how the kingdom is both a present experience and a future hope. What do we already have and what do we still hope for?

Since we have Jesus and the Holy Spirit living on the inside of us, we experience the kingdom of God in everyday life that is within us. God’s kingdom is all around us from reaching out to others, the nature all around us, and even the worship we give to our Father. In the scriptures, for example, Jesus rejected the habit of trying to “observe” the kingdom through calculations because the “the kingdom of God is in your midst” (Luke 17:21). Therefore, Jesus pointed out to the Pharisees that Jesus’ kingdom ministry was right in front of them. This proves to us that we have the same opportunities to experience God’s kingdom in the present through ministering to others. In a sense, we are working out our salvation, but are hoping for the day Christ returns. We must remember that this world is not our home and final destination. One way to live between the “now” and “not yet” is to remember that Jesus’ first coming was where Jesus defeated Satan by his death and resurrection and His second coming will be when Jesus conquers all hostile forces to God’s reign. Overall, the gospel is a kingdom story where God’s saving reign is revealed in the lordship of Jesus Christ.

I think that you answered that second questions very clearly. This idea of the kingdom being 'now and not yet' is something that I have grown in understanding of just in the past three years, although I've been following Christ as long as I can remember. It is a beautiful thing that we can proclaim a reality of a perfect kingdom on this fallen earth, while holding onto the hope of one day knowing this kingdom in it's fullness. The Luke 17:21 verse is so crucial in us understanding what joy this means for us today! Faith in this truth changes the way we pray and the hope we can have now.
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Post by Marlou Peters on Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:31 am

Yeah I agree we experience God’s kingdom every single day! I think you explained it very clearly. We need to live in the now and fulfill the Great Commission and I agree that I think that is also how we experience God’s Kingdom and that is how others are experiencing it as well. Earth is not our final destination we have a much better place later on!
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