This volume is about Christian hope. Part of the Christian hope is heaven. The promise of an afterlife in heaven places our lives in a larger context, to fix us to a firm foundation. Bierma takes a look at the reasons why hope for the afterlife is not a heartfelt reality in our daily walk. Part of the answer can be found in misrepresentations people have about heaven and afterlife and Christ’s return, like the rapture.
Is there any hope for those who never heard the gospel? In this essay Baker affirms that the Scriptures teach that salvation is by faith in God, and mediated through Jesus Christ. The author wants to look at safeguards against the dangers of unwarranted inferences from this. He wants his readers to be wary of speaking carelessly about the hope we have.
The Bible reminds Christians that they are strangers and pilgrims in this world. Why is this so? This article names God’s election as the cause of this. By electing individuals, God has prepared heaven for them. Therefore, the daily life of a Christian is filled with hope and an eager desire to be home.
Creation abounds with cycles. The sun rises, sets, and rises again. Is there anything to learn from these cycles? The author affirms with a resounding Yes. Without Christ, these repetitions of life reveal the emptiness, and fill one with a sense of vanity. However, in Christ one has hope that this repetition will come to an end with our death, and that we will then enter into eternal fellowship with God.
Looking at Christian eschatology and how it shapes the hope we have, this article shows how this understand calls Christians to develop an ascetical practice in this life. This way of life is achieved through being heavenly minded. It is only in being heavenly minded that Christians can be or real use in this life. Read on...
Looking at the relationship between Genesis 1-2 and Revelation 21, this article shows how both these scripture passages highlight the presence of God as the center of everything. This perspective allows us to view God as the Creator of our hope. This is the second in a series of articles on the topic of eschatology.
Though commending the effort by Neo-Calvinists to raise the Lordship of Christ in all of life, this article shows that this has the tendency to root Christian hope in this world. This article calls for a balanced perspective in which the Lordship of Christ in all of life will not blind Christians to the reality of their spiritual hope. This is the first in a series of articles on the topic of eschatology.
The author of this article looks at Psalms as the depiction of all parts of a religious emotional life. WIth this in mind, and with the conviction that all of Scripture speaks about Christ, this article looks at how the Book of Psalms reveals the emotions of Christ, such as his anger, compassion, grief, hope and joy.
This article is about hope, and how it is an incentive for godliness. In other words, what does the return of Christ have to do with our piety? The kingdom of God is discussed from a amillennial point of view, as a spiritual kingdom. It also looks at the relation of the kingdom of God to this world.
This article is a basic description of the Christian hope.