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The significance of the new testament imminent expectation for the life of the church to-day

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Jesus' own understanding of the future has been elucidated by an examination of the duality of motifs present in his self-consciousness, a duality which informed also his expectation for the future. This chapter discusses the undelimited but imminent Parousia hope to illuminate the character of the present and its significance in the total salvation-history pattern. It concludes that the person and work of Jesus Christ is evaluated in terms of eschatology and grace. The End will be regarded indeed as near, as ready to break in at any moment, as held back only by the merciful patience of God who wills that men should repent whilst there is time: but the End's coming will not be delimited, either by our calculations or by our imagining that its coming is determined by our success in witnessing.

Keywords: eschatology; God; grace; Jesus; Parousia; self-conciousness



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