Daniel Kirk on Jesus’ Eschatology

Daniel Kirk on Jesus’ Eschatology October 23, 2011
Daniel Kirk

Fuller professor Daniel Kirk is quickly becoming one of my favorite bloggers. This week, he had a post about eschatology that caught my eye:

What is the eschatology that Jesus brings about? It is the regathering of the people as promised, the restoration of the people to full standing in God’s family. It is a defeat of the hostile powers that warred against God’s people to keep those people from experiencing the fulness of the blessing of God.

It is even the provision of an abundant land, where the baskets of grain overflow.

All of this means that the reign of God has drawn near. In the person of Jesus, the king of God’s kingdom, God is restoring the earth to rights.

But here is where we have to be careful. In fact, we are right up to the point where the history of Christianity has shown us that we are always most often prone to go astray.

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  • Tony, thanks for the blog love.

    Brian, as the post continues I think I’m hitting on what you suggest here. It goes on:

    Inaugurated eschatology is the conviction that the power of the kingdom, the promised fullness of God, will burst forth and provide in rich abundance here and now, even when we cannot see with our eyes the fullness of the harvest.

    Inaugurated eschatology is the summons to move out on faith, trusting that the smallest seed will sprout and bring forth a plant in which all the birds of the air can find their food.

    Inaugurated eschatology is the summons to begin to feed the hungry with the little we have, trusting that the God’s kingdom economy of abundance is not constrained by the lack by which we would measure it.

    Inaugurated eschatology is trusting that if we truly become servants, loving others with the self-giving love of God in Christ, that life untold will spring forth from that place of death.

    The point of the two-part series is that eschatology is often too future-oriented and also too other-worldly. Inaugurated eschatology that affirms this world as the place of God’s restorative work, entails anticipation that we will continue to see what the followers of Jesus saw.

  • Kirk’s post is poetically written, but too fluffy for my personal taste.

    “….trusting that the smallest seed will sprout and bring forth a plant in which all the birds of the air can find their food”

    Again, very good poetic language, and I realize (or am hoping) that this quote above is metaphorical. But in reality the birds fight over the seeds I put out and some go without and I don’t see anything within the NT that points to this cycle of nature changing until the return of Christ.

    I believe what is recorded is management until the Return, not progress turning into the Return.