The Goal of Creation
This lesson looks at how God’s plan for history leads to the ultimate goal of completing his kingdom.
This companion video answers the following questions:
- What is eschatology?
- How did the Fall affect the created world? What was the initial state of creation like?
- Why did God give humanity the cultural mandate? What does the cultural mandate require of humanity?
- What is the significance of what theologians call the proto-euangelion in Genesis 3:15?
- How did the Old Testament prophets characterize God’s eschatological kingdom?
- How does the concept of the kingdom of God appear in the Old Testament?
- For the Jews in Jesus’ day, what was the connection between the Messiah and the kingdom of God?
- How did Jesus’ contemporaries distinguish between “this age” and the “age to come”?
- Why does God sometimes put conditions on his prophecies?
- What is inaugurated eschatology?
- What kinds of tensions do Christians feel during the overlap of “this age” and the “age to come”?
- What did Isaiah mean by the term “good news”?
- How will the creation experience God’s redemption?
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He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in still another village where he worked in a carpenter shop until he was thirty. Then for three years he was an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family or owned a house. He didn't go to college. He never visited a big city. He never traveled more than two hundred miles from the place he was born. He did none of these things that one usually associated with greatness. He had no credentials but himself.