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Why Is Eschatology Important for the Christian Worldview?

Biblical Authority Devotional: The Seventh C, Part 1

by Steve Ham on August 8, 2011
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Steve Ham, AiG–U.S., opens a new devotional series that explores elements of eschatology shared by most Christians.

And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. (Revelation 5:6)

Today’s big question: why is eschatology important for the Christian Worldview?

On any given day at Answers in Genesis someone discusses the “Seven C’s of History.” We have books, talks, posters, and programs all developed around the Seven C’s: Creation, Corruption, Catastrophe, Confusion, Christ, Cross, and Consummation. These subjects provide a basic overview of the major events recorded in Scripture. Understanding the Seven C’s is necessary for us to have a proper perspective of our world—they shape our worldview. 

Biblical history regularly points to the future. God has told us that because His perfect work of Creation endured Corruption when Adam sinned, there will one day be a full restoration of creation in the final Consummation. This is something that can only happen because of the victorious work of Christ on the Cross. Knowledge of the Seventh C affects our worldview today.

Consider the words of Paul to the Philippians, written from a prison cell: “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). Because of his understanding of the Seventh C, Paul was aware that in Christ’s full victory, his eternal destiny was sure. No matter what situation Paul was in, he was content because of the hope guaranteed in Jesus Christ, which impacted his present and future.

Nothing gives me a clearer picture of hope and assurance than reading Revelation 5. This chapter shows the victorious Christ, standing at the throne—"a Lamb as though it had been slain." Jesus has made propitiation for sin, and this chapter reminds us that our hope is in the victorious and eternal King. All creation bows to the King who reigns eternally. My sins are paid, and my place with Christ is secured.

If I am facing trials and difficulties in this world, I must face them in light of the victory that I have in Jesus Christ for all eternity. In this way, consummation is a very real part of the Christian worldview, and we should never underestimate its importance.

Today’s big idea: live now in light of Christ’s eternal victory.

What to pray: ask the Lord to keep you focused on His victory.

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