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The Last Things: Resurrection, Judgment, Glory (Christian Foundations)

, 2004
ISBN: 9780830879434

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In The Last Things Donald G. Bloesch takes up difficult and sometimes controversial themes such as the coming of the kingdom of God, the return of Jesus Christ, the life hereafter, the millennial hope, the final judgment, hell, heaven, purgatory and paradise.

Wrestling with biblical texts that often take metaphorical form, Bloesch avoids rationalistic reductionism as well as timid agnosticism. While he acknowledges mystery and even paradox, Bloesch finds biblical revelation much more than sufficient to illuminate the central truths of a Christian hope articulated throughout the history of the church.

The Last Things is not just a review of past Christian eschatology but a fresh articulation of the grace and glory of God yet to be consummated. The triumph of the grace of Jesus Christ and the dawning of hope beckon us to reach out in the power of the Spirit to receive that blessed future and the promise to renew the life of the church universal today.

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“Jesus came to bring not simply moral precepts but the reality of a new world order that revolutionizes the whole of life.” (Page 19)

“The final judgment will be a judgment of our works (Mt 12:35, 37; 25; Rom 2:6–13; 1 Cor 3:13–15; Rev 20:12). At the same time, it will be a judgment on the authenticity of our faith, for our faith will be judged according to its fruits. The final judgment will be a justification of the works of the saved, whereas the judgment of the cross was a justification of our persons. Scripture tells us that we are saved only by grace, but we are judged by our works. The deeper truth is that we are saved in spite of our works. Even though our works do not measure up to the demands of God’s law, God accepts us and embraces us because our works are united with the perfect work of Jesus Christ—his work of atonement for the sins of humankind since the beginning of history.” (Page 71)

“Premillennialists tend to be pessimistic. They see the church losing influence in the final days of history. They also envision two resurrections: the resurrection of the saints at the inauguration of the millennium and then the resurrection of the wicked unto judgment at the end of the golden age that constitutes the millennium.” (Page 93)

“preterists who contend that all of the promises of Christ were fulfilled in the fall of Jerusalem in a.d. 70.” (Page 29)

“The church must learn to incorporate the promises of God to Israel within its own life and mission. It should not see itself as the exclusive fulfillment of the promises of biblical prophecy but recognize that Israel too has a key role in the plan of salvation.” (Page 45)

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  • Title: The Last Things: Resurrection, Judgment, Glory
  • Authors: Donald G. Bloesch
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 331

Donald G. Bloesch (1928-2010) earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and was professor of theology emeritus at Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He did postdoctoral work at the universities of Oxford, Tübingen and Basel. He wrote numerous books, including Faith and Its Counterfeits, Evangelical Theology in Transition, Theological Notebook: Volume 3, Essentials of Evangelical Theology, The Future of Evangelical Christianity, The Struggle of Prayer, Spirituality Old New, Freedom for Obedience and the seven-volume Christian Foundations series. He also served for a time as president of the Midwest Division of the American Theological Society.


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  1. Glenn Crouch

    Glenn Crouch


    This final volume in Bloesch's Christian Foundations is a worthy end of a worthwhile journey through the 7 volumes. I thoroughly enjoyed this volume, and especially liked the Author was willing to not only tackle different eschatological views such as the various Millennium views (which were very well handled) but also delve into Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, Resurrection of the Dead, Interim States - and not too mention are chapter looking at Israel's role in end times. So often "end times" theologies only cover a selection of these topics, so I was impressed with the breadth of topics covered. Admittedly the size of this volume meant that many of these topics are only touched upon briefly - but the Author definitely gives you something to think about in these areas. Now, I am not saying I agree with all of the Authors conclusions but he does put up some interesting proposals. I appreciated that he touched on the topic of "Rewards" - which is often avoided by Evangelical / Reformed Theologians - and this is one area I would've appreciated more discussion. Even if you haven't read the other volumes, this one is quite capable of standing alone - and worth the read - sometimes good to challenge one's eschatology (and thus after reading this I've scheduled a couple of books - one from a Traditional Premillennialist and one from a Postmillennialist - given that I tend more towards Amillennialism).


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