‘The Second Coming of Jesus Christ is the core of the biblical worldview, the climax of the biblical message, the cornerstone of biblical theology, and the centrepiece of authentic biblical faith for the twenty-first century’.
At the heart of this bold statement by Stephen Motyer is the conviction that Jesus Christ is the ‘centre’ of the scriptures, even thought he appears only at the end. For the New Testament writers, Jesus Christ revolutionized their understanding of the Scriptures and gave them a new centre around which to interpret the work of God in the world – and the climax of that work is the ‘second coming’ of the same Jesus Christ.
Motyer’s comprehensive, stimulating study is divided into two parts. Part 1, ‘The biblical frame’, examines three Old Testament passages and lays the foundation for Part 2, ‘New Testament hopes and visions’, which explores a series of key texts. He focuses on the second coming, rather than on millennialism or the ‘end times’, in order to provide the fundamental biblical theology that must underlie our whole sense of God’s future for his world.
Stephen Motyer’s Lecturer in New Testament and Hermeneutics and the leader of the Theology and Counselling programme at the London School of Theology.