Paul David Tripp, in the new P & R release, These Last Days: A Christian View of History, writes some timely and altogether helpful words on the massive importance of vigorously pursuing theological truth, while avoiding the danger of reducing it to merely an intellectual pursuit.
“Now, as we think about things like this life and the life to come, let me encourage you to resist the temptation (real as it is) to make theology something you just do with your brain. It must never be something you just do with your intellect. It must never be just outlines and syllogisms and denominational commitments. Theology must be your life. We must reject all forms of theology that are ends in themselves. This is because the gorgeous theology of Scripture…has been revealed by the God of wisdom and glory and grace. It was not meant to be an end in itself, but to be a means to an end. And that end has a radical, awesome claim on every dimension of your life.”
[Paul David Tripp, “The Radical Implications of Eternity” in These Last Days: A Christian View of History, eds. Richard D. Phillips & Gabriel N.E. Fluhrer (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2011), 170.]
As it has been said, “Theology that doesn’t lead to doxology is an incomplete theology.”
MORE ON “THESE LAST DAYS”…
This is a book about an evil age.
Specifically, it is about “the present evil age” that we live in right now. For many Christians, the expression “these last days” refers to the time right before the second coming of Christ – but according to the apostles, the last days started with the first coming of Christ and continue even today.
How do we biblically understand our time as the final age of world history? What does this mean for our faith?
Reformed Christians have often avoided the field of eschatology – but it was the doctrine of history that thrilled the first disciples. They realized that with the coming of the “last days” they had entered the time of the kingdom, and this understanding will strengthen our faith too.
Here the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology address this important Topic and Presents the following speakers’ insights on:
- Sinclair Ferguson – The Christ of History
- D. A. Carson – This Present Evil AGe
- Alistair Begg – TheAge of the Spirit
- Michael S. Horton – The Resurrection Hope
- J. Ligon Duncan III – The Eternal Glory
- D. A. Carson – Partakers of the Age to Come
- Cornelis P. Venema – The Four Main Millennial Views
- Richard D. Phillips – A Pastoral Guide to Life after Death
- Jeffrey K. Jue – Evangelical Eschatology, American Style
- Paul David Tripp – The Radical Implications of Eternity
Together some of the most gifted communicators of God’s Word explain the Christian’s view on life, death, and the hereafter.
Published March 2011