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Announcement (Inauguration Eschatology)

Jesus announced the kingdom of God was at hand. His announcement provoked three

themes: Israel’s return from exile, the defeat of Israel’s enemies, and the return of YHWH to

Zion, conclusively meaning Israel’s God was becoming king.
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This language evoked the story

of Israel and now Jesus was claiming their destiny was approaching.
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Jesus used the Parable of

the Sower as a kingdom-announcement, describing the time of fruit had come, the covenant was

to be renewed, and YHWH was returning to his people.
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However, this would look radically

different from the way Israel thought.

Invitation

Jesus’ call to repent can be summarized as follows: Israel had a history of revolting

against Gentile nations and his call was for Israel to repent from this worldview. Wright uses an

example of repentance in Josephus’s writings describing a brigand chief as making a plot against

his life, whereas Josephus told him, “I would, nevertheless, condone his actions if he would

show repentance and prove his loyalty to me.” This quote gives necessary insight to Jesus’

statement, “if he would repent and believe in me.”
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Believing or having faith is what marks out

God’s people in a time of crisis and is what characterizes the people who are restored. Believing

this message meant God was acting climatically in Jesus.
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As stated above, forgiveness of sins

meant the end of exile. Jesus’ real offense in the eyes of the officials was that he was offering on

his own authority the forgiveness of sins to all the wrong people. In turn, the ones who accepted

his message would be part of the restored people. For Wright, the forgiveness of sins was the




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NTPG, 206.


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‘…it was simply a Jewish way of talking about Israel’s God becoming king. And, when this God became

king, the whole world, the world of space and time, would at last be put to rights.’ (JVG, 202-03)


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JVG, 238-39.


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JVG, 250.


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JVG, 261-62.

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