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But don't people need to know about the future?

A correct understanding of the future must be based on a correct understanding of the past. Our future is absolutely dependent upon what God has accomplished in Christ on the cross. What the early church needed - and although we seem to have forgotten it, they were the ones to whom it was first written - was not a vague understanding of some distant future that might happen to everyone 2,000 or 4000 years away. What they needed was a deep, foundational reminder of how the victory of Jesus affected them in a broken, hostile world. They needed comfort, strength, courage. They needed answers for the oppressive present.

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