Holy living in an unholy world : the doctrine of the Christian life in the Book of Revelation
Using the inductive method of procedure, the dissertation will attempt to ascertain one thing: what is the nature of the Christian life in the Apocalypse? The following points will be argued: 1. A variety of literary techniques are used in exhorting Christians to the degree that the hortatory elements permeate the book. 2. Both the corporate nature of the people of God and individuals personally are emphasized. 3. The designations used to describe Christians provide insight into the self-consciousness of the people of God and how they are to express their status in daily living. They are the people of God constituted on the basis of the deed of Christ. The priestly service they render is unwavering faithfulness, the permanence of which grants them the seal of God's care and inclusion in the number of the saints. 4. With regard to vocation, performance of works and the practice of endurance dominate. The theme of faithfulness to the conquering Lamb runs, without exception, through their activities, for it is their activity which forms the necessary link between God and the world. 5. The attitudes and activities associated with the worship by Christians center about the figure of the Lamb. 6. Two conceptions, time and teleology, reveal that the ultimate destiny of creation is fulfilled in the Apocalypse by the faithful response of the believers to the call of God in Christ. The tension between the past and the future, the heavenly world and the world below, is finally resolved in the present task of the believers to be faithful witnesses. Through the power of language the Seer impressed upon his audience an awareness of the Christian life. It was a context in which Christians were called upon to choose between holy living or unholy living. There are no nuances in the Apocalypse.