An Ethic of Expectation
Christian ethics looks to the future. It knows that life is
lived in anticipation of the redemption of the sons of God when Christ returns
for his own, at his appointed time (Romans 8:9). There is a future hope; life
does not come to an end when a person's last breath is drawn and he is buried
in the cold and unwelcoming sod. The Christian's behaviour is modified by the
fact that there is a day of accountability coming when every knee shall bow and
every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:9,10).
The Christian lives in hope (Romans 8:24). This makes him
re-evaluate his conduct continually. In the final analysis, all Christian
conduct is basically motivated by anew relationship with the Living God. This
is made possible through the sacrifice of the Son and the continued action of
the Spirit. This is the essence of Christian ethics.
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