Podcast Throwback: Why is the Beatific Vision our Hope? Michael Allen and Matthew Barrett
The apostle John once wrote to the church and made a bold promise: “Beloved we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2). What does John mean when he says the Christian will see God? Older theologians referred to this doctrine as the beatific vision. Although often overlooked by evangelicals, the beatific appears everywhere in the New Testament as the Christian’s most blessed hope and source of everlasting happiness and holiness. For this reason, the Great Tradition pursued the beatific vision to better understand the goal of theology and the Christian’s spiritual ascent to God.
In this episode, Reformed theologian Michael Allen joins Matthew Barrett to discuss why the beatific vision is essential to our doctrine of God, the Christian life, and eschatology.