The Nature of the Kingdom of God
Part 8 of the series, "The Resurrection, Ascension and Kingdom" - Addressing the nature of the kingdom of God. Many have said that the kingdom of God is the central concept in all of Scripture. It is the controlling idea of both Testaments. Standing in first century sandals will help. The context of Jesus preaching of the kingdom is "Second Temple Judaism" which looked for the LORD to decisively act and bring Israel out of exile. Getting back into the first century mindset, Jesus is compared to a would be Messiah, but he opposed the way of revolution. God was to rule and the Jews would have "No king but God." This was the central understanding of the "kingdom of God." With this as the backdrop, can you appreciate how Jesus then acted as true Israel by taking on the sins of the world and crucifying symbolically and literally worldly powers. Christ has come to bring in new creation which begins here and begins at the place sin started, the renewal of human lives. This works out into all of reality. Outline: 1) Redemption, not revolution, 2) Rule, not realm, and 3) Reality, not retreat.
Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more
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