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To talk kingdom is to talk king, the king’s rule, the king’s people, the king’s law/ethics and the king’s land. Nicholas Perrin discusses the king of the kingdom and the kingdom people in his new book: The Kingdom of God: A Biblical Theology.
Who are the kingdom people?
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To answer this question, Perrin examines the “I Am” statements in John, and it leads to a wide-ranging and exegetically-responsible set of two chapters.
Each I Am statement sheds light on who the kingdom people are. There is an issue here: many people don’t even think about the people of the kingdom but turn kingdom exclusively into a dynamic or soteriological reality. But there is no such thing as a kingdom without a people. A kingdom is a people.
Again - Issue - Way - Talk - Today
Who are they? Again, another issue. The way many talk today about kingdom turns kingdom into God as creator and the whole of creation as God’s kingdom. In some sense, OK, but this view is in tension with the common kingdom-dynamic and kingdom-as-soteriological-reality view. Furthermore, this kingdom-as-creation...
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