MIA: the Kingdom of God

The Cripplegate | 8/22/2019 | Staff
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When was the last time you heard about the kingdom of God? What was the last sermon you listened to that spoke about the kingdom of God, in more than passing terms? What was the last Christian book you read that said anything about the kingdom of God that was more than lip service? When was the last time you read a church’s doctrinal statement that said anything about the kingdom of God? It’s as if the theme of God’s kingdom has gone missing from evangelicalism.

The phrase the kingdom of God can seem allusive term because it is multi-faceted. But it is multi-faceted precisely because it is such an important theme in the Bible.

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We read about “the gospel of the kingdom” (Matt. 4:23, 9:35, 24:14) because the good news of Jesus cannot be separated from the kingdom. Often times, the gospel and the kingdom are synonymous, such as in Luke 9 where it says that Jesus sent the apostles out to proclaim the kingdom and God and it then states that they proclaimed the gospel. How the gospel and the kingdom relate is an issue of great debate, but it is clear from the New Testament that they are linked in some inseparable way.

In fact, the Bible says that when Philip preached to the Samaritans, he was “preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ” (Acts. 8:12). Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, ascension, exaltation, enthronement and promised return are all inseparable aspects of the kingdom of God, or steps toward bringing about the fulfillment of His kingdom in stages.

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The Bible is most fundamentally a narrative, and the kingdom of God is the thematic framework for that narrative… The story of the Bible is the story of the King and his kingdom (The Kingdom...
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