Category Archives: Kingdom of God

SERVANT OF THE KING

His disciples are called to lives of self-sacrificial service for others, just as Jesus gave his life a ransom for many – Mark 10:35-45

After predicting his trial and execution, the disciples jockeyed for position in Christ’s reign over his kingdom. In words and deeds, he taught them previously that kingdom citizenship means a life of self-sacrificial service to others. But as he approached Jerusalem, even his closest followers demonstrated a very different vision of what it meant to “rule” over others in his domain.

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MISSION OF THE CHURCH

The mission of the church between now and the return of Jesus is to announce the Good News of his Kingdom to all men.

Jesus tasked his church with announcing his gospel to all nations. The New Testament summarizes his message as the “good news of the Kingdom of God.” In him, God’s rule over the earth is being established, though often in unexpected and paradoxical ways. By the time Christ returns, he will have established total sovereignty over the nations and subjugated all His “enemies,” especially the “last enemy,” death.

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THE KINGDOM OF GOD

The political order inaugurated by Jesus is the “Kingdom of God,” and it bears little resemblance to the political systems of this world.

When Jesus first appeared in Galilee, he began to proclaim the “Kingdom of God” – “Repent, for the kingdom is at hand.” In his ministry, the reign of God began to invade the earth. However, his realm was of an entirely different nature than the political systems of the present age, and on more than one occasion, Christ refused that kind of political power, especially when it was offered by Satan.

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RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD

In his epistle to the Romans, Paul lays stress on the “righteousness of God” revealed in the gospel preached by him – It is “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” And the same message is now being proclaimed throughout the earth to “Jew and Greek” alike. By “righteousness of God” Paul refers to HIS “righteousness,” demonstrated daily in His faithful provision of salvation for His wayward creatures.

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WHOMEVER HE PLEASES!

HE changes times and seasons, HE removes kings, HE sets up kings.”

Far too often, church leaders exhort us to work diligently to elect politicians and pass laws of which they approve, claiming it is God’s will and warning of the dire consequences that will befall us if we fail to do so. Believers must fight tooth and nail for their chosen candidates and programs! But chosen by whom?

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SPIRITUAL VIOLENCE?

SYNOPSIS – The point of his comment about violence and the Kingdom was that violent men were attempting to seize the kingdom of God – Matthew 11:12

In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus described how “violent men are seizing the kingdom of God.” This passage has caused great confusion over the centuries. Was he referring to malevolent men on the outside who would attempt to seize control of the Kingdom, or to the need for Christians to aggressively pray and otherwise press into it? Must his disciples “forcefully seize” the promises from God? Is the Kingdom to advance on the earth through forceful action?

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