Here’s a fascinating article by Mercer University professor David Gushee on Jesus and the Kingdom of God. It’s not an easy read. Please don’t try it before having coffee in the morning. But if you are up to it, I would love to hear your feedback.
Here’s the way Gushee describes the Kingdom:
The Bible proclaims that God is the sovereign king — of creation, of Israel, of the world. But his kingship has been rejected by sinful humanity, bringing dire consequences not just in individual life but in every sector of human experience. The Old Testament promises that God will one day act to reclaim his kingship and renew the world.
Jesus came proclaiming the good news that the kingdom of God is at hand. The kingdom was central to his entire ministry — affecting not just his preaching, but everything he did. For Jesus, the kingdom is the reclaiming of God’s world in its entirety. The kingdom happens when God’s will is done “on Earth as it is in heaven.” Jesus came to embody God’s reign and to create a community that would make as its mission the continued embodiment of God’s reign until Christ returns.
To read the entire article from the Associated Baptist Press, click HERE.
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