The kingdom of God is the rule of God over his people in his creation, established through his Messiah in the new covenant, which is now present in the world, though it is awaiting its fulfillment at the second coming of Christ.
The kingdom of God is central to the biblical story of redemption. The story follows the narrative of the fall of Adam and Eve, the calling of the nation of Israel, and the coming of the promised Messiah. When Jesus came as the Messiah, he established God’s kingdom in the new covenant through his death and resurrection, and now reigns from heaven. One day he will return to consummate the blessings of the kingdom, at which time he will set up the new Eden of God’s kingdom in the new heavens and new earth. In the meantime, we live in the already and not yet of the kingdom, serving our King and looking for his return.
In this video, Jeremy Treat shows that ideas of cross and kingdom make more sense together rather than apart.
God’s reign through God’s people over God’s place. Let’s unpack this definition.
Many Christians either cling to the cross or champion the kingdom, usually one to the exclusion of the other.
The norms of the kingdom, worked out in the lives of the heirs of the kingdom, constitute the witness of the kingdom.
King Jesus has his own economic policies, his own economic program.
If God is with me, there will be many adversaries.
“Kingdom” has become a buzzword—much like “gospel”—and it connotes a variety of things, depending on context and who’s talking.
We may not possess Canaan, but through our King we’re heirs to a pretty nice chunk of real estate—the whole world.
Ryken knows true transformation begins, not in unjust social structures, but in the sinful human heart.
Here is a vision of humanity that finds its fullest expression and most powerful formation in worship.
The word proclaimed and sealed in the sacraments is valid, regardless of our response, but we don’t enjoy the blessings apart from receiving Christ with all of his benefits.
One begins to get the feeling by the end of the book that in Wright’s mind, everyone else has got it wrong.
Many church leaders are inadequate at equipping their congregations to connect Sunday worship with Monday work.