God’s Kingdom

Theology of the Kingdom

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If I were to ask you what your theology was regarding the Kingdom of God, how would you respond?  If you are like a lot of people, you would have no idea what I was talking about.  It seems as though we have lots of theology about everything else but not the Kingdom.  I find that a little odd.  Do you?  Maybe we need to talk about why it is important.

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Extending the Kingdom

Nowhere in Scripture are we ever told to “build the Kingdom of God” here on earth.  There are preachers and teachers that will say that, but nowhere do we find this idea supported in the Word of God.  God’s Kingdom is the exercise of God’s authority.  It is God reigning.  And because His reign is firmly established and will never come to an end, it cannot be contested or improved upon.  It can, however, be extended.  There are three primary ways we can work with the Lord to extend His reign.  Can you guess what they are?

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The Ultimate Foolishness

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Recently, my day took an unexpected turn right at the start.  I hadn’t connected with the Lord yet, but I figured I could attend to these other matters and connect with Him once I was through.  After all, it was just a few quick errands:  drop off something here, pick up something there, you know the drill.  What’s the big deal, right?

So I did my running around and finally settled back into my office chair a couple of hours later.  That’s when the question came.

“Where were you a couple of hours ago?”

Oh boy…

The Lord doesn’t ask us questions because He doesn’t know the answer.  He asks to see if we will humble ourselves and admit the truth.  I knew exactly where I was.  I was running around thinking I could handle these few things on my own without any help from Him.

It was then that this statement hit me with resounding clarity.

“The ultimate foolishness in life is thinking we can live for even a moment without the Lord.”

The Master stated that the key to a successful Christian life was daily abiding in Him (John 15:5).  And while we may mentally assent to this, we often find ourselves running back to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and deciding for ourselves what is right or wrong, good or bad, what we can or can’t handle, etc.  It is that human tendency within us to live independent of God that can only be relegated to death by daily submitting to the King.  Brining ourselves under the rule of the King opens the door for the Ultimate Life to be lived in and through ours.

Needless to say, I had some repenting to do.  I didn’t only repent for this time.  I also repented for all the times I had forged ahead into “whatever” without giving the Lord a second thought.  Through it all I was once again brought back to the reality that true life can only be experienced by living in the Reign.

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The Joyful Discovery

The fact that God is beginning to reign in our present time and space is presented throughout the Gospels as good news.  And it is indeed good news as God’s reign is the only thing that will truly put things right in our lives no matter how messed up they have been.  This good news demands that we respond.  In this post we will examine two of the King’s stories that illustrate the joyful response of those who make the joyful discovery of the Kingdom of God.

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How the Kingdom Progresses

It never ceases to amaze me how the King could take such simple things from everyday life and use them to profoundly illustrate the Kingdom of God.  But that is  the true essence of a parable.  It takes something ordinary and throws it alongside a spiritual truth in order to make it come alive in the minds of those who have ears to hear.  In this post we will look at a picture the King took from the kitchens of the day to help us understand how the Kingdom progresses.

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Jesus is Lord!

These three words, Jesus is Lord, comprise the earliest Christian Creed we know of.  This statement serves as an adequate confession of faith as it sums up the whole biblical revelation of Jesus Christ.  How can that be?  Read on and see what I mean…

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The All-Encompassing Kingdom

What is our conception of the Kingdom of God?  In Jesus’ day the Jews had a rather narrow view of the Kingdom.  Some of the stories told by the King were intended to expand their understanding of God’s reign.  Besides expanding our understanding, the parable we will look at in the post serves as a word of encouragement as well.

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