“The Devil’s armour? What in the world are you talking about?” you ask.
In our Sunday Bible class we are going through the Gospel according to Mark. I wasn’t expecting this but there seems to be quite an interest in the class about the Kingdom of God. That’s a good thing and I am willing to go there, even if it means slowing down before we move deeper into the Gospel of Mark.
Instead of trying to answer what the precise nature of the Kingdom is – what it exactly looks like or should look like – I am first pursuing the question,
“Is the Kingdom of God here or not?”
My reading of the large Narrative of Redemption shows me that the Kingdom of God was a genuine reality before Jesus arrived. The OT prophets (Isaiah thru Malachi) were repeatedly affirming the kingly position, the full sovereignty, of Yahweh. The Kingdom of God was already a reality before Jesus arrived. It was weak. Its influence was faint. The KoG is there in the OT, though it looks like skin n bones. It needs a B12 shot.
in the arrival of Jesus the Kingdom of God re-emerges with concentrated power.
“What does this have to do with the Devil’s armour?” you ask.
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In Luke 11, Jesus has an encounter with some who were saying that He had cast out a devil through Beelzebub, the chief of the devils. Throughout the exchange that follows there are clear echos of the Goliath story. Those saying this about Jesus thought, in effect, that the slaying of Goliath must have been a Philistine trick, orchestrated by the Trilateral Commission. Without developing all these themes in detail, let’s just note them…
So if you ever want to go see the devil’s armor, Jesus is keeping it in His tent.
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We see the same concentrated Sovereign Power of Jesus in Mark chapter 1. The power and authority of the Kingdom of God starts to flare up when Jesus arrives in a little synagogue in Capernium. He banishes a clique of evil spirits as He is teaching in that synagogue.
Then the King’s power rolls on through the region as He casts out one evil spirit after another, after another, after another…
He is STILL pushing back the borders of the kingdom of darkness with the Gospel.
He has your heart, doesn’t He?
That’s one more victory for the King.
Yes, the Kingdom of God is in our midst.
Read it for yourself and you’ll see the Kingdom of God re-emerging in Jesus, the Messiah.