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the Kingdom of God Prezi


click on the pic to go to a Prezi presentation of some basic concepts that explain why the Kingdom of God has ALREADY begun, though it is YET to be fully consumated.

TIP – Don’t study the Kingdom in isolation. The key to understanding the Kingdom of God (timing? where? how do I get in? what’s my role in it? etc) is to keep looking at and learning about and getting to know The King. You will then see that His Domain is a reflection of Who His is and of His Gospel.


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Did you know Luther prayed for the KoG to come?


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In an earlier post I asked whether we should pray “Your Kingdom come…” or not?

If your hairdresser or your barber asked you this question what would you say – “yes” or “no” and how would you explain your answer? While you are sitting in the chair you’ll have plenty of time. You have a captive audience in your hairdresser or barber. So what would you say?

Martin Luther’s barber asked him how to pray in general.

So he wrote a book, ‘A Simple Way to Pray’

Maybe Luther might have answered the KoG question this way:

Say: "O dear Lord, God and Father, thou seest how worldly wisdom and reason not only profane thy
name and ascribe the honor due to thee to lies and to the devil, but how
they also take the power, might, wealth and glory which thou hast given
them on earth for ruling the world and thus serving thee, and use it in
their own ambition to oppose thy kingdom. They are many and mighty;
they plague and hinder the tiny flock of thy kingdom who are weak,
despised, and few. They will not tolerate thy flock on earth and think
that by plaguing them they render a great and godly service to thee. Dear
Lord, God and Father, convert them and defend us. Convert those who
are still to become children and members of thy kingdom so that they
with us and we with them may serve thee in thy kingdom in true faith
and unfeigned love and that from thy kingdom which has begun, we may
enter into thy eternal kingdom. Defend us against those who will not turn
away their might and power from the destruction of thy kingdom so that
when they are east down from their thrones and humbled, they will have
to cease from their efforts. Amen."


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the KoG – what is it?


In our Sunday Bible class we are going thru the Gospel of Mark but haven’t gotten out of chapter 2 yet. As I said in an earlier post – I wasn’t expecting so much interest in discussing the Kingdom of God. So we are taking a little time to answer the basic question: “What is the Kingdom of God?”

This past Sunday I wrote suggestions from the class that we want to pursue in answering this question. Looks messy, but it’s full of good suggestions.

A couple of guys hung around after class and offered more good thots. They asked me if I was planning to erase the marker board. I said that I thot I would. Then they said I should keep it up for next week. (again more surprise that there is such an interest in the KoG topic).

I told them I was thinking of moving to a different aspect of Mark’s Gospel for next week. They said, “Oh no – you should keep going with this. There’s more to fill in here. We’ve just gotten started.”

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I created a graphic of the above so we can work through each of these ideas in an organized way. I’ll try to update in future posts how we progress through each of these. What ideas would you add to this?


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basic conclusions about the Kingdom of God without going crazy in the details


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Shanghai - a HUGE city, but not as big as the Heavenly City

basics to understanding the Kingdom of God

  1. There are a wide variety of opinions about what the Kingdom of God looks like. It can be confusing. Not all are bad. Many are helpful. Some of them are not.
  2. Regardless of what you think the Kingdom of  God looks like you should be willing to admit that ‘the KoG is in our midst.’ The King has indeed come (see Heb 1:3). He is on His throne presently and He is the process of restoring His Kingdom (see Heb 8:1 with 6:20-7:22, Melchizedek the kingly Priest). Accepting this is a good to then understand what the Kingdom looks like.
  3. The KoG is not the same thing as the Church Age (see Heb 12:24, a person should explain what they mean by the word ‘church’ as they read this context. Do they mean an age within time, an organized group of believers or the whole company of saints in all of time?). The Church Age is one manifestation of the KoG across all of time and eternity. The Church Age is not point for point the same thing as the KoG nor is the Church Age entirely separate from the KoG. In other words, the KoG is a larger divine enterprise in which the Church Age now serves a part.

Note: This counters the RCC view which sees herself as the KoG on earth. It also counters the ultra-Dispensational views which see the KoG as absent now because it was removed at Jesus’ Ascension.

  1. In order to learn what the Kingdom of God should look like look to the King and His Gospel (see Heb 12:2). There is a tendency for us to define the KoG according to what we like or want to happen. Yet, no one can define what the KoG looks like better than the King Himself and His Gospel. Look to King Jesus (see Mark 1:1, The start of the Gospel of Jesus Messiah).

Note: This counters the liberal Protestant views which see the KoG as basically doing good to others. This is good, but the KoG is not solely this.

  1. The KoG is not just about external improvements or a social order. Nor is it just about internal or spiritual improvements, ie. pietism, monkery or separatism. The KoG is both inside and outside (see Heb 12:28). This is why the Gospel of Jesus Christ is central to the KoG. The Gospel alone transforms the KoG and its people from the inside out. The Gospel alone keeps the externals of the KoG in balance so they do not slide in a religious form of idolatry. The Gospel alone keeps us moving forward to extend the boundaries of God’s Kingdom for His glory, His righteousness and the beauty of His grace.
  2. The Gospel is that which bring us into the large community which is the Kingdom of God. We are not restored by the Gospel for our own sake or for our own betterment or even just to have an isolated individual relationship with God. We are restored by the Gospel of Christ so we can learn to think, live and harmoniously relate to others in the Kingdom of God, God Himself included. The KoG is in its ultimate form will be centered around a huge, huge City in the New Heavens and New Earth (see Heb 13:14 with Rev 21-22).

Basically, the Gospel serves the large divine Kingdom enterprise in which God is restoring His people to Himself and us to each other, from the inside out (see Heb 13:20-21).


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Should we pray, “Your Kingdom come…”?


In our Sunday Bible class someone mentioned that they had been told they should not pray, “Thy Kingdom come…” So, we talked about it.

What do you think? Should we pray, “Thy Kingdom come…”?

Some say that the Kingdom offer has expired. It’s over. It’s not here. It will return at some unknown point in the future.

I can think of two reasons that WE SHOULD pray,

“Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven…”

BECAUSE

Jesus said,

This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done
   on earth as it is in heaven…”

AND BECAUSE

Heaven knows we need the King’s will on earth

NOW,

not just later.