How can Christians make a livelihood in the world without conforming to the world? This article explains what Christ meant when he said that we are not of this world: we are called to a new life, to flee worldliness, and remember that we belong to the everlasting kingdom of God, and therefore our busyness should always be done in the light of the world to come.
This article explains how the Lord Jesus defined in his Sermon on the Mount what it means to be part of the kingdom of God. Kingdom citizens recognize their sin, see the perfection of God, have a pure heart, and conduct themselves with the fear of the Lord.
The study considers the present reality of the kingdom of God in the coming and preaching of Jesus Christ, but also the fact that there are future aspects of this kingdom that still need to be revealed and manifested.
The purpose of this article is to re-examine some aspects of the kingdom of God, especially in the light of certain evidence about the Son of Man, and the relation of the kingdom to Jesus' person and mission. It focuses on two logia in the Beelzebul controversy as presented in Matthew 12:25-32 and its parallels in Mark 3:23-30 and Luke 11:17-30 and Luke 12:10,3.
This article gives a broad outline of the biblical teaching on the kingdom of God.
The Synoptic Gospels regularly describe the way one enters the kingdom of God. The Synoptics rarely in these contexts explicitly mention faith. The Gospels do not imply that people merit eternal life and the kingdom; nevertheless, active obedience provides the gateway to life. The article draws attention to the way the Gospels framed the doctrine of salvation (soteriology).
The Old Testament prophesied a time when nations will be part of the kingdom of God. This paper explores how 1 Corinthians and other New Testament examples present these prophecies as fulfilled in local church gatherings today, including worship. Since the purpose of church gatherings is to praise and to edify, this has implications for the church in reaching to those outside the church.
We do not find the expression "kingdom of God" in the Old Testament. The sovereign rule of God, however, is affirmed in various ways throughout the Old Testament. The royal rule of God is expressed in the kingdom of heaven. This essay reflects on how the presence of the kingdom functioned in the teaching of Jesus Christ and the future expectation of the kingdom in the return of Christ.
This volume is about worldview. This is a concept that emerged in the European philosophical tradition. As a concept it wants to enable believers to understand more faithfully the gospel and to live more fully in that story. In Chapter 1 the authors indicate how a Christian worldview starts with the gospel of the Kingdom of God.
The kingdom of God touches on the purposes of God, has impact for the church, and is still coming. This is what the article explains.
This is an introduction to the central theme of Jesus’ ministry according to the Synoptic Gospels, the coming of the kingdom of God or the kingdom of heaven. Ridderbos also gives an overview of the fierce controversies over the character of this kingdom as it occurred in the first half of the twentieth century.
Is the kingdom of God the central message of Jesus Christ’s teaching? There are numerous interpretations of the kingdom.
This introduction indicates the great importance of a good grasp of the kingdom of God—it is indispensable for a proper understanding of Jesus Christ and the redemption he accomplished. A good understanding of the kingdom illuminates many other aspects of theology. The introduction also reflects on divergent views of the kingdom.
The following words of Stephen Neill are used to introduce chapter 1: “If everything is mission, nothing is mission.” The chapter wants to introduce the concerns of questions like, What is the mission of the church? Is the mission of the church the same as the mission of God? Should we distinguish between the mission of the church and the responsibilities of individual Christians? Is Jesus’ mission continued by the church?
The book of Daniel presents a constant battle that faces every Christian: the battle between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of this world. The many idols of this world exert an influence on believers. Christians must ask themselves: how are we going to live through this battle? The answer lies in Christ.
How should Christians advance the kingdom of God? This article answers this question by pointing to a wrong way of advancing the kingdom of God; namely, dominionism (advancing the kingdom of God by laws and force). Dominionism - as found in the spiritual warfare movement, the rise of apostolic claims, and other movements - fails to understand the nature of the kingdom of God.
This article is about the reality and the last days of the kingdom of God.
This article discusses the two kingdoms doctrine. This article shows how the perspectives around the kingdom of God and the kingdom of this world were used during the Reformation to argue against the separation of church and state, and is used today to support the social gospel. This warrants a new look into the discussion of the two kingdoms.
Living in the last days is about knowing how to live as God's people. Looking at the relationship between eschatology and the kingdom, this article shows that the first coming of Christ ushered in the kingdom of God which will be completed when He returns. This has bearing on the Christian life, because Christians live their lives looking at the completed work of Christ while waiting for the full realization of it.
Through much of the history of the Church those who have articulated Christian doctrine have viewed narcissism as the original and fundamental human problem. Augustine declared that the "primal destruction of man was self-Iove". This article takes an in-depth view at the role of the "I" in the confrontation with the Kingdom of God, where the most important one is the one who know how to be a servant.
This article is about hope, and how it is an incentive for godliness. In other words, what does the return of Christ have to do with our piety? The kingdom of God is discussed from a amillennial point of view, as a spiritual kingdom. It also looks at the relation of the kingdom of God to this world.