Kingdom of God

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“The Kingdom of God is basically the rule of God. It is God’s reign, the divine sovereignty in action. God’s reign, however, is manifested in several realms and the Gospels speak of entering into the Kingdom of God both today and tomorrow. God’s reign manifests itself both in the future and in the present and thereby creates both a future realm and a present realm in which man may experience the blessings of His reign” (24). The Gospel of the Kingdom by George Eldon Ladd explains what the Kingdom of God means and is. There are two parts to this kingdom; the present and the future. Each chapter has a specific point about the Kingdom of God that is key to the understand of the full meaning of the phrase.The First chapter is an in depth definition of kingdom of God. According to Ladd the kingdom of God means His kingship, His rule and His authority. (pg 21) In relation to time it was the past and will be the future. There are three different meanings of the Kingdom of God and this is called the threefold effect. This three meanings of Kingdom of God are: God's reign, a realm that we may enter under His reign, and a future realm that way only may enter once Jesus returns. Another confusion perhaps on the meaning of the phrase kingdom of God is when people or even the bible says to seek the kingdom of God. What does this mean? It means that we are seeking God's righteousness, His rule or authority in our life. The second chapter is about the future aspect of the Kingdom of God. The fullness of the kingdom of God can't be comprehended until Christ comes because only He can bring it. This age to come is this idea that we await and prepare for the second coming of Jesus. In this context, today's society is considered “this age” where evil is still present against God's will. In the second chapter of Ephesians, “this age” is described as walking in a way that displeases God. In second Corinthians, Satan is considered the “god of this age.” This is because so much evil and sinfulness is prevalent in today's society. The third chapter is about the present Kingdom of God. We are promised the fullness of the kingdom of God when Jesus comes again but that doesn't mean that we can't enjoy His kingdom now. God has already accomplished the first stage of His redemptive work. While Satan is the god of this age, his power has been broken by the knowledge and acknowledgment of God's rule and work. The resurrection of Jesus has already began. The fourth chapter is about the mystery of the kingdom of God. A mystery in scripture is different than how we perceive it in today's culture. In the bible it means something that has been kept secret through times eternal but now is disclosed (pg. 52) This mystery of the kingdom of God is not shared in the Old testament but is disclosed in the ministry of Jesus. Ladd describes the mystery of the Kingdom as a “divine purpose, hidden in the counsels of God for long ages but finally disclosed in a new revelation of God’s redemptive work” (52). What, then, is the mystery of the Kingdom? Ladd responds, “that the Kingdom of God has come among men and yet men can reject it” (56). The fifth chapter is about the life of the kingdom of God. Ladd says we should ask questions like the following to grasp the life of the kingdom of God; “Has the realization gripped you that the very life of heaven itself dwells within you here and now? (78). To enter the life of the kingdom of God we must be reborn and accept Jesus as our savior. Jesus is working in our lives and shaping us to be more like Him. One day the Spirit of God will transform our bodies but right now He is working in us and is dwelling in each of His children. The best is yet to come but the future has already begun. The sixth chapter is about the righteousness of the kingdom of God. The importance of this kingdom righteousness is found in Matthew 5:20For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the...
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