The Kingdom Come To Earth

With all the talk about the Kingdom of God lately, I thought I would take a minute to clarify something I might not have said clearly before.

The Kingdom of God is not a place like New Jersey is place. It is any realm where the Sovereign God reigns and dwells. The Kingdom is the sphere of God’s influence. In the New Testament, the term Kingdom of God means to a Jewish hearer “God’s reign come down to earth.” So, the announcement of the presence of the Kingdom was the announcement that God had moved his sphere of influence down to earth. In the case of Jesus, this means that he is bringing in that Kingdom, and that where he is, there is the Kingdom.

So, for the Jewish listener this is good news because it means the fulfillment of their desire for God to dwell among them (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Malach 4:1-5) and be their ruler and King. When Jesus announces he is bringing the Kingdom with him, he announces that he is God come to dwell among his people.


The King Jesus Gospel (10)

For today’s post from The King Jesus Gospel (full series) we continue talking about Paul’s gospel. McKnight focuses in on other passages from Paul’s writing, specifically from the book of Romans.

According to the author, the fundamental issue for Paul in Romans is not simply the personal salvation, but the problem of how God joins together Jewish believers and Gentile believers into the one church of Jesus Christ. Beginning in Romans 1:1-5, he wants to demonstrate how Paul’s understanding of the gospel fits what is said in 1 Corinthians 15.
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The King Jesus Gospel (9)

In the last post in the King Jesus Gospel series, we discussed how our author interprets 1 Corinthians 15 to be the closest we come in scripture to an actual summary of the gospel message of the apostles. After giving us an explanation of the text, McKnight begins to examine the specific nature of Jesus as he is discussed in 1 Corinthians 15. See my summary here.

So you’re not lost in the discussion, read the passage first.

1 Corinthians 15:1–5; 20-28 (NIV84)

1 Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.

20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.

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The King Jesus Gospel (8)

This post is part of an ongoing series in which I am blogging through The King Jesus Gospel by Scot McKnight. See the whole series here.

In Chapter 4 of The King Jesus Gospel Scot McKnight begins to examine  1 Corinthians 15 where he believes Paul comes the closest of anyone in the New Testament to actually giving a definition of the word “gospel.” He divides the appropriate verses into three parts (after the jump).
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The King Jesus Gospel (7)

We continue talking today about Scot McKnight’s book The King Jesus Gospel. (See the whole series here.) After 7 posts, we’re still only in chapter 3, but hey, slow digestion is healthy.

In this post we’ll discuss the 4 big category of the gospel as outlined by our author. He wants to talk a bit about the method of persuasion and briefly how it pertains to the whole. Keep in mind that these are acting as introductory chapters to the concept, so we won’t discuss every question here. As the book unfolds, more detail is discussed.
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The King Jesus Gospel (6)

In chapter 3 of The King Jesus Gospel, Scot McKnight begins to make the case for his perspective on the original gospel (good news) message preached by Jesus and the disciples. The early posts in this series covered the argument that the gospel of salvation as it is often preached in evangelical circles is not consistent with the original gospel message, and that it is not useful for making committed followers of Jesus.
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