What the Kingdom is Not, Part 3

The kingdom of God is not just that of law fulfillment and conquering a la the Pharisees (Post 1) nor is it this false dichotomy of more Christians versus a social welfare gospel (Post 2). It is also not an earthly kingdom… yet.

Psalm 2 declares, “I have installed my king on Zion” (Ps 2:6). The Jews were waiting for Jerusalem to be restored as the royal throne room. And one day, the Great King will reign in the new Jerusalem (Rev 21:2).

But until that day, God’s kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. Listen to Jesus’ words when he was on trial, just before his death. “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place” (John 18:36).

More on this to come later in this series, but we need to get this point. God’s kingdom is not an earthly kingdom… yet. The danger here is making the not yet, already. That is to say, at the end of history, God’s kingdom will be an earthly kingdom. But not yet.

 

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