The kingdom of God is one of many themes provided to us in Scripture to help us better understand what God is speaking to us.
For Christ in His earthly ministry, the kingdom of God took center stage. He (along with John the Baptist) began his ministry with it:
From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17 - ESV)
So we too should work to ensure what we can learn from Scripture through this lens.
One thing we can learn is our mission as "sons of the kingdom." We were put on earth and instructed to “be fruitful and multiply” in order to prepare God's kingdom, which extends to the ends of the earth (Matthew 13: 38), as a suitable dwelling place for God and man together. No nook or cranny of God's kingdom should be overlooked by us in our kingdom work. This includes the public spheres of civil government, politics, and culture.
After all, Christ our King rules over all of these things:
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom.” (Hebrews 1:8 ESV)
Wherever we look, identity politics seems to have taken over the political debate.
Barak Obama was a master at it:
Want to shut down the government and let everyone fend for themselves? That’s not who we are. Oppose health care for the needy? That’s not who we are. Shut down colleges with differing views? That’s not who we are.
He turned a debate about whether we should continue the runaway growth of government into a debate over who we are.Read More
From the beginning of this war, God’s enemies (Satan’s offspring) have waged war against God by attacking His subjects (the woman’s offspring), using deceit to convince them that Scripture is not true, that God is not who He says He is. They do this in order to foment rebellion against Him.
Satan sought to convince Eve that God was not good and that He was a liar (Genesis 3:1-7). Many in the medieval church sought to convince people that salvation rests not in God but in the church. The Deists of the 17th and 18th centuries sought to convince people that God was a benevolent but distant creator who has left us to fend for ourselves. All of this was geared toward making humans believe, like Eve, they can be like Him.Read More
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. – Matthew 24:29
Most people who read Matthew 24 assume it is talking about the end of the world when Christ returns in His Second Coming.
However, semi-preterists believe that most or all of Matthew 24 is about God's judgment on Jerusalem in 70 A.D. The city certainly had it coming, as Christ reminded them:
"Hear another parable. There was a master of a house who planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a winepress in it and built a tower and leased it to tenants, and went into another country. When the season for fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to get his fruit. And the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first. And they did the same to them. Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’  And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.”
Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?
Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits. And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.” (ESV)
Andrew White is a Democrat running for his party's nomination for Texas Governor. He supports Roe v. Wade and opposes any further restrictions on abortion. So far, so good.
Well, you know what I mean--opposing abortion restrictions is what Democrats do.
The twist, however, it that White is an elder of a Houston church that is part of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), one of the more orthodox evangelical denominations in America. The PCA opposes abortion and gay marriage. As an elder in the church, White has vowed to uphold the doctrines of the church.Read More
David opens Psalm 8 with these words:
O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger. (ESV)
Yahweh is proclaimed here the King of heaven and earth. Our King still reigns over His kingdom, so we should understand more about His kingdom and what role we play in it. This one week study, Psalm 8 - A Study on the Kingdom of God, will help provide a glimpse into this.Read More
May 25 was Ascension Day, where we remember on the church calendar the ascension of Jesus recorded in Acts 1:6-11:
So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. (ESV)
This is what it looked like from earth, with little explanation offered to the apostles by the angels, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
However, back in Daniel 7, we get to see what this looked like from heaven, and get a much fuller explanation of why Jesus was ascending. First, the scene is set by Daniel with God the Father seated on His throne in heaven:
“As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire.Read More
I am not going to vote for Donald Trump for president of the United States. This has caused consternation among some of my friends stuck in the binary choice paradigm that voting for anyone besides Mr. Trump or not voting at all is essentially a vote for Hillary Clinton.
I am comfortable with the decision to support and vote for Trump by those who believe that there is at least the possibility that our country will be better off with Donald as president because with Hillary we know what we will get—and it won’t be good. However, this is not a position we should attempt to impose on the consciences of others; the deliberation of both conservatives and Christians over who to vote for should be informed by a broader perspective than the “Clinton or Trump” paradigm the political and religious moderate elite want to trap us in.
America’s contributions to liberty and prosperity are unparalleled in human history. Today, however, we are best described as the “greatest failure in self-government.” We murder over 1 million of our children every year, trailing only China, Russia, and Vietnam—countries that have made every effort to eradicate God from the culture. Not to be outpaced by the communists, America is rapidly moving toward replacing God with government as the supreme authority in the land. Along with this has come the inevitable anathematizing of the gospel of Jesus Christ in the public square and denial of the existence of inalienable, i.e., God-given, rights such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.Read More