How is the Kingdom of God Coming?

Cave 4 at Qumran, the source of many of the Dead Sea scrolls. This picture used by permission of HolyLandPhotos.org, an outstanding website of photos of biblical sites.

Part 13 of series: What Was the Message of Jesus? So far in this series, What Was the Message of Jesus?, we’ve seen that the core of Jesus’ proclamation was “the kingdom of God has come near” (Mark 1:15). In my most recent posts in this series, I focused on the question of when the [Read More...]

When is the Kingdom of God Coming? Some “Already and Not Yet” Analogies

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Part 13 of series: What Was the Message of Jesus? In recent posts I have shown that Jesus proclaimed the kingdom of God as something both present and future. Like the mustard seed, the kingdom is small in the moment, yet will be great in the future. The more we study Jesus’ ministry without chopping [Read More...]

When is the Kingdom of God Coming? Then? Now? Neither? Both?

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Part 12 of series: What Was the Message of Jesus? I ended my last post with an apparent riddle. Throughout the Gospels Jesus proclaims the kingdom of God, sometimes as coming in the future, and sometimes as a present reality. So which is it? How can we understand the apparently divergent themes in Jesus’ preaching [Read More...]

When is the Kingdom Coming? In the Present?

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In yesterday’s post, I examined several sayings of Jesus that suggest the kingdom of God is coming in the future. Today, I want to consider sayings that emphasize the presence of the kingdom now. The Present Kingdom If Jesus had only spoken of the reign of God in a future tense, our task would be [Read More...]


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