Taking a biblical-theological perspective on the Kingdom of God—specifically through the teachings of Jesus—Vos begins a long discussion on the relationship between Jesus’ Kingdom and the church. He establishes the “now and not-yet” concept of the Kingdom of God, a kingdom that is both eschatological and present in nature. He addresses the occurances of “Kingdom of God,” “Kingdom of Heaven,” and the Old Testament revelations of earthly and heavenly kingdoms. This is a core text for any biblical or theological study of the Kingdom of God.
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As a synthesis of Jesus’ teachings upon The Kingdom it is most excellent, balanced, broad, well reasoned, really digested. It is written in full view of many conflicting opinions. But it faces them all with the fair, full strength of Christ’s well ordered Messianic schemes. It honors the Lord’s kingliness and righteousness and mercy unitedly and alike, conceiving and presenting the whole simply and in a rich unison.
—The Hartford Seminary Record
[This is] Geerhardus Vos’ early work on the ‘now’ and ‘then’ double reality of the kingdom of God in Jesus’ teaching, almost two decades earlier than Ridderbos’ The Coming of the Kingdom.
—Tsun-en Lu, PhD, hermeneutics and biblical interpretation, Westminster Theological Seminary
Geerhardus J. Vos was a Dutch-American theologian. He was the first alumnus of Calvin College (then Theological School) to earn a doctoral degree. Vos studied Old Testament at Princeton Seminary and graduated with honors and accepted an invitation to hold Princeton’s new chair of biblical theology in 1892. He held the chair until his retirement in 1932. During his time at Princeton, he taught some of the great Reformed minds of the twentieth century, including John Gresham Machen and Ned Bernard Stonehouse. Vos was also an essential catalyst in the establishment of Biblical Theology as a discipline and represented the early theological thought as one of the premier Reformed thinkers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, his Reformed Dogmatics is an important piece of Reformed theology. He passed away in 1949. Vos’ thinking and scholarship in theology has influenced Cornelius Van Til, John Murray, Richard B. Gaffin Jr., and Herman Ridderbos.