Highlighting one of the main theological buzzwords in use today, The Kingdom of God seeks to eliminate the confusion surrounding this concept—the notion of God’s kingdom and kingdom living. Drawing upon a variety of contributors, this book first provides a roadmap to the varying ideas of the kingdom throughout history and their implications for theology and life today, and then craft a unified and accessible message of the kingdom from the vantage points of the Old and New Testaments, as well as historical, systematic, and practical theology.
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“By God’s particular kingdom is meant God’s activity in exercising his authority over his subjects who, out of their faith in him and love for him, serve only him. It finds expression before the founding of the nation of Israel in the faith of men such as Abel, Enoch, and Noah.” (Page 50)
“To put it another way, discipleship is learning how to live in between, to live in the ‘already’ in light of and governed by the ‘not yet.’” (Page 45)
“The dispensationalists, also getting started in this same time frame of the 1880s to the early 1900s, stand at the opposite end from the realized eschatology movement.” (Page 29)
“Jesus’ words reveals that he views the kingdom as multifaceted. He speaks of the kingdom as both present and future, as including both salvation and judgment, as encompassing both rule and locus. In addition, the kingdom pertains to human beings, angels, and the heavens and earth.” (Page 20)
“In Tolstoy’s hands, capable writer that he was, the phrase ‘The kingdom of God is within you’ meant that Jesus was all about human life, human flourishing, in the here and now. He was not some God-man who died on the cross as a substitute, rose again bodily from the grave, and will come again visibly to bring swift justice and sweep all of humanity and creation into the long-awaited eschaton—all the dogma of the creeds.” (Page 27)
Jesus taught plainly and often about the kingdom—but explaining the full meaning of his words has occupied theologians for centuries. This volume captures the biblical perspective—not just Jesus’ words but the full scope of Scriptural insight—in a comprehensive, readable, and thorough fashion. God will use it to reveal insight about his kingdom and change your perspective on kingdom living.
—Jeff Iorg, president, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
Morgan and Peterson have put together a collection that brings clarity and precision to an often blurry discussion. Like the other volumes in the Theology in Community series, it is biblically informed, theologically incisive, and pastorally sensitive. Those looking for a guide to understanding the significance of the kingdom—past, present, and future—will do well to consult The Kingdom of God.
—Stephen T. Um, senior minister, Citylife Presbyterian Church, Boston, Massachusetts
Christopher W. Morgan is professor of theology and dean of the School of Christian Ministries at California Baptist University. He holds a PhD from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary and is the author and editor of several books including Hell Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents Eternal Punishment.
Robert A. Peterson holds a PhD from Drew University and is professor of systematic theology at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the author and editor of numerous books including Calvin and the Atonement.