I am eager to move on into Romans but the last verse of Acts (28:31) has me spellbound. I am struck by the content of Paul’s preaching. It is so different from the preaching of our day. Paul was…
κηρύσσων τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ θεοῦ
preaching the Kingdom of God
καὶ διδάσκων τὰ περὶ τοῦ κυρίου Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ
and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ
These days I mostly hear about how we need to get out there and build the Kingdom, as if God’s sovereignty had edges, as if human effort could expand them. Paul did not “build” God’s Kingdom. He announced it.
The Kingdom of God does not need to be built by me or anyone else. It stands as an established fact. My role is simply to enter and announce it. “Jesus Christ is Lord” is not a future hope. It is a present world in which I live and move and have my being.