κηρύσσων τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ θεοῦ (preaching the Kingdom of God)

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.

2 Comments

  1. Zach on January 5, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    I’ve been reading “Why Men Hate Going to Church.” His thoughts on the Kingdom of God also struck me. He said we preach and live out being a family of God instead of establishing God’s Kingdom. We live for security of the congregation instead of taking risks to reach the lost.

    I like how you stand on these things as realities, which they are. Sometimes I feel like I’m preaching to try to build God’s Kingdom… or to get people going to do it! God’s got this! Let’s join him!

    • Dr. Maury Robertson on January 5, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      Right on, Zach! I really enjoyed getting to know you a bit yesterday. I especially resonate with your comment about fear of mixing it up with people outside of our nice safe congregations. I’m determined to find a way to be salt and light in the world, not to play it safe in my hidey hole.

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