How was Christ's coming a new manifestation of the Kingdom of God if it had already been a reality for centuries?
Jesus Christ is always eager and willing to make peace with anyone who will accept the terms of peace he offers.
Jesus the Passover Lamb was slain to ransom people from every tribe and tongue and nation.
What is the nature of the kingdom of God? And what is the "power" that the kingdom exerts now in the
Satan is not opposed to
most ordinary things you do, as long as you do them like the rest of the world.
Peaceful, non-violent, ready-to-suffer protest is one way that
the truth and beauty of God's kingdom
shines in this world.
Since Jesus has come, God exerts his right to rule in new and powerful ways.
The kingdom of God is
present and future. There has been fulfillment, but there has not
The kingdom has come and it has overcome the aimlessness and
futility of our lives and given us an awesome reason to live.
Did the apostles have spiritual gifts that are now obsolete?
"Gifts of healings" and "workings of miracles"
are for the
church and the mission of Christ in the world today.
James 5 is a rebuke to
pastors that never have the faith to heal and churches that don't
pray in the spirit of Elijah.
spiritual gift of prophecy has not passed away, but is meant for
the good of the church until Jesus comes.
Prophecy is prompted and sustained by the
Spirit and yet does not carry intrinsic, divine authority.
God doesn't tell us to forsake thinking and just listen for messages. He tells us to be changed in the way we think.
we know so much truth that we fear and therefore deny.
The kingdom produces more than Christian liberty. It governs how you use your liberty too.