The Kingdom of God: Three Dimensions

by Rev. Sean Finnegan on June 19, 2011
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Kingdom as Reward

1 Chronicles 17:11-14 - Promise to David
Daniel 7:13-14, 27 - Danielís vision
Matthew 5:5; 6:10; - Revelation 5:9-10; 11:15

Kingdom as Gospel

Matthew 3:2 - John the Baptist preached the Kingdom.
Matthew 4:17, 23; 9:35 - Jesus preached the Kingdom.
Matthew 10:5-7 - The twelve preached the Kingdom.
Matthew 16:21-23 - The Kingdom message is not the same as the cross.
Acts 8:12; 28:30-31 - Still preaching the Kingdom after Jesusí resurrection
2 Timothy 1:7-11 - Immortality comes from the gospel.

Kingdom as Lifestyle

Matthew 6:33 - Sermon on the Mount mentions Kingdom 9x.
Kingdom events
   o Coming of the Messiah (Isaiah 9:6-7; 11:1-9)
   o Resurrection (Isaiah 25:6-9; Ezekiel 37:1-13)
   o Outpouring of Godís spirit (Isaiah 32:14-18; Ezekiel 39:25-29)
   o New covenant ratified (Jeremiah 31:31-40)
Hebrews 6:4-5 - Tasted the powers of the age to come
Hebrews 8:7-13; 10:14-22 - The new way of relating to God and living as the people of God is now in effect. (Otherwise we still would need to keep the Law.)

We are the citizens of the Kingdom who look forward to the coming of the Kingdom while preaching the message about the Kingdom and testifying to its beauty and wholeness by the way we live − from how we do our jobs to how we do marriage to how we treat each other here at church. We are a prophetic community who represent the future of humanity as signposts of what is to come.

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