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The Kingdom of Jesus
subtitle: The Radical Challenge of the message of Jesus
I got the book from online here and below are some notes and thoughts:
” ‘Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’ God’s Kingdom coming is when His will is getting done on earth…” even through us, His body, His church.
One definition of the Kingdom of God is in Romans 14:
“Kingdom of God is ‘righteousness (or justice) and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”
God Builds His Kingdom, it’s not our doing like a business or club or organisation:
John 18:36, “My kingdom is not of this world [nor does it have its origin in this world]. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would be fighting [hard] to keep Me from being handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this world.”
Here’s a direct quote from the book about God’s sovereignty and our free will, and the interplay of those as in Romans 8:28:
“However, when Paul says that God works in all things, the Greek literally says ‘God in-works’ – all things. This does not mean that God makes everything happen, but that God works in everything that happens. In other words, it is like a chess player working in the moves of his opponent in order to achieve his objective. He can use your moves to manoeuvre your knight and bishop so that your king cannot move and he gets a checkmate. He has ‘in-worked’ in all things. You put your knight and bishop there, not anyone else, but the other player made use of that and worked in it according to the counsel of his will..”
So, how God works within and around our free will can be seen as:
“…the Kingdom is God as the master chess player, manoeuvring through all the affairs and decisions of individual wills and freedoms on earth to get His will sovereignly done…”