Parables of the Kingdom 6

Treasure and Pearl. The parables of the treasure in a field and the pearl of great value are unique to Matthew (13:44-46). Their meaning is clear enough. The kingdom of God is of unparalleled worth. As a result, everything must be sacrificed to obtain it. In ancient times people often hid money or other valuablesContinue reading “Parables of the Kingdom 6”

How Jesus Changed the World 3

His Focus on the Kingdom of God Before we consider some specific aspects of how Jesus changed the world, it is important for us to notice that the general way he did so was by establishing and growing the kingdom of God. The Old Testament gives some important background for this emphasis. In several passagesContinue reading “How Jesus Changed the World 3”

Being a Citizen

         Independence Day, 2021. In spite of all the problems in our country, I am thankful to be an American. The problems discourage me, but never to the point that I want to move to Iraq or China.   In Jeremiah 29:7 Jeremiah tells the people to “seek the welfare” of their city and “pray forContinue reading “Being a Citizen”

The Story of God’s Kingdom 12

The Eternal Kingdom. We could trace the idea of kingdom all the way back to the beginning, because God himself has always been king (Psalm 47). During the Old Testament, for a while, he also exerted his reign through the kings of Israel (Psalm 2). But it seems to me that the kingdom proper unfoldsContinue reading “The Story of God’s Kingdom 12”

The Story of God’s Kingdom 11

Where are the Better Days? In the first post of this series, we noted the Old Testament prophecies that say better days are coming. God promised he would intervene and bring deliverance, mercy, forgiveness, and peace. He would pour out his Spirit on all who submit to him and would bring about fear of theContinue reading “The Story of God’s Kingdom 11”

The Story of God’s Kingdom 10

Living a Life Worthy of the King. We cannot enter the eternal kingdom unless we live a life worthy of the King. Some of us will be bothered by that statement because of the way we have come to think about God’s mercy and grace. Yet Scripture emphasizes both God’s grace and obedience. Let’s beginContinue reading “The Story of God’s Kingdom 10”

The Story of God’s Kingdom 9

The Right Response to the King. The reality of God’s reign among us through Christ is not just interesting. It is extremely significant. It is not merely to be understood and discussed. It is meant to revolutionize our lives. You may remember that the prophecies about the kingdom describe God bringing better days among us.Continue reading “The Story of God’s Kingdom 9”

The Story of God’s Kingdom 8

Five Vital Roles of the King in His Kingdom. We have noted Jesus’ utterly unique identity. It is revealed by His own powerful deeds, God’s raising him from the dead, and special terms like Messiah and Christ. The early proclaimers in Acts acclaimed him with several other special titles also, including Lord (2:36; 10:36), CornerstoneContinue reading “The Story of God’s Kingdom 8”

The Story of God’s Kingdom 7

What Does it Mean to call Jesus Messiah? One of the most important truths of the gospel is that Jesus is the supreme authority of the universe. This truth, with God’s help, we must see with both our minds and our hearts. Last time we noted the Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is a centralContinue reading “The Story of God’s Kingdom 7”

The Story of God’s Kingdom 6

What the Resurrection Says about Jesus. For many years I knew the resurrection of Christ was important but did not clearly understand why. I realized it gives us hope that we will be raised from the dead and live forever. I even had an instinctive sense that Christianity was wrapped up in Christ’s resurrection, butContinue reading “The Story of God’s Kingdom 6”