The Presence of the Future: The Eschatology of Biblical Realism

The Presence of the Future: The Eschatology of Biblical Realism

The Presence of the Future: The Eschatology of Biblical Realism

The Presence of the Future: The Eschatology of Biblical Realism

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“The bond that binds [the two Testaments] together is the dynamic concept of the rule of God.” So wrote John Bright in his study of the Kingdom of God, which dealt primarily with the Old Testament hope. If this is true, it should come as a surprise that few of our critical studies on the teachings of Jesus and the Kingdom of God make use of the dynamic concept of the rule of God as the integrating center for Jesus’ message and mission. This lack the present book attempts to supply.

Evangelical Christians have been so exercised with the eschatological or futuristic aspects of the Kingdom of God that it has often ceased to have immediate relevance to contemporary Christian life, except as a hope. Thus the very term, the “Kingdom of God,” to many Christians means first of all the millennial reign of Christ on earth. This, however, misplaces the emphasis of the Gospels. The distinctive characteristic about Jesus’ teaching is that in some real sense, the Kingdom of God has come in his person and mission (Matt. 12:28). The mystery of the Kingdom (Mark 4:11) is the secret of its unexpected irruption in history. This is not to minimize the futuristic aspect of the Kingdom. The Old Testament prophets constantly looked forward to the Day of the Lord when God would . . .

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