I was recently asked about how we should think about the kingdom theme in Scripture. There are still groups out there that think that all talk of kingdom must be reserved for the future in reference to Israel. Is this correct? Check out my summary on the Kingdom theme in Scripture.
I. God’s Kingdom:
Scripture teaches that God has always been the Sovereign King over all creation (I Chron. 29:11-12; Ps. 103:19; 145:13), but the Bible also presents His kingdom as yet to come (Zech. 14:9; Matt. 6:10; also Isa. 24:23; 52:7; Zeph. 3:8-15). The distinction is between rule over the earth with rule on the earth. God’s kingdom is not yet established in its fullness on the earth in human history (cf. Matt. 28:18; I Cor. 15:25; Eph. 20:22; I Pet. 3:22; Heb. 2:8). There is a reason we pray for His kingdom to come.
“Although the phrase ‘kingdom of God’ is not found in the OT, the nearest expression being perhaps Daniel’s declaration that ‘the God of heaven will set up a kingdom’ (Dan 2:44; cf. 7:13, 14; II Sam. 7:12) the idea permeates the prophets. God was presently King over Israel…
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