The Mystery of the Kingdom

George Ladd, in The Gospel of the Kingdom, writes about the mystery of the Kingdom of God (mystery meaning that something was hidden for a time is now revealed): This is the mystery of the Kingdom: that the Kingdom of God has come among men and yet men can reject it. The Kingdom will not experience uniform…

This I Believe: Last Things

Last Things I believe in the personal, glorious, visible, and bodily return of Jesus Christ with his holy angels when he will exercise his role as Judge, and his kingdom will be established. I believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust—the unjust to judgment and eternal, conscious punishment in hell and…

Neither Rosy Optimists nor Despairing Pessimists

George Eldon Ladd, in The Gospel of the Kingdom, writes about the proper Christian attitude as the world continues toward its end. He says that Christians should have a healthy “biblical realism” rather than dogged optimism or pessimism. We are not rosy optimists, expecting the gospel to conquer the world and establish the Kingdom of God. Neither…

Discipleship and Image

It is clear from the Bible that all people are made in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-27; Gen. 9:6; James 3:9). Yet by nature and choice, man has fallen and now carries in himself a broken image (Gen. 3; Isa. 53:6; Rom. 3:9-20, et al.). The image of God in man is broken because…

Are You a Functional Post-Millennialist?

I have probably already lost many of you by using the word “millennialist.” Let me define it quick: a post-millennialist is someone who holds that the millennial kingdom (“a thousand years”) spoken of in Revelation 20 is a period of time that happens on the earth in which the gospel will spread so thoroughly and…