The already and the not-yet provides the key to understanding the miraculous stuff God does on earth: how it happens, how we seek it, and why we have nothing to fear.
Is the Kingdom of God here today? Is it just a future thing? Something else? There’s no way around it—what Jesus said about the Kingdom of God was confusing and seemingly contradictory. But Jesus meant every word that he said, and those words were all true.
Jesus talked about the Kingdom of God constantly. It was the central theme in all of his teachings. When he taught us to pray he said we should ask for it to come. When he sent people to do ministry he told them to declare it everywhere they went. But, most Christians don’t even know what it is. Let’s work on that.
There are many things that serve as clear identifiers that we are Christians, but one stands at the center. It is our Shibboleth.
The ancient philosophies of Paul’s day mimic the modern philosophies of our day, and in all of the above, Jesus offers a different and better way.