On Speaking of the Kingdom Today

Marc Kolden

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 4/1/1982

Issue: The Kingdom of God (Vol. 2, No 2, Spring, 1982)

The primary Christian symbols of the future have to do with a victory at the end of time which will vindicate Jesus the Christs' followers' faith in him. The central symbol for this in Jesus' preaching is the coming Kingdom of God, better translated as the coming "kingly rule of God." It is a dynamic reality rather than a place (as in the popular notion). Within the preaching of the historical Jesus the Kingdom was said to be near at hand and, indeed, already realized in some sense in his own presence and in the presence of the Spirit. Yet it was still expected in its fullness only at the end of history

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