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The Kingdom of God on Trackback Thursday

9781433513404This week’s trackback Thursday features The Kingdom of God by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (released in trade paperback this month).

A reminder of how Trackback Thursday works: Simply link to the blog post from your blog, leave a comment on Crossway’s Facebook Page, or re-tweet Trackback Thursday on Twitter @Crosswaybooks. Winners are picked on Friday morning.

A Kingdom Which Cannot Be Moved
(Excerpt from The Kingdom of God, pp 219).

And what in the next world? Well it is glory! It is to be with Him, it is to be like Him, it is to reign with Christ as kings and priests. “Know ye not,” says Paul to the Corinthians, “that the saints shall judge the world . . . Know ye not that we shall judge angels?” (1 Cor 6:2-3). Christian people do you realise these things? Nobody else realises them. Men and women are in the world today because they know nothing about the glory that is coming. City life! “What a thrill I get out of it!” the say, “the kicks, the enjoyment!” But they will soon by lying on their deathbed and they will not be able to enjoy it; they will be leaving it, and they will have nothing, it will all be shaken, and they will be shaken. And here is the glory that they have refused. That is why men and women are not Christians; they know nothing about this glory; being with God and being with Christ and reigning with Him, and triumphing with Him and enjoying Him to all eternity. The blessings of the Kingdom!

And then, there is the safety and the security of the kingdom: “We receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved.” Everything else can be removed; there is nothing stable in this world. People used to think the British Empire was stable—how much of it is left? Those everlasting mountains—stable? Of course they are not. They are moving the whole time and an earthquake can wreck them, a bomb can smash them. Nothing is stable. The whole world will be convulsed in a final cataclysm, nothing will remain. But here is a kingdom which cannot be moved.

January 28, 2010 | Posted in: Books,Kingdom of God | Author: Crossway Staff @ 8:40 am | (7) Comments »

7 Comments »

  1. This past summer I read and digested George Eldon Ladd’s “The Gospel of the Kingdom”. I was really persuaded by that work and became more comfortable with historic premillennialism. I would be great to hear what The Doctor has to say on the subject.

    Comment by Tim Etherington — January 28, 2010 @ 9:45 am

  2. This looks like a great book to read. Here’s the link to my blog post: http://kj4fcl.blogspot.com/2010/01/book-to-consider.html

    Comment by AJ Smith — January 28, 2010 @ 11:25 am

  3. I’m completely computer ignorant… so this is the closest I can come to asking for a chance to win this book that sounds quite interesting.

    I don’t have a website …yet… hope this enters me for the book.

    thanks either way.

    Comment by john book — January 28, 2010 @ 12:30 pm

  4. Congrats AJ! You’re one of our trackback winners. Please email shipping info to facebook@crossway.org.

    Comment by Staff — January 29, 2010 @ 7:25 am

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  6. A very thoughtful and povvrcatioe presentation. Unlike Edward, the scripture that came to my mind as I listened was:Jer 10:23 O LORD, I know that the way of man [is] not in himself: [it is] not in man that walketh to direct his steps. Also one of its corrolaries would be:Prov 16:9 A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps. Scripture also shows that people were created temporary and incomplete by God to impress upon them their need for a relationship with their Creator and each other.All of humanity needs relationship with God for any hope of life beyond this temporary physical existence and to know how to live this life in a happy and harmonious way. (Rom 6:23)Men and women need each other for more reasons than just procreation. (Gen 2:18)All the races and ethnicities need each other for more than just a source of forced slave labor, or coveted wealth, or to provide an enemy against which to make war.The thousands of years of recorded human history have been like a giant scientific experiment whose only rational conclusion is that even at their best, people are incapable of directing their own affairs in any way that does not cause suffering to others or destruction to the planet on which we all depend for our physical survival. (Ps 39:6, Ps 62:9, Isa 40:17)Tim McCaulleyJacksonville FL

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