The Kingdom Is Here

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Key Bible Verse: We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. (Romans 3:22)

Dig Deeper: 

It is God’s goal to unite every tongue, tribe, race, and nation under the banner of his sovereign glory revealed in Jesus Christ. And so it is the mission of the church to take this message everywhere, announcing the availability of forgiveness of sins and the eternality of life in Christ to people all over the globe. Christianity is remarkably good at this. And it is divinely well suited for it.

There are religions in the world that compel a woman to travel hundreds of miles to kiss a statue, a man to walk across a wilderness to bathe in a sacred river, and men and women alike to crawl on their hands and knees. Every Muslim who is able must visit Mecca once before they die. It is required. But there are no compulsory pilgrimages in Christianity, no far-flung hoops to jump through. The pilgrimage has been made: God incarnated in man. He comes to us in Spirit. Every religion, beside the true one, bids travel for power. In Christianity, power travels to us. The kingdom is not “out there.” It is “in here.” The temple is not “there.” It’s “here,” because Christ tabernacles with us. The gospel that goes into the world and grows and bears fruit goes into the world when we do.

– Jared C. Wilson in Unparalleled

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