Kingdom come

“till they have seen the kingdom of God come” (Mark 9:1).

John and Jesus taught that the kingdom was “at hand” (Matthew 3:2; 4:17). They obviously believed it was forthcoming.

Some followers were so convinced of it, they attempted to force Jesus to lead a coupe d’état to declare Israel’s independence from Rome (which, by the way, he rejected, cf. John 6:15). Nevertheless, Jesus continued preaching about the kingdom’s imminent arrival.

Did it ever come? Was it only metaphor? Is it yet future? Continue reading “Kingdom come”

Jesus and godhood

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8).

Roy Lanier, Sr. wrote, “There are many passages in the New Testament where all three Persons of the Godhead are mentioned in such a way that we are compelled to distinguish one from the other in order for the statements to make sense” (The Timeless Trinity, p. 50). This is certainly true. One such instance is Jesus’ baptism, where all three (Father, Son, Spirit) are present, yet obviously separate in time and space (Matthew 3:16-17). Continue reading “Jesus and godhood”