Thursday, September 21, 2017

Brierly: the Kingdom

Thursday, September 21, 2017
    Feast of Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist
    Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
    —John 18:36 (KJV)
    [Jesus’] life and utterance were the proclamation of this new order of things, of this new force by which man was to be ruled. When, unarmed and defenseless, He said to the Roman power, “My Kingdom is not of this world,” He spoke the word of inauguration. Over the kingdom of the elemental forces, over the kingdom of the animal, over the kingdom of the intellect, He beheld rising, with Himself as prophet and embodiment, that kingdom of the spiritual whose forces should be those of purity and sacrifice, love and trust, obedience and service. It is the last of the kingdoms because it is the highest; it will be the most enduring for there is nothing that can take its place.
    ... J. Brierley (1843-1914), The Life of the Soul, London: James Clarke & Company, 1912, p. 16 (see the book)
    See also John 18:36; Isa. 9:6-7; Dan. 2:44; 7:13-14; Zech. 9:9; Luke 1:30-33; Rom. 14:17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your never-ending kingdom is in Your people.
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