Saturday, January 06, 2018

Pinnock: a wheel within a wheel

Saturday, January 6, 2018
    Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.”
    —John 18:36 (NIV)
    Though sympathizing with the revolutionaries’ analysis of what was wrong with society and in fact being mistaken for a revolutionary himself by the political authorities of his day, nevertheless Jesus did not advocate a new political regime to be established by force through revolutionary action. He called for the love of our enemies, not their destruction; ... for readiness to suffer instead of using force; for forgiveness instead of hate and revenge. One might even say [that] Jesus was more revolutionary than the revolutionaries, or revolutionary in a very different way. The revolution he had in mind was a radical change of heart on the part of mankind, involving conversion away from selfishness and toward the willing service of God and of people in general.
    ... Clark H. Pinnock (1937-2010), Reason Enough, Exeter: Paternoster, 1980, p. 80 (see the book)
    See also John 18:36; Pr. 25:12-22; Matt. 5:44-46; Luke 6:27-28; 23:34; Rom. 6:3-4; 7:6; 8:9; 12:2; 1 Pet. 2:23
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have changed Your people.
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