Saturday, August 19, 2023

Jones: building the Kingdom?

Saturday, August 19, 2023
    Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
    —Ephesians 2:19-22 (NIV)
    Nowhere in the New Testament are we told to “build the Kingdom.” It is already built “from the foundation of the world,” built into the nature of reality. You “see,” “enter,” “proclaim,” “suffer for” the Kingdom, but never “build” it. For the Kingdom is not a relativism to be built, but an absolute to be accepted, submitted to, obeyed.
    ... E. Stanley Jones (1884-1973), The Christ of the American Road, Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, 1944, p. 208 (see the book)
    See also Eph. 2:19-22; Matt. 5:20; 7:21; 18:3; 19:23-24; Mark 9:1; 10:23-25; Luke 9:27,60; 18:24-25; John 3:3-5; Acts 9:15-16; 14:22; 1 Pet. 2:4-9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are the creator of Your Kingdom.
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