Sunday, January 14, 2024

Colson: the metaphorical kingdom?

Sunday, January 14, 2024
    Commemoration of Richard Meux Benson, Founder of the Society of St John the Evangelist, 1915
    The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.”
    —Revelation 11:15 (NIV)
    One reason I, like many others, missed the deeper meaning of Christ’s radical declaration is that I had always read the term kingdom metaphorically. Like the Jews in that Nazareth synagogue, most of us think of kingdoms as geographic entities, physical realms with boundaries and defenses and treasuries. But the Kingdom of God is a rule, not a realm. It is the declaration of God’s absolute sovereignty, of His total order of life in this world and the next.
    ... Charles W. Colson (1931-2012), Kingdoms in Conflict, HarperCollins Canada, Limited, 1990, p. 120-121 (see the book)
    See also Rev. 11:15; Ps. 45:6; Isa. 9:6-7; Dan. 2:44; 7:13-14; Luke 17:20-21; John 18:36; Rom. 14:17-18; Col. 1:10-14; Heb. 1:8-9; Rev. 5:9-10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, wherever You lead Your people is Your kingdom.
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