Repent and believe. Two key words to knowing the gospel as good news for us. It is because of the cross that all people can come to the King and benefit from his righteous rule.
In order for the kingdom of God to be restored, the death of a sinless sacrifice on behalf of the many had to take place.
If we must insist on the kingdom being established at creation, then we must also insist on the very sad and grievous reality that this world is currently not the same, and this is because of the ‘kingdom rebellion’.
Despite what some may think, Jesus did not invent the idea of the kingdom. The kingdom of God started in the Garden and has always concerned a people, a place, and kingly power.
Too often our ideas about the Gospel are divorced from the text of the Bible as a whole. Christians can certainly get into the terrible habit of wanting to always simplify things, even the Gospel.
The responsibility of mediating God’s rule and working to protect what is holy is the task of every Christian. In order to faithfully exercise this responsibility, Christ has authorized his church with a heavenly sanction; he has made visible, local gathered assemblies the custodians and ambassadors of his glorious gospel.
How should we understand Zechariah 14? More specifically, how should we read and interpret apocalyptic literature?
The gospel is the sword that slays the beast of racism. The gospel disarms racism and strips it of its power and influence because the gospel tells us that there is only one way to salvation for all.
Worship is an engagement with God on the terms that he proposes and in the way that he alone makes possible.
Gonzales brings a fresh view of the patriarchs as people with certain proclivities to sin and makes them more relatable to believers who are the same yet hold fast to God and his promises.