Friday, September 11, 2009
No Kingdom on YouTube
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come (NIV).
On a piece of paper, write down what you think this statement of Jesus means. (Did you get this from a Sunday School quarterly?)
καὶ κηρυχθήσεται τοῦτο τὸ εὐαγγέλιον τῆς βασιλείας ἐν ὅλῃ τῇ οἰκουμένῃ εἰς μαρτύριον πᾶσιν τοῖς ἔθνεσιν καὶ τότε ἥξει τὸ τέλος
And this message that brings joy of the reign of God through his Messiah shall be proclaimed throughout the whole inhabited earth leading to a testimony to all various groups of people. And then the completion shall be present.
Kind of a riddle, isn’t it?
Read Luke 17
20Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, 21nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you."
22Then he said to his disciples, "The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. 23Men will tell you, 'There he is!' or 'Here he is!' Do not go running off after them.
ἐντός = inside
The Kingdom is NOT observable.
Question: “Can you really see inside you?” Try it.
There’s no “here” nor “there” is there!
Look at verse 37.
37"Where, Lord?" they asked.
He replied, "Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather."
What on earth does THIS mean???
OBSERVATION. “Dead body”/”vultures” "Where?" is the wrong question!
Kingdom cannot be viewed
NIV omits a needed concept in 17:21 that the KJV includes. ἰδού “I-doo” KJV: “Behold” is now “Look!” “Check it out!” - the YouTube prompter.
This buttresses the point that Jesus often made about the "secrecy" aspect of the Kingdom. It's not "can't tell because I'm not supposed to." It's "I cannot present this reign in a tangible form. It is much deeper and runs farther than anything imaginable - because it is life-transforming and eternal."