소식 & 이벤트
 
  The Kingdom of God
 작성자 : KAFHI
작성일 : 2014-06-11     조회 : 3,266  
 관련링크 :  http://blog.fh.org/2014/05/kingdom-god/ [1832]


The Kingdom of God
By Marty Martin on May 23, 2014 in From Our Leadership

All kingdoms have three things in common: a ruler, a realm and a reign. In the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), Queen Elizabeth is the ruler. These and other states that consider her queen, are her realm. Her reign spans more than 60 years.

Psalm 47:7 says: “God is the King of all the earth.” In the Kingdom of God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), God is the ruler. Psalm 24:1 says: “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” God’s realm is the entire world.  Psalm 145:13 says: “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations.”  God’s reign is everlasting.

Despite the simple clarity these verses provide, different Christian groups, past and present, have identified the Kingdom of God either with the nation of Israel, or with the Church, or with heaven.


What the Kingdom is Not

The Kingdom of God is not Israel.  In the history of God’s gracious redeeming work in the world, the people and nation of Israel have played a significant role in the Kingdom of God. They are an important part of God’s purpose. They have a role in the reign of God; but Israel, past, present or future, is not the Kingdom of God.

The Church is not the Kingdom of God. Like Israel, the Church has a significant role in the Kingdom of God. Jesus said of His followers: “You are the salt of the earth.” As one perceptive writer noted, we are the salt, not the whole meal; we are the leaven, not the whole loaf. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world.” The light exists not for the light’s sake, but for the world it is intended to light. The Church is part of the plan, but God’s plans for the world are much bigger.

Heaven, understood as blissful existence with God after death, is not the Kingdom of God. God’s plans are not simply for the eternal well-being of believers. In Mark 1:15, Jesus said: “The time has come … The kingdom of God has come near.” Here “near” does not mean “coming soon.” Rather, for those “with eyes to see and ears to hear,” as Jesus taught, the Kingdom of God is here, now. Certainly the Kingdom of God has a past and a future, but Jesus’ emphasis was on the present reality of the Kingdom.


What the Kingdom Is

The Kingdom of God is God’s present reign over the real world; a reign that we can remember from the past, anticipate in the future, but we can only experience in the present. This real world is not primarily spiritual, nor is it primarily material. It is both, inseparably intertwined. The Kingdom is God’s reign over the one spiritual/material world that is the real world … “from everlasting to everlasting” as Psalm 103 so beautifully describes eternality.

The Kingdom of God is revealed when the purpose of God intersects this real world. In Luke 6:20, Jesus said: “Blessed are you poor for yours is the Kingdom of God.” Any understanding of the Kingdom of God that neglects the poor (not simply the “poor in spirit”) misses one of the central elements of the Kingdom that Jesus proclaimed.

FH’s vision is “God called and we responded until physical and spiritual hungers ended worldwide.” This vision flows directly from the “gospel of the Kingdom” that Jesus proclaimed (Matthew 24:14) and we would love to have you join us in seeking, by God’s grace, to fulfill it.  Will you?

 
 
TOTAL 176
Humanitarian Crises…Looking Beyond the Grim Statistics
As an aid worker, I am often tempted to throw in the towel when I am faced with humanitarian situations that seem irreparable. When I visit communities and interact with hopelessness, suffering, pain, lost dreams as a result of war, disease, and mo…
Name: KAFHI  |  Date: 2014-09-30  |  Hit: 2768
Witch doctors and the Gospel
(by Holly Martinez on SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 in SPONSOR IMPACT, STORIES, WORLD POVERTY) When you believe something for most of your life, it can be very hard to eventually realize it isn’t true. How do you reject the lifestyle you knew for so long…
Name: KAFHI  |  Date: 2014-09-25  |  Hit: 2991
Grace
(by Marty Martin on SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 in FROM OUR LEADERSHIP) Let me tell a story of grace. My father grew up on a 600-acre family estate in Virginia. The land was granted by the English Earl of Dunmore in the mid-1700s. “Back Creek” is situa…
Name: KAFHI  |  Date: 2014-09-25  |  Hit: 3038
One School Can Make a Difference
By staffwriter on August 29, 2014 in Stories, World Poverty In Kenya, Food for the Hungry (FH) worked to help build a school. While education helps a child’s future, it does so much for them today as well. The Lakartinya School is making a…
Name: KAFHI  |  Date: 2014-09-02  |  Hit: 2822
3 Lessons to Keep Children Growing
FH Health Promoter trains Leonie on how to cook nutritious food. Leonie and her children listen to the FH Health Promoter teach about prenatal care. Leonie’s children now wash their hands and are getting sick less often. By Renee Targos on A…
Name: KAFHI  |  Date: 2014-08-27  |  Hit: 2951
Don’t Ignore the Sadness, Blessed are the Peacemakers
By David Curtis on August 14, 2014 in World Poverty "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” - Edmund Burke Let’s be honest, it has been a rough summer with lots of sadness. The airwa…
Name: KAFHI  |  Date: 2014-08-21  |  Hit: 3479
Help a Child, Change the World
By Kathryn Szabo on August 15, 2014 in Sponsor Impact, Stories Sarah is no stranger to the child sponsorship program at Food for the Hungry (FH). An enthusiastic sponsor, she also works at FH in the child sponsorship department. Growing up, Sarah…
Name: KAFHI  |  Date: 2014-08-21  |  Hit: 3234
The Social Gospel?
By Marty Martin on August 20, 2014 in From Our Leadership From the 1920s and 30s, the Fundamentalist-Modernist Controversy had a powerful and ongoing effect upon the American church. Many of the “fundamentalists” were highly educated, articul…
Name: KAFHI  |  Date: 2014-08-21  |  Hit: 2764
발리섬 김희명,효숙 선교사님 소식
2014 전반기 발리섬 산 중 마을에서 드리는 사역편지 주 안에 평강을 문안드리오며, 주님의 아동양육 선교사역지 발리섬 산 중 마을에서 동역자 여러분에게 2014년도 전반기 소식을 올리게 …
Name: KAFHI  |  Date: 2014-08-06  |  Hit: 3165
Love’s Law
By Marty Martin on July 24, 2014 in From Our Leadership In late 2006, I came back from two years in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) totally convinced that the rule of law is one of the greatest gifts any nation can have. Congo is a “…
Name: KAFHI  |  Date: 2014-08-06  |  Hit: 2834
Best Known Verse in the Bible
Photo by David Hepworth (By Marty Martin on June 19, 2014 in From Our Leadership) John 3:16 is probably the best known verse in the Bible. When TV camera crews pan the crowds at pro football games, we often see placards referring to it. …
Name: KAFHI  |  Date: 2014-06-25  |  Hit: 3429
케냐선교 기도편지
케냐 선교 동역자님들께! 그리스도에게 순간 순간의 삶을 드리며, 영적인 전쟁과 갈등속에서 그리스도로 인해 보장된 부활에 대한 소망과 확신을 가지고 믿음을 지키시는 케냐 선교 동…
Name: KAFHI  |  Date: 2014-06-12  |  Hit: 4312
'고엘 포럼' 미주장신 2014 여름특강 열…
'보아스가 룻과 나오미의 잃어버린 기업 회복시켜주었듯이 고난당한 친족 돕는, 기업 무를 자 고엘의 사명 재인식하자' 미주장로회신학대학교(총장 이상명 박사)에서 실시하는 여름 특강…
Name: KAFHI  |  Date: 2014-06-11  |  Hit: 4063
윤피터 & 배셀리 편지
윤피터 & 배셀리 편지. 2014. 6월호(그리고 예빈(여, 9), 비전 (남, 7), 샬롬(남, 4. ^^) “아버지께서 나를 보내신 것 같이 나도 너희를 보내노라” 핵심가치: 무슬림 향한 사랑의 섬김, 개척자적…
Name: KAFHI  |  Date: 2014-06-11  |  Hit: 3593
The Kingdom of God
The Kingdom of God By Marty Martin on May 23, 2014 in From Our Leadership All kingdoms have three things in common: a ruler, a realm and a reign. In the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), Queen Elizabeth is the ruler…
Name: KAFHI  |  Date: 2014-06-11  |  Hit: 3267
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Copyright © Korean American Food for the Hunger International. All Rights Reserved.    Admin