Our Own Kingdom

We cannot build our own kingdom and expect God to bless it.

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Who is Jesus?

The most basic expression of the identity of Jesus is simply the statement “Jesus is Lord!”.  In Romans 10:9 and 1 Corinthians 12:3 Paul presented that statement as the essence of the Gospel.  Jesus is the Son of God, as Peter correctly stated in Matthew 16:16.

The identity of Jesus has often been misunderstood.  Claims about Jesus include thinking that he had only one nature, that he was two distinct persons, or that he was fully human but not fully divine.

However, orthodox Christianity has always maintained that Jesus was one person with two distinct natures – the nature of his humanity and the nature of his divinity.  It was necessary for Jesus to be human so that he could die; it was necessary that Jesus be God so that he could be the perfect once-for-all sacrifice for sins.

Who’s in the prayer closet?

This guest post was written by Caleb Otto.  It is his response to the post “Who’s in the library?”  

Throughout history there has been monumental effort expended to enlarge different kingdoms, whether it be a political, territorial, or religious reign.

This world is literally dying for lack of men and women who are investing their all to advance the Kingdom of God.  If we as Christians endeavor to counter the darkness of the world solely with worldly weapons, we will lose.  They have someone bigger fighting for them: Satan.  We have God fighting for us, and His power far exceeds the devil’s power.

What we must do is apply ourselves to laying hold of God’s power.  Yes, we must utilize our minds in the battle, but real victories are won only when we pray.

Paul, one of the most influential men in Christian history, said: “Where is the wise…where is the debater of this age?  Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” (1 Corinthians 1:20, ESV)

This is not an argument for ignorance.  Rather, it is a plea for us to remember the futility of trying to advance the Kingdom of God by mere intellect and human reasoning.  Samuel Chadwick said that Satan “Laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.”

Who’s in the library?

In one of my college classes a visiting speaker mentioned that Karl Marx was in a library when he developed the ideas that became the basis of communism and socialism.  Marx’s ideas have led to deadly consequences.

He went on to ask the question, “Who is in the library now?”

Who is reading, studying, thinking, wrestling, doing the hard work necessary to create a culture-shaping movement?

I want to be part of a generation of Christians willing to “be in the library.”  I want to love God with my whole being, including my mind.  I want to think about how the Gospel speaks to our culture.  I want to be prepared to offer a defense of my faith.  I want to think about how the church should impact or even create culture.

What would be the results if this generation of Christians was as committed to King Jesus as Marx and his followers were to communism?