A large goal of mine this year is to read through the three volume set by George Peters titled The Theocratic Kingdom. As I begin to dig into this massive and important work, I plan on sharing some thoughts along the way, sometimes my own musings on what I have read and other times direct quotes from Peters.
The first proposition presented by Peters is the following:
“The kingdom of God is a subject of vital importance.”
It is hard to argue with that statement. In support of his assertion, Peters identifies eight observations. I would like to share one observation in particular that I found to be helpful.
“When surveying the vast array of facts and events, some the greatest that the world has ever witnessed, all pointing to this kingdom as a contemplated end; when looking at the same as they occur and exist today, preparatory to the kingdom; and then contemplating the host of remarkable, astounding events predicted to come to pass in connection with the kingdom still future, surely this forms a subject worthy, beyond all others, of the earnest, devout and patient study of every student of the world’s eventful and, without this key, perplexing history. The kingdom embraces so much, both in preparation and in actual realization, that, in view of its extent, the doctrine exceeds all others in magnitude, enfolding in itself nearly all doctrine.”
Peters makes some rather bold and overarching statements in this proposition. I am interested in reading further to discover his support of this underlying assertion, namely that the doctrine of the Jingdom supersedes all other doctrine. I personally see the Kingdom as clearly a hugely important and accept that it does intertwine as do many fundamental doctrines of theology with so many other biblical realities. Determining a preeminence for the doctrine of the Kingdom over all others seems to be the task Peters has set out to demonstrate.