In Proposition 8, George Peters states:
“The doctrine of the kingdom presupposes that of sin, the apostasy of man.”
Peters alluded to this proposition earlier, specifically with his statement of man rejecting God as Creator which is of course due to sin. Furthermore, a future restoration of something, in this case the kingdom, requires that something is amiss in the first place. A return to the Garden also implies a departure from the Garden. That departure took place because of sin and the return to the Garden and the establishment of the kingdom when our Lord returns will result in sin being dealt an eternal blow. Also of importance regarding this proposition is the fact that Jesus is our Redeemer. If there were no sin, there would be no need for redemption, either physical or spiritual in nature. It is because of sin that God’s mercy and grace through His divine plan of redemption has been and is being carried out to perfection. Those who embrace the kingdom will find life. Those who reject the kingdom will find death.
The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 8 is the following:
“It is needless to discuss the difficult problem of sin; the fact of its presence and power is amply sufficient. It is a fundamental fact, and the superstructure of the Bible is in a measure reared upon it; for the Bible is a revelation of God’s plan to save man from his fallen condition. The kingdom in its conception, preparation, and ultimate establishment implies, and constantly keeps in view, a recovery from sin and its resultant evil. The kingdom originates in God’s merciful desire to deliver us from the reign and power of sin; to bring us back into a state of entire restitution and perfect salvation. It is the manifestation of such salvation, in which man’s will shall be in accord with God’s, and in which unspeakable blessedness, flowing from such a restoration, shall be realized. It has for its chief ruler a Savior who saves from sin, and for its associated rulers and subjects those who are redeemed from sin. It is a kingdom which in its preparatory measures calls for repentance from sin (Matt. 3:1), conversion from sin (Matt. 18:3), self-denial of sin (Mark 9:47), perseverance against sin (Luke 9:62), and most emphatically refuses admittance into the kingdom of those who indulge in sin (1 Cor. 6:9-10). The scheme of redemption is founded upon the principle annunicated by Jesus: “They that are whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.” The disease, as well as the physician and remedy, must be kept in view in order to appreciate the provision made for us.”
I think that final statement is vastly important. In order to understand this idea of the kingdom and what it will bring, we need to understand the sickness that we all suffer from – that of sin. Because of this disease, we need healing and that healing can only come from a supernatural restoration through the Redeemer. There is no physical means by which man can affect a renewed state devoid of sin. It is only by God’s mercy and grace through the cross that entire restitution can be achieved. Lose sight of that fact and the overarching message of the gospel is lost. Remain focused on that fact and you will have a firm grasp on what the gospel is all about.