Posted On April 4, 2016

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 91

by | Apr 4, 2016 | Apologetics, Biblical Worldview, Contending

In Proposition 91, George Peters states:

“The Kingdom of God is not the Jewish Church.”

Just as Peters has made the case that the Kingdom of God is not what is understood as the NT Church, he also makes the proposition that the Kingdom of God is also not the Jewish Church. This is a simple statement that continues to propose what is a fundamental truth in our understanding of what exactly constitutes the Kingdom of God, who comprises it, when it will take place, and who is noted in Scripture as being the Ruler, namely the Messiah.

The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 91 is the following:

“It is right, therefore, to say, that the Church has always existed; and even, as some do, to declare, that the Christian is a continuation of the previous Church in another form and with added privileges; but it is wrong to assert that the Church, without the previously ordained visible Theocratic order in actual union with it, is the Kingdom of God in the sense given by covenant and Prophet. It lacks the God-given distinguishing Theocratic arrangement which can alone elevate it to the position of a Kingdom here on earth, viz.: God through man acting in the manifested real capacity of earthly Ruler.”

There is much about this statement I appreciated, specifically the observation Peters makes that the ekklesia (church) has always existed in one form or another. Furthermore, he aptly notes the Christian is part of and extension of the OT ekklesia with the privilege of being grafted into the promises made to the OT ekklesia. Peters statements here provide us an important reminder of the nature of what it means to be the people (corporate – OT and NT) of God. As a reminder, the term ekklesia refers to the people of God, both OT and NT eras of history, who are called out from among the nations to be His peculiar, special people. Despite being the ekklesia, neither the OT nor the NT ekklesia has experienced the fullness of the Theocratic Rule, something that as noted by God’s covenant with His people and through the prophetic word is something still in the future when the Messiah returns.

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