Posted On April 5, 2016

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 92

by | Apr 5, 2016 | Apologetics, Biblical Worldview, Contending

In Proposition 92, George Peters states:

“This Kingdom is not what some call “The Gospel Kingdom.”

The application of the term gospel seems to be one of the latest buzz words in theological circles. Check out your local Christian bookstore and note the number of books that have the word “gospel” in their title. Apparently, this was also a buzzword in Peters’ day as well. He correctly notes that the gospel is by definition the declaration of good news regarding the kingdom and the means by which those who positively respond to the gospel may become heirs to that kingdom. The Kingdom as has been repeatedly demonstrated thus far, is the future Theocratic Kingdom.

The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 92 is the following:

“It is strongly corroborative that the language of the Bible falls in so accurately with our line of argument. We read of “the Gospel of the Kingdom,” seeing that the Gospel itself has no power to produce the Kingdom, but is simply preliminary to it, designed to call the elect, who become “heirs” of the Kingdom.”

The gospel is the message that calls people to join the ekklesia. Responding to the gospel means becoming the elect, an heir to the coming Kingdom. The coming Kingdom will take place because God will remain faithful to His covenant promises. The message of the gospel is the call to join, to become a member if you will of this kingdom when it arrives in the future. It does not establish per say the actual Kingdom itself. The establishment is rooted in God’s covenant promises to His people. This by no means diminishes the importance of the declaration of the gospel. It merely provides a proper framework by which to understand its purpose and place regarding the Kingdom.

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