George Ladd, Describing the Kingdom of God

Image result for george ladd“The Kingdom can draw near to men (Matt 3:2; 4:17; Mark 1:15); it can come (Matt 6:10; Luke 17:20), arrive (Matt 12:28), appear (Luke 19:11), be active (Matt 11:12). God can give the Kingdom to men (Matt 21:43; Luke 12:32), but men do not give the Kingdom to one another. Further, God can take the kingdom away from men (Matt 21:43), but men do not take it away from one another, although they can prevent others from entering it. Men can enter the Kingdom (Matt 5:20; 7:1; Mark 9:47; 10:23), but they are never said to erect it or to build it. Men can receive the Kingdom (Mark 10:15; Luke 18:17), inherit it (Matt 25:34), and possess it (Matt 5:4), but they are never said to establish it. Men can reject the kingdom, i.e., refuse to receive it (Luke 10:11) or enter it (Matt 23:13), but they cannot destroy it. They can look for it (Luke 23:51), pray for its coming (Matt 6:10), and seek it (Matt 6:33; Luke 12:31), but they cannot bring it. Men may be in the Kingdom (Matt 5:19; 8:11; Luke 13:29), but we are not told that the Kingdom grows. Men can do things for the sake of the Kingdom (Matt 19:12; Luke 18:29), but they are not said to act upon the Kingdom itself. Men can preach the Kingdom (Matt 19:7; Luke 10:9), but only God can give it to men (Luke 12:32).” (George Ladd, The Presence of the Future)

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