The Apostolic Writings on the Kingdom and the Messianic Community

George Eldon Ladd (1959), summed up the Apostolic Writings’ view of the relation of the Kingdom of God and the Messianic Community when he wrote:

‘In the same way, the Kingdom of God, the redemptive activity and power of God, is working in the world today through the [Messianic Community of Messiah Yeshua]. The [Messianic Community] is the fellowship of disciples of [Yeshua] who have received the life of the Kingdom and are dedicated to the task of preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom in the world. Philip went to Samaria preaching “good news about the kingdom of God and the name of [Yeshua the Messiah]” (Acts 8: 12). Paul went to Rome and preached first to the Jews, then to the Gentiles, the Kingdom of God (Acts 28: 23, 31)” (p. 115).

“It is in the Messianic Community’s proclamation of the Gospel that the work of the Kingdom spreads and more members are added to the Messianic Community and become members of the Kingdom community.  Both Yeshua and Paul showed that living Godly lives in acknowledgment of the Kingship of God and the proclaiming of the Gospel of the Kingdom were important factors in seeing the final coming of the Kingdom of God and His reign over all Creation where the words Paul wrote will be fulfilled” (Emslie, 2014, p. 10-11) that stated:

“Therefore God raised him to the highest place and gave him the name above every name; that in honor of the name given Yeshua, every knee will bow— in heaven, on earth and under the earth— and every tongue will acknowledge that Yeshua the Messiah is LORD— to the glory of God the Father.” (Php 2:9–11, CJB).


References

Emslie, R. (2014). The kingdom of God and the Messianic Hope (Unpublished paper).  Grand Canyon University, Phoenix.

Ladd, G. E. (1959). The gospel of the kingdom: Scriptural studies in the kingdom of God. Grand Rapids, Mich: Eerdmans.

McKnight, S. (1992). Matthew, Gospel of. In (J. B. Green & S. McKnight, Eds.) Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Young, B. H. (2011). Jesus the Jewish theologian. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.

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