Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Two Kingdom Doctrine: Reformation 21

The reformed scholars over at Reformation21 ask, "What's all the fuss about Two Kingdom Doctrine?" The link is to Part One of a Three Part Series. The guys at R21 have articulated the issue perfectly, just as I've come to understand it through my own studies and reading. I'm looking forward to Parts Two and Three to come.

Here's an excerpt:
"While Jesus refused to answer the Jews' question about his authority, realizing that they knew well where his authority came from, he demonstrated that his kingdom is not in inherent conflict with the institutions of this world - whether government or the family - because it is of another age. To be sure, all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Jesus (Matt 28:18), and one day these earthly institutions will pass away (1 Cor 7). But in the meantime, the order of this world continues. Therefore, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's" (Luke 20:25). What's more, "The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage" (Luke 20:35). Christ is king but the order of creation, fallen as it may be, continues."

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