Friday, March 2, 2012

Making God's kingdom a present reality

"Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself" (Phil. 3:17-21 ESV- italicizing and emboldening emphasis mine).



In the passage above, St. Paul is referring to the fact that, in the words of Metropolitan Anthony, "we are a colony of heaven." By this, Metropolitan Anthony goes on to observe, the apostle "means a group of people whose mother city is heaven, who are on earth to conquer it for God and to bring the kingdom of God if only to a small spot. It is a peculiar type of conquest, which consists in winning over over people to the realm of peace, making them subject to the prince of peace and making them enter into the harmony which we call the kingdom of God. It is indeed a conquest, a peacemaking that will make us sheep among wolves, seeds scattered by the sower, which must die in order to bear fruit and to feed others."

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  1. "It is a peculiar type of conquest, which consists in winning over over people to the realm of peace, making them subject to the prince of peace and making them enter into the harmony which we call the kingdom of God"

    So much easier to read than it is to do...

    But as always, it is not Us, but Christ Through Us.

    So, Surrender?
    Be Humble?
    Serve?

    Brings to mind what a Priest once said...

    "Remember, you may be the Only Bible People Read."

    *sigh*

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