The Native Tourist
reformed/biblical observations on Christianity and culture

Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Kingdom Stuff
A further follow-up on Horton's article. Many Two-Kingdom View proponants see the Kingdom of God as a spiritual, internal and/or future state rather than something that exists now and consists not only of people, but also of actual,physical cultural stuff.

But Hebrews 12:25-28 affirms that the Kingdom does include actual physical stuff:

[25] See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, [26] whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” [27] Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.

[28] Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. (NKJV)

Verse 28 says that we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken. What is this that cannot be shaken? Things. Things that are made. Some things that are made will not endure, but somethings that are made will remain. These are part of the Kingdom. The Kingdom is not ghostly, is physical, tangible and earthy. It could not be more plain.