In 1989 Dr. Grimstead and a team of theologians put together an historic document Concerning the Kingdom of God. Below is the first point of his commentary on that document; posts with his other points will follow in the next days. Dr. Jay Grimstead writes:
The Kingdom of God appears to be one of the most misunderstood Biblical topics among evangelicals. At 78 years old I now believe I have a fairly accurate grasp on the Kingdom of God. But for the first thirty years of my adult Christian life and for the first 23 years of my professional ministry life, and after getting a masters and doctorate at an evangelical seminary, I hardly had a clue as to what the Kingdom of God was all about and what we Christians were to do about making it functional on earth here and now. It is my belief that the vast majority of Bible-believing, sincere Christians are even now living in the theological fog about the Kingdom of God in which I lived for 30 years. I hope in this short article to contrast the differences between the Biblical view of the Kingdom of God and the less-than-Biblical view I see held by most evangelicals I have ever met.
In January of 1989, I called together a group of about 20 evangelical theologians to create a formal, creed-like, doctrinal statement about the Kingdom of God which we did over an intense three-day period in Washington, D.C., for the purpose of helping to clear up the theological fog surrounding this topic. We were pleased with the results and sensed God led us in our discussions and editing. The resulting document is not TOPIC and DOCUMENT 4 here, but can is downloadable from this website. This article will be referring to and quoting that Document we call “The 25 Articles on the Kingdom of God.” I recommend any student of the Kingdom of God obtain it for their own study. The Scriptural references backing up each article are included at the end of each of the 25 articles.
Following are some of the major points I believe the leadership of the global Church must come to understand before we have any hope of accomplishing the Great Commission. And most of these points which will appear revolutionary will involve a major “paradigm shift” in the minds of the Church’s leaders if they care to consider and eventually accept this view of the Kingdom of God at all, which we believe is completely Biblical.
1. Christ’s Kingdom Is Actually Here on Earth Now
And has been functioning on earth with Christ as the legal, actual “King of Heaven and Earth” in this age ever since Christ ascended to the right hand of the Father 2000 years ago. Therefore we do not need to wait for His second coming for the Kingdom to be inaugurated! (Article 4) ((The remaining points of this article will come in the next several days in additional posts.))
Read the full official ICCP doctrinal statement on Concerning the Kingdom of God.
The above is excerpted from the soon to be published book Rebuilding Civilization on the BIBLE: Proclaiming the Truth on 24 Controversial Issues by Dr. Jay Grimstead and Dr. Eugene Clingman.
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For context, you are invited to see the other posts in this series: