Star Rating: 3
In the preface, Phil Ryken explains that this book originated as a series of messages at Wheaton College, where he is president. He directs our thoughts to the coming of Christ and his kingdom. Important theological points are made, but in a way that is easy to understand.
He begins by explaining what the kingdom is and highlighting the tension between its ‘already’ and ‘not yet’ aspects. He explains how the kingdom is perceived by many and shows how it is to be viewed biblically. He uses parables to demonstrate the kingdom’s nature and to create anticipation for its consummation.
The subject of the kingdom of God is certainly an important one. Ryken’s definition of the kingdom (which he attributes to Graeme Goldsworthy) is ‘God’s people in God’s place under God’s rule’.
The author’s most important contribution, in my opinion, is the distinction he makes between God’s role and the Christian’s role in the coming of the kingdom. God builds and establishes the kingdom — ‘Jesus never tells his disciples to build, establish or advance the kingdom’ — and the Christian is to pray for, seek and receive it.
This was a pleasure to read. I recommend it to everyone who wants a clearer understanding of the kingdom of God, and who is longing for the coming of the Lord.