BCL Grow: Making All Things New — Luke 17:20-21
Luke 17:20-21 (Gospel)
Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” — Luke 17:20-21
“Needless to say, for the Christian, the incarnation is not only a manifestation of the reality of God and the trust they can put in his word, but also the most breathtaking demonstration in history of the reality of God’s love for his creation and his intention to make all things new.” — James Davison Hunter, To Change the World, p. 240.
Steps to Take
1. Consider: As New Testament scholar S. M. Baugh succinctly states, “The kingdom of God is the new creation” (The Majesty on High: An Introduction to the Kingdom of God). With that in mind, what in the world is part of the new creation right now? (See 2 Cor. 5:17 and Col. 3:9-10.)
2. Answer: Christians are citizens of the inaugurated kingdom of God, being a new creation in Christ. One day, every believer will be glorified, having resurrected bodies that can never sin. How is Christ’s resurrection a great assurance to us today regarding the bodies we will have in the new heavens and new earth?
3. Act: Christians can and should have a faithful presence in this world as part of the new creation, doing good wherever, whenever, and however they can as is honoring to God. Yet, Scripture is clear that “the present form of this world is passing away” (1 Cor. 7:31). Our hope is found in the resurrection of Christ, and it is the good news of salvation in Jesus alone that the church is to proclaim until our Lord returns at the consummation.
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