A Deep Gaze Into Missional Theology and The Eschatological Gleanings From Them ~ Pt. #4 ~ The Great Collide: The Intertwining Kingdom of God with the World

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The taking up of the call into discipleship and an ecclesiology of death through the embrace of the imago Christi is not without its benefits either. In a great book by Sylvia Keesmaat and Brian Walsh called ‘Colosians Remixed’, they share that, “In Christ we have come to say to the darkness, ‘We beg to differ.’ We have seceded from the empire of darkness and been granted citizenship in the Kingdom of the beloved Son.”[1] Finding ourselves in citizenship as part of God’s Kingdom brings a great freedom to our interactions within the world as N.T. Wright observes that, “The kingdom of God and the kingdoms of the world come together to produce a vision of history moving forward toward its goal, a goal that will emerge from within rather than being a new gift from elsewhere.[2] Within the contextualization’s of our lives we can begin to recognize a divine collision of the earthly realm with the heavenly Kingdom that although not fully seen is fully present. God's Kingdom presence found in all places and all times and yet not fully in awareness to creations presiders!

This realization brings a richness to our understanding of life’s purpose as Wright continues articulating this Kingdom citizenship as, “not [taking] us away from this earth but rather [making] us agents of the transformation of this earth, anticipating the day when, as we are promised, “the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.[3]

The involvement we then have in the missio Dei commissions us through our gifts, talents and abilities as they manifest themselves into a hermeneutic of our contexts, culture, and the living gospel presence within our world. Taking us deeper in thought, Wright illustrates that, “if we take these three areas—justice, beauty, and evangelism—in terms of the anticipation of God’s eventual setting to rights of the whole world, we will find that they dovetail together and in fact that they are all part of the same larger whole, which is the message of hope and new life that comes with the good news of Jesus’s resurrection.[4]

It is through the repentance of this world that we will truly see the Kingdom of God drawing near[5] and a society where Christ will teach us His ways and we will walk in His paths while the world, “shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.[6] Truly a Kingdom in the pursuit of universal love, joy, peace, kindness, gentilness, beauty, and understanding for all of creation.[7]

[1] Walsh, Brian J., and Sylvia C. Keesmaat. Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire. (Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2004) Pg. #164.

[2] Wright, N. T. Surprised By Hope: Rethinking Heaven, The Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church. (New York, New York: Harper Collins, 2008.) Kindle LOC #1352

[3] Wright, N. T. Surprised By Hope: Rethinking Heaven, The Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church. (New York, New York: Harper Collins, 2008.) Kindle LOC #3135.

[4] Wright, N. T. Surprised By Hope: Rethinking Heaven, The Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church. (New York, New York: Harper Collins, 2008.) Kindle LOC #3561.

[5] Mark 13:44

[6]The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Is 2:4). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[7] Gal. 5:22