Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Colossians 1:12-14 and the Kingdom

"...giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. 13For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."

This passage was read this past Sunday in the course of our morning message. The Spirit really captured my attention on the larger context of Colossians 1 and the supremacy of Christ. To put it anachronistically, Paul sounds an awful lot like a Christian Hedonist. Anyway, due to my recent meanderings on the kingdom, my attention was also drown to verse 13, and I found myself a bit stumped. Verse 12 seems to be pretty black and white on the current presence of the Kingdom, but as I thought about it, I don't think this was ever a passage I raised in question to a traditional or revised dispensationalist (ie someone who thinks the Kingdom is wholly future). Mind you, it wouldn't be a problem for a progressive, a covenant premill or amiller. While I can certainly offer my own speculations, I'm curious does anyone know how a normal dispensationalist would dodge...ah I mean handle this text on the Kingdom? Ok, that was a cheapshot, I admit it, but seriously...I'd be curious for a concrete answer from either a dispensationalist, a recovering dispensationalist or even someone who has a "friend" that's a dispensationalist.

8 comments:

Luther's Stein said...

Mihelis, check out Ryrie's Dispensationalism -- on pg. 156 he makes an allusion to the idea that there are different kinds of kingdoms in Scripture and that what is in view here is the general rule of God over his people. Not THE kingdom, just A kingdom.

G said...

My thoughts exactly steiny.

Pitchford said...

Mihelis, please...don't feel obligated to apologize for cheap shots against dispensationalism :).

smlogan said...

finally baylor shows his true colors; you can't pull stuff like that out of nowhere. must have been doing some devotional reading.

Nate Mihelis said...

Pitchford - point taken

Logan - You hit the nail on the head; I wasn't actually curious, it was just a test to reveal where people were really at. Baylor may go on a picnic with Carson, but now we know who he's really reading when he's at home and nobody is watching. Mwahahaha :-)

Oh, and thanks for the clarification Baylor.

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