Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Transforming Society (1)

The coming of the kingdom requires a radical change in the way that society is structured. This new society will be radically different from the world we know.

We must begin building this new society at street level by establishing beachheads from which we can expand out. Just as Israel was meant to be a light to the nations (Deut 4:6-7), this renewed society will appear so amazing to people outside, that they will want to be part of it.

Our challenge is to build the institutions needed for a functioning society without imposing them from the top.

Jesus is the King.
His humanity means the he is constrained to being in one place. This makes him a powerless king.
The Holy Spirit is the Kingdom Builder
He is active everywhere on earth. He listens to Jesus and tells us what Jesus is saying. He empowers us to obey commands.

Jesus is enthroned as king when we obey the Holy Spirit.

This is a radical idea, which will change our understanding of the Kingdom, if we get hold of it.