THE CLIMAX OF THE AGES

1 Corinthians 10:11

Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.(ESV)

John 18:37“You are right in saying I am a King.”

E Stanley Jones:

“Many who took the kingdom took it at a modified form, as a personal spiritual refuge into which they could be safe now or as a place of reward in heaven, they didn’t reject it, they reduced it.”

THE SECRETS OF THE KINGDOMMATTHEW 13:11

Luke 17:21 – “the kingdom of God is within you”

its presence – Matthew 13 – parables

its preparation – Matthew 25:34 – “since the foundation of the world”

KJV – “unless you are converted”

THE MYSTERY OF THE KINGDOM1 CORINTHIANS 4:1

NKJV – “stewards of the mysteries of God” (serve/administer)

George Eldon Ladd:

Instead of destroying human sovereignty it has attached the sovereignty of satan.
Instead of external, political changes it is making changes in the spiritual order
Instead of coming in fullness it is now here with persuasion rather than power

THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOMMATTHEW 16:19

“binding and losing” – not just demonic

Authority in: – closed circumstances
– difficult decision
– lost lives

E Stanley Jones:
“I suppose we must go out and begin to think and act as though the kingdom were already here.”

4.THE PROMISE OF THE KINGDOMMATTHEW 25:34

* McCulloch: p 209 – the reality

* Ladd: p 78 – has the realisation gripped you?