Just A Thought! – The Kingdom’s Uniqueness

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“I’ll suggest that the kingdom Jesus came to establish is “not from this world” (John 18:36), for it operates differently than the governments of the world do.

While all the versions of the kingdom of the world acquire and exercise power over others, the kingdom of God, incarnated and modeled in the person of Jesus Christ, advances only by exercising power under others. It expands by manifesting the power of self-sacrificial, Calvary-like love.

To put it differently, the governments of the world seek to establish, protect, and advance their ideals and agendas. It’s in the fallen nature of all those governments to want to “win.” By contrast, the kingdom Jesus established and modeled with his life, death, and resurrection doesn’t seek to “win” by any criteria the world would use.

Rather, it seeks to be faithful. It demonstrates the reign of God by manifesting the sacrificial character of God, and in the process, it reveals the most beautiful, dynamic, and transformative power in the universe. It testifies that this power alone—the power to transform people from the inside out by coming under them—holds the hope of the world. Everything the church is about, I argue, hangs on preserving the radical uniqueness of this kingdom in contrast to the kingdom of the world.”

Gregory A. Boyd, The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church


4 thoughts on “Just A Thought! – The Kingdom’s Uniqueness

  1. So true. As it is, the Christian religious system fits perfectly into the kingdom of the world from which it is birthed. As a result, those who adhere to it suffer from fractured identities and powerless lives while focusing on lost causes rather on the truth so beautifully articulated in the last paragraph of the quote above. Excellent book that cost Boyd some heavy losses as is always the case when kingdoms clash.

    • Yeah…….first read the book when it originally came out and followed the backlash he received. Really thought the content was pertinent then and even more so now. I truly believe that along with mammon, nationalism is one of the final strongholds to believers entering kingdom function. May we come to truly know and differentiate between a nation “under God” and the nation “born out of and moves
      in God”.

  2. I read Gregory Boyd’s book, “A Myth of a Christian Nation – How the Quest for Political Power is Destroying the Church” a couple of years ago. It was a book that I couldn’t put down. It’s radical to say the least. It’s one that is part of my “keepers”.

    Thanks for this timely article. In light of what is happening presently in our world, especially here in the United States, which kingdom are we ready to give our life: the kingdoms of this world or the Kingdom in which we have been bought with a price (Jesus’s precious blood).

    I read every quote in the link that you gave from the book. I took no exception with the quotes. However, part of the title says, “How the Quest for Political Power is Destroying the Church”. I can see how this can be true for the religious system, called the church. But that is one of the kingdoms of this world. Matthew 16:18 says that the gates of hell will not prevail against His church. The system called the church is about to come under fire with close scrutiny from the other kingdoms (namely the government, education, and etc.) It’s a great time for the true ecclesia (His Body) to love as He loves and to walk in Paul’s teaching, “I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me”.

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