God’s government in Christ demands and brings Cultural Reconstruction. This teaching stream explains the Gospel’s cultural engagement; how the Gospel dismantles idolatrous belief systems and gradually reforms societal structures and institutions. Because the infinite creator-God is the ground of human rationality and creativity, the Gospel has historically provided the … [Read more...]
This teaching stream explores God’s Purpose in time-space history.
Humankind dreams of a better world, but how can that happen? God has a plan for human flourishing – a new world here and now – and it's revealed in the person of Jesus Christ and his Gospel. It is explicated through the biblical motif of 'Kingdom & Covenant'—God's Government and its Constitution as the genius of a New World Order.
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The fulfilment of God's Purpose invloves:
- God's Government
- Covenant Relationship
- New Earth (renovated cosmos)
- Cultural Reconstruction
- Restoration History (restored church)
God’s purpose is from Creation to New Creation—for a New Earth. The Adam-Christ parallel (Rom 5:12-20) explicates God’s redemptive purpose for history, recreating a New Heavens and a New Earth in Christ (Rev 21:1-6; 2 Cor 5:17). This motif of a New Creation in Christ demonstrates that the infinite creator-God was not ‘caught on the hop’ by the Fall; that while the impact of … [Read more...]
What is the nature of God’s Government for the world? The biblical motif of God’s 'Kingdom' conveys this truth. God’s government invades planet earth through the preaching and teaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, accompanied by supernatural confirmation; as the executive agent of the Godhead, God’s government is “in the Holy Spirit” (Rom 14:17). But what is the core … [Read more...]
Because God’s purpose is to restore the world, he will first restore his church as the "pillar and foundation of the truth" (1 Tim 3:15). Why? Because God has destined the church, as Christ's Body, to be the “light of the world, the city set on a hill” (Mtt 5:14). Tragically within the first several centuries the church fell from its high destiny, particularly through its … [Read more...]
God relates to humankind through Covenant. Beginning in Adam and culminating in Christ, there is an historical continuity of God’s covenant relationship with mankind, expressed through various administrations (e.g. Adamic, Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, Davidic, Messianic). As the outshining of God's nature and character, God's law is the ground of covenant. Based on obedience to … [Read more...]