Born Again or Entering the Kingdom of God???

Did you know that Jesus only talks about being born again one time, and it is to one specific person (Nicodemus) and only found in the Gospel of John. On the other hand Jesus talks about the Kingdom of God countless times throughout the gospels  (mostly Kingdom of Heaven in the Gospel of Matthew because they showed so much reverence to God’s name). Even when Jesus talked to Nicodemus about being born again, he mentioned the Kingdom twice, explaining why one must “enter” the Kingdom.  I think we should focus more on what Jesus ACTUALLY said, and less on the Evangelical tradition’s infatuation and limited focus with this one biblical metaphor.

We need more of a Christ centered, and scripturally faithful theological approach.  This does not mean discard the “born again” metaphor Jesus uses. It is both great and biblical! But lets keep things in focus and not major on the minors.  When we talk about being born again and divorce it from entering the Kingdom of God (which Jesus did not do) we justify our individualism in which our faith in Christ is only about us.  When we teach entering the Kingdom of God, we are subversively telling people that you have become a part of something bigger than yourself.

Once you are in God’s Kingdom, you must live as though Christ is King, and are now free to live free as a loved child of God. No longer enslaved to this world (its things, its appeal, it’s threats) but now may participate in what God has ultimately created you for… mission with God (to liberate, to save, to redeem, to reconcile, etc.)  and community with God’s people (while sharing love with one another). And we do this while we await the final return of our King to fully establish His Kingdom here on earth.

Given this, the thing Christians should explore is what it looked like for Jesus to do Kingdom ministry in the 1st century, and what that might look like for the church now in the 21st century.

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4 comments

  1. Penny · May 2, 2010

    God bless you, brother. I followed this over from Facebook. Truly manna from heaven!

  2. Drew Hart · May 2, 2010

    I’m glad you liked it. Just trying to get people thinking. Definitely keep coming thru, I’m always trying to get a dialogue going and would be interested in your thoughts. grace and peace.

  3. shannon · May 10, 2010

    Wow sir, this is the 3rd source I’ve heard about the kingdom of God being taught. I agree with everything in me. This message HAS TO BE SPOKEN more than any othe message because its what God told Jesus to teach and what he told his disciples to teach and somehow this message about the Kingdom has been lost. Kudos to you sir and continue to enlighten people about the kingdom. Gods using you for great things sir!!!

  4. Albert · May 20, 2010

    Drew,
    I appreciate you blogs. Can’t always responds as I’d like, (no time) but definitely enjoy the stipulation they provoke. Thanks and keep up the “good work”!

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