Thursday, December 17, 2009

Kingdom @hand

Al Muses:
I used to consider "at hand" to infer that it was going to be arriving soon--kind of like a future event that hadn't yet occurred. Although I'm sure that is one way of translating the Greek word (G1448--eggizo), I think it has more a meaning of within reach, close by--like 'I always have my cell phone at hand.' Does that make sense and sound right? If so (and I know I am in good company with this, since I just started reading McLaren's 'The secret message of Jesus') then the Kingdom of God, or Kingdom of Heaven isn't a future time of bliss with the angels, but a system of God's rulership that can be accessed and lived in today.

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