Seven: Week 1 [extended cut]

Seven: Week 1 [extended cut]

This week Russell was joined by Ryan Molony (RADIUS Church – Rocky Creek ) and Ross Kellis (RADIUS Church – Irmo) to talk about the opening verses of Revelation. We began our journey through Revelation this past weekend and they took some time to talk about the variety of interpretations to this difficult book. They also took some time to look at the practical implications of some of these interpretations. Over the next several weeks, Russell and our communicators will continue to unpack this prophetic book with more in-depth analysis than Sunday mornings allow. If you have questions, reach out to us by email and let us see how we can help.

3 Comments

  1. Robert Carswell

    Is not the kingdom of God when people submit to him and obey him? At least initially? I believe the kingdom of God starts with repentance (changing from a path of disobedience to a path of obedience) on the Day of Pentecost, necessarily in the power of the HS. The full expression of the kingdom in all of Christ’s glory will be when every knee bows and every tongue confesses (in the future). But that does not take away Christ’s kingship now or Christ’s kingdom now. God did move from crucifixion, resurrection, to full kingdom in quick succession, because he is giving time for people to join the kingdom. In the Gospel of John Jesus repeatedly says, “I’m leaving” and “Another is coming.” These refer to the ascension to the right hand of the father and the coming of the HS at Pentecost. So the full progression of the redeeming work of God is Incarnation, Crucifixion, Resurrection, Ascension, Pentecost (the outpouring and indwelling of the HS), the 2nd Coming (event or events) where every knee bows, where the kingdom is completed to perfection, where Christ is not just sovereign (as he always has been), but Christ is fully obeyed by all who are and remain in the kingdom. When Jesus talks about the kingdom in the Gospels (with maybe the exception of Matthew 24), he is talking about the age he is ushering in 2000 years ago. He is not talking about the end of the age. He is talking about the present.

  2. Robert Carswell

    John 12:15
    As Ross said, the Nicodemus story is potent.
    Acts 2:30 (sermon at Pentecost “And so, because he was a prophet and knew that GOD HAD SWORN TO HIM WITH AN OATH TO SEAT one OF HIS DESCENDANTS ON HIS THRONE…”)
    John 18:37
    The sign on the cross is true even though those who placed it there used it to mock Jesus. The crown on the cross is true. The purple robe is true. “Behold your king” was true even though it was said by Pilate. And in John 18:37, Jesus tells Pilate he is the king.

  3. Robert Carswell

    Romans 14:17 The kingdom of God is present for Paul and comes from the work of the HS in us.

    I thank you all for avoiding talk of the “ism’s,” which I believe at minimum are divisive distractions to the meaning of this book.

    Since I worked safety team all morning at Radius Lexington, I listened to both Russell’s and Ryan’s sermons online.

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