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Kingdom Book

Kingdom Book

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The ComingKingdom of the Messiah
 
A Solution to the Riddleof the New Testament
 
Sir Anthony F. Buzzard, Bt., MA (Oxon.), MA Th.
© Restoration Fellowship, 2002 (3rd edition)
www.restorationfellowship.org An accompanying workbook may be obtained from Atlanta BibleCollege, 1-800-347-4261
 
Table of Contents
 
Foreword.............................................................................................5Introduction.........................................................................................9
Part 1: Jesus and the Messianic Future
 1. The Heart of Christianity — The Kingdom of God.................132. The Kingdom Expected by the Prophets..................................183. Traditional Jewish and Christian Explanations........................244. A Third Solution.....................................................................275. The Non-Political Messiah of Traditional Christianity............306. The Future Political Kingdom in the Teaching of Jesus...........337. The Departing and Returning Nobleman.................................368. Jesus, the Jewish-Christian Messiah........................................389. The Undefined Future Kingdom of Traditional Christianity....4210. Theology’s Elimination of the Future Kingdom....................44
Part 2: Biblical Christianity’s Messianic Frameworkand Its Disappearance from the Church
1. Salvation Through the Messiah...............................................482. The Present Age and the Age to Come....................................553. Conflict in the Cosmos............................................................574. Contemporary Theology’s Anti-Messianic Tendency..............595. The Influence of Gnosticism...................................................646. Demythologizing....................................................................677. Evangelicalism’s Gospel Without the Kingdom......................688. Accommodation to Mystery Religion......................................769. A Call for a Return to New Testament Christianity.................7910. Tradition — The Great Barrier to Progress............................8211. Prediction in the New Testament...........................................8612. Baptism................................................................................9513. Jesus and the Elixir of Life....................................................9814. Conclusion............................................................................111Scripture Index..................................................................................115
 
Foreword
The questions, “Who is or was Jesus?” and “What was hisagenda?” have not gone away. Publishing houses continue to floodthe market with a mass of literature, popular and scholarly,addressed to these so-called problems. Many churchgoers seemcontent to believe that the main purpose of Jesus was to die so thatwe can “go to heaven” when we die, and thus avoid being torturedin a hellfire forever and ever (paradoxically by a God who is full of mercy and compassion!). Jesus in fact said not a word about goingto heaven when we die. Nor did he ever speak of “eternal torture.”He promised his followers that they would eventually have theearth as their inheritance, when he returned from heaven.Who
was
this Jesus? What was his mission? Would he bewelcomed in contemporary churches, and if so in which of thehundreds of denominations?The current surge of interest in “spiritual” things has calledforth a regrettable “quick-fix” approach to God, which will resultin failure and disappointment. God is not found by memorizingone Bible verse and using it as a sort of mantra for gaining whatwe want. The sale of 5 million books promoting a single text doesnot advance the cause of Christ. Finding truth takes effort,investigation and study.This writer believes that our records of the historical Jesus areconsistent and reliable. They portray a Jesus who fits beautifullyand unproblematically into his first-century Jewish environment(hardly surprising!). They describe a Jesus whose birth wasprophesied centuries in advance by the God who reveals His granddesign for world history. By divine covenant the Lord God of theBible guaranteed the coming of the ultimate royal personagebelonging to the House of David.The authors of the Bible were skilled teachers who wrote to beunderstood. Their passion to share with us what they haddiscovered by association with Jesus is apparent in all theirwritings. It is hard to believe that their efforts to communicatewere so poor that they result in a fragmented church with scores of 

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