Introduction to the
As Christians we should be nominally familiar with the phrase, the
More recently, however, my ears are tuned into the phrase, the
George Ladd, a prominent evangelical of a former generation, specially studied and wrote about the
The kingdom of God is the redemptive reign of God dynamically active to establish his rule among men, and that this Kingdom, which will appear as an apocalyptic act at the end of the age, has already come into human history in the person and mission of Jesus to overcome evil, to deliver men from its power, and to bring them into the blessings of God's reign. The Kingdom involves two great moments: fulfillment within history, and consummation at the end of history.
Ladd, NT Theology (italics mine).
As Ladd states, the