The Kingdom of God Part II

LutherYesterday I noted some Reformed teaching concerning the kingdom of God – from around 1700, in England and in Holland, the Reformed language was the same: God is king over all things, which is his kingdom of power. He also rules the church in a specific, saving way, which is his kingdom of grace (now) and glory (heaven). Both Watson and a Brakel used this language (even Ursinus did before them).

Lutherans use the exact same language: this is another area of harmony between confessional Lutherans and the confessional Reformed. Here’s Q/A 212 from Luther’s small catechism (this section is appended on to Luther’s own small catechism as a sort of expansion or explanation).

“What is the kingdom of God?”
“The kingdom of God is His ruling as king over the whole universe (kingdom of power), the church on earth (kingdom of grace), and the church and angels in heaven (kingdom of glory).”

I also noticed that both the Reformed and Lutherans used some of the same verses to explain this two kingdoms doctrine.

shane lems

sunnyside wa

5 thoughts on “The Kingdom of God Part II”

  1. Where are you reading this… What version of the small catechism has that? I’ve been looking for that everywhere!

    Thanks.

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  2. Shane,

    How are you? Hope things are going well! I found this doing a google search trying to figure out how to cite Luther’s Smaller Catechism (we use it in some of our liturgies). Anyway, thanks for the great reminder on this very helpful Reformed teaching on the Kingdom of God. I recently taught a class on it out here, and it is such an important biblical concept to have down. I credit Baugh for helping me get this for the first time, as well as the second and the third.

    Hope your family is well!
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