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The kingdom of God and modern society

J.A. de Jong
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 35, No 2 | a557 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v35i2.557 | © 2001 J.A. de Jong | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 August 2001 | Published: 08 August 2001

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J.A. de Jong, Department of Historical Theology, Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, United States

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The kingdom of God implies God’s rule in the regenerated heart. Consideration of the kingdom and modern society should be understood ecclesiologically. Herman Ridderbos’ notion of the relation of church and kingdom (sign, first-fruits, and instrument) is helpful, but must be applied in the context of nine realities of modern society. Corporate, modern discipleship is created when the church institute attends to all the features of its calling. This includes imparting biblical principles and giving general direction for modern social programmes and practices, but refraining from expressing itself on the specifics of complex programmes.


Corporate Discipleship; Institutional Church; Kingdom And Modern Society; Features Of Modern Society


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