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The ‘Me’ Gospel

Mark 9:35b “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all, and servant of all.” (NASB)It is amazing how ridiculous we can be sometimes, even to the point of distorting the message of the gospel to something that it is not.  Take for instance the disciples.  Just before Jesus makes this statement to them in response to his knowing that they had been talking about who amongst themselves was greatest (v.34), the disciples had witnessed several miraculous signs and wonders.  In chapter eight, the disciples witnessed the feeding of the four thousand, and in the beginning of chapter nine, we see the transfiguration, and even after that the disciples witness the power of Christ over demonic possession (9:14-29).  Yet, we see the disciples reverting back to their usual selves, enamored with self-glorification and arguing about who is the greatest.
The same occurs in our culture today, even within the church!  Oh how we long for the days for the Spirit of God to reign down on us to fi…

Thoughts on the Already, But Not Yet

There is a discussion happening in Christian circles regarding the kingdom of God as being Already, but Not Yet.  Interestingly enough, I have never really given this concept any conscious thought, until now.  I hope to share this with you to maybe help you come to an understanding of what the kingdom of God is all about, and hopefully give you some encouragement in your journey.
Though this post is not meant to be exhaustive, I hope it brings some understanding to the concepts.  To me, it seems the nature of the already, not yet nature of the kingdom of God can be described in the terms of past, present, and future:

Past: God’s grace has been provided for us through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.  This is known in Wesleyan circles as God’s Prevenient Grace.  Such grace is the grace that goes before us, before we are even thought of in order to bring us to salvation.  I think of the Scripture passage in Romans 5:8 where Paul speaks of the death of Christ for our si…