Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Plantinga Ch. 5

This chapter is titled Vocation in the Kingdom of God.  Matthew 6:33 says, “Strive first for the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.”  People in the Bible times had such passion for the hope in their salvation.  Contemporary Christians also have this hope for a clean heart and a right spirit with God.  The question is, do contemporary Christians bring the same passion for hope in salvation as the people in the Bible times did?  Praying “thy kingdom come” means something different for contemporary and biblical Christians.  Biblical Christians did actually want God’s Kingdom to come.  Contemporary Christians more than likely want it to come, just not today because of all the fun we’re having on earth.  The fact is, God’s Kingdom is already here, and we all have a vocation in it.

We are all citizens of the Kingdom of God.  We are the prophets, priests, and kings of the kingdom.  This means that we have duties that we must follow.  One of our callings is to be a witness to the people around us.  God calls us to spread his word that he may gather more sheep to the flock. 

We must also be active in the church for everyone else’s benefit as well as our own.  We must attend church worship and bible study that we may learn from God’s word as well as each other.  God calls us to have fellowship with one another in Christian brotherly love.  We are to treat God’s children as Christ would treat us. 

This leads us to our main vocation which is serving God.  This is the very reason why God created us.  We were made for God in order that we may praise Him.  What better way is God to glorify Himself than sending His Son to die on the cross in order to save a sinful and apostate people?  We as the elect of God must thank and praise Him for all of the work that He has done.

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