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Christ Triumphant

Biblical Perspectives on His Church and Kingdom

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Weight 1.00 lbs
Dimensions 8.8 × 5.75 × 0.75 in
topic

The Church

page-count

264

scripture

Whole Bible

Banner Pub Date

Dec 1, 1997

Original Pub Date

1962

Format

Book

isbn

9780851516967

binding

Cloth-bound

Book Description

Christ Triumphant is an important exposition of the biblical teaching on the kingdom of God and its relationship to the church. With the care of the scholar and the devotion of the pastor, Raymond Zorn deals with important issues: What is the connection between the New Testament church and ancient Israel? Is there a difference between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Christ? What about the millennium? Should Christians be theonomists? In addition he draws out the implications of his exposition of the nature of the kingdom for the life of the individual, the family, the state, and society as a whole.

The most thrilling aspect of this book, however, is its constant emphasis on the absolute supremacy of the Lord Jesus Christ at present on his Father’s glorious throne throughout eternity.

The earlier version of this study, Church and Kingdom, was first published in 1962 and has been unobtainable for a new generation of Christians. The republication of the material in this new and revised version will be widely welcomed. It is a significant work for all who think seriously about the message of the New Testament and its implications.

 

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INTRODUCTION
PART I
THE CHURCH IN RELATION TO THE KINGDOM
I. The Kingdom of God Defined 1
1. Its etymological definition 1
2. Is it only future? 2
3. Its present aspect 4
4. May the kingdom be identified with the church? 6
5. The demand of the kingdom of God 7
II. Old Testament Israel 10
1. Israel’s place in the world 10
2. Its king 12
3. Its role as the people of God 13
4. Its promises and expectations 15
5. True Israel 17
a. As alone the people of God 17
b. As a church 20
III. The New Testament Church (successor and embodiment of true Israel) 22
1. Because the Lord’s Messiah is her king 22
a. The New Testament interpretation of Psalm 110:1 22
b. Christ’s present reign 23
(1) Over the cosmos 26
(2) Over the powers of darkness 28
(3) Over God’s people 29
2. Because the church has become possessor of Israel’s promises and   status 30
a. Jesus’ own teaching 31
b. Jesus’ choice of twelve apostles 33
c. The establishment of the new covenant 36
3. Because the church is her Lord’s redemptive instrument (gospel   preaching and kingdom membership) 38
a. Christ as the personification of the kingdom 39
b. The kingdom of God and the kingdom of Christ 41
c. Christ as head of his church 43
d. The church as the body of Christ 47
Exegetical Excursus on Texts which Relate the Kingdom of Christ and   of God 50
IV. The Church as Distinguished from the Kingdom 66
1. In what way allied? 68
2. In what way different? 71
PART II.
CHURCH AND KINGDOM IN ESCHATOLOGICAL FULFILMENT
V. The Merging of Church and Kingdom (the removal of antithesis) 77
1. The realization of eschatological principles already present 77
2. The completion of the body of Christ 80
3. Cosmic renovation 82
VI. A Millennial Rule? 86
1. Preliminary considerations 86
2. The teaching of the Old Testament 90
3. The teaching of the New Testament 98
4. The teaching of Revelation 20 102
a. When does death’s final defeat occur? 106
b. Do the battles of Revelation 19 and 20 signify the same event? 106
c. When is Satan bound? 108
d. When do the martyred saints live and reign? 110
VII. Victory of Christ 113
1. The totality of Christ’s mediatorial rule 120
a. Over the world 113
b. Over the devil 114
c. Over the flesh 116
d. Over death 118
2. The termination of Christ’s mediatorial rule 120
a. The second advent of Christ 120
b. The handing over of the kingdom to the Father 122
3. God is all in all 123
a. The eschatological goal (to make the revealed and secret will   of God coincide with each other) 123
b. The settled, permanent state of the eternal order 126
PART III.
THE TASK OF THE CHURCH IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD
VIII. The Church Versus the Kingdom of Darkness 133
1. The battle against invisible foes 135
2. The battle against visible embodiments of enmity against the   kingdom of God 137
a. In connection with the church 137
b. As opposed to the church 137
IX. The Church and the Individual 141
1. Reconciliation with God 141
2. Continuance in the apostolic doctrine 146
3. Discipline in the community of God’s people 147
X. The Church and the Family 151
1. The distinction of the family from the church 151
2. The dependence of the family on the church 153
XI. The Church and the State 160
1. The separation of the church from the state 161
2. The rule of the state by Christ 167
a. The state as a world-power 167
b. The state as subservient to Christ 168
3. The relationship of church and state 170
a. The duties of the church to the state 171
b. The duties of the state to its subjects (including the church) 174
Excursus: Another Look at Theonomy 180
1. Are Old Testament case laws to be enforced today? 181
2. What does “fulfil” in Matthew 5:17-20 mean? 186
3. Theonomy’s attempt to make Moses still binding after all 192
4. The relevance of the already/not yet aspect of the present era 193
5. Divine law in relation to the present era 195
XII. The Church and Society 202
1. Preserving and propagating redemptive truth 202
a. Preserving redemptive truth 203
b. Propagating redemptive truth 204
2. Nurturing the diversity of gifts 205
a. Gifts of common grace 208
b. Maximizing the gifts of common grace 211
c. Cultivating special gifts of grace 212
3. Transforming society 215
4. Bearing witness to and directing toward the true utopian goal 221
BIBLIOGRAPHY 225
INDEX OF AUTHORS 231
INDEX OF SELECTED SUBJECTS 233
INDEX OF SCRIPTURE REFERENCES 235

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