1. The term "Kingdom of God" does not appear in the Old Testament, although "his Kingdom" and "your Kingdom" are used in some cases when referring to God. In other words, they teach that the term Kingdom of God has a dual meaning or represents dual realities in the scriptures. It is a commonplace of Reformed and evangelical theology that the kingdom of God is 'now and not yet'. But its final manifestation and consummation lie in the future. This is entirely natural in contexts where tiny groups of Christians experience real persecution, but we also find it throughout the Western church, a byproduct either of Enlightenment rationalism (denying spiritual reality), resurgent Greek dualism (debasing the material world) or a theology that insists that we are so irredeemably corrupt that any real transformation is unlikely, we just have to cling on to God's grace until we die. Sometimes called already and not yet, it argues that the end is already here, but it has yet to be consummated. It is the news that in all ways and in all places God is sovereign. Multiply it by 10. “The Now And The Not Yet” By: Kenneth Sauer. The kingdom of God can often times be difficult to understand when looking at the many different parts of scripture. Christians hold within us the reality that both are true. Kingdom theology distinguishes between the current world ruled by Satan, the one we live in, and the world ruled by God, his kingdom. Share . Make it a cup of tea, take it out on a date, buy it a big fluffy bear with a sign round its neck saying something like 'forever yours'. Yet, when reading about the Kingdom of God in the bible, it sounds to me it is not some far away, future place. The ‘coming’ of God’s Kingdom means the invasion of the power of Satan and the overthrow of his kingdom.” Our understanding of the kingdom is through the lens of the now and not yet because we believe that Jesus inaugurated the kingdom at his first coming and consummation will occur during the Second Coming. Thus the kingdom of God is"realized" and present in one sense, and yet "consistent" and future in another. Raphael’s Transfiguration is an example of the kingdom of God as both NOW and NOT YET. Christians hold within us the reality that both are true. We live in era where the kingdom and the corrupt overlap. 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Firstly, there's the historical Kingdom in Israel, where God ruled through judges, prophets and kings, and which foreshadowed a future Kingdom of God that will fill the whole earth. In recent years, the phrase “Already/Not Yet” as a description of our understanding of the kingdom of God in its present and future state has become very familiar. How much is 'now' and how much 'not yet'? The Kingdom of God: Now and Not Yet (Skip Preston; English) Hope Fellowship Costa Rica • By Hope Fellowship Costa Rica • Apr 15, 2018. In Corinth, for example, the first Christians reckoned it was all 'now'. Was the Our Lord came proclaiming and demonstrating that the kingdom (or rule) of God had intersected human history: “If I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you” (Luke 11:20). So it's no wonder that we struggle. Just consider these passages: Mt 3:2; 4:17; 10:7-8; 12:28; Mk 1:15; Lk 10:8-11; 11:20; 17:20-21. 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