The Tangible Kingdom – A Chapter by Chapter Sum with “editorial” comments – Introduction

N12909201594_6000 [tan-juh-buhl] – adjective

1. capable of being touched; discernible by the touch; material or substantial.
2. real or actual, rather than imaginary or visionary: the tangible benefits of sunshine.
3. definite; not vague or elusive: no tangible grounds for suspicion.

It
was centuries ago when a man was encountered by God in relationship in
entered into a covenant with him.  One of the aspects of that covenant
would be that he would be the "father" of many nations…that his
descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky (Genesis 15). 
That's a tangible promise…it is not a mystery to be able to discern
whether God has come through on his end of the bargain…the covenant
had results that were capable of getting his hands around.  The beauty
of the nature of God is that he is a God of incarnation…he makes
himself real…something that doesn't get simply comprehended or
imagined or theologized…it is something that isn't vague or
suspicious because it can't be experienced.  God is experienced in
life…he makes himself real and continues to make himself real through
the reality of his Kingdom in the here and now in the lives of people
who love and serve Jesus. 

Without a Kingdom that is tangible,
all we have is a fantasy…an illusion…something that doesn't have
the power to impact of life.  But a Kingdom that is tangible, that's a
dangerous and subversive Kingdom..something that calls us into a new
reality. 

I recently finished my first "read through" of The
Tangible Kingdom by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay.  Over the coming days,
I'm going to do my best to summarize their thoughts and then ask
questions of application and praxis that could make a difference in our
journey as people of God.

Stay tuned…you and I need to
understand…the blessing that Abraham looked forward to experiencing
in his experience of the covenant, has now fallen to you and me.  We
are the living fulfillment of God's action in the lives of people…it
is our responsibility to carry out the call and challenge of making the
Kingdom tangible in our time.  Let's learn more on how that can
happen…more to come…

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