E19: The Kingdom of God: A Brief Look at the Problem Passages

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In this episode we work through some of the main passages in the Gospels referencing the kingdom of God that are commonly used to support realized eschatology.  Passages that describe the kingdom being “at hand”, the kingdom “coming upon you”, or the kingdom being “within you” are most easily understood within a Jewish apocalyptic framework.  Rather than Jesus and John the Baptist redefining or reimagining the common expectation of Jews in the first century, they simply affirm the words of the prophets about a future eschatological day of judgment and messianic kingdom.