Objections to the Kingdom with Dustin Smith

January 18, 2009

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Dustin Smith has his Bachelor’s in Theology and is currently working towards his Master’s of Theological Studies at Bethel College in Misahwaka, Indianna. Currently, he serves as the pastor of Timberland Bible Church in South Bend, Indianna (the home of Notre Dame).

In this show Dustin explains several verses that are typically used to contradict the idea that the kingdom of God is a future, political, realm to be established on earth at the second coming of Jesus the Messiah. First, Dustin summarizes what the kingdom is, and then I ask him to explain several key texts. Throughout our conversation, Dustin repeatedly emphasizes that the kingdom should not be understood as solely future nor should it be “spiritualized” into a personal experience, rather the kingdom is something yet future even though it was somehow present in Jesus’ ministry through his gospel proclamation, teachings, miracles, and deeds.

Throughout this show the following texts are explained in detail:

  1. Matthew 12.28
  2. Luke 17.21
  3. John 18.36

Furthermore, Dustin answers why should we even be concerned about what the kingdom of God means. The show concludes with a discussion of how we as ambassadors of the kingdom are meant to bring forth signs of the kingdom in order to testify to God’s magnificent plans for the future of his creation. We are God’s restorative agents to give people a foretaste of the kingdom by reaching out to everyone with cross-shaped love, truth, justice, and forgiveness.