The Kingdom: Now But Not Yet

 (audio sermon by Gary Sampson)

Jesus told the Pharisees the Kingdom of God is now. He told the disciples it’s not yet. Both are correct. The Kingdom started with his 1st coming and comes fully at his 2nd. This affects what we can expect now, and what can’t.

Speakers notes follow –

The Kingdom: Now But Not Yet

Luke 17.20-24

Ever wonder why friend healed – you not? – told faith – but trying to have faith? Such exact science? Slightly too little don’t pass?

Then remember people with faith weren’t healed – Wimber – Nick Vujicic – So hows it work? Should we expect healing?

This is the subject of the kingdom of God – what it is – how it comes

MT4.23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.

Whats the connection – good news kingdom + healing? – Heaven / kingdom of God has no sickness – proclaim + demonstrate

Jesus was announcing God’s rule – before Radio + TV – new king – messenger to all towns

Told disciples MT 10.5 to – go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

So kingdom of God is the rule of God – heaven coming to earth

But to understand why some healed – need understand how the kingdom comes – lets look

Luke 17.20-24 Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.” Then he said to his disciples, “The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. People will tell you, ‘There he is!’ or ‘Here he is!’ Do not go running off after them. For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other.

To Pharisees – kingdom here already – not observed naturally like David on throne – visible soldiers – blind see, its come

To disciples – you will long for days of the Son of Man – don’t run after men with armies – when I come it will be obvious – I will light up the sky – all will see – Messiah will rule fully

The Messiah king comes twice – first announces he’s taking back what’s his – puts flag in earth ‘its mine’ (inauguration with cross) – second comes to claim what is his, destroys evil, takes charge (consummation)

Jesus death + resurrection opens way for – resurrected hearts – and is seed for resurrected bodies – in a new earth

Diagram explains – timeline – dimensions parallel – two comings – flag inauguration + consummation

Now the important part – where are we now? – between victory + fulness – flashes of kingdom breaking in – not full reign

Germany took Europe quickly – allied major offensive – D Day in Normandy – drove flag – months later VE Day in Berlin – D Day decisive – Cross Decisive – brings new heaven + earth – now between D + VE days – tension

At Vineyard we have a term for this tension – ‘now + not yet‘ – kingdom is now but not yet – important concept – explains why not all healed

Before I learned this I believe kingdom is now – enough faith – have it all – complete health, success, riches – no lack – preached it

But one thing didn’t fit – ignored it but it bugged – if kingdom now – health is now – why do we die? Dying is heart attack – health failure – Jesus demonstrated power over death – we shouldn’t die

When I heard ‘not + not yet’ it made sense – then I saw it in scripture – Bethesda Jesus healed one – Lazarus Jesus raised one – flashes not fullness

One problem remained, how do we know when its now and when its not yet?

SA church lesson – Kingdom now church challenged; healings not genuine – called meeting – invited media – no healings – announced failure – pastor later confessed he had ignored God’s voice

So how do we know – by his voice – Spirit administrates gifts – he is God among us – tells us who to heal, raise, etc

Jesus stood on prophetic word for power – written for truth

Rom 8. 22-25 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

Creation groans expecting – so do we – First fruits then harvest – harvest is second coming – resurrection of bodies + new heaven + earth

Phil Strout – USA Vineyard National Director Video – the already + not yet a distinctive of the Vineyard

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