Two More Quotes from Ladd

February 24, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Posted in Books and Movies, Devotional thoughts, Theology | Leave a comment

Here are two more wonderful quotes from George Eldon Ladd’s The Gospel of the Kingdom.  Great thoughts to ponder:

Apart from the Gospel of the Kingdom, death is the mighty conqueror before whom we are all helpless.  We can only beat our fists in utter futility against this unyielding and unresponding tomb.  But the Good News is this: death has been defeated; our conqueror has been conquered.  In the face of the power of the Kingdom of God in Christ, death was helpless.  It could not hold him, death has been defeated; life and immortality have been brought to life.  An empty tomb in Jerusalem is proof of it.  This is the Gospel of the Kingdom.   (p.128)

This is a staggering fact. God has entrusted to people like us, redeemed sinners, the responsibility of carrying out the divine purpose in history.  . . .  God has said this about no other group of people.  This Good News of the Kingdom of God must be preached, if you please, by the Church in all the world for a witness to all nations.  This is God’s programme.  This means that for the ultimate meaning of modern civilization and the destiny of human history, you and I are more important than the United Nations.  What the Church does with the Gospel has greater significance ultimately than the decisions of the Kremlin.  From the perspective of eternity, the mission of the Church is more important than the march of armies or the actions of the world’s capitals, because it is in the accomplishment of this mission that the divine purpose for human history is accomplished.  No less than this is our mission.  (pp. 134-135)

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