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The Upside Down Kingdom. The Paradox Of Becoming Human. “The Kingdom of God is basically the rule of God. It is God’s reign, the divine sovereignty in action.” ~ George Eldon Ladd. “The incarnation is the one absolute expression of what God is like and also of what true humanity is like.”

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The Upside Down Kingdom

The Paradox Of Becoming Human


“The Kingdom of God is basically the rule of God. It is God’s reign, the divine sovereignty in action.”

~ George Eldon Ladd


“The incarnation is the one absolute expression of what God is like and also of what true humanity is like.”

~ Myron S. Augsburger


“There is more to you than you know.”

~ Gandalf the Wizard

to Bilbo in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit


“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult, and left untried.”

~ G.K. Chesterton


“The gospel Jesus proclaimed was a call to discipleship, a call to follow him in submissive obedience, not just a plea to make a decision or pray a prayer.”

~ John F. MacArthur, Jr.


“Jesus is not asking people to add him to the milieu of their lives. He wants disciples willing to forsake everything.”

~ John F. MacArthur, Jr.


“A good mind possesses a great kingdom;

a good fortune is a great slavery.”

~ Seneca


“Whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all.”

~ Mark 10:44, NRSV


“Freedom in slavery is an unsettling yet exquisite Christian paradox, comparable to that other quintessential Christian paradox, strength in weakness.”

~ Murray J. Harris


“For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another.”

~ Galatians 5:13, NRSV


“God’s word is not a cafeteria where we can pass over the asparagus to get to the desert. We can’t pick and choose our favourite passages and ignore the rest.”

~ Kent Crockett


“Though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them.”

~ 1 Corinthians 9:19, NRSV


“The most convincing evidence of the possession of freedom is the willingness to surrender it to achieve a worthy goal. The supreme example of this, of course, is the incarnation.”

~ Murray J. Harris


“Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord--and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.”

~ John 13:12-14, NRSV


“A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none.

A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject to all.”

~ Martin Luther, 1520


“Doubtless the West’s involvement in slavery in centuries past has contributed to our reluctance to perceive what should be obvious: very often when our English translations speak of ‘servant’, the Greek writers are thinking of a slave.”

~ D. A. Carson


“Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God.”

~ 1 Peter 2:16, NASBi


Long my imprisoned spirit lay

Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;

Thine eye diffused a quick’ning ray, -

I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;

My chains fell off, my heart was free,

I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

~ Charles Wesley


“Whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all.”

~ Mark 10:44, NRSV


“You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”

~ 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, NIV


“Slave” = doulos (Greek)

“Servant” = diakonos (Greek)

(or: oiketes, pais, hyperetes, leitourgos, paidiske)


"I am the Lord's servant [doulos]," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said."

~ Luke 1:38, NIV


“Am I now seeking human approval, or God's approval? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still pleasing people, I would not be a servant [doulos] of Christ.”

~ Galatians 1:10, NRSV


“Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God.”

~ 1 Peter 2:16, NASBi


“Whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all.”

~ Mark 10:44, NRSV


“Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord--and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.”

~ John 13:12-14, NRSV


“For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another.”

~ Galatians 5:13, NRSV


“Though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them.”

~ 1 Corinthians 9:19, NRSV


FVGITIVVS

(Runaway Slave)


“You are My friends, if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.”

~ John 15:14-15, NASB


“For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption.”

~ Romans 8:15, NASB


The Upside Down Kingdom

The Paradox Of Becoming Human


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