Okay. So I’m trying to answer this question, and I would love some input. So if you have an opinion, or another angle for me to look at this please leave a comment and let me know.
1. Describe your basic theological ideas regarding: i. the kingdom of God, the resurrection, and eternal life.
The Kingdom of God is a little hard to explain; although, the Kingdom is a place all Christians long to see. Jesus and John the Baptist both preached, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.”1 Jesus preached a number of parables about the Kingdom of God,2 but I am still working on a good metaphor or analogy of the Kingdom for myself. Have you ever been to a sporting event where several people in the stands are asked to hold a large cardboard sign; and only when everyone holds up their sign can the message, “Go! Fight! Win!” be seen? I think the Kingdom of God is a little like that except instead of holding up a cardboard sign we have all been given large mirrors. When we repent, and shift our focus fully on God with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength then the image we dimly reflect individually is the image of God.3 The more we dedicate ourselves to this task out of love and obedience to God the more clearly we reflect God’s image individually. None of this is possible without the Holy Spirit, and God’s good grace first reaching out to Humanity. I think when Humanity dedicates ourselves to relying on God’s grace, and to holding up our mirrors so the rest of the world can see God we will find the larger image we reflect is God’s Kingdom.4 For the Kingdom of God is at hand, but it is not a place of bricks and mortar. The Kingdom of God is a place within the Christian soul which is seen in the lives of Christian men and women in action for the Kingdom of God.5
I have written at some length about the journey of a disciple as a marathon race filled with the struggle to better understand God along the way. I have also explained there is not a physical destination so you may be asking, “What is the point in running the race at all if there is no finish line?” While there is not a physical finish line, there is a persistent goal. In the fullness of God’s time this world will pass away and God will create a new heaven and a new earth. It is there we will spend eternity with resurrection bodies free from pain, sickness and death.6 There in the new heaven and the new earth Humanity’s joy will be to worship God in Spirit and in Truth.7
1Bible, ESV, Matt 3:2; 4:14; Mark 1:14;
2Bible, ESV, Matt 13:18-49;
3Bible, ESV, Deut 6:5; Matt 22:37; John 18:33-38; 1Cor 13:12; 1John 3:1-3;
4Bible, ESV, Matt 5:14.
5Bible, ESV, Luke 17:20,21.
6Bible, ESV, Revelation 21:1-27.
7Bible, ESV, John 4:23,24.