I feel yucky

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On Easter afternoon I started feeling dizzy. So I took a nap. Woke up feeling worse. Nauseous. All around bad. I thought I snuck by the sickness season. But it got me. The flu hit me. I feel yucky. So, I haven’t really gotten to much of anything I should get to.

I have, however, hit on something I’m going to start looking at more closely. Curiously, after a little looking closely I found a verse that sums it all up for me.

Romans 14:17 — “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

Emerging churches talk a lot about the Kingdom of God. Pentecostals and Charismatics talk a lot about the Spirit. For many these are considered two different emphases. Jesus with the first, Paul with the latter. Not so, I think. Same topic, same expression, same verses. Different words. Same meaning. They are talking about each other. There is no Kingdom apart from the Spirit, where the Kingdom is there is the Spirit.

Only in Church history folks think of the Kingdom in terms of politics and hierarchy. Folks think of the Spirit in terms of mushy spirituality and supernatural.

Hmmm… maybe I should write a book on this.

2 Responses to “I feel yucky”

  1. Pop Says:

    Romans 14:17 — “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, church building, committees, outreach, good stewardship, short-term missionary programs, special services, regular services, small-home group expansion, amazing worship music, spectacular youth programs . . . but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Seems like a refreshing cup of cold water to a thirsty soul.
    Kingdom of God = Indwelling by the Holy Spirit, “the mystery that has been kept hidden . . . which is the Messiah in you, the hope of glory!” Seems that Christendom continues to keep this “glorious mystery” hidden “that God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles” . . the same as the Rabbinic priesthood attempted and continues to keep the knowledge of the coming of the Messiah from the Children of Israel. God’s Kingdom has come . . . He reigns in us!
    Hmmm, . . you’re right, . . you might want to write a book on this.

  2. Wren Says:

    I’d read it.