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Kingdom Come [Paperback]

Philip Ryken
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20 Sep 2013

What does it mean to live each day longing for Christ's return in a world of pain, regret and brokenness? Phil Ryken helps us live hopefully and joyfully in light of the glorious future promised to all who trust in Christ.

'Kingdom, Come!' is the hope of every weary believer who waits for this tired world to come to its consummation. It is the desire of every longing disciple who hungers to see everything made new. It is the expectation of every faithful Christian who longs to see Jesus face to face. And it is the prayer of my heart as I finish this preface-as I hope it will be your prayer when you read this book: 'Come, Lord Jesus!'

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: ivp; First edition (20 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178359022X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783590223
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 980,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I absolutely love this book! It is clear, compelling, and concise. You can't fully understand what Jesus came to do, or what he wants you to do, without understanding the Kingdom of God. Unfortunately, much of what is written on this subject does little to clear up the confusion. I have over a hundred books on the Kingdom of God in my library, but this is the only one I'd recommend to everyone. --Rick Warren, No 1 New York Times best-selling author, 'The Purpose Driven Life'; Pastor, Saddleback Church

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Philip Graham Ryken is president of Wheaton College, and former pastor of Philadephia's Tenth Presbyterian Church. He has written more than thirty books, including 'Loving the Way Jesus Loves'.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to the Kingdom of God 16 Mar 2014
Kingdom Come is easy to read and peppered with great illustrations which connect Philip's teaching points to the readers’ heart. This book also has a few gold nuggets in it that you will easily discover. Kingdom Come: Looking Forward to Jesus’ Return is ideal for young Christians or as an introduction to the subject of the return of Jesus and the kingdom of God. Although there is nothing I would disagree with, the book may disappoint those expecting something with more meat. If you want something to sink your teeth into then I recommend Kingdom Come by Sam Storms.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Primer for Kingdom Theology 9 Oct 2013
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Kingdom, Come! originated as a set of sermons preached at Wheaton College. There are still traces of the homiletic gold in the book, but it does well as a book too. Originating as a sermon tightened the focus of each chapter. The titles hone in on one specific point, stay focused through out, and build towards the end of the book. It's a book you can easily read and follow along with. Ryken writes as a reminder and encouragement. He says, "`Kingdom, Come!' is the hope of every weary believer who waits for this tired world to come to its consummation" (12).

Ryken's message addresses problems in evangelical today. He contrasts the kingdom of Christ and the kingdom of self. By presenting Christ's kingdom as the kingdom, he shows we cannot serve both. He also points out that "the Bible generally does not talk about `creating' or `advancing' the kingdom of God. This is because establishing the kingdom is primarily something God does, not something we do" (43). It's common to hear this kind of imprecise language today, but it's better to understand God through the Spirit building the kingdom, rather than making the kingdom something we advance. There are ways we do participate within the kingdom of God, but it's generally through proclaiming Jesus (89). Jesus rules the kingdom, God establishes the kingdom, and the Spirit builds the kingdom. We must not impose ourselves into the position of God.

This is an excellent read for those wanting to learn more about the kingdom of God. It's something you can pick up as a starter and read easily. He provides immediate application and concise summaries of this sometimes confusing doctrine.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good book on an important topic 18 Sep 2013
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Kingdom Come was a book I was excited to read because this is a topic that has become more and more prevalent in my thinking and comforting in my doubts, fears, and struggles over the past few months and years. The thought of the Kingdom of God consumated on this earth propels me foward every day. "Come Lord Jesus" has become my constant and persistent prayer.

Ryken takes aim in the beginning of the book at the Harold Campings of our world, recounting his latest failed rapture prediction and using his false prophecies to springboard into a discussion of the particularly damaging nature of these doomsday profits(yep, I did that). Ryken points out that these false prophecies of the coming Kingdom cause unbelievers to be skeptical(2000 years of "any day now") and believers to be apathetic about His return. One of the issues Ryken takes with these claims that I hadn't thought about is that they are simply not optimistic enough.

The problem with saying that Jesus will come again next October is not that he probably won't come that month after all, but that we should expect his return much sooner! The Bible's last prayer ought to be our daily expectation: "Come, Lord Jesus!" So we pray the way Jesus taught us to pray, "Your kingdom come" (Matt. 6:10)

Ryken wants the reader to be in a constant anticipation and yearning and expectation for the Kingdom of God to Not next October, not next week, but now! But many of us do not. Why?

One reason is a failure to recognize that the Kingdom, in a sense, is already here. Jesus began His public ministry by announcing that the Kingdom of God was at hand. This makes sense when you realize that the Kingdom is all about the King, and where the King is there is the Kingdom as well. So after Christ lived a perfect life and died a sacrificial death for all who would believe, He rose from the dead and then ascended into heaven to sit on His throne. So this would seem to indicate that His Kingdom is in heaven because that is where the King is. Except for thr fact that Christ sent His Holy Spirit to take residence in all believers, thus ensuring His presence, and His Kingdom, remained on earth. So we live in a time of Kingdom conflict, a now and not yet, a period where the Kingdom is established but not yet consumated. Believers must live in the experience of the Kingdom has come while at the same time in the expectation of the Kingdom will come.

But do we even want the Kingdom. Ryken thinks that this might be a greater issue than we would normally acknowledge. "So as we consider the kingship of Christ, the issue for us is not so much when his kingdom will come, but whether we want it to come at all." Ryken's point is striking, many of us would rather see the Kingdom of stuff, success, sex, and self flourish as opposed to the Kingdom of God. We do not anticipate how we should, or pray how we ought, or prepare how we need to because we do not really even desire God's Kingdom. We have turned to lesser goods, snubbing thr creator for His creation. The idolatry of our heart has drowned out our proper yearning for what is greater.

Ryken confronts the idea that believers are responsible for establishing and growing God's Kingdom. Ryken points out that "we are tempted to think of the kingdom of Jesus Christ as something that we accomplish. If we build it, he will come." But in actuality "establishing the kingdom is primarily something God does." The verbs associated with the believer and the Kingdom are almoet exclusively passive. This truth is shown best in how our Lord taught us to pray. We pray, "Your Kingdom come." Our prayer is that God would accomplish, God would build, God would send.

The book struggles at times with a sense of spiritual prosperity. Ryken by no means teaches a prosperity gospel, but there is the prevailing feel that being a believer fixes everything, even temporal hardships. "People who seek the kingdom of God--and who therefore pray in faith for its coming--are set free from anxiety to live with generosity." This is a rather bold claim to make. Contextually it is clear the point that Ryken is making but I felt the language used here, and a few other places, could have been more carefully chosen to avoid the improper expecations amd uneccesary burdens that statements like this could cause.

The way he uses terms at times was also troubling. At times he appears quite clear on what the Kingdom is, the reign and rule of Jesus Christ over all of creation, something we cannot manufacture or manipulate. But then there are times where he makes statements like, "The kingdom of God is not primarily an action we perform but a message we proclaim." It is neither actually.

The same can be said about the Gospel. The Gospel seems to be exclusively equated with "how to be saved." It is the cross and resurection only, even ignoring the role of the life of Christ in the believer's salvation. I would hope in a book about the Kingdom of God to get a more robust treatment of the Gospel than simply as the key to enter the Kingdom. The Gospel is the message of the Kingdom. It is not less than the personal salvation of a sinner, but it is definitely much more. Ryken states, " No gospel will be preached in hell. By then it will be too late to repent, too late to believe, and too late to enter the kingdom of God." This is definitely the case if the Gospel is simply thekey to heaven but I would argue that the Gospel is much more and that Philippians 2 contradicts the idea of no Gospel proclamation in hell. The Gospel is the message of the King reclaiming His Kingdom and this will be proclaimed in all creation, for all time. Those who reject God are not exempt from worshipping Him or bringing Him glory, even from a place of eternal torment.

Ryken's chapter on Kingdom consumation towards the end is a great chapter and what I was wanting to read the entire time.

As a citizen of God's kingdom, I long to see our royal Prince on his great day! I sigh to be renewed. I also hope fervently to see an end to all our earthly trials. John writes about this as well. The book of Revelation does more than simply tell us what will be in the kingdom, when all God's promises are fulfilled; it also tells us what will be kept out of the kingdom. When the kingdom comes--when the old order of things passes away and God makes all things new--there will be no more death and no more pain.

Ryken's style makes this an easy book to read. I do have concerns about aspects of this work but definitely think that overall it is a pretty good read!

I received a copy of this book from the good people at Crossway for review purposes through
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book on the kingdom of God. 27 Dec 2013
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The book is a collection of messages Ryken gave in chapel at Wheaton. Great insights, very practical and challenging. Loved it!
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