The Kingdom Has Been Forcefully Advancing




In Jesus Christ, the kingdom of God exercises force and, it may be said, that the forceful firmly, or - indeed - forcefully, take hold of it! (Matthew 11:12).
Raymond Zorn says this,
'The verb, biazomai, is used in only one other place in the New Testament (Luke 16:16) where it is given the middle voice (active sense) by the AV, ASRV, RSV, Luther's German, the Dutch (1953) and French versions. The NIV therefore correctly renders it in the active sense,
"(the kingdom) has been forcefully advancing".
To adopt the active sense is therefore not only a properly consistent rendering of the verb, but also fits in better with the context of the kingdom's presence from the days of John's preaching as Jesus here teaches. It was present whether "exercising force" or "suffering violence" (NKJV).
But the gospel proclamation can more easily be understood as a part of the kingdom's manifestation of power rather than that it creates forceful activity that becomes a part of it. The latter meaning is true enough but it is secondary to the former meaning which is primary. A realm of power first exercises force and in so doing may or may not create forceful activity that becomes part of it'.
(Raymond o. Zorn, Christ Triumphant, p5, Banner of Truth, 1997).

Since our Lord has now bound "the strong man", He is certainly well able to 'divide the spoils' by freeing His people from Satan's enslavement. This was well demonstrated during Jesus' earthly ministry in His subjection of the realm of demonic activity. This clearly demonstrated the arrival of the kingdom of God! We can therefore state that - where the Lord Jesus is present - the kingdom is in the very midst of the people (Luke 17:21). So 'now is the day of salvation' - there can be no excuse for willfully ignoring or being dismissive of the kingship of our Saviour! (Matthew 6:33).

We should warn all those who hear the name of Jesus that - whether they consider it 'politically correct', or not, to be clearly stated in such terms, NOW IS THE DAY OF SALVATION AND NOW IS THE DAY TO FORCEFULLY AND JOYFULLY LAY HOLD ON ETERNAL LIFE!
In several places the Bible appears to suggest that God may well finally be merciful to many who lived and died without ever hearing the name of Christ, but with knowledge comes responsibility!! If we know the name of Christ, God expects us to act! We should be unafraid to warn those around us that with knowledge of Jesus and the cross, there is an IMPERATIVE to forcefully take hold of Eternal Life!

'As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him who sent Me. Night is coming, when no-one can work.'
(John 9:4)
'Jesus said, "If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains."'
(John 9:41)

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