“May the God of Peace make you perfect in holiness.”
Isaiah paints a picture of the Kingdom of God come in its fullness. God, like a loving father, bends down to his crying child, places his hand under her chin and bids her look up into his eyes of compassion; her broken heart is mended. Those once bound now dance to the everlasting song of freedom. Jubilation rings throughout the land as the reign of justice flows forth to every nation. Even creation sighs in relief as years of degradation are rolled back.
Paul, however, is mindful that Isaiah’s vision of the Kingdom of God is not yet but looks to its coming with the return of Jesus. But John tells us that the Messiah is already come. The kingdom is therefore among us. And yet we can readily see that Isaiah’s vision is not present before us. The Kingdom…
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