Synthesis & the Kingdom of God

by Jonathan Bailey

We need synthesis desperately. I have now been journeying with Jesus for 2 years. And the further I go the more synthesis I get. Synthesis basically means the combination and composition of a set of ideas that form a larger system of thought. I am hesitant to use a word like system because we really have had a lot of talk about systems and systematic theologies, but what I want to offer here is not really a system at all. What I offer here is a sketch of a human beings role in the Great Reversal. The redemption of humanity and the full coming of the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in Heaven. You will find no formula, no 7-step, no how-tos. What you will hopefully find is a synthesis of New Testament ideas. Ideas that ultimately find their root in the words, teaching, and the life of Jesus of Nazareth. We need to see them, read them, memorize them, and live them.

The majority of the Western Church now makes little to no practical application to Jesus. We have no idea how to relate to this man who walked among us. Jesus is our ticket into heaven and out of hell. He is our hope for the after life, but not this life. But John tells us that in this man was life, light, and love. Jesus has life, really good life.