Title

Regnum Spiriti: the kingdom of God and spiritual formation

Publication Date

Fall 2011

Abstract

The kingdom of God was central to the proclamation of Jesus. However, in recent discussion of spiritual formation the kingdom theme remains sidelined as a mere cipher for the end of the formation process or the overall domain in which formation takes place. In three parts this essay argues that the kingdom of God is indeed the end of the believer's formation, but also, in the person of the Holy Spirit, the means to the goal of spiritual formation as well. Part I establishes the kingdom story of Scripture, noting features of the kingdom life particularly germane to human spirituality. Part II takes up Jesus’ person and practice of the kingdom in the Spirit as the paradigm for all true, human, spiritual formation. Part III concludes with a sketch of kingdom priorities in the spirituality of the Holy Spirit, the power of the kingdom in the present age.

Keywords

Kingdom of God; Eschatology--Biblical teaching; Spiritual formation

Publication Title

Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care

Volume

4

Issue

2

First Page

140

Last Page

154

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