The Kingdom of Heaven

The following post comes to you from The Seed Company’s OneVerse project update on the Rutara.

The Rutara team continues working to complete the first draft of Luke, the longest book in the New Testament. Luke is a Gospel that focuses on the “kingdom of heaven,” a phrase we sometimes toss around without fully understanding its meaning. When Christ spoke of the kingdom of heaven, He was referring to something we experience in an unconsummated way now, as well as something we look forward to in eternity.

So what does it mean? To New Testament believers, the kingdom was “in the midst of” them (Luke 17:21) in the person of Jesus. But even now we encounter the kingdom of heaven among fellow believers, because we’re the body of Christ and endowed with the Holy Spirit.

In the Lord’s Prayer we ask God to bring about His kingdom: “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10, NIV). And from the Sermon on the Mount we learn that the kingdom of heaven belongs to the “poor in spirit” and to those who are “persecuted for righteousness’ sake.” These are challenging truths to absorb but ones that are essential to remember, both for the Rutara team as they translate Luke, and for us as we go about our daily lives.

  • Translation Step 1: First Draft. This step begins with exegesis: the in-depth explanation of a Scripture text
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