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The Forward/Back Kingdom
The Strangeness of the Kingdom
The Greek word paliggenesia, which appears throughout the Bible, translates to “the new world, remade.” It speaks not only to the way in which the kingdom of God will be revealed, but also to how we, as believers in Christ, are radically changed when we are born again into faith.
That radical change is evident in the way Christians have learned to approach life, understanding that in God’s kingdom, the first will be last and the last will be first… and that the faithful servants of God will be served by their master once they enter the kingdom of God. How do we know this is the case? Because we have seen Jesus pour himself out for us on the cross for our sake already, and thus we can rest assured that if we are willing to forgive, bless and love each day, he will pour himself into us once more. Knowing that, we are encouraged to trust in the promise of a bright future and live lives transformed by paliggenesia today.