God’s Vision for His Kingdom (by Wm Dwight McKissic, Sr)

GOD’S VISION FOR HIS KINGDOM
Revisiting the Meaning of The Gospel of The Kingdom
BY WILLIAM DWIGHT MCKISSIC, SR.

God established the gospel in order to establish families, in order to establish His Kingdom in every nation. The purpose of the family is to pass down a godly heritage. The family is God’s evangelism plan and small group discipleship program. The Church’s job is to disciple families so that they can continue the process at home.

God’s business is His Kingdom, and the Kingdom business is the family enterprise. God wants to bless the families of the earth. If families are not blessed, the land is cursed (Malachi 4:4-6). If the land is cursed, the Kingdom will not be enlarged. Therefore, God wants to bless families in order to advance His Kingdom. The Trinitarian enterprise represents a Kingdom Family on a forward advance. God had only one Son, and He made Him a preacher; and the only message that God gave to His Son was the gospel of the Kingdom. The Son was anointed by God’s Spirit. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit function as a family.

The theme of Jesus’ preaching was the Kingdom of God. Jesus told the crowd at Galilee, “I must preach the Kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent” (Luke 4:43). Mark reported, “Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God” (Mark 1:14). It is of utmost important that we understand that Jesus didn’t just preach the gospel, He preached “the gospel of the Kingdom of God. A condition that Jesus said must be met before He returned would be that the whole church would have to preach the whole gospel to the whole world.

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)

I do not believe that we have any need to fear Jesus’ coming back being imminent or immediate because the church has not yet preached the gospel of the Kingdom to all nations. Christ is not going to come back until the church gets the gospel straight. The truth of the matter is we have not begun to preach the gospel of the Kingdom in America yet, let alone around the world. Jesus will not return until we get the gospel straight and preach it straight. We preach the gospel of Salvation; rarely do we preach the gospel of the Kingdom.

The Apostle Paul taught that the gospel is not a doctrine we believe, but a revelation we receive.

11 But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man.12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ. (Galatians 1:11-12)

Paul told the church at Corinth, “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received “(I Cor. 15:3a). The only gospel that we are authorized to preach is the gospel that we have received “through the revelation of Jesus Christ.” We must preach the same gospel that Jesus preached. Paul testified to the Galatians,

But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8-9)

The Apostle Paul taught that the gospel is a revelation from God, not a construct of man.

We need not wrestle or struggle with the meaning of the “gospel of the Kingdom,” because according to Paul, God Himself preached the gospel to Abraham.

“And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” (Galatians 3:8)

Wow! That’s an eye-opener for me. God preached the gospel to Abraham. If we are to understand and rightly proclaim the gospel, we must understand and proclaim the gospel that God preached to Abraham. One thing is for certain:  If Jesus and God preached the gospel before the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Mark 1:14-15; Galatians 3:8), then although the gospel does inevitably include the message of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, and the implications thereof (I Corinthians 15:3), the gospel is not limited to those facts, because that is not the entire “revelation.” We must understand and proclaim the “revelation” if we are to understand the gospel. And if we are to understand the revelation, we must understand the gospel of the Kingdom that Jesus preached and the gospel that God preached to Abraham. They are the same gospel, and the same gospel that Paul preached. Yet, it is a gospel that is not commonly preached today. So what is the gospel that God preached to Abraham?

I. The Gospel that God Preached to Abraham was the Gospel of the Kingdom

Paul summed up the gospel that God preached to Abraham in eight words:  “In you all the nations shall be blessed” (Galatians 3:8b). God told Abraham, “And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:3c). God Himself preached the gospel to Abraham in order to produce a Kingdom family of nations (Galatians 3:6-8; Genesis 12:1-3):

“Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country,
From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you.
I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:1-3)

Whatever else the gospel includes, it cannot exclude “family,” “nations” and “blessings.” The gospel that God preached to Abraham is simply:  The good news that God the King is calling His Kingdom family, to proclaim Kingdom blessings, to the nations’ families. The Kingdom blessing is the gift of God’s Son, crucified, resurrected, reigning and ruling, giving abundant life and eternal life to all who receive and believe.

Heaven is a by-product of the gospel that God preached to Abraham. The blessing was to benefit families on earth, so that they could in turn be a blessing to others (Genesis 12:2). The Kingdom enterprise is the family-blessing business. When God preached the gospel to Abraham, He promised five blessings:

Genesis 12:2b:  “I will bless you.”

Genesis 12:2c:  “And you shall be a blessing.”

Genesis 12:3a:  “I will bless those who bless you.”

Genesis 12:3b:  “And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

The Hebrew word for bless is “Barak.” It means to benefit you abundantly. The Hebrew word for blessing in Genesis 12:2c means, “prosperity, blessing, liberal, pool, present.”

The gospel that God preached to Abraham was a promise to bless the families to Abraham was a promise to bless the families of the earth who responded in faith and obedience to His gospel. Abundant life now, not just eternal life in the sweet bye and bye, was the gospel that God preached to Abraham.

Absolutely essential to Kingdom advancement is family advancement. So goes the family…So goes the Kingdom. God has called His church to the family-blessing business. Families are blessed when families are walking in the abundant life and have received eternal life. God created the Hebrew people and the nation of Israel in order to bless the families of the earth. That’s why it is so vitally important that we fight for the preservation and development of our families.

II. The Gospel that Jesus Preached and Modeled Was the Gospel of the Kingdom

The first recorded Word from the lips of Jesus was a word to His family about priorities. Jesus said to His mother and father after He’d been missing for three days:

“And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” (Luke 2:49)

“I must be about my Father’s business” reminds us that God is King, and His Kingdom rules over all the earth; and His Kingdom business is a family enterprise. The business of the Father is to build and bless the family. After Jesus spoke these words, Luke records:

“Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. (Luke 2:51)

Jesus modeled the Kingdom family concept by functioning in submission to His parents and to His Father.

The book ends of the Old and New Testaments make it clear that at the center of God’s agenda is the family. The genealogies that are scattered throughout the Old and New Testaments indicate the family roots, shoots, and relationships are vitally important to God.

In Genesis 1, we read about the creation of the family (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:18-25). In Malachi 4:5-6, we read about the significance and centrality of fathers to family life. In Matthew 1 we read about the family tree of Jesus. In Revelation 1:6, 9, we read about Christ’s Kingdom family. In Revelation 22:16, 20 among the last recorded words of Jesus, He expresses His family lineage to King David and the promise of His return for His family—the families of the earth who have received Him (Revelation 5:9; 7:9). Jesus took the time to entrust the care of His mother to John before He cried out, “It is Finished” (John 19:25, 27, 30). Jesus declared that family is defined by faith connections more so than physical or blood connections (Mark 3:31-34). The book ends of the Bible addresses the family, because families are the object of the gospel.

If God wanted something other than a family, He would have commanded us to call Him something other than a “Father” (Matthew 6:9-11). God relates to His people based on a Father-family concept, constructor model. Jesus makes it clear that in order to become a part of God’s family, one must be born-again into God’s Kingdom (John 3:3, 5). In a way that my head can’t explain it, but my heart believes it, “the blessing of Abraham…comes upon Gentiles in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:14). Abraham becomes the father of us all when we submit to God’s Son, Jesus Christ, by the conviction and conversion of God’s Spirit. The Gentile who is a born-again believer can also claim Abraham as his father (Romans 4:1, 16-18). God has us to call Him Father; He also has us to call Abraham father, for one simple reason:  God wants a family. Yet, Jesus said, “Before Abraham was, I Am.”

Satan works overtime in an effort to destroy the family. Satan recognizes that if he can destroy the family, he literally can destroy the Kingdom of God. Why do you think that Satan is unleashing a confused definition of the family on earth at this hour?

God did not preserve pre-flood nations or select individuals; He only preserved one family—Noah’s. And the one family consisted of four couples. Why did God preserve families as opposed to select individuals? He preserved the family because families are extremely important to the Kingdom enterprise and the spreading of the gospel. God has sovereignly chosen to construct His Kingdom in the concept of family. Satan has chosen to construct his kingdom on the concept of destroying the family. At the heart of the gospel is “fathers,” “family” “nations” and “blessings” (Genesis 12:3). The gospel that Jesus preached was about the Father and “fathers,” “family,” “nations” and “blessings.”

III. The Apostle Paul Preached and Modeled the Gospel of the Kingdom

21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, 22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, ‘We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.’” (Acts 14:21-22)

“And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God.” (Acts 19:8)

“And indeed, now I know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, will see my face no more.” (Acts 20:25)

“So when they had appointed him a day, many came to him at his lodging, to whom he explained and solemnly testified of the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets, from morning till evening.” (Acts 28:23)

30 Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, 31 preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him.” (Acts 28:30-31)

“So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house.” (Acts 16:31-32)

“Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine.” (Romans 16:13)

God’s vision for His Kingdom is simply that every person in every nation would belong to a kingdom family.

“In you all the nations shall be blessed” (Galatians 3:8b).

“In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:3c).

31 Then His brothers and His mother came, and standing outside they sent to Him, calling Him. 32 And a multitude was sitting around Him; and they said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are outside seeking You.”

“33 But He answered them, saying, “Who is My mother, or My brothers?” 34 And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! 35 For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.” (Mark 3:31-35)

The gospel of the Kingdom is the good news that God, The King, is calling His Kingdom family to proclaim Kingdom blessings, to the nations’ families. The Kingdom blessing is the gift of God’s Son, crucified, resurrected, reigning, and ruling in our family affairs. The disciples preached—“there is another King—Jesus” (Acts 17:7).

The gospel of the Kingdom focuses on the present reality, rule, reign, and realm of authority of Christ, particularly in the family—not just the hereafter or future hope and rule of Christ. Jesus told His disciples, “And as you go, preach, saying, The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” (Matthew 10:7), Go and preach the Kingdom of God. God preached and modeled Kingdom family life. Jesus preached and modeled Kingdom family life. Paul preached and modeled Kingdom family life. What are you preaching and modeling? God’s business is His Kingdom, and the Kingdom business is family enterprise.

The gospel is the good news that the families of the earth can enter into God’s Kingdom through the blessing of God’s Son, and receive abundant life and eternal life, now, by the power of God’s Spirit.

Comments

    • Wm. Dwight McKissic, Sr. says

      John,

      Thanks. The notion of God preaching the gospel to Abraham, is gripping me. I felt compelled to share it. It’s increased my understanding of the gospel.

      • John Wylie says

        Brother Dwight,

        As you know I also have a passion for the Kingdom of God. There is more to the Gospel than just a future benefit. There is a redemptive benefit that impacts the here and now. The Gospel actually makes life better for people. The Gospel has made me a better husband, father, pastor and citizen than I would have been without it.

        • Dwight McKissic says

          John,

          Couldn’t agree with you more. Pray that The Lord wiuld grant me the wisdom and grace to write an evangelism plan that address the “redemptive benefits” and what Jesus called the “abundant life.” I am pregnant with this idea. I believe that God will equip and empower me to do so. I solicit your prayers. Thanks for the interaction here. I look forward to our next time of fellowship.

    • Wm. Dwight McKissic, Sr. says

      Doug,

      God told Jonah to “preach the preaching that He biddest him to preach.” When there is a message weighing heavily upon my heart, I have to preach it, whether or not it gets many Amens, or comments. This is a message that weighing heavily upon my heart. Thanks for taking the time to read it. Thanks for the words of encouragement.

      I am sure that what I have written here, and what Dave was kind enough to publish, is not infallible. I would have, and still do welcome any constructive criticism that you might have.

  1. Roger Simpson says

    I’m understanding the use of “family” here to be broader than the fact that we are married and have kids, parents, and grandparents.

    At least Paul was not married so he didn’t have a “family” in terms of having a wife and kids. So I guess the “family” that is in view here is that all of us are sons and daughters of the Heavenly Father.

    Maybe “Family of God” is about the same as “Kingdom of God”?

  2. Wm. Dwight McKissic, Sr. says

    Roger,

    I have both in view–the nuclear family and the Kingdom family. I believe that God, Jesus, and Paul had both in view when they addressed the Kingdom of God. Obviously, everything starts with a family, and it actually starts with a father.

    The name Abram means “exalted father” or high father. Abraham means “father of multitudes” or father of many nations. I hold that an adult single person is a family unit. Jesus defined a family as a group of persons in community who are doing the will of God(Mark 3: 31-35). Therefore, I used the word family in this post encompassing all of the aforementioned views of the family: (1) A single adult family unit (2) A nuclear family (3) A Kingdom or spiritual family (4) or even a national family, or nation. The context would usually indicate which family view I was referring to. Great observation. I hope this has clarified t for you.

    • says

      Dwight,
      You said many things that I like:
      The Gospel is a revelation from God, is the one that comes to mind at first.
      There were others.

      You said one thing that seemed a little off:
      God’s vision for His Kingdom is simply that every person in every nation would belong to a kingdom family.

      It seems to me that God knows exactly who will be saved.
      He knows that many will be lost.
      And i think that He has a ‘vision’ that corresponds to reality.

      Otherwise, great post with plenty to think about and study.

  3. Dwight McKissic says

    ParsonMike,

    There is a text in 2 Peter(I believe chapter 3: 8,9) that says God is willing that none should perish. Yes He recognizes that there are those who will choose not to accept Him, but clearly His vision was/is that “the Kingston’s of this world, become the kingdom of our God and His Christ.” Christ died for the sins of the whole world. Because of the free will of man, God based on His foreknowledge see’s who will accept Him or reject Him. Without overriding their will, He assigns them to the destiny they’ve chosen. You are right when you say, God knows who will & who will not be saved. Based on the 2 Peter passage, and the Revelation 11: 15 passage( “the kingdoms of this world, becoming the kingdoms of our Lord,” I believe that my vision statement about God’s Kingdom is correct. Thanks for commenting. I appreciate theological dialogue.

  4. says

    Dwight,
    What the objection is speaks to what defines vision, as in what God sees, not what God may or may not want.
    For example, I think we could agree that God wants the people here in our country to be moral in their choices and trusting in Him. As a good and righteous King, does He want immoral subjects that despise Him? of course not.
    But He doesn’t see that as a reality, since it is not.
    He has never seen that as a reality, and in the sense that it was always going to be such a land.
    To vision something is to see a hopefully future reality.
    In God’s case, He knows the future reality and always has. Therefore to say that He once envisioned all people saved is to declare that God doesn’t see the future, and knows not what it is. In another word, it is to say that God implemented a plan with a hope that all people would be saved, [thus not knowing the future], but then on what does He base that hope? in His ability to make it happen? Then he both hoped falsely and doesn’t know Himself all that well. Or did he hope on the wisdom of man? Again, God hoping on man? I don’t imagine you would ascribe to either of those scenarios in any way.

    Rather, God envisioned the future EXACTLY the way it is playing out from Genesis 1 until Revelation 22.

    Only a Universalist believes God sees all men saved in the end.

    Maybe we are just talking past each other, and i say this because you agree with me on a point which seemingly rebuts your statement:
    God based on His foreknowledge see’s who will accept Him or reject Him.

    So let me ask you, is God’s vision contradicted by His foreknowledge?
    Because that is the mixed message i am getting from you.

    peace
    -mike

  5. Dwight McKissic says

    ParsonMike,

    Yes, God knows the future. Yes God know that many would not choose Him.
    Buy the gospel that He preached to Abraham, according to Paul is that “In you all the nations of the earth shall be blessed. “all the nations of the earth” suggest to me that God’s desire(vision, heart, mindset, etc.) is for all the nations to be blessed. And for every nation to to become “a kingdom of our Lord, and His Christ.” Phillipians 2: 9-11, makes it clear that “at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess.” You and I both know that that verse is not declaring that all en are going to be saved. Although, every knee will make that declaration, it will be a declaration made to late for many of those persons. However, that text dies reveal the “vision,” “heart,” Abe even the will of God for all men to acknowledge His Soveriegnty, Lordship, and Kingdom. I hope what I’ve just said clarifies my position. I am definitely not advocating or arguing for universalism.

  6. says

    Dwight,
    Thanks for the reply.
    I hope my response didn’t imply you were advocating universalism.

    “God knows the future.” I agree.

    ” Yes God know that many would not choose Him.” i agree.

    “But the gospel that He preached to Abraham, according to Paul is that “In you all the nations of the earth shall be blessed. “all the nations of the earth” suggest to me that God’s desire(vision, heart, mindset, etc.) is for all the nations to be blessed.”
    I agree.

    ” And for every nation to to become “a kingdom of our Lord, and His Christ.” Phillipians 2: 9-11, makes it clear that “at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess.” ”
    I agree.

    “You and I both know that that verse is not declaring that all men are going to be saved.”
    I agree, and I wasn’t thinking that you were saying that.

    “Although, every knee will make that declaration, it will be a declaration made to late for many of those persons.”
    I agree.

    “However, that text dies reveal the “vision,” “heart,” and even the will of God for all men to acknowledge His Soveriegnty, Lordship, and Kingdom.”
    I agree.

    ” I hope what I’ve just said clarifies my position.”
    Thank you pastor for your responses.

    peace,
    -mike

  7. Dwight McKissic says

    ParsonMike,

    With those agreements, I must say good night. Thanks for causing to recognize that the title of this post does lend itself to multiple interpretations, with one being that God’s Vision is that every person will ultimately be saved. I remembering wrestling with, what title I should have put in this post. I finally settled on this one, but perhaps the sub-title would have been the better title: “Revisiting the meaning of the gospel of the Kingdom.” That’s really what the post is about. I will try & be clearer in future post titles. Again, I appreciate the feed-back and interaction. Thanks.

  8. says

    Dwight,
    I don’t think the title is wrong. It is generic in a sense and can only be understood as it is fleshed out in the post.
    God’s vision is as you stated in your reply to me that I wholly agreed with.
    Your post was spot on except for that one idea.
    God will bless every nation and people group through Abraham by his Seed.
    To Him be the glory forever and ever!!!

  9. Rick Mang says

    Kingdom Brother Dwight:

    I am wondering how you view God’s ADOPTING us as sons and daughters, figures into your schematic of His kingdom. i.e Does His loving us from eternity influence His adopting us as children into His family? What about those that He does not adopt? Does He not desire them to be part of the family? Is God indeed, sovereign over the adoption process?

    Thank you,
    Rick

  10. Dwight McKissic says

    Rick, Kingdom brother,

    I like to be asked questions that I’ve never been asked before. You certainly have done that here. However, my answers) to your questions will be ones that I have given before. My answers here will be similar to the ones I gave ParsonMike. Let me answer your questions in the order that you gave them.

    (1) God’s love certainly influence His adoptions. Love,I believe is His primary motivating force in adopting us. Yes, He even loves those that He does not adopt, but He requires a response on their part. They must receive Him (John 1: 12).

    (2) Those He never adopts, He certainly wants them to be a part of the family, but He will not override their free will. He adopts us based on His foreknowledge of our faith and submission to Him.

    (3) God is indeed Soveriegn in the adoption process. As an expression of His Soveriegnty, He chooses to honor the free will of man. Honestly, that’s an act of love. Love does not want to force one against their will. Love persuades. Love gives. Love witness. Love teaches. Love serves. Love even compels & constrains. But, love also honors choice. “Choose ye this day whom ye will serve.” “Whosoever wills, let Him come.” If we own Him before men, He will own us before the Father in heaven. If we reject Him before men, He will reject us before the Father in heaven. His Soverignty does not override our choices.

    I hope these answers adequately addressed your questions. If my answers are somehow not in line with what the Scripture says comprehensively as it relates to your question, please enlighten me. I sense that you would have, perhaps, given a different set of answers, and Scripture references to these questions. Am I misreading you? Thanks for the dialogue, Rick. And thanks for recognizing me as your Kingdom brother.

  11. Rick Mang says

    Kingdom Brother Dwight:

    I am constrained to acknowledge as kingdom brother, those who serve the same king! I have long considered you as being of them.

    I don’t know how I could presume to enlighten you, although you are correct in assuming that I would have a different perspective than that which seems to be on which your answers are predicated. I see our Father as being proactive rather than reactive (Ps. 115.1-3). I do not see this as in any way forcing anyone against their will, but actually changing the will of those who are helpless to do so on their own. In this way, God is in control (Sovereign), and man is able to freely choose Him. If His love influences both those whom He does and doesn’t adopt, then there must be a different kind of love for each (Ro. 9.13; Mal. 1.2,3).

    But regardless of our differences in interpretation, the result of God’s grace is the same; He adopts us into the same family, according to His will. That to me is the number one cause. I feel secure in assuming that you agree.

    Thank you for putting our kingdom existence into the perspective of a family relationship. I love that! And I can’t wait to experience that in the life to com.

    Rick, your kingdom brother

    • Wm. Dwight McKissic, Sr. says

      Rick, Kingdom brother,

      One of the many facets of Kingdom theology that I love is the fact that the Kingdom of God is large enough and inclusive enough to accommodate our different viewpoints while we remain Kingdom brothers. It is unfortunate and unnecessary when brothers can”t dwell together in unity because of sincere differences of opinions on what is admittedly a first-tier issue; nevertheless, there is latitude on different school of thoughts on this matter. You are correct: we end up at the same place though we get there from different routes.

      “I see our Father being proactive rather than reactive.” God is proactive rather than reactive. God is never surprised. He never goes, Oops!!! And that’s why the salutation in 1 Peter 1: 1, 2: “Peter, an Apostle of Jesus Christ, to……Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ…” If God elected believers based on His foreknowledge, He didn’t react, He was proactive. Because of His omniscience, He was proactive. Because of His love, he honored mans freewill.

      God’s grace is the same, regardless of our various viewpoints. He adopts us into His family. And, thank God, you and I are Kingdom brothers.

      BTW, you did enlighten me. The three Scripture references that you cited, I am now reading in light of your perspective, in an effort to understand a different point of view. The Psalm and Malachi passages are the first time that I recall hearing someone citing these verses to support your point of view. Your seeing my perspective as God reacting was also enlightening. So, thank you my Kingdom brother for indeed enlightening me.

      • Rick Mang says

        Dwight, Kingdom Brother:

        Thank you for the gracious dialogue.

        I don’t know if you are still in Arlington, but if I ever get back that way, I’d like to visit your church (if that is where you still are, and I am assuming it is).

        God bless you kingdom brother!
        Rick

        • Dwight McKissic says

          Rick, Kingdom brother,

          I am still in Arlington. Would live to visit if u come this way. Look forward to meeting you. When you come & visit, here is my email if it will help in facilitating communication.

          dmckissic@cbcarlington.org

  12. dr. james willingham says

    Dear Brother McKissic: Excellent. You must have been reading Jonathan Edwards’ Humble Attempt as he cited many of the verses which you cited in his effort to enlist people to pray for the spread of the Gospel among all nations. The result was the launching of modern missions as we known it (though we might trace the fatherhood of the matter back to African Americans :), an idea with which I would heartily concur, though due to the public persona of William Carey being thus perceived in the historical references, biographies, etc., as the Father, I suppose we must allow something for that). Anyway, you standing for the Kingdom and the Family is most deeply appreciated by me as a Black Historian (that’s what they called it back in the days of my studies though the change to African American was beginning even then. I was present at the meeting of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in Philadelphia in 1970 and heard the rather outspoken debate over the issue). There is a bit of real humor in that meeting that perhaps I will share one of these days.

    The idea that the Kingdom promotes the Family is an outstanding bit of theologizing, suggesting that you have done us all a favor by sharing your thoughts on the matter. God bless.

  13. dr. james willingham says

    In looking back over your comments, I do want to say that I found the Lord over riding my free will. I chose to reject and run home, but He followed me and opened my heart as He did Lydia. In any case, Sovereign Grace believers can work with folks who hold to free agency, and Southern Baptists united in 1787 on the basis that the preaching that Christ tasted death for every man would be no barrier to communion which meant the majority held to Particular Redemption, that is, purposeful redemption. Even General Atonement is limited, limited by free will that is.

    • Wm. Dwight McKissic, Sr. says

      Dr. Willingham,

      Thanks. I find your love and expertise in Black History intriguing and helpful. I’ve learned from you on this blog, and for that I am thankful.

      “I do want to say that I’ve found the Lord overriding my will.” I’m sure you have. We all have found that to be the case. But at some point, you yielded your will to the will of God. And it was at that point, that the Lord didn’t override your will, you surrendered your will to the will of God. We may be saying the same thing from different angles, or arguing opposite sides of a coin. I deeply appreciate the interaction, none-the less. One could argue that the Lord overrode Paul’s will on the Damascus Road, and Jonah’s will on the ship and in the whale’s belly. But in both instances, they surrendered. Although Jonah remained reluctant, and a unhappy camper, He submitted His will to the will of God and obeyed Him.

      Dave Miller introduced me to a term that had escaped me in my limited theological education; that term is “antimony.” If I understand the term correctly, that may explain the difference in your understanding, which is similar to Rick, my Kingdom brother’s understanding, and the different understanding of this free will-verses, overriding will,understanding.