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The Gospel of the Kingdom: Scriptural Studies in the Kingdom of God

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Ladd, whose work has included much technical study of the doctrine of the kingdom, here presents a practical and devotional scriptural study of the many aspects of the kingdom, based on the parables, the Sermon on the Mount, and other key passages.
Unknown Binding, 143 pages
Published March 13th 1990 by Eerdmans (first published June 1959)
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Brian Pate
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am reading this book in conjunction my sermon series on the KINGDOM. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! He connects the biblical dots in a simple and exciting way! Below are my notes as I am reading the book:

- Jesus came to show us how to enter the K (Matt 5:20; 7:21, p. 14)
- Kingdom = "authority to rule" (p. 19)
- Seek first his kingdom = seek his reign in our lives. Thy kingdom come = prayer for God to be King over all the world (p. 21
Matthew Prydden
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This exploration of Jesus' teaching of Kingdom of God is written with great clarity and very easy to navigate through, and is such an important subject because its teaching needs to be pieced together and properly interpreted to be properly understood. G.E Ladd really does an excellent job of that, but I also found his exploration to be really convicting. Certain chapters really had quite a profound effect on my thinking, as I realized the inadequacy of my own understanding and application. My o ...more
Luke Bray
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ladd's book has significantly shaped my understanding of the Kingdom of God. For years, the term "kingdom of God" had been very ambiguous and difficult to wrap my hand around. He carefully and clearly explains his understanding of Kingdom theology in this little volume. Ladd's thesis is that the Kingdom of God is the rule, the reign, and the government of God in this age in the hearts and lives of those who yield themselves to Him, and in the next age over the entire world.

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Jeff Short
Oct 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
I disagreed with a lot in this book and came to realize the problem with it is a foundational hermeneutical issue. Ladd held to a re-interpretation of Old Testament texts by the New Testament, so later revelation changed the contextual meaning of prior revelation. Though he tried to maintain some sort of continuity of the kingdom from the Old to the New Testament, he ended up with a discontinuity in the nature of the kingdom as revealed in the Old and New Testaments.

He spiritualized and general
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Subtitled 'Scriptural Studies in the Kingdom of God," Dr. Ladd gives a clear and practical explanation of the central message of Jesus' ministry: The Kingdom of God is at hand. If you are familiar with the concept of the Kingdom is both "already\not yet," this is the book that started it all. It is both an excellent study of a difficult doctrine to define and a wonderful devotional on the second coming of Christ. I was very pleasantly surprised by this book and look forward to re-reading it.
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
What is the kingdom of God? How does it relate to the Church?

I found this book and had heard it was influential when it was written a few decades back. Ladd argued that the Kingdom of God is both present and future - Jesus inaugurated the kingdom while there is more yet to come. This is, as I said, influential for I have read and believed this view in many New Testament scholars such as NT Wright. Thus, to some degree, this book was kind of a letdown.

I most appreciated hi
Luke Miller
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely should have read this book years ago. Ladd traces the "kingdom" theme in story of Scripture, defining it as the rule and reign of God. He demonstrates that the mystery of the kingdom for the Jews involved the already/not yet aspects of the kingdom (among other things). Along the way, he shows how these themes are developed in the Sermon on the Mount, the parables, and Paul's letters. The chapters were originally lectures, so they are a little wordy at times, but still well worth the t ...more
Edem Morny
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the wake of all the sensationalism generated by the dispensationalist and pietist views of the kingdom, George Eldon Ladd was ahead of his time in drawing our minds to focus on both "The kingdom now, and the kingdom to come". Brilliant groundwork. Read NT Wright if you want to know more on the subject.
Justin Dillehay
Mar 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
As one who leans toward amillennialism, I must admit that Ladd forces me to respect the historic pre-mil position even more by showing how it might fit within the two-age model of history.
Mike E.
This book answers the question, "What is the kingdom of God?" It is written by a scholar, but the book is not scholarly. Originally given as lectures/sermons to a popular audience, this book demonstrates fidelity to Scripture and practical application. Ladd intentionally avoids some controversial issues (imminence and the tribulation, e.g.) but this is part of what makes this book so widely applicable. Regardless of your eschatology, you will profit from this book. This book is for those who wan ...more
Chris Curry
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Historic Premillennialism is often given the title of "pessimistic" because of those who ignorantly equivocate it with Dispensational Premillennialism, or at least associate it as being almost the same system. But this couldn't be further from the truth!

In Ladd's "The Gospel of the Kingdom" you won't find a case for the Millennium nor a commentary of Revelation 20, but what you will find is exegetical case for the Kingdom of God, what it is, and what it is not. Many will be surprised
Ron Mosby
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ladd does a good job in describing the truth that the main theme of the Bible is the kingdom. That doesn’t mean the book is without problems - for example, Ladd’s assertion that the age of the Law and the Prophets ended with John is totally inaccurate. This is a widespread belief because Gentiles are strangers to the Law. But this fact should not take away from the fact that Ladd presents a well thought out explanation of this idea of the kingdom of God.
John Rimmer
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was refreshing to stumble onto someone who was premillenial, but not into the Tim Lahaye insanity. I discovered with Ladd that my eschatology is basically what has always been known as historic premillenialism, a system that has been around since the earliest writings of the church fathers. It fell away from prominence with the rise of postmillenialism, but has always been around, making a bit of a resurgence during the 20th century.
Jason Hagen
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A clear, thorough and much needed look into the dynamics of God's kingdom. This is a must read for anyone who seeks to better understand God's redemptive rule in life and history.
Philip Brown
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Amazing. Would have been more amazing if his premillennialism didn't overcomplicate his main point. First few chapters especially were outstanding.
Ryan Satterfield
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love this book... eye-opening look at "the Kingdom of God" within scripture. Gave me a new framework to process things through.
David Smith
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best book, pound-for-pound, on the Kingdom of God that I've ever found. Concise and clear.
Jeremie Hamby
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So Good

I’m a senior pastor in the Texas Panhandle, and I heard about this book while watching a John Wimber (founder of the Vineyard Church) video from the 90’s, and he said this book by George Ladd helped form his thoughts about the Kingdom of God more than any other book besides the Bible. That spoke highly to me about the book, so I ordered it and enjoyed it thoroughly.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!

I would recommend this book to anyone who is studying on the Kingdom of God or just want a deeper understanding of it.
Joshua Lister
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
George Ladd’s commitment to learning from what scripture says is admirable. God’s larger plan for saving the world is inextricable from the Gospel of the Kingdom and Ladd does a good job keeping the two connected. Unfortunately, he introduces a lot of confusion right at the beginning of the book and the confusion lingers through to the end.

Ladd takes an unclear passage of scripture (Revelation 20) and tries to fit the clearer passages (Matthew 24:14 and 1 Corinthians 15:20-28) into it. This sho
Dec 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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This is a great book for those who are interested at looking into what the Kingdom of God is really about. Unfortunately it is my experience that so many people will not bother to put in the effort to discover these truths for themselves, but rather rely on others to supply this information for them. They are like children who prefer to live on a diet of junk food and TV dinners because it is easy and convenient, rather than taking the time to coo
Oct 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Ladd lays out the New Testament's teaching on the Kingdom of God and its coming. He argues that the Kingdom of God is here already in one sense, and it is to come in another sense. There is currently an overlap of the Current Age (where Satan is "the god of this world") and the Age to Come (where God's reign is more direct and prominent). The Kingdom of God, Ladd explains, is simply the reign and rule of God; it does not require a king bodily present. And so the Kingdom of God is now for those w ...more
Bryan McWhite
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent introduction to the Bible’s teaching on the nature of the Kingdom of God. It is written to the seminarian or a well-read layperson. I would be comfortable giving it to anyone who is willing to study it carefully and wrestle through it, as it is not given to technical language and insider discussions. Ladd’s is very careful biblically, and explains the Kingdom very well, although his thesis and central definition of the Kingdom could use some refining. He seems to define it s ...more
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
The classic work on the gospel of the kingdom. Ladd begins by defining the kingdom as the rule of God. He then explores how the kingdom is both already come and not yet revealed in its fullness. He explores the mystery or hiddenness of the kingdom and the life of the kingdom. His chapter on the righteousness of the kingdom reveals our need for Christ's saving work. His chapter on the demand of the kingdom explores the absolute authority of Jesus. He helpfully wades into the question of Israel, t ...more
Jon Gill
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jesus didn't preach about Jesus, He preached about The Kingdom of God. But what is that?

I highly recommend this book as need-to-read for aspiring theologians and thinking Christians. Ladd does a service to the Christian faith by clarifying and explaining the "already, not yet" theology of the Kingdom of God. This is just the main theme of the book; it accomplishes many other monumental tasks in a relatively approachable style.

Our own pop theology is often gospel-illiterate in many ways, and th
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Highly influential and formative work. Brief, but still deep. Ladd examines the biblical presentation of the Kingdom of God. Probing Jesus' parables as well as his proclamation, Ladd depicts the future and present reality of the Kingdom and the key themes connected to its appearing (separating that which is of God from that which isn't, the hiddeness of the Kingdom, the penetrating and transformational impact of the Kingdoms, etc.)

Ladd's dispensational eschatology is not something I
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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This is a superb book on the Kingdom of God. Jesus spoke about the kingdom more than on any other topic, yet the average believer would be hard pressed to tell you what is meant by the kingdom of God. This book has significantly helped my understanding of this important subject. Although I was aware of the kingdom of God in scripture for a long time, I found it difficult to really understand it. Ladd provides a clear explanation from Scripture. It has especially helped to understand that the kin ...more
Danny Daley
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is the hipster of evangelical kingdom of God studies. The kingdom was a major focus of Gospels studies in liberal traditions for 50 years by the time this book came out, but Ladd was the first evangelical to really push kingdom studies into the forefront for a more conservative audience. This book has become a classic.

Ladd exegetes passages well and offers valuable insights in the kingdom, and on eschatology, and delivers scathing criticism of dispensational models. An exce
Patrick Williams
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Very good. Easy to read, informative - great book. George Eldon Ladd relates the concept of the Kingdom of God as "now" and "not yet". He discusses about how Jesus preached about the Kingdom and inagurated it. Thus, the Kingdom of God is right now for every believer who Christ reigns over and yet, it is still to come in it's fullness in the future when the "age to come" arrives. Very good book and I highly recommend it for a good and brief introduction to this most important aspect of our Lord's ...more
Oct 16, 2012 rated it liked it
A good introduction to the Kingdom of God in the New Testament. More specifically, there is a good treatment of the "Already, but Not Yet" that helps understand Jesus' statements about the Kingdom of God without having an overrealized eschatology. The last chapter was a really strong push toward evangelism of the nations.

I think that the chapters were originally given as lectures and so some of the comments get a bit wordy and redundant. Overall, this was a very instructive work and I am thankf
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George Eldon Ladd (1911–1982) was a Baptist minister and professor of New Testament exegesis and theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

Ladd was ordained in 1933 and pastored in New England from 1936 to 1945. He served as an instructor at Gordon College of Theology and Missions (now Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary), Wenham, Massachusetts from 1942–45. He wa
“The Kingdom of God is His kingship, His rule, His authority. When this is once realized, we can go through the New Testament and find passage after passage where this meaning is evident, where the Kingdom is not a realm or a people but God’s reign. Jesus said that we must “receive the kingdom of God” as little children (Mark 10:15). What is received? The Church? Heaven? What is received is God’s rule. In order to enter the future realm of the Kingdom, one must submit himself in perfect trust to God’s rule here and now. We must also “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness” (Matt. 6: 33). What is the object of our quest? The Church? Heaven? No; we are to seek God’s righteousness—His sway, His rule, His reign in our lives.” 1 likes
“The righteousness of God’s Kingdom is the product of God’s reign in the human heart. God must reign in our lives now if we are to enter the Kingdom tomorrow.” 0 likes
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