Yet, neither the idea of the covenant, nor that of justification – to mention only these two prominent conceptions – can represent the entire thought of the kingdom of God, at least so long as they are taken in their specific meanings. The idea of the kingdom of God is more comprehensive exactly because it is not only oriented to the redemption of God’s people, but to the self-assertion of God in all his works. Not only does it place Israel, but also the heathen nations, the world, and even the whole creation, in the wide perspective of the realization of all God’s rights and promises (Ridderbos, “The Coming of the Kingdom”, p.23).
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