The kingdom of God in the Gospel of Luke and its social implications for the church in China

Title

The kingdom of God in the Gospel of Luke and its social implications for the church in China

Subject

Bible. Luke -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Bible. Luke -- Parables.
Kingdom of God -- Biblical teaching.

Description

By Lin, Web-En, 2019 -- There is consensus among New Testament scholars that the kingdom of God is the central theme of Jesus’ message in the Synoptic Gospels. This thesis seeks to demonstrate that self-sacrificial love and social service to those in need are particularly significant to Luke’s understanding of what the kingdom of God means to Jesus’ followers, and they are inspiring and instructive for the faithful and effective mission of the Church in the modern Chinese context. This thesis (1) discusses the nature and traits of the kingdom of God in the ministry and teaching of Jesus as presented in the Gospel of Luke, (2) shows that the kingdom of God is already a present reality but one with eschatological hope for a full consummation, and (3) argues that the kingdom of God has important ethical implications for Jesus’ followers.

The Introduction presents my research questions, reviews recent scholarly contributions, and outlines my methodology. The First Chapter elaborates on the claim that the kingdom of God in Luke’s Gospel has been realized in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The kingdom of God is a present reality with important implications for social services. Most noticeably, Jesus welcomes all kinds of people, especially the marginalized, into the kingdom of God. The Second Chapter puts forth several ideas regarding the kingdom of God in the teachings of Jesus. The less fortunate in society are beneficiaries of the kingdom of God. Love for enemies, though counter-intuitive, is a basic characteristic of the kingdom of God. Love of neighbor should be manifested in practice. The disciples of Jesus are to show mercy
to the neighbor. Those who wish to enter the kingdom of God must show hospitality to the marginalized. The Third Chapter analyzes the theme of the kingdom of God in the parables of Jesus, many of which are found only in Luke. In summary, the kingdom of God is a present reality to be experienced and to embody. It is a remarkable manifestation of God’s salvation, and it is a resounding call for a positive response in life. In the Conclusion of this thesis, I suggest how Luke’s view of the kingdom of God may be applied to the Church in China in modern Chinese contexts.

Creator

Lin, Wen-en

Source

See Library Catalog for details on print version.

Publisher

Virginia Theological Seminary

Date

2019

Rights

© Copyright Wen-En Lin, 2019.

Format

PDF

Files

Lin_Full.pdf
Date Added
June 25, 2019
Collection
VTS Master's Theses
Item Type
Text
Citation
Lin, Wen-en, “The kingdom of God in the Gospel of Luke and its social implications for the church in China ,” Theses from Virginia Theological Seminary, accessed July 7, 2020, https://vtsbpl.omeka.net/items/show/31.