Communal Life

The goal of God for human life is transformation into the likeness of God and participation in the communal fellowship of the Triune God. When humanity fully participates in the circle of God’s loving fellowship, then the reign of God has fully arrived.

This does not entail a loss of finitude or creatureliness. When glorified in the new heaven and new earth with glorified bodies that conform to the glorious body of the resurrected Lord, we will not be saved from finitude but invited, as finite creatures, to share in the divine fellowship of the Triune God. We will not become omniscient or omnipotent because we will not participate in the divine essence; we will not become little gods. But we will become Godlike, that is, full participants in the divine love.

At the same time, our participation in the divine love—because it is experienced as finite creatures—is a journey into the heart of God, deeper into the fellowship of the divine persons. Every morning God will be new to us because as finite creatures the infinite God will always have more to share with us and we will experience that love more deeply. God is like a bottomless well from which we will drink—we will experience daily filling of joy and satisfaction, but there is always more to drink. God will give us more moment by moment throughout eternity.

As community, we will grow more intimate with each other. The relationships we begin now will continue into glory. More than that, they will grow deeper, wider, and more inclusive. Our relationships will not remain static but deepen and expand. We will know not only those with whom we have relationships now, but we will also initiate new relationships with people we have never known. The fullness of the kingdom of God as a community is an interactive web of relationships which will provide opportunity for growth in the new heaven and new earth.

Moreover, the glorified community is not a static accomplishment as if we attain “perfection” and thus there is no more work, no more loving, no more growing, no more knowing, or no more connecting to be done. Rather, the fullness of the kingdom of God involves a dynamic growth into the heart of God as well as a dynamic growth among the people of God. When God recreates, just as God created in the beginning, the Triune God will create a dynamic reality that invites the redeemed community to pursue growth, intimacy, fellowship, and relationship within the new creation.

The oneness of the people of God will emerge brightly upon the new earth, and the unity of the body of Christ will be recognized as a gift of God’s gracious work. But the oneness does not entail some kind of Stepford human beings who are all identical. Rather, the oneness, like the oneness of the original creation, includes a diversity and a dynamism that reflects the reality of God who is both three and loving while at the same time remaining one.

The fullness of the kingdom, then, is a communal reality created in the image of God’s Triune fellowship. It is the experience of intimacy without fear, love without suspicion, and trust without doubt. It is love because God is love. There are no more barriers, no more ethnic bigotry, no more snobbish class wars, and no more alienation or marginalization. The kingdom of God will experience community in a way that images the community of God’s own life and participate in the community of God’s life.




3 Responses to “Communal Life”

  1.   Jhun Ma Says:

    Thank you very much bro. John Mark Hicks for this Theodrama series.

    A magnum opus for Biblical Theological Dramatic Narrative. Bible Stories filled & dipped with theological insights. I am sure everyone will be nurished and grow into maturity in biblical understanding in reading and watching this Theodrama Series.

    May the Lord continue to empower you and your ministry in God’s Kingdom!

    God bless !

    Jhun Ma

    Permission to use these lessons for this year 2020 for our Sermons & Bible Studies.

  2.   Jhun Ma Says:

    Thank you very much bro. John Mark Hicks for this Theodrama series.

    A magnum opus for Biblical Theological Dramatic Narrative. Bible Stories filled & dipped with theological insights. I am sure everyone will be nurished and grow into maturity in biblical understanding in reading and watching this Theodrama Series.

    May the Lord continue to empower you and your ministry in God’s Kingdom!

    God bless !

    Jhun Ma

    Permission to use these lessons for our 2020 Sermons & Bible Study Series.

  3.   Jhun Ma Says:

    Thank you very much bro. John Mark Hicks for this Theodrama series.

    A magnum opus for Biblical Theological Dramatic Narrative. Bible Stories filled & dipped with theological insights. I am sure everyone will be nourished and grow into maturity in biblical understanding in reading and watching this Theodrama Series.

    May the Lord continue to empower you and your ministry in God’s Kingdom!

    God bless !

    Jhun Ma

    Permission to use these lessons for our 2020 Sermons & Bible Study Series.

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