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God and Man in the Mission of the Kingdom

Title: God and Man in the Mission of the Kingdom.

Geoffrey Bingham

by Rev. Geoffrey Bingham

Subject: Mission, Telos

Book Code: 393

Pages: 276 pp, Book

Publisher: Redeemer Baptist

Pub. Date: 2003

ISBN: 1 876730 05 6

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God & Man in the Mission of the Kingdom

ABOUT THIS BOOK

This book is based on the thesis that God Himself is ever "on mission", by which we mean that He is in Creation working with all Creation to effect His goal for it. Even before Creation, God could be said to be "on mission", he would complete His goal whatever. Man was commissioned to work within that divine plan for producing an Edenic world. These plans seemed doomed to failure from the beginning because of the actions of a serpent which tempted the primal couple away from communion with the Creator.

But opposed to all that is evil is the Community of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, the trifold God who catches up redeemed Man into His goal, taking him on mission with Himself.

This book, then, is an unveiling of history in which the Community of God, along with God's humanity, brings all history to its climax in God's telos. Man's participation with his creator produces the remarkable community of Man, the most exciting and thrilling story ever planned and brought into completion.

Front Cover:
Bruegel’s contact with creation and creature gave him a unique capacity to capture the rhythm of life and the cycle of seasons in so many of his paintings. Bruegel was commissioned by a certain banker, Nicholas Jonghelinck, to reveal the annual cycle of the seasons in a series entitled De Twelf Maenden (Twelve Months). He delivered six paintings, each telling two months of the story. Our cover represents July/August in Bruegel’s calendar. It is called The Harvesters. In it Bruegel captures that moment of the work cycle in which the harvesting of the abundant crop has proceeded to the point of mealtime and rest. Its tapestry is resplendent with the interplay of those facets of creation and creatures enmeshed as players in this phase of the day’s work.

The Harvesters, 1565, by Peter Bruegel the Elder
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
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