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By George Eldon Ladd

Ladd, whose paintings has incorporated a lot technical examine of the doctrine of the dominion, right here offers a realistic and devotional scriptural research of the numerous facets of the dominion, according to the parables, the Sermon at the Mount, and different key passages

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The means by which this end is accomplished is no element of the parable. The Israelites could not take time for the leaven to work. Again, in Leviticus 23, leavened bread was commanded in the celebration of the feast of Pentecost. To see in this feast a type of the apostate church is uncontrolled allegorizing. God’s purposes will not be frustrated. Therefore it is of inestimable value. But cost what it may, the Kingdom of God is like a treasure or a costly pearl whose possession merits any cost.

The transforming life of the Spirit of God which will one day transform our bodies has come to indwell us and to transform our characters and personalities. This is the life of The Age to Come. What kind of righteousness is this?

It means we already participate in the life that belongs to God’s future Kingdom; not indeed in its fulness, but nevertheless in reality. But not only so: we have the firstfruits of the Spirit. This is not the firstfruits. It is possession. But God has already given to us His Spirit as a firstfruits, a foretaste, an initial experience of that future heavenly life. Has the realization gripped you that the very life of heaven itself dwells within you here and now? The future has already begun.

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