A Requirement of the Offered Kingdom

{This is a quote from Lewis Sperry Chafer in his work “The Kingdom in History and Prophecy”.  The full context of this is in chapter IV of this work, “The Kingdom Offered”}

This kingdom message conforms in another respect, also, to the conditions of the Old Testament kingdom.  There must be a great national heart-turning, or repentance to God as an immediate preparation for the kingdom as seen in the Old Testament (Deut. 30:1-3; Isa. 24:7; Hos. 3:4,5; 14:7; Zech. 12:10-13:1; Mal. 3:7).  Repentance, therefore, became an imperative part of the message concerning the imminency of the kingdom.  So each of these kingdom messengers called upon that nation to repent:  “A generation of vipers” must “bring forth fruits meet for repentance.”  They must turn about in heart as a condition of this covenanted kingdom blessing.  This they, by His grace, are yet to do, “in His time.”  It is to be regretted that this required national repentance of Israel has been so often misapplied as a necessary preliminary step in an individual’s salvation by Grace.

{to read this entire work in pdf format, click the link below}

“The Kingdom in History and Prophecy” by Lewis Sperry Chafer

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