3GT Episode 10: Boldly Ordinary

Two main topics in this episode.  In the first segment, we ask whether Satan, when he offered the kingdoms of the world to Christ, could in fact do just that- offer the kingdoms.  Was a big fat lie?  Or was it a genuine offer?  In the second segment, we discuss the matter of the ordinary Christian life.  What shall we say about those Christians who lead a quiet life and don’t conquer nations with one hand tied behind their back?  Are they failing in some significant way?  Are they falling short of the glory of radical?

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  1. Pete January 26, 2016 at 9:30 am #

    I found the opening discussion interesting. I’d like to know what Barry said to his student. One point no one made is that Satan is a liar. It is his nature to lie. He lied to Eve. He lied to Jesus. I believe the kingdoms were not Satan’s to give. He laid claim to them, but he’s a usurper and a liar. The kingdoms belong to the Lord, a fact the Psalms make abundantly clear-Psalm 22.28 and 47.8, for example.

    • Austin Brown January 26, 2016 at 7:19 pm #

      Hey Pete!

      That’s a fair point about the liar aspect. In this instance, however, I think the data of Scripture force us to collate (at least) two ideas. You’ve mentioned one. The other is the nature of the kingdom of darkness and how it is described. When woven together, I think we should think of this in terms of God owning the earth and all that it contains by virtue of His Creator-ship. It is His. And He is the sovereign One ruling over all. At the same time, Satan has made genuine inroads. His kingdom is truly present- enemy occupied territory, so to speak. The unregenerate are his children, in one sense. Death has spread everywhere. Sin abounds. False religions and ideas permeate. So in this sense, there really is something to offer- a sin infected “glory” of the nations.

      I’ve actually written a book on the subject of Satan’s fall and its implications on history. I expound upon these themes further and would commend that to you. The book is on Amazon, but I’ll pass along a slightly dated PDF here: http://gentlereformation.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Satans-Awful-Idea-PDF-Version.pdf

      I’d love to hear your thoughts. Don’t hesitate to share them.

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