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Does God's kingdom operate by the rules of economics? Do these rules apply in the here and now? In the future, beyond this earthly realm? And, just what is God's economy?
Varied Perspectives of Jesus
Let's illustrate the dilemma. Matthew's Jesus says: "Blessed are the poor in spirit." Luke's Jesus says: "Blessed are the poor."
Throughout his gospel, Matthew's perspective is consistent. Jesus is focused on matters of the spirit. On taking personal responsibility.
Luke's Jesus is focused on social justice. His is the gospel (and the only gospel) of the Good Samaritan - and of the Prodigal Son.
Of the four gospels, only Matthew's Jesus admonishes those who do charitable deeds to do so "in secret." For Matthew, the attitude of giving (a matter of the spirit) is more important than the act of giving (a matter of social responsibility in the here and now).
So, is it either the economy of Matthew or the economy of Luke? Or is it both ... and? Yes, and more.
The kingdom of God will be most fully experienced in a future extending beyond this earthy life. Yet the New Testament also clearly places the kingdom in the realm of the here and now.
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