A Review of ‘He Will Reign Forever: A Biblical Theology of the Kingdom of God’ by Michael J. Vlach
Jesus says, ‘Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you’ (Matthew 6:33). There are indeed many great themes in the Bible, such as ‘covenant’, ‘promise’, ‘glory’, ‘salvation’, ‘law, ‘people of God’, and ‘grace’. Not that these themes should be pitted against each other, but is it not possible to identity a central theme of Scripture that functions like a hub or centre in which other important themes are connected? According to Michael J. Vlach (2017:21), ‘the kingdom of God is the grand central theme of Scripture that encompasses all other biblical themes’.
In his recently published book He Will Reign Forever: A Biblical Theology of the Kingdom of God, Michael J. Vlach presents a ‘comprehensive biblical theology of the kingdom of God from a new creationist perspective’ (2017:11). After introducing the kingdom programme (Part 1), Vlach traces the kingdom theme through the Old Testament (Part 2) and the New Testament (Part 3), before concluding with an examination of theological issues (Part 4).