... the phrase the "Kingdom of God", which is so prominent in the gospel tradition, is comparatively rare in the other books of the New Testament ... while, however ... [it] is infrequent in St. Paul's letters it is clear that the Divine sovereignty is powerfully present in the world through Jesus himself in his death and resurrection. Christ crucified is himself the power of God and the wisdom of God, and the Gospel of Christ is the presence of God into salvation. St Paul's conviction of the the divine sovereignty present in the world is reflected in his use of the word "power" applied to the Holy Spirit, to the preaching of the Gospel and to the lives of Christians. This sovereignty is sure even in the face of the sufferings and frustrations of the world and of the Christians in the world. Nowhere is this more strongly expressed that at the end of the eight chapter of the letter to the Romans:

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord

The sovereignty of God is linked with the conviction about Jesus expressed in the words "Jesus is Lord" ... There is in St Paul's mind a deep conviction of God's Fatherhood and sovereignty which colours Christian prayer, and in this way the themes of the Lord's Prayer come into their own.

Be Still and Know

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