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Can the conclusion be avoided that not only is shalom God’s cause in the world but that all who believe in Jesus will, along with him, engage in the works of shalom? Shalom is both God’s cause in the world and our human calling. Even though the full incursion of shalom into our history will be divine gift and not merely human achievement, even though its episodic incursion into our lives now also has a dimension of divine gift, nonetheless it is shalom that we are to work for and struggle for. We are not to stand around, hands folded, waiting for shalom to arrive. We are workers in God’s cause, his peace-workers. The missio Dei is our mission.” Nicholas Wolterstorff, Until Justice & Peace Embrace

The relation between the biblical themes of shalom, euagelion (the gospel), and the basileia tou theou (Kingdom of God) has intrigued me for quite some time now. Even as I read this passage from Wolterstorff’s work I couldn’t help but recall similar statements made by Tim Keller regarding the euangelion in relation to mercy ministries, as well as statements made by many New Testament scholars regarding Kingdom ethics.

A friend of mine is currently working on completing a book on the biblical theme of shalom, a mid-level academic book created to serve both the church and lay theologians. I am eagerly awaiting its completion and praying that Inter Varsity Press decides to pick it up for publication. Shalom is a biblical theme, particularly strong in the prophets, that the church is deeply in need of learning more about.

What do you think of Wolterstorff’s answer to the question?

What do you think of the relation shalom, euangelion, and the basileia tou theou share?