God’s desire is to put the world right.
- God made the world and he said that it was good.
- Adam chose his own version of good and it was different than God’s
- Noah, the flood, It grieved God what humanity was doing to his “good creation” so he washed the planet clean.
- Through Abraham, God promised that all of the people of the world would be blessed. Meaning…their lives would be filled with the intentions of God.
Isaiah 9 Prophecies this.
6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,
On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
From then on and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.
This speaks of a kingdom that will come with the Christ. It will begin growing and never stop growing.
Matthew 6:10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
When His Kingdom does comes, power is demonstrated that overthrows the kingdom of darkness through the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 12:28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.
Matthew 6:20 For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.
The Kingdom is preached and demonstrated. The disciples were taught the Kingdom is at hand, meaning accessible.
Matthew 4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.
Matthew 10:7 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
Luke 11:9 And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
So much of the focus of Christianity has been what we are saved from that it has caused us to neglect what we are saved for.
We are saved to “Reign with Christ.” Unfortunately, that has become a dead metaphor to those who do not consider the ramifications of their eschatology.
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. 24 For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.
This tells me that all of creation is waiting to be wisely stewarded by the people of God. And that we haven’t seen it yet, but we should be hopeful in seeing it. Not giving up and waiting for the rescue mission.
17 For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
This is the dialogue that I think we should have. What does it look like for God’s people to reign in this life?
Where have we gotten off track with this?