Final week, in Half 5 of our “What is the Gospel” sequence, we famous that God presently reigns as King; however the Father does so not directly by means of the mediating work of 1 appointed man, Jesus the Christ. Sometime although, Jesus will give the rule and reign over to the Father, so the Father can reign immediately. However earlier than that occurs, all of his enemies should be put beneath Jesus’ ft.
Kings Crush Rebellions
If the Gospel is the Good Information that God reigns as King by means of Jesus, then it is just a matter of time earlier than the enemies of God shall be judged. Each individual, authority, power, and spirit who’s in insurrection to God’s rule should be judged.
A king wouldn’t be an excellent king if insurrection went ceaselessly unchecked. A king wouldn’t be an excellent king if his loyal citizen continued to endure persecution and injustice, however he by no means put a cease to it. A king wouldn’t be an excellent king if he by no means introduced peace, prosperity, and concord. A king’s glory (his status as a ruler) hinges on whether or not or not he can carry peace and prosperity to the land.
God’s glory is not any totally different. His status as a king is on the road. The prophets stated the Messiah would carry peace and prosperity. Amongst many different metaphors, they described the Messiah’s reign as one the place, “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them” (Isaiah 11:6).
The Messiah should cope with the enemies who proceed to insurgent in opposition to God’s rule, as they convey dying, chaos, and dysfunction. The Messiah should carry peace, righteousness, and justice.
Who Are the Enemies?
Varied passages of the New Testomony inform us that among the many enemies who shall be destroyed are the satan and his angels (Matthew 25:41) in addition to those that have no idea God and those that don’t obey the Gospel (2 Thessalonians 1:8). And the ultimate enemy to be destroyed received’t be a “who,” however a “what.” Paul wrote, “The last enemy to be destroyed is death” (1 Corinthians 15:26).
The entire creation is groaning beneath the reign of decay, corruption, and dying. All the things that’s born is destined to die. The entire earth is topic to a curse, however there’s hope not just for us however for the entire creation. Paul wrote to the church in Rome, “The creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God” (Romans 8:21).
Dying, who holds creation in its grip, has already been stripped of its energy for these of us who’re forgiven of sin (1 Corinthians 15:57), however in the future dying itself shall be utterly destroyed. The ebook of Revelation says dying shall be thrown into the lake of fireplace (Revelation 20:14).
The entire remnants of the curse of dying shall be swept away. God’s individuals and the entire creation shall be “redeemed.” From that time on, nothing will decay, develop into corrupt, or move away.
Why Does He Wait?
If God’s kingdom has come, if he presently reigns as King by means of Jesus, if he has already been victorious over the forces of darkness, if the destiny of the depraved is sealed, why does he enable all of it to go on like this? Why does he enable sin and dying to proceed to assert victims? Why does he enable the rebels to proceed to go about doing evil? Why doesn’t he say, “Enough already!” and convey all of his enemies beneath the ft of the Messiah?
The reply is pretty easy: The Lord delays as a result of he’s affected person and abounding in steadfast love. As Peter wrote, “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). A lot of the world continues to be enslaved to sin and dying, their lives are intertwined with evil; to destroy all evil on this planet would imply they’d be collateral harm.
These aren’t horrible individuals, however unknowingly they’re in league with “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience,” as all of us have been at one time (Ephesians 2:1-3). God loves each human being. He needs them to be delivered out of the dominion of sin and dying and into his kingdom of life and lightweight earlier than the tip comes.
As a result of God is an effective king, he’s affected person and desires to increase pardon to as many as doable. But additionally as a result of God is an effective king, he’ll carry the world into subjection. He’ll restore peace, concord, justice, and righteousness. He’ll rid the world of evil.
Residing in Anticipation
Till the final enemy is destroyed, residents of God’s kingdom dwell in keen anticipation of that Day; however we additionally dwell as residents of that kingdom proper now.
We can not await excellent peace to be restored earlier than we select to dwell at peace with all individuals. We can not await dying to be destroyed earlier than we cease dwelling in worry of dying. We can not await all issues to be introduced in subjection to the King earlier than we dwell in subjection to the King.
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