March 2, 2019 at 5:56 pm #13328
B. Keith ChadwellParticipant
“End times” teaching seems to always stimulate Christian interest. However, the word; “end” is not always defined as “terminal”. “End” in the bible sometimes translates as; “the goal or point aimed at”. The “End” or “Goal” which God has purposed is: “Christ in us, the hope of glory” and creation is waiting for this full manifestation.
Consider; a fully mature Church, filled with His Spirit, united in the faith, working together as one body, under the direction of one Jesus Christ. This is an “end” or goal or point to be aimed at by the Church. This is a goal that has been ordained of God.
The “Kingdom of God” is better translated as; “the government of God”. “Kingdom” is a King James English word that is nothing more than a contraction of; kings-dominion. Therefore, we should translate “Kingdom” as; “Kings-dominion” or “where the King has dominion” or “where the King rules”. The “Kingdom of God” is the government of God and the Kingdom or government of God is within you.
Jesus told His followers that….“The kingdom does not come with observation”…”The kingdom is within you.” Luke 17:21
The Kingdom or Government of God had its beginning in the earth some 2000 years ago, with the advent of Jesus the Christ. Subsequently its growth and development has been a process up to now, not an event. This is another part of Gods great mystery regarding His Kingdom….that is “The Kingdom of God”.
God’s rule or Government or Kingdom in the earth began as His Son, Jesus, the promised redeemer, the promised Messiah, gave His life in payment for the sins of the world and was raised from the dead; being by the right hand of God exalted, ….seated at the right hand of God in heaven, and given by God the Father,……all power, both in heaven and in earth…..receiving then, of the Father, the promise of the Holy Ghost, and then in turn, Christ giving the Holy Spirit to each individual down through history who would believe and receive.
Jesus was the pattern Son. Yet, He would do a hand off to the Church. He knew that the Church, over an extended period of time, must follow the pattern he had made; In other words; We Christians must follow Him, that is; Be Born of flesh and blood AND…..born of the Spirit of God ……
He knew the Church would have to grow in stature and in favor with God and man, just as He had done.
Jesus was hidden out, yet in plain sight until the time of His revealing. Jesus knew the Church must follow this pattern also.
Jesus knew that the Church would have to learn obedience through the things it would suffer, as He did.
Jesus knew that the Church would have to learn to die to self, as He had demonstrated in the Garden.
Jesus also knew that the Church would do greater things than he did and that the Church would glorify the Father again , as He had done, but only by and thru His Holy Spirit, in them.
Jesus knew it was God the Fathers will that His government or Kingdom should come to earth in its fullness just as it is in heaven and this would happen by His sacrifice and atonement and only then; thru His body, the Church, by his Spirit.
So the Government of God or Kingdom or God, in earth, had its very beginning with Jesus and has been increasing ever since Pentecost and the Holy Spirit was given to the church. From then on, the increase of God’s government is without end.
As Jerusalem was to be the seat of Gods’ show piece government and the place for his presence, in the natural, so is the Church, the new Jerusalem in the Spirit. This is another part of Gods great mystery, the mystery of the Kingdom.
For about 2000 years now, God has been filling the hearts of individual believers with the government of heaven, by the Holy Spirit. This time around, He is building His “New Jerusalem” without hands, stone by living stone.
Just listen to the old Prophet Daniel as he described what would happen, over time, as God began to introduce His new government into the earth, beginning with the birth of Jesus, the firstborn son of God of many brethren which were to follow……
Daniel 2:34-35 While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were broken to pieces at the same time and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth. (New International version).
So now, with spiritual eyes and understanding, see,…. that the stone that was cut out of the mountain (Government of Heaven) did come to earth as Daniel foretold. Jesus, the Christ, being that stone….“The rock that struck the statue, progressively, became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth.”
Gods government or Kingdom, starts within the hearts of believers and is designed, by God, to move from individuals, to neighborhoods, to nations, manifesting to the world in humble Christians, His divine nature, in every respect, until, finally….at the “end”…(that is…“the goal or point aimed at”)…. ”the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord”. This growth of God’s kingdom or government in the earth is ……”PROGRESSIVE” with NO END to its growth and development.
Remember what Jesus said about the “end” ? (that is; God’s goal or purpose)
Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and …………then shall the end come.
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