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Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Ephesians 5:10 NRSV
In my last post in this series, I discussed how everything God said and did pointed toward the coming of Jesus Christ. He was the Offspring of Abraham in whom all the nations of the earth would be blessed. He was the Son of David who would forever reign. In Christ, the history of Israel, in particular, and of the human race in general comes to a climax. With the coming of Jesus Christ, God was now ready to perform the ultimate act of putting things right.
I just wanted to let you know that I will be taking a couple of weeks off to hang with my Grandson, Owen. When I return, we will continue our look at God’s Story, should it please the King. (I will, however, still be active on Twitter.)
Until then, keep right on living in the Reign.
PS If you haven’t already done so, take a look at my post regarding the US Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage.
In our last post, we discussed the fact that Jesus Christ had a very clear theology of the Kingdom of God because of the very central place it held in His ministry. Our theology of God’s Kingdom tends to be rather shabby. This is because the Kingdom usually doesn’t hold a very prominent place in our ministries, if it holds any place at all. If, however, we are going to develop a proper theology of God’s Kingdom, we must look at it the same way Jesus did.
Nowhere in Scripture are we ever told to “build the Kingdom of God” here on earth. There are preachers and teachers that will say that, but nowhere do we find this idea supported in the Word of God. God’s Kingdom is the exercise of God’s authority. It is God reigning. And because His reign is firmly established and will never come to an end, it cannot be contested or improved upon. It can, however, be extended. There are three primary ways we can work with the Lord to extend His reign. Can you guess what they are?