Dec6SunDecember 6, 2015
“Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” Isa 9:7 KJV
The Kingdom is NOW and it is future. The rule and reign of Christ Jesus – our Messiah, Savior, and Lord – is in full effect in the lives of those who belong to Him. His Kingdom is not divided. His Kingdom is powerful. His Kingdom shall rule and reign for ever and ever. Like yeast, it starts small but eventually expands/takes over the loaf. His influence, power, and presence continues to increase. Those who fade, wane, or burn out are as Demas, having loved these present things/world, they disappear (see II Tim 4:10).
The Word speaks of a “certain nobleman” who goes away to receive a Kingdom (see Luke 19:12-27). He called ten servants and gave them ten talents (one each) and told them to do business till He returns. When He returns, having received the Kingdom, He calls to account His servants and deals with those who would not have Him rule over them. Jesus gives everyone of His servants/disciples “the measure of faith” to occupy till He comes. We can consume it on ourselves or we can do Kingdom Business – the choice is ours. The purpose of the parable is to reveal and prepare for the Kingdom which is to come.
Right NOW, the Kingdom exists in the hearts of those who love Jesus but one day we are going to live in its visible form. Jesus goes to prepare a place for us that where He is, we will be also. John saw the New Heaven, New Earth, and New Jerusalem coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband (see Rev 21:1). It’s going to be glorious.
Our Citizenship is in Heaven and is determined by our allegiance to Jesus. Our assignment is here on earth to populate the Kingdom. The population increases as the Church fulfills its mission to go make disciples. The more souls that are won and born into the Kingdom, the more populated the Kingdom will become. The Kingdom’s population growth is determined by the Church’s obedience to the Great Commission.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done. The population of Heaven increases when sinners receive Jesus as Savior. Hell’s population increases when they reject Jesus. May we be moved by the Spirit to “fill the house.”
“Every seat filled; Standing room only; People on the outside, trying to get inside because they’ve heard what God is doing in our midst!”