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02/02/2015

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Jesus' Great Kingdom


"For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins" (Col.1:13-14).

During the time before Jesus, and after Him, cities and empires were for the most part ruled by kings or emperors. Regular people, like farmers and craftsmen, mostly depended upon the wisdom and benevolence of the king. People would flourish when the king was a good and wise man and was balanced in his enforcement of just ways. In reality, it was a good and efficient system of government with an ideal king. The problems lied in that there were no earthly kings that lived up to the ideal. The metaphor used in today's verse talks about an ideal kingdom... The kingdom of heaven, meaning the church, has an ideal king and an ideal government. As is true with metaphors, the church is not like a kingdom in all respects, just like it is not exactly like a body, or a building, or a family.. We need to understand, however, the ideal of a kingdom being applied to the church illustrates important aspects of what Christ wants His people to be. Jesus is indeed like a king, in the glory and honor that is due to Him, and in the obedience to His commands. The task we face as the church, His subjects, is to read His Word and decide what he wants Christians to be and do. As much as we like America's system of government in which we get to vote our leader in and out of office, in the church there is no voting. Jesus did everything He was called upon to do to become the King of the church, and we're to lean totally upon Him. I'm reminded of a famous old hymn..."What a fellowship, what a joy divine, leaning on the everlasting arms; What a blessedness, what a peace is mine, Leaning on the everlasting arms... Leaning, leaning, Safe and secure from all alarms; Leaning, leaning, Leaning on the everlasting arms..." Its a really good metaphor....

Have a great start to your week... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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