12 • God’s Eternal Kingdom
We as people live in ‘time’ (God’s created time and space), and most things—whether a job, a meal, marriage, or even life itself—have a beginning and an end. The stunning fact is that God doesn’t have a beginning or an end. From everlasting to everlasting, He is God—He is ETERNAL (Psalm 90:1; Psalm 45:6). And because God is most powerful and the Creator of all, He is therefore also the King of everything (Psalm 47:2, 6, 7). He is the great Beginner and Finisher of everything. That is why the Bible states that His kingdom will never end (Daniel 7:27). The government is on Jesus Christ’s shoulder and to the increase of His government and peace there will be no end (Isaiah 9:7)!
The marvellous—and to many frightening—reality is that death is not the end for any human being. Death is only the gateway to eternity. Man is appointed to die once and then the judgement will come (Hebrews 9:27). God has put eternity into our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:10)! When God made us, He appointed us to live forever—either with Him or without His glory! (Daniel 12:2). The second option is a frightening one! We only have this life and soon it will pass; only a life united with Christ will last. As this fact—that we will live forever, and that this body we have will be exchanged for an incorruptible and indestructible body (1 Corinthians 15:52-54)—is true, we should take heed to the Originator, Sustainer and King of the universe!
God’s kingdom represents His rule. As God is the King of the universe and has a kingdom without end, we should submit to His glorious rule and obey His helpful commands: The Ten Commandments (e.g. you shall not steal; you shall not commit adultery; you shall have no other gods before Me; etc, See Exodus 20:1-21). God gave these to Moses about 4000 years ago and they are not outdated, although the ceremonial and sacrificial laws (where animals had to be slaughtered to make payment for sins) have been fulfilled IN Jesus Christ. Jesus was the final and perfect sacrifice offered by God (Isaiah 53:10; Hebrews 10:12, 14, 18) to make payment (atonement) for sins. He abolished all animal sacrifices which were all imperfect and had to be repeated. Therefore, if we are IN Christ, we keep God’s holy laws, because He fulfilled the righteousness of the law for us (Romans 8:3, 4). The Ten Commandments also serve as God’s ‘schoolmaster’ or tutor in order to lead unbelievers to Christ so that they might be justified by faith (Gal 3:24).
God’s moral laws are still relevant for us today and show us how He rules the world. Just as any country has a constitution and laws to keep it in order, God rules over His universe with grace, love, truth, righteousness, justice and order (Jeremiah 9:24; Psalm 45:4,6). God’s unchangeable Divine nature (James 1:17) and character revealed in the Bible show us how He rules the Universe. God’s rule isn’t like a dictatorship or like a democracy and He doesn’t have a Human Rights Commission where some criminals and God-haters are protected and given privileges by human laws and governments, but His commandments and laws are holy and just and good (Romans 7:12). God’s Government is called a Theocracy and Jesus Christ is the Chief Executive Officer in human terms (Ephesians 1:21, 22). When all things are put under Christ’s feet, Christ will be subject to Him who put all things under Him so that God may be all in all (1 Corinthians 15:23-28). God’s commandments have also been given to help and protect us from harm and danger.
Question to consider: Have you asked God to forgive your sin because Jesus died to pay for it? Have you come to the point of surrendering your will, thoughts, heart, plans, time, talents, resources and future to King Jesus? It is a vital, glorious commitment that will have eternal and blessed consequences!
Read: Psalm 90:1; Psalm 45:6; Psalm 47:2,6,7; Daniel 7:27; Isaiah 9:7; Hebrews 9:27; Ecclesiastes 3:10; Daniel 12:2; 1 Corinthians 15:52-54; Exodus 20:1-21; Isaiah 53:10; Hebrews 10:12,14,18; Galatians 3:24; Jeremiah 9:24; Psalm 45:4,6; James 1:17; Romans 7:12; Ephesians 1:22,23; 1 Corinthians 15:23-28.