The Millennial Kingdom Part 1
The Millennial Kingdom Selected Passages Big Idea: Jesus’ Millennial reign is God’s next stage of redemptive history. In the Millennial Kingdom we see a further demonstration of God’s good and gracious rule over creation. What is God’s Kingdom? God’s authority and ability to rule over any and all realms within the created order and beyond in order to _______________________ the blessings of his good and righteous kingdom to _______________________ subjects all to his glory. Romans 8:18-25 “[Jesus’] mission, as well as his Messiahship, was a ‘mystery’; it was not to bring the evil Age to its end and inaugurate the Age to Come. It was rather to bring the powers of the future Age to men in the midst of the present evil Age…” George Eldon Ladd What is the Millennial Kingdom? God’s final demonstration of his goodness and glory to the nations through the __________________ and ________________ rule of the Resurrected Christ and his resurrected people for 1,000 years before the New Heavens and the New Earth. If the incarnation of Christ (first coming) was a humble and subtle unveiling of the glory of God and the church is an extension of that subtlety, then the Millennial Kingdom is an extension of the glorious unveiling of Jesus Christ as conquering King in his second coming. 3 noteworthy events that indicate the time of the Millennial Kingdom is after the church age: Christ Return is ______________________ at the End of the Church Age Revelation 19:11-16 The first time that John saw heaven standing open was to admit him to the glorious sights and sounds of vision two (4:1). This time the gates are thrown wide so that Christ and the heavenly armies may leave and descend to earth. Revelation 1:7 (ESV) — 7 Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen. Mark 13:24–27 (ESV) — 24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven. In the incarnation of Christ he came as a humble savior, in his return he will come as a conquering king. Luke 17:22–24 (ESV) — 22 And he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 23 And they will say to you, ‘Look, there!’ or ‘Look, here!’ Do not go out or follow them. 24 For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. The return of Christ brings judgement upon his enemies. Satan is _________________ _________________ before the Millennial Kingdom. Revelation 19:19-20:3 What we see here is that at the end of the church age and the beginning of the thousand year reign of Christ (vs 2), the beast and the false prophet are thrown into the lake of fire and Satan is thrown into the bottomless pit. Revelation 20:7 (ESV) — 7 And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison… Revelation 20:10 (ESV) — 10 and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. Questions to Consider: How does the hope of Christ return encourage you in the midst of this present evil age? How are we to live in light of this future manifestation of God’s goodness and glory? How might Christ’s return serve us as we seek to the spread the good news of Christ’s kingdom to those who are non-believing among us?
September 7, 2021
Mark Shaeffer preaching on Joshua 1:1-9
September 7, 2021
Living in the Overlap
Living in the Overlap Selected Passages Big Idea: We live in the overlap of this age and the age to come, therefore we ought to anticipate a tension between a rejection and acceptance of God’s kingdom while on this earth. We as God’s people, should be representatives of the age to come. Matthew 12:32 (ESV) — 32 And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. Luke 18:29–30 (ESV) — 29 And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30 who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.” This Age. Eph. 2:1-3 (917) What characterizes this age? This Age is ______________________ in Trespasses and Sins… The trouble with men and women is not merely that they are out of harmony with their environment and with their fellows. They are ‘alienated from the life of God’ (4:18), that is, with respect to their true spiritual nature they are dead through … trespasses and sins… The sinful condition of humanity is lifeless and motionless as far as any Godward activity is concerned. John 3:19–20 (ESV) — 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. This Age ___________________ according to the prince of power of the air… Romans 8:3-8 (888) This Age ______________________ under the wrath of God… The Age to Come. What characterizes the age to come? Rev. 21:1-8 (977) The Age to Come _______________ Newness of Life… Romans 8:23 (ESV) — 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. James 1:18 (ESV) — 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. The church displays a portion of the fullness which is to come in the New Heavens and the New Earth. The Age to Come ____________________ in the full presence of God… John 16:4-7 (848) The Age to Come is ___________________ of God’s Wrath… 2Cor. 5:17-21 (908) Scripture for your meditation: 2 Peter 3:11–15 (ESV): Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 14 Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. 15 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation...
September 7, 2021
What is God's Kingdom: Part 3
What is God’s Kingdom: Part 3 Selected Passages Big Idea: God’s kingdom is his authority and ability to rule. We see this kingdom exercised over certain realms and people. God’s kingdom reigns over all of creation, over the kingdoms of men, and over the hearts of men. What is God’s Kingdom? God’s _______________ and ________________ to rule over any and all realms within the created order and beyond. God exercises his authority over: The Realms of Nature The Realms (kingdoms) of Men The Realm of the __________________ Proverbs 21:1 (ESV) — 1 The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will. Ezra 6:22 (ESV) — 22 And they kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with joy, for the Lord had made them joyful and had turned the heart of the king of Assyria to them, so that he aided them in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel. Exodus 7:1-4 (pg. 46) God is directing the affairs of men by either applying direct pressure to or removing his restraining hand from the hearts of men so that he might accomplish his purposes on this earth. “Concurrence may be defined as the co-operation of the divine power with all subordinate powers, according to the pre-established laws of their operation, causing them to act and to act precisely as they do.” Louis Berkhoff Systematic Theology “The Scriptures teach that Divine sovereignty and [creature] freedom co-operate in perfect harmony; that while God is the sovereign ruler and primary cause, [creatures are] free within the limits of [their natures and are] the secondary cause; and that God so controls the thoughts and wills of [all creatures] that they freely and willingly do what He has planned for them to do.” Loraine Boettner The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination God is directing the affairs of men by either applying direct pressure to or removing his restraining hand from the hearts of men so that he might accomplish his purposes on this earth. Ezekiel 36:26–27 (ESV) — 26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. John 1:9-13 (pg. 833), 3:1-8, 6:41-45, 66-69 In the church we see the kingdom of God manifested. We see a gathering of individuals who are compelled to do God’s will because the Spirit is joyously motivating them toward godliness. Titus 2:11–14 (ESV) — 11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Questions to Consider Why is it a good thing that God has the power and authority to change men’s hearts? In what ways have you seen God change your heart? How do our evangelistic efforts depend on God’s ability to change men’s hearts? How are you displaying the goodness of God to transform our inner man to those around you?
September 7, 2021
What is God’s Kingdom: Part 2
Big Idea: God’s kingdom is his authority and ability to rule. We see this kingdom exercised over certain realms and people. God’s kingdom reigns over all of creation and over the kingdoms of men. What is God’s Kingdom? God’s _______________ and ________________ to rule over any and all realms within the created order. God has the right to rule over: The Natural Realm The Realms (kingdoms) of ________________ Psalm 47:6–8 (ESV) — 6 Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! 7 For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm! 8 God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne. Isaiah 40:15 (ESV) — 15 Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as the dust on the scales; behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust. Daniel 2:17-23, 31-45; 4:28-35 (pg. 691) Even the greatest kings of this earth must ultimately answer to the King of Kings. Whether we look at the world from a micro (God’s rule over details) or a macro (God’s rule over the big picture) perspective, God is controlling and orchestrating all the affairs of mankind in order to accomplish the purposes of his kingdom. Galatians 4:4–5 (ESV) — 4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. Early Christian apologists pointed to the fact that the birth of the Messiah occurred during the Pax Romana, a period of relative peace and stability. Others have pointed to the development of a common language, favorable means of travel, the emergence of an urban civilization that made possible the rapid spread of the Christian message, and so forth. Still others have pointed to the lapse of a definite period of time (cf. Dan 9:24) that had to occur before the appearance of the Messiah. It is sufficient to say with Calvin that “the time which had been ordained by the providence of God was seasonable and fit.… Therefore the right time for the Son of God to be revealed to the world was for God alone to judge and determine.” John 19:8–11 (ESV) — 8 When Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid. 9 He entered his headquarters again and said to Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 So Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” 11 Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.” Acts 2:22–23 (ESV) — 22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— 23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God’s plans and purposes are ultimate and he has the authority and ability to direct the affairs of men to accomplish his will on the earth. Questions to Consider Is it a comfort to know that God is ruling over all the affairs of men? Why? How should this truth cause you to conduct yourself on this earth? In what ways are you frustrated with culture in which we live? How does this kingdom reality address your frustration? In what ways might you live more faithfully to this truth of God’s rule over the nations?
August 31, 2021
What is the Kingdom of God?
What is God’s Kingdom: Part 1 Selected Passages Big Idea: God’s kingdom is his authority and ability to rule. We see this kingdom exercised over certain realms and people. God’s kingdom reigns over all of creation. What is God’s Kingdom? Mark 1:14–15 (ESV) — 14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” The concept of kingdom throughout the scriptures hinges on a person’s rightful authority and ability to rule over both realms and people. Luke 19:11-15 (825) This “kingdom” must be understood dynamically as “kingly authority” or “kingship” rather than statically as referring to territory, for what he brought back in Luke 19:15 was not territory but the right and power to rule (see comments on 4:43). Two interesting historical analogies may have provided background for this allusion. Both Herod the Great in 40 b.c. and his son Archelaus in 4 b.c. went to Rome to receive confirmation of their rule. Herod received the kingship of Judea, Samaria, and Idumea. Archelaus received not “kingship” but only the title “Ethnarch.”322 The kingdom of God is God’s right to rule. Psalm 103:19 (ESV) — 19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all. God has the right to rule over: The ______________________ Realm Genesis 1:1 (ESV) — 1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 1 Chronicles 29:11–13 (ESV) — 11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. 12 Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. 13 And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name. God spoke and the building blocks of our created world were brought into existence. Amos 4:7-10 (718) Revelation 4:11 (ESV) — 11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” Luke 4:14-21, 5:17-26 (807-808) Questions to Consider How is God’s Kingdom defined? Does it bring you comfort that God exercises authority over the natural realm? Why? Does it bring you comfort that God exercise authority over the spiritual realm? Why? How does this truth encourage you to advance God’s Kingdom in your relationships with others?
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