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The Kingdom of God

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Van Dempsey

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The Kingdom of God
Two Senses:
Broad - Unchanging

The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty...and is armed with strength. The world is firmly established ; it cannot be moved. Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity (Psalm 93:1-2)
Two Senses:
Narrow- Developing

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:9-10)
A Picture of Heaven:
9 “As I looked, “thrones were set in place,
and the Ancient of Days took his seat.
His clothing was as white as snow;
the hair of his head was white like wool.
His throne was flaming with fire,
and its wheels were all ablaze.
10 A river of fire was flowing,
coming out from before him.
Thousands upon thousands attended him;
ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated,
and the books were opened (Daniel 7:9-10).

John's Vision of the New Jerusalem
The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp (Revelation 21:23).
The Whole Earth will do His Will
...that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth, (Philippians 2:10)
Primeval History
Initial Preparations
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1)
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters (Genesis 1:2)
Ongoing Expansion
Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. 9 The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:8-9).
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it (Genesis 2:15).
The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:18)
They are to take care of all the furnishings of the tent of meeting, fulfilling the obligations of the Israelites by doing the work of the tabernacle (Numbers 3:8).
Vice Regents:
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”(Gen. 1:26)

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
(Gen. 1:27-28)

The Bible is a book about the coming of the Kingdom of God administered by divine covenants.
Israel differed greatly from the religions of the neighboring nations.
This is a summary of the entire teaching of the Old Testament on the Kingdom of God.
The Kingdom of God comes to earth and
transforms it so that it mirrors heaven.
Special Glorious Presence
Contrast with the earth

All in his presence attend to Him and do His will.
This was the original
plan for His Kingdom in the
When Christ returns everyone on will be in willing submission to Him.
Cosmic Treason
Corruption and Judgement
Long-Term Strategy
Cosmic Treason:
To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you.” (Gen. 3:16)

17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life. (Gen. 3:17)

Corruption and Judgement
5 The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth,
and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. 6 The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. 7 So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. (Gen. 6:5-7)

Long-Term Strategy
And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring[a] and hers;
he will crush[b] your head,
and you will strike his heel.” (Gen. 3:15)

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. (Rom. 16:20)

21 The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart:
“Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though[a] every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.
22 “As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.” (Gen. 8:21-22)

Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth (Gen. 9:1)
Nation of Israel
"Because Abraham was the father of Israel, God's dealings with Abraham set the course for everything God would do through Israel." -Pratt
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

"I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.[a]
I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.” (Gen. 12:1-3)

"Abraham's Promised Land became the geographical center for God's activities in the world from this time forward." -Pratt
Orignial Center - The original center of the earthly kingdom was the Garden of Eden.
Abraham was being called back to the vicinity of the original center.
Gen. 2:10-14
Gen. 15:18

Orignal Center
"God gave land to Old Testament Israel as a staging gound for extendinig his reign to the ends of the earth."
- Pratt
- Genesis 12:3

- Romans 4:13
Selection of Israel

Israel was chose as God's special people for His kingdom.
Kingdom of Priests
"The designation of Israel as kingdom of priests shows that Israel continued to fulfill the twofold role of Adam and Eve as Kings and Priests." - Pratt
Exodus 19:4-6
Priests and Kings
Some were given the specialized office of priest and kings.
Aaron and his decendants were to serve in the office of priests.

David and his decendants were to serve as kings over God's people.
He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring[d] be.” (Gen. 15:5)
He also said to him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it.” (Gen. 15:7)
Exodus and Conquest
In your unfailing love you will lead
the people you have redeemed.
In your strength you will
(Shepherding King)
to your
holy dwelling.
(Exodus 15:13)

You will bring them in and plant them
on the mountain of your inheritance—
the place, Lord, you made for your
dwelling, (enthronement, yashav)
the sanctuary, Lord, your hands established.
“The Lord reigns
for ever and ever.”

(Exodus 15:17-18)
So Solomon sat on the throne of the Lord as king in place of his father David. He prospered and all Israel obeyed him. (1 Chron. 29:23)
I had it in my heart to build a house as a place of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, for the footstool of our God, and I made plans to build it. (1 Chron. 28:2)
Empire Cont.
Psalm 72:1,8,11,17,19
Gen. 12:3
Multiplication and Dominion:
Multiplicaiton- Just as Adam and Eve
Dominion- Just as Adam and Eve
Promise Land, a holy dwelling just like Eden:
Jerusalem would be the place of God's enthronement.
David and Solomon moved the Kingdom forward as they reigned as God's representatives on earth.
The ark of the covenant, footstool of the Great King.
The Human King was God's special servant for the purpose of spreading God's kingdom to the ends of the Earth.
The empire stage was to fulfill the original purpose of Israel as we see in verse 17.
New Testament
The heart of the New Testament gospel is the outworking of the Old Testament theme of the kingdom of God.
Matthew 4:23
Our understanding of the gospel is directly related to our understanding of the kingdom of God.
Israel- the original center
Jesus came to earth to end the exile of God's people and to usher in the kingdom of God on earth.
Luke 4:17-19 (Isaiah 61)
Luke 4:20-21
Matthew 6:10
Matthew 24:14

"The New Testament teaches that one day the hope of worldwide expansion will actually be fulfilled in Christ." - Pratt
"God ordained that his worldwide kingdom would mirror his kingdom in heaven. This was to take place through the work of his image, the human race." -Pratt
Last Adam
- Christ reversed the curse Adam had brought.
- Adam's sin condemned humanity

- Jesus' obedience fulfilled the requirments that God held Adam to in the garden which was perfection.

Jesus fullfilled the orignal role of humanity in his life on earth in two ways:

- Because humanity's death came through a man (Adam), humanity's resurrection also had to come through a man (Christ).
1 Corinthians 15:21-22
Priest and King
- Hebrews 4:14
- Luke 1:32-33
Through Christ's leadership as priest and king, God's Kingdom can come to earth as His will be done as it is in heaven.
- Ephesians 4:24
-1 Peter 2:9
The Church is referred to as a royal priesthood.
Renewed Images of God
Matthew 13:31-32
"The kingdom of God would begin small. In time it would grow to be the largest kingdom the world has ever known." - Pratt
Ephesians 2:20
The Kingdom on earth was inaugurated by Jesus and His aplostles.
The period spans from the resurection to the second comming of Christ.
Matthew 6:33
Revelation 11:15-16
This period spans betwee Christ's second coming and the creation of the new heavens and earth.
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