The Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God,

that great and glorious reality of God himself ruling and reigning in heaven and on earth and in every human heart, where truth, righteousness, peace, blessing, flourishing, and every good and pleasing thing exist in steadfast perpetuity; 

beginning from eternal ages past; 

brought to human participation at Eden, abundantly graciously allowing those created from dust to be kings and queens of his creation as his representative vice-regents, being made a little lower than the elohim, crowned with glory and honor, having all things put in humble submission to them for their attentive care; 

in human experience, ruined and delayed by repulsive rebellion, dust thinking itself God, choosing despicable autonomy against original design rather than blessed trust for true satisfaction; 

the invitation of it oft renewed and extended through matchless grace to ungrateful humanity, never realized because of corrupt human nature; 

the mighty and powerful King of it humbling himself to take on a dustly frame, to accomplish all righteousness, to announce the coming of the kingdom, to be rejected, to die a contemptible death on behalf of his rebellious subjects so that they might be brought to life and reconciled to the King, be washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ so that they may enter the blessed kingdom, be made coheirs of it with Christ, and be given the Holy Spirit so that they may fulfill their original design to glorify God and serve him, no more hindered by sin but satisfied in joyful service as his faithful stewards as they await the final establishment of it; 

finally to be accomplished, established, and consummated at the return of Christ and the final judgement, where all will be resurrected, some to eternal life, others to eternal destruction, when the saints will inherit the kingdom and rule and reign under Christ the Lamb for eternal ages to come. 

Blessed be Father, Son, and Holy Spirit whose will can never be thwarted neither by the forces of hell nor the human heart. Yahweh reigns for all eternity. Even so come, Lord Jesus. Amen and amen.

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