King Jesus and the Reign of God
The main message of the Bible declares God’s power to accomplish His eternal redemptive purpose. God, the Creator, wants loving fellowship with mankind, whom He created in His image. The reign of God’s King, Jesus, is more than some nice figure or feature of redemption. It is more than a promise about the end of time. God’s covenant with David reveals a very important aspect of God’s purpose: The Reign of His King! The reign of Christ is a fact of the here and now, and it is a necessity for God’s purpose in His church.
Some passages that will help our understanding of this thought (Psa 2; 2 Sam 7:12-14; Eph 1:17-21; Rev 1:8, 17b-8; 19:11-16).
The Main Message of the Bible: Christ Jesus our High Priest
The Bible gives us an abundance of evidence about our God. He is powerful. He is the God of protection, deliverance, and the God who gives life to the dead. He is eternally powerful to keep His promises, and He abounds in faithfulness to His promises!
Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of all God’s promises, and it is His work as our High Priest by which we are able to come to God, not on our own but through the ministry of Him who lives forever to intercede for us (Heb 2:14-17; 4:14-16; 7:16, 25).
Through Distance, Darkness, and Enemies – God Is There
Good friends and neighbors, we say, are there with us through it all. God, far beyond a good friend or neighbor is there. Our search in this life needs to be for Him, who knows us the best (Psa 139; Heb 13:5-6).
TThe church in its beginning was devoted to the apostles teaching, to the Lord’s Supper, the fellowship, and prayer…. The were all filled with awe!
Perhaps, we need to check our devotion to the scripture (Acts 2:42,43; Rev 1:3; 3:14 – 22).
TPaul faced the hardships of being: in want, shipwrecked, beaten, imprisoned, falsely accused, and uncertain of life, itself. Yet, he says he learned to be content whatever his circumstances. This same kind of contentment is available for us today, if we are willing to hear the message of what Paul tells the saints in Philippi – the Lord is good and He is near! (Php 4:10-13)