Saturday, April 28, 2012

Your God Reigns; a promise to new covenant people

Isaiah 52:7  “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns."
Proclaiming the kingdom of God is as easy as saying your God reigns. The reign of God, the government of God, and the kingdom of God are all the same thing. To say it in today’s language you could simply say “God rules.” The above passage is descriptive first and foremost of Jesus and his mission. He came to bring the good news of the kingdom. That is the message, your God reigns. One could not say God reigns without meaning that the kingdom of God is a now thing. It is a present reality.

I have already stated that the decrees of Isaiah chapters forty through sixty-six are promises written to the New Covenant People. That is the reality of who we are. We are new covenant people, completely under the new covenant. The covenant is made by God’s declaration. It is entered into by apprehension on our part. Not apprehension as in anxiety but apprehension in relationship to apprehending or arresting.

Let’s go back to the beginning of the book. Let’s take a look at Genesis. Gen 1:27 & 31  “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.  …..  (31)  And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.”  There you have God’s point of view, man was created good in God’s image. In the reign of God, God’s view is the correct one. With the knowledge of good and evil, man doubted God’s original decree, and wondered if humanity was bad and not good. In the long run, humanity concluded that they were essentially bad. Christ came to this earth believing God’s original decree that he was good. He was willing to die to prove it, knowing that God would raise him from the dead. This was proof of our eternal nature. Because of Jesus, we can believe that we are eternal, and loved by God, and that God thinks we are very good. That is in a nutshell the gospel… that is the good news of the reign of God. Believing that specific gospel message restores us to the original state. That is what redemption is.

It is truly good news to find out that our God, your God, everyone’s God (I say that because there is really only one true God) reigns. God reigns and therefore despots do not. However, the reign of God is spiritual. It only moves into the natural realm when we subject ourselves to his reign. The first step in this subjection is to apprehend the gospel and the kingdom. We must, as I have said over and over again, latch on to, hold on to, firmly grip this truth. We apprehend it and do not allow it to go.

So then, the beautiful feet on the mountain top are the feet of Christ Jesus. But, when we are united to him by apprehending faith, and we begin to proclaim the love of God, and the message that our God reigns in love, we begin to have the beautiful feet ourselves. No matter what may come, our God reigns eternally. No matter what may come we are eternally connected to our reigning God. We can rest in the fact. If God merely reigns for this earthly life what good is that? It is THE eternal reign that makes us bullet proof.

Now then, eternal awareness should not cause us to cop out from achieving all that God wants for us here. It should free us up to grab for the brass ring. It should free us to reach for our highest achievements; all the while proclaiming our God reigns!

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