- Adam was given dominion over God’s Creation (PS 8.4-6)
- The kingdom was not a future hope, it was the world God had created
- Adam gave up his regency by turning from God
Jesus, the King that Adam was not
- MT 4.17 Jesus preached a kingdom that we live in today – it is not just a future hope
- MT 25.33-35 the kingdom involves real people, helping in real ways
- Jesus has shown us the way to be the divinely created humans we are supposed to be in His life on earth – He is the way, the truth, and the life (JN 14.6)
Kingdom of God
Col 1.13 we ARE CURRENTLY in the kingdom Jesus preached in MT 4.17
Jesus Victorious over Powers of the World and Death
- Col 2.15 the cross was where the world thought Jesus was defeated, but it was where Jesus was victorious over the world
- Col 1.20 Jesus has reconciled everything to God in the cross… the kingdom Adam gave up has been reconciled to God and
- Dan 7.13 and Acts 1.9 Jesus sits as King over creation at the right hand of God
- 1 Cor 15.26 the sin introduced by Adam has now been resolved, and the death that resulted has now been conquered
Jesus victorious in the cross, vindicated in the resurrection, sanctifying His kingdom citizens today, coming for them soon in His return, our glorious resurrection, His region fulfilling the David Covenant, and finally, bringing to God all of creation – all of this in Jesus. In Jesus ALL THINGS are reconciled, the separation in Genesis 2 (and all that follows) is resolved in Jesus.
Our Village in His Kingdom
Col 1.19 God’s Will for His creation, us, everything, is resolved and dwelling in His Son Jesus
Our church began in 1916, in the midst of village and its mill. Our bell rung out to sound the call to worship and its echoes reminded the people of the gospel. God has preserved us for 98 years. We are called to serve in His kingdom today, just as Paul served in his time. The kingdom is not just a future glorious hope – it is before us today. The kingdom is not just a spiritual kingdom inside of us. Jesus healed real people who were blind, lame, and stricken. We are called to our world today. What we do here and now matters – our service is in the service of our village and His Kingdom.
We are to be the feet to carry the gospel, we are to be the lips that speak comfort and truth, we are to be the hands of compassion – in our time, in our village, where He has placed us in His Kingdom!