What is God’s Sequence of Biblical Obedience? Part Two of Four

American culture is disintegrating because many Christians have one or more disconnects between their New Spiritual Life and their New Lifestyle. This four-part series looks at this eight-part sequence so that you can identify any unintended disconnects in your worldview and lifestyle.

We Know What We’re Supposed to Do

As we are faithful to be “fruitful, multiply and fill the earth and subdue it,” 21 we know that God will bless our obedience by enabling us to “restore the earth” to live according to His will. 22 As Jesus repeatedly told His disciples, “the Kingdom of God is in our midst” 23 and “the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” 24
In explaining why they should “occupy until He returns,” 25 Jesus tells His disciples:

“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28.18-20

Turning the world rightside up sounds like a very imposing order, but we must remember that we have the world’s Creator who is enabling us to accomplish our task. Therefore, we should “not despise the day of small beginnings,” 26 because how can “anything be too hard for the LORD?” 27 Besides, Jesus promises us that the works we do will have “farther reaching consequences than the works He did during His earthly ministry!” 28 This is why He prays to His Father to not “take us out of the world, but protect us from Satan while we complete the work He has given to us!” 29

While we are carrying out our commanded duties as “ambassadors for Christ” to “reconcile the world” 30 to “God’s will,” 31 our daily confidence grows because we are promised that “we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us,” 32 and that we will “be preserved until we “restore the earth!” 33 In the meantime, Jesus is “sitting at God the Father’s right hand until He makes our enemies His footstool.” 34

The “kingdoms of this world are the kingdoms of our Lord.” 35 They just don’t realize it, yet! But when they do, the earth will reflect Isaiah’s great prophecy:

“Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule with justice. A man will be as a hiding place from the wind, and a cover from the tempest, as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. The eyes of those who see will not be dim, and the ears of those who hear will listen. Also the heart of the rash will understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers will be ready to speak plainly. The foolish person will no longer be called generous,nor the miser said to be bountiful; for the foolish person will speak foolishness, and his heart will work iniquity: to practice ungodliness, to utter error against the LORD, to keep the hungry unsatisfied,and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.Also the schemes of the schemer are evil; He devises wicked plans to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaks justice. But a generous man devises generous things, and by generosity he shall stand.” Isaiah 32.1-8

In the meantime, may we all “forget those things which are behind as we reach forward to those things which are ahead, pressing toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” 36

NOTES
21 Genesis 1.26-28
22 Isaiah 49.8
23 Matthew 12.28; 3.2; 4.17; 10.7
24 Matthew 16.18
25 Luke 19.13
26 Zechariah 4.10
27 Genesis 18.14
28 John 14.12
29 John 17.15
30 2 Corinthians 5.18-20
31 Matthew 6.10
32 Romans 8.37
33 Isaiah 49.8
34 Psalm 110.1; Acts 2.34-35
35 Revelation 11.15
36 Philippians 3.13-14

Buddy Hanson is President of the Christian Policy Network, Director of the Christian Worldview Resources Center and has written several books on the necessity of applying one’s faith to everyday situations, circumstances and decision-making. Mr. Hanson sits on the Advisory Board of the New Geneva Christian Leadership Academy, located in Appomattox, Virginia. bhanson@graceandlaw.com 205.454.1442 http://www.graceandlaw.com

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