Eschatology Part VIII: Citizens of the Kingdom
For the last seven weeks we have been studying the Kingdom of God. Jesus is the King of Kings, the Lord of all the earth. He established His Kingdom during his ministry, continues to reign in the present during which He is bringing all the nations to honor and worship Him, and will bring the Kingdom to a close when He returns in glory and hands the Kingdom back to His Father, when He relinquishes His Messianic office. In light of the last two weeks and our study of Jesus’ kingdom work in the here and now – that Jesus is in the business of spreading His reign throughout the earth such that all the nations shall serve Him, all shall bow before Him and acknowledge His Lordship – the question naturally arises – How does He go about discipling the nations of the earth?
He has conquered the world, all power in heaven and on earth has been given to our Messiah, how shall he solidify His rule? How does He spread the culture of the Kingdom of God throughout the world, making the world increasingly like heaven? How does He subject the kingdoms of the earth to Himself?
Stuart Bryan is the pastor of Trinity Church. He and his wife, Paige, have seven children, four homegrown, two adopted from the lovely land of Guatemala, and one adopted from Ukraine. Stuart earned his B.A. in Religion from Whitworth College and his M.A. in Theological and Historical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.