Celebrating Our Inheritance
If we are children of God, then we are heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. – Rom. 8:17
The kingdom of God is our future – our eternal inheritance as his children. Created out of his love for us, it is the final and never-ending chapter in God’s plans for humanity (Matt. 25:34). Christ, as God’s human son, will be given the entire earth as his everlasting inheritance (Psalm 2:7-8). Those who are the people of Christ, are his co-heirs (Rom. 8:17). They will inherit the earth with him (Psalm 37:29, Matt. 5:5).
At the second coming of Christ, his kingdom will be fully established on the earth (Acts 1:11, Rev. 11:15). When he returns, those who have died “in Christ” will be raised from the dead and, together with his people who are still alive, will then enjoy their eternal inheritance (1 Thess. 4:13-18). They will rule and reign with him on the earth (Rev. 3:21).
They sing a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain and by your blood you ransomed for God saints from every tribe and language and people and nation; you have made them to be a kingdom and priests serving our God, and they will reign on the earth.” – Rev. 5:9-10
Salvation in Jesus Christ is the story of the restoration of humanity to peace and fellowship with God (Rom. 5:1). Jesus is “the last Adam” (1 Cor. 15:45). In Christ, what was lost by Adam is restored. The apostle Peter told the people concerning the return of Christ,
Repent, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, that is, Jesus, who must remain in heaven until the time of restoration of all things that God announced long ago through his holy prophets. – Acts 3:19-21
In Jesus, there is a new creation; a creation where there is peace, unending life and blessings for the earth (2 Peter 3:13).
Join us at 21st Century Reformation in learning more about our inheritance with Christ and in celebrating what God is preparing for all those who love him – unending life in his eternal kingdom.
The Kingdom of God – The Bible’s Unified Message
Excerpted from The Coming Kingdom of the Messiah, pp. 9,10
The process of reading the New Testament through the filter of church tradition has been going on for so long that nothing short of a theological revolution will bring it to an end. But there are hopeful signs. The late twentieth century produced a mood likely to encourage the new look at the New Testament documents necessary for getting at the heart of them. A thirst for exploration is abroad among theologians and ordinary students of the Bible.
The Coming Kingdom of God
by Anthony Buzzard
The Life of the Age to Come
Nothing could be of greater importance to the disciple of Christ than to understand the nature of the goal for which he is striving. Yet so imprecise and vague is the prospect offered by traditional teaching that large numbers of would-be Christians now no longer even believe in life after death! (Popular “near death” experiences tell us nothing about the true future life of the Bible, and merely deceive readers into not believing the Bible’s teaching about the sleep of the dead, Ps. 13:3). That such unbelief can still be described as Christian only adds to the confusion. The simple facts of the New Testament are that Jesus promised his followers “eternal life.” Without further explanation, the concept as it is presented to us lacks precision, and this is due to an inadequate rendering of the original Greek into English. The truth is that the term “eternal life” in its original Greek, as written by Hebrews, contains a wealth of data which unlocks the entire New Testament prospect for the future. This information is well documented, but never, it seems, reaches the average churchgoer. [READ MORE]