God is the only Ruler fit to rule.

Those declared righteous by Jesus, know and accept God’s right to rule. We know He is holy and perfect, and can do no wrong.

In Revelation 22:3 we read about the perfect future state governed in honesty and integrity by the best Rulers there can be, ‘…The Throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city and His servants will serve Him.’  Why will none of the elect, those saved by the Lord Jesus Christ, ever challenge either God or Jesus’ right to the throne?  Because we understand from Scripture, and specifically the Old Testament teaching, that no person can ever match the holiness, wisdom and omniscience of the Trinity.

#  What does the history of Scripture prove about man’s ability to rule?  

When we look carefully at the history of the judges, kings and rulers of Israel, we notice that not one of them made the grade.  From King David, the man after God’s own heart, to Hezekiah and Josiah, they all failed in some way.   The books of Judges, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1& 2 Kings and 1& 2 Chronicles demonstrate the failure of the rulers.

#  What about the charges that God is a cosmic tyrant? 

  • There are many people who criticise God and say He is not perfect.  They can only prove that because they twist and corrupt Scripture.  If we carefully analyse the Bible, the following words are true, ‘I will proclaim the name of the Lord.  Oh, praise the greatness of our God!  He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just.  A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He.’ 1
  • It is, however, very important to note that those who charge God with wrong doing will never share in God’s glory in the coming eternal age, unless they repent.  Those declared righteous by Jesus, know and accept God’s right to rule.  We know He is holy and perfect, and can do no wrong.

# What about Joseph and Daniel? 

  • Scripture attributes no wrong deeds to either of them.  There is a logical answer to it.  Both served foreign rulers in countries outside Israel.  They represented the holy God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  They were God’s ‘evangelists’ among the heathen.
  • Both of them were men of high rank, and not one of the heathen rulers could fail to notice their integrity and witness to God.
  • They were God’s ambassadors, as is written, ‘My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun.  In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations, says the Lord Almighty.’ 2

#  No one can challenge God’s rule.

It is mainly in the Old Testament’s history that we see nobody will ever be able to challenge God or Jesus as the rightful Rulers.  Scripture is clear about it (let’s repeat), ‘The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His servants will serve Him.  They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.’ 3  What a privilege!

Conclusion

The Old Testament is part of God’s revelation.  It consists of almost 75% of God’s Word.  The Holy Spirit reveals wonderful lessons in it.  That is why we dare not neglect it.  ‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.’

References

  1. Deuteronomy 32:3-4
  2. Malachi 1:11
  3. Revelation 22:3-4
  4. 2 Timothy 3:16

Will the Holy Spirit be in heaven?

An interesting question is, where will the Holy Spirit be when God’s eternal, visible Kingdom is Holy Spirit foreverfinally established on earth? God’s headquarters will be the new Jerusalem that will come down out of heaven. We read,

  • ‘Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city.’
  • ‘…The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His servants will serve Him. They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.’ 2

God will sit on His throne with Jesus at His right hand. We can assume that God will be visible, since we will see His face. Jesus will be in His resurrected, eternal body, and we will be like Him,

‘But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.’ 3  So we will have eternal, resurrected bodies like Jesus.

Yet there is no mention about the Holy Spirit. In the two chapters about the new heavens and earth, Revelation 21-22, all we read about the Holy Spirit is, “The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come.’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.” 4

In John 7:37-39 we read, “On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in  a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.’ By this He meant the Holy Spirit, whom those who believed Him were later to receive….”

We, as believers, receive the Holy Spirit according to John 7. Look at the close analogy it has with Revelation 22:17 that we quoted above, “The [Holy] Spirit and the Bride [believers} say, ‘Come!’” We thus conclude that the Holy Spirit will still be in the Bride, the individual members of the body of Christ.  How can we be sure that this is a reasonable interpretation? Remember the three functions of the Trinity? God is the Father. The Son, Jesus, is the Bridegroom. The Holy Spirit rebirths the spirit of a believer and fills him with power so that he can obey the Bible (like a mother who births, feeds, cares, comforts and helps her child).

Conclusion

If our sins are forgiven so that we are holy in God’s sight, we can be filled with the Holy Spirit in the here and now, and that is very important: ‘if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.’ 5 So if we have the Holy Spirit here, we will have the Holy Spirit there. That is another confirmation of the Concrete Principle. What we are here (the now), we will be there (the eternal). If we were cleansed from our sins and became holy here, we will be in the presence of the holy God there. If we were filled with the Holy Spirit here, we will have the Spirit there.

References

  1. Revelation 22:1-2
  2. Revelation 22:3-4
  3. 1 John 3:2
  4. Revelation 22:17
  5. Romans 8:9b
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