A Climb Free post – from a series of posts that represent a deeper dive into the truth about relating to our God. This series is on the Kingdom of our God and how we gain entry into it and live in it. Five previous posts are up on the blog, including here.
The purposes of our God are critically important. In establishing His kingdom our God had specific purposes. We must understand those purposes and respond to them appropriately. If we do not, we will not grasp the nature of our relationship with Him. Following are a few of those purposes as revealed in the scriptures. The list is not exhaustive.
One of the purposes of our God in His Kingdom among us is the reclamation of a universal order free of the control of wickedness and evil and focused upon Him as God and on His will for all of creation. This reclamation moves forward greatly in His new covenant relationship with those joined to the kingdom of God on earth now. This reclamation has its completion in the eternal state described at the end of the Book of the Revelation. This relationship is the new covenant life with our God described by Jesus and the apostles in the New Testament. This life will characterize our living in eternity when we are permanently joined to our God as we were in the beginning.
“”Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers on the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord. “For this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord: “I will put My law within them and write it on their heart; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. They will not teach again, each one his neighbor and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the Lord, “for I will forgive their wrongdoing, and their sin I will no longer remember.”” Jeremiah 31:31-34.
See also Isaiah35:5-10, Jeremiah 30:18-4, John 14:1-3, Revelation 21:1-8, Revelation 22:1-5.
Another purpose is the reinstatement of the life of God into His children. “Normality for a human being is when God can be seen by anything and everything which that person does and says and is.” – W. Ian Thomas
This is the restoration of the original relationship and spiritual conditions within His children and includes our role as the Spirit of God’s dwelling place on earth. This reinstatement is the union and oneness between us and our God by means of the life of Christ Himself lived in us. His life lived in us both individually and corporately by His Holy Spirit has been His intention since before creation. It was the life lived by Christ from eternity past and demonstrated to us in His incarnation on earth. The working of our God among humans prior to the incarnation of Christ was building toward this restoration.
This reinstated life is the life that was in Adam and Eve prior to their rebellion, the life of God that He breathed into them and not into the rest of the living creatures. It was the life that died in the day they disobeyed Him and chose the self-life instead of the God-life. “God warned Adam: ‘In the day that you eat of it you shall surely die,’ (Genesis 2:17)…What kind of death was it? Death is the absence of life. What life did Adam lose that day? The Life of God! God withdrew His Holy Spirit from Adam’s spirit. This was spiritual death. “- W. Ian Thomas
A third purpose of our God in those who enter His kingdom is their release from the effects of the rebellious self-life and the resulting sin which destroys its practitioner. When we enter the Kingdom of our God, His life enters us, and His life is perfectly sinless. As we surrender our living up to Him, He lives His life in place of ours. And His life in us will be without sin.
“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever follows His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says that he remains in Him ought, himself also, walk just as He walked. 1 John 2:1-6.
“Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. No one who remains in Him sins continually; no one who sins continually has seen Him or knows Him. Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. No one who has been born of God practices sin, because His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin continually, because he has been born of God. 1 John 3:4-10.
Check back for the next Climb Free post on the Kingdom of our God.