A key theme of the Bible is that of a Messiah to bring salvation to
the world (cf.; Isaiah 49:6; 52:10). Jesus Christ is prophesied to
return to the earth in power and glory, restore peace, and establish
a righteous and just government over the earth (cf. Psalm 72:1-7;
Daniel 7:13-14; Revelation 11:15).
After the living
God, Creator of all that is made, establishes his government over the
earth, it will be a much different world. In the final article in
this series, we will explore some additional important ways in which
the world will be different after Christ returns.
review key points covered in the previous articles in this series.
After Christ returns there will be: (1) An end to oppression. (2)
Just government. (3) An end to war. (4) Peace and harmony among races
and nations. (5) Stable government. (6) Predictable and favorable
weather, and abundant produce for all.
Without water you can’t live. In fact, your physical body consists largely of water. And the supply of water in your body must be constantly replenished for you to thrive. Usually we rely on our sense of thirst to tell us when and how much water to drink. Sometimes, however, for various reasons, our sense of thirst may fail us. And when that happens individuals may become sick or even die from dehydration. At other times, people may thirst, but seek to satisfy their thirst with impure water that, either slowly or quickly, produces disease and death. Do you thirst for living water, pure, flowing, abundant and life-giving?
The Spirit of God is analogous to water. “On the last day of the Festival–the great day–Jesus stood up and cried aloud. ‘Whoever is thirsty,’ He said, ‘let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, from within him–as the Scripture has said–rivers of living water shall flow.’ He referred to the Spirit which those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not bestowed as yet, because Jesus had not yet been glorified” (John 7:37-39, Weymouth translation).
Published on June 1, 2018
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As we’ve seen in previous installments of this series, the overall reason for the giving of the Old Covenant was because of transgressions – sin – lawlessness (Galatians 3:19). “Why then was the law [the Old Covenant] made? God gave it… because so many people were doing what was wrong” (Galatians 3:19; Bible in Worldwide English version).
But within that overall framework, there are at least five major reasons for the institution of the Old Covenant that we find in Scripture. Let’s examine these five reasons now one at a time:Continue reading →