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Because of the glorious Lord Jesus Christ, true life now—and eternal life forever—is yours to know and enjoy. What the Scripture reveals about Him is worth more than all knowledge, all riches, and all happiness in this world.
In Genesis 12, God began to form the nation of Israel through the line of Abraham. Intended as God’s mercy to them as well as His redemptive entry-point into a fallen world, the Lord would make several covenants with the nation as a whole that were inviolable and would eventually expand in their application to Gentiles as well. The nation was gifted with God’s inerrant revelation, hope for a restored creation, the way of salvation, and most of all promises of an omnipotent, immanent Deliverer who would accomplish all of these things. This One was the Prophet like unto Moses, whom the nation was warned to obey fully or face dire consequences (Deut. 18:15-19). When He arrived, the nation and its leaders did not see Him for who He was, and they rejected Him—which was ironically the very means of fulfillment of His Suffering Servant prophecies. Read more
The church local and universal is God’s ordained means for accomplishing His purpose in the present age. The local church in particular is the sole vehicle for God’s work and witness in the current dispensation. After the rapture, other institutions will come to the forefront for the furtherance of God’s eternal program. But this must never diminish the glorious reality that the church exists and functions according to “the eternal purpose” of God (Ephesians 3:10, emphasis mine). Read more
Acts 2 is a time of victory for the church. Born on the day of Pentecost, the mystery institution which inaugurates the eschatological kingdom and is God’s appointed means for working with humanity in the current age is yet a triumphant and glorious place. Her promised Messiah rules over her in fulfillment of promises made to David. The sense of His resurrection power and victory is fresh in their experience. Their responsibility to take the message of God’s victoriously ruling and only Savior for the world to the world is filling their vision. And the magnificent outpouring of God’s own Spirit, that Third Person of the Trinity so closely identified with God’s omnipotent power in action, is quite literally fresh on their lips. Proclaiming in real human languages the glories of God to Jews whose ancestors suffered dispersion due to covenant violation, and are now in Jerusalem to celebrate Pentecost, the 120 are experiencing both a massive fulfillment of prophecy and the greatest dispensational change in perhaps 1500 years. All of this will be unfolded in lavish detail in the rest of Acts as well as the NT. But what is key for them now, and should be for us, is that the Christ they proclaimed was in fact the Christ—the promised, anointed, God-appointed king who would save God’s people and God’s world, and rule over both for God to His glory. Peter’s message highlights five things which authenticate Jesus’ Messiahship. Read more
The book of Acts chronicles the establishment of the church, both as the new institution through which God works with humanity in the present age and as the inauguration of the promised eschatological kingdom, the first of three phases—organically and essentially unified with the future, increasingly better, phases of the Millennium and new earth. The church does not exhaust the kingdom, but is the first phase of it. Older dispensationalists tended to see a radical discontinuity between the church and the kingdom, insisting the church was completely set apart from what comes after it in the plan of God. Older covenantalists tended to see the church as the total fulfillment of the kingdom, erasing the need for a future millennial reign and the fulfillment of God’s promises to the nation of Israel. The teaching of Scripture, and particularly the New Testament, directly contradicts both of these ideas. The church bears an intimate relationship to the eschatological kingdom promised to David and ruled over by his Messiah-Seed. Indeed, the church is the first phase—the bronze age, as some have said—of the kingdom promised in the OT. As God’s program picks up speed and hurtles toward the ultimate fulfillment of His promises, the phases and institutions affiliated with the kingdom become increasingly richer, brighter, and more glorious. The church is not all the kingdom is or will be, but to deny it is the inauguration—and a significant one—of these very promises is to ignore the teaching of Scripture. Similarly, to assume that because the church graciously shares in kingdom blessing, authority, presence, and future hope there is no need for a future millennial reign nor a restoration of national, regenerate Israel is to overturn hundreds of clear prophetic passages in the OT, the witness of Peter in Acts 3, and many clear passages in the NT including in the book of Revelation. Read more
Prior to His ascension, the Lord Jesus laid the groundwork for the institution through which He would work in the world during the present age. Empowered by the free gift of His Holy Spirit and tasked with bringing the good news of the Messiah’s sacrifice and present reign to the world, the church would carry the responsibility of stewarding and effecting the progress of God’s program. In the future, other institutions will replace and /or come alongside the church in being God’s vehicle for kingdom advancement. But for this moment in history, church saints have the inestimable privilege of being the means to the fulfillment of God’s program. Read more