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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.
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
In many ways, Acts is a transitional book in the biblical Canon—perhaps the strongest and most definitive transitional book in the whole Bible. Chiefly, it is concerned with God setting Israel aside for the duration of this age as the institution through which He works with humanity, and replacing it with the mystery institution of the church. Indeed, Acts describes and depicts the inauguration of the church and the very real, sometimes messy, transition of God’s people from an ethnically-bound, national-political entity to an international, interracial, spiritual kingdom ruled by an invisible Jewish Messiah, to whom the whole world was directly accountable. Acts is the bridge between the gospels (which describe the person and work of Jesus Christ and thus are appropriately titled “gospels”) and the epistles/Revelation (which respectively unpack, flesh out, and apply the facts of the gospel to the lives of church saints and point to our hope—the consummation of God’s program for history). Moreover, Acts is also pivotal for a proper, whole-Bible understanding of the kingdom of God, whose purpose and establishment is arguably the most basic theme of Scripture. Read more
Upon His resurrection, the Lord Jesus called His Apostles to Himself and told them that the Father had given Him all authority in heaven and on earth (Matt. 28:18; cf. Acts 2:33-36, Eph. 1:18-23, Phil. 2:11). The incarnate King of God’s kingdom has offered Himself in the place of His subjects, been raised from the dead to prove the Father accepted His death as the payment plan, and will imminently be exalted to begin acting on the authority the Father bestowed upon Him. This authority is the foundation of the New Testament revelation—men chosen and moved upon by Christ would be used to write the reigning Christ’s will for the fledgling community that had surrendered to His lordship. Mark Minnick has frequently preached that the only thing going on in the world today is Jesus’ reigning until He subdues all enemies under His feet (Psa. 110:1-4; 1 Cor. 15:25)—He rules today by conquering souls individually and drawing them powerfully and supernaturally into His kingdom (Col. 1:13); in the future He will reign coercively as He purges the world of opposition prior to His millennial empire. But He is reigning now and the Epistles give us the implications, applications, and the unpacking of His present reign. Read more
God’s program for the world and for history can be succinctly summarized this way: He intends an earthly, physical kingdom where His image-bearers from every people group and nation worship Him exclusively, love one another deeply, cultivate His world faithfully, and glorify Him unreservedly in all things. His intent has always been to have a kingdom on earth; the Fall did not ruin that. This kingdom was initiated through Israel, idealized in the reigns of David and Solomon, promised in the prophets, inaugurated through the church, and will come to fruition in the consummation of the millennial kingdom and the new earth. The whole point of Jesus’ kingdom parables in Matthew 13 is to explain that the eschatological kingdom promised in the OT would be established progressively, beginning in a previously-unrevealed dispensation known as the church age. This is important because it deals directly with the salvation promised to Gentiles in the OT. Read more