To be a citizen of the kingdom requires a life of self-sacrificial service for others, and not power over them – Mark 10:35-45.
The New Testament teaches that Christians are a “kingdom of priests.” As citizens of this realm, we rule with Jesus both now and in the “age to come.” But such a high calling raises the obvious question: How do we participate in his reign? Fortunately, both Jesus and Paul provided down-to-earth explanations of how we are to implement his sovereignty on the earth.
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Disciples reign with Jesus by fulfilling their role as “priests” who render divine service to God and mediate His light to the world.
At Mount Sinai, Yahweh summoned Israel to become a “kingdom of priests, a holy nation.” If she kept His covenant, the nation would become “my own possession…FOR all the earth is mine.” God never intended for His people to be a community isolated from the rest of humanity. Instead, Israel was to reflect His light in a world darkened by sin.
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SYNOPSIS – John was exiled on Patmos for his testimony, therefore, he was a “fellow participant” in the Tribulation, Kingdom, and Perseverance “in Jesus” – Revelation 1:9.
Patmos is a small island in the Aegean Sea approximately ninety kilometers west of the city of Ephesus – Eleven kilometers long by seven kilometers wide. It is one of the smaller islands of the Sporades, an archipelago off the west coast of Asia Minor. Roman literature from the imperial period identifies this island chain as a place for the exile of political offenders – (Tacitus, Ann. iii. 68; iv. 30; v. 71).
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SYNOPSIS – To be a member of the kingdom of God requires a life of self-sacrificial service for others – Not power over them – Mark 10:35-45.
After once again predicting his trial and execution, Jesus observed the disciples jockeying for position and power in the coming messianic kingdom. As before, Jesus taught them that membership in the kingdom meant a life of self-sacrificial service to others, NOT power over them – (Mark 10:32-34).
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When we hear the term “last days,” quite naturally, we assume it is a reference to the final short period of history just prior to the return of Jesus in glory. This is a logical assumption. Yet, the New Testament presents this period as an era of fulfillment that began with the Death, Resurrection, and the Exaltation of Jesus.
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