01 August 2005

9 Reasons God Will Establish His Kingdom

All the pleasures of God are leading irrevocably to the establishment of a kingdom where disobedience and unbelief will be no more. God will reign in righteousness and justice and peace, and all of life will be the obedience of faith and joy.

  1. God's pleasure in his Son is leading to the kingdom of obedience because God wills to conform all its inhabitants to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29).
  2. God's pleasure in his sovereign freedom is leading to the kingdom of obedience because he will omnipotently cause us to walk in his statutes and observe all his ordinances (Ezekiel 36:27).
  3. God's pleasure in creation is leading to the kingdom of obedience because creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; creation itself will mirror the majesty of God perfectly when the world is filled with righteousness and faith (Romans 8:19-22).
  4. God's pleasure in his fame is leading to the kingdom of obedience because he has an awesome passion to remove the reproach of his name that comes from our transgression (Isaiah 48:9-11; Ezekiel 36:22-23).
  5. God's pleasure in election is leading to the kingdom of obedience because he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world "that we should be holy and blameless before him" (Ephesians 1:4).
  6. God's pleasure in bruising the Son is leading to the kingdom of obedience because Christ died for the church "that he might sanctify her...and present the church to himself in glory without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing" (Ephesians 5:25-27; Titus 2:14; Hebrews 10:10).
  7. God's pleasure in those who hope in his love is leading to the kingdom of obedience, because the internal light of hope shines brightest in the external rays of righteousness and love (Colossians 1:4-5; Hebrews 10:34-36).
  8. God's pleasure in the prayers of the upright is leading to the kingdom of obedience because the sum of every prayer is "Hollowed be your name; your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:9-10).
  9. And as we will see in the last chapter, God's pleasure in concealing himself from the wise and revealing himself to infants is leading to the kingdom of obedience, because only the childlike turn knowledge into the grace of obedience rather than a ground for boasting (Luke 10:17-24).

The above paragraph and bullets are from John Piper's Pleasures of God (p. 258; I added the last reference from his discussion in the chapter).

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