Hello everyone and welcome back to Deeper Waters as we prepare to dive into the ocean of truth. I thank you for your prayers as I did have a good improvement today and things have been going quite well. I do however ask for your continued prayers as we are all always in need of the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. I also ask for your prayers in my financial situation, especially as the Christmas holidays are upon us. Finally, I ask for your prayers for the continued situation that I am in. I mainly seek wisdom and courage. For now, let us go to the blog. Tonight, we’ll be looking at 2 Peter 1:10-11 with a focus on verse 11.
10Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, 11and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The hope that Peter had for his hearers would that they would come into the eternal kingdom of Jesus Christ. It is such a powerful phrase, and it is one that is so easy for we to miss. One of our great dangers with Scripture today is that we are familiar with it. We can read over it and not realize the impact of the words that are being said.
Last time, I wrote about how Peter was making a direct challenge to Caesar by affirming Jesus as God and Savior, an unequivocal reference to the full deity of Jesus Christ. Caesar was the ruler of a kingdom however. Christ, if he is an emperor as well, would be the ruler of a kingdom too and indeed he is.
It could be Peter had Daniel 7:13-14 in mind:
13 “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence.14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.
This is one of the most important passages for understanding who Jesus is and we see the same concept. Jesus is given an everlasting dominion. He is the ruler of a kingdom that will outlast the kingdom of Caesar. Keep in mind that Daniel predicted the rise of Rome and that in the time of Rome, a kingdom would come that would never fail. That is the kingdom of God.
What does this say about Jesus. As the ruler of an everlasting dominion, it fits in with his position as deity. Jesus is the ruler of this kingdom because this kingdom is the renewed creation and Jesus is the Lord of creation. Christians belong in this kingdom and the one they serve is the one he claimed to be, fully God and fully man.
We shall continue tomorrow.