5 Aspects of the Kingdom of God That Will Help Us Conquer the Future
by R. J. Rushdoony
Posted on March 5, 2015
Very plainly, our Lord requires us to give priority to the Kingdom of God. This means, first, that this Kingdom must govern us, our institutions (including church and state), our vocations, activities, arts, sciences, families, ourselves, and all things else. There is no sphere, area, nor even an atom in all creation outside this Kingdom and its absolute government.
Second, this is a sovereign, not a satellite Kingdom, and it is ruled by the Sovereign, Christ the King. He is “the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords” (1 Tim. 6:15). The realm of the triune God cannot be given to another without sin, and if we yield either ourselves, our families, or our nations to another sovereign, we shall be judged.
Third, we are the Sovereign’s people, His creation, and the earth is His, because He made it. Proverbs 16:4 tells us, “The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.” God is the Lord, the Sovereign, not man. “The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof: the world, and they that dwell therein” (Ps. 24:1).
Fourth, our Kingdom is also a law-sphere, ruled by a Sovereign whose word is law. The Bible is God’s law-word which must govern every sphere of life and thought. The fact that man-made laws now govern us does not entitle us to disobedience, because Christ’s way is not revolution but regeneration. The revolutionary act for us must be faithfulness to every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matt. 4:4). Opposition does little good without Christian reconstruction in terms of God’s law-word. Tax protesters fail to recognize that what God requires of us is to take back government from the state by our tithing to finance Christian reconstruction, and by our own actions in our spheres of life.
Fifth, a sovereign realm is also a judgment realm, and an evidence of men’s failure to take God’s sovereignty seriously is their failure to regard God’s judgments in history and in the day of final judgment. Such thinking has waned because faithfulness to God’s law has waned, and it will revive together with our obedience to that law. The commandment to honor our father and mother carries with it the promise of life for obedience (Ex. 20:12), and all the laws similarly promise life and blessings for obedience, and curses and death for disobedience (Deut. 28:1ff ).
Excerpted from Sovereignty, pp. 32-33
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