The Christian Faith
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Episode #66: Jesus, the Once & Future King
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Length: 43 minutes
The unspeakably evil attack on Israel this past weekend should cause us as Christians to wake up to the real situation of the world today.
First of all, it shows us there is no moral equivalence between the religion of Islam and the Christian faith. The former has from its inception used violence as a means to spread itself; the latter was founded through the sacrifice of its founder, and, in the same way, has often been spread through the suffering of Christians.
In a larger sense, this attack should remind us that today, Christ does not rule over the world directly. He does rule over the world in a general way, but He has not yet taken His place on His own throne; rather, He is seated on His Father’s throne (Rev. 3:21).
So, the direct ruler of the world today is Satan (John 12:31, 2 Cor. 4:4). Jesus is patiently waiting to take His place on His throne to give people time to repent, before He establishes universal righteousness during His 1,000 year reign on the earth.
If we are clear about this, it will very much strengthen us to not love the world. Instead, we will forsake all to follow Christ and serve Him until He comes to take His place as the rightful king over all the earth (Luke 1:31-32, Matt. 25:31).
RESOURCES REFERRED TO IN THIS EPISODE
BIBLE VERSES REFERENCED
IN THIS EPISODE
Luke 1:30-33, Acts 2:29-31: Jesus will one day sit on the throne of His father David.
Hebrews 7:1-28, 2:10: As our heavenly high priest, Melchizedek, Jesus today is leading many sons into glory.
Revelation 3:21, Matthew 25:31: Jesus today is not yet seated on His own throne, but one day He will do so, and at that time He will deal with all the unrighteousness in the world at that time.
1 Timothy 6:15, Revelation 17:14 , 19:16: The King at His second coming.
John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11: The Ruler of this World.
1 John 5:19: The whole world lies in him.
Luke 4:5-7: He gives the world’s kingdoms to whom he will.
2 Corinthians 4:4: The god of this age.
Acts 26:18: The first work of the gospel is to open the eyes of the unbelievers.
John 8:44: Satan was a liar and a murderer from the beginning.
Genesis 4:1-8: The first murder was committed in the name of religion.
John 5:19: The whole world lies in the evil one.
John 15:18: The world hated Christ before it hated us.
Ephesians 2:2: The ruler of the authority of the air.
Galatians 6:14: We die to the world through the cross.
1 John 2:15-16, James 4:4: If we love the world, we cannot love God.
1 John 4:4: The one in us is greater than the one in the world.
Revelation 20:1-3, 10: The end of Satan: the Abyss for 1,000 years and then the lake of Fire for eternity..
This edition of the program was recorded starting on Tuesday, 3 October 2023 in Chicago, Illinois