God has always ruled the world.
His chosen way to display that rule was Adam.
Both Adam and Eve refused to live under God’s authority rendering them incapable of displaying God’s authority.
God creates a people, Israel, in a similar way he created Adam. He brought that which did not exist, into existence to again display His authority to the world.
Israel refused to live under God’s authority rendering them incapable of displaying God’s authority.
While God ruled the world, the display of His authority was a story of progressive decline.
God has always ruled the world but enters the story to ensure His authority.
Jesus, as the second Adam, perfectly lives under God’s authority. He glorifies God in this and so God glorifies Him and enthrones Him as King eternal.
Jesus enables a people of all nations, beginning with Israel, by His promised spirit to display their ability to obey the authority of the Lord and have authority over the world.
Now the promised Messiah, Jesus, rules the world through his people empowered and guaranteed by His spirit to ensure that His glory will progressively grow and fill the Earth.
After the kingdom is full of his authority, the King will return.
The church, as it submits to the authority of Christ, is the growing authority of God on Earth. This is not just why we plant churches. This is why we plant churches who display a submission to God’s word. Churches that submit to the authority of God are enabled to display authority to and in the world.
*Picture is of Viking king Harald Bluetooth, who was one of the first Christian Viking kings and led to the taming of the Viking people.
BY JOSHUA WHETSTINE – NORTH AMERICAN MISSION BOARD CITY MISSIONARY FOR MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL.