The Bible quite clearly speaks of a future that involves both physical resurrection and eternal life, and an eternal inheritance upon the earth in a kingdom that is built upon the ruins of all that exists now. This is a challenging concept, as it is totally different to the commonly held belief. However, it does provide real and tangible reasons why we should understand what God has declared, and the motivation to align ourselves with God’s purpose. It also explains why those with vested interests in the present have resisted and will resist these ideas. Consider these plain words –
Matt.5:5. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. (KJV)
Matt.6:10. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. (KJV – The Lord’s Prayer)
Dan.2:44. And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.
Dan.7:26. Then the kingdom and dominion, And the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, Shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And all dominions shall serve and obey Him.
Rev.5:10. And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.”
Rev.20:6. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
Just how this promised future is to be realised for those who believe is the underlying theme of the whole Bible. Although the promises of a renewed earth are of themselves quite clear, there stands a barrier between what and who we are now and the realization of what has been promised in the future. That barrier is what is called in the Bible ‘the law of sin and death’, which is Bible shorthand for our sinful and mortal condition.
The Bible quite clearly says that all have sinned, and all die. Yet these promises are for an eternal inheritance. The missing element and the key that makes all the promises of God available to us is bound up in the person and work of Jesus Christ. He is called, ‘the way, the truth and the life’ (Jn.14:6). He is the one provided by God, through whom God worked. If we understand and know him, and have faith in him and what God achieved in him, and align ourselves with him, then all the promises of God can be ours too. For Jesus came to ‘confirm the promises made to the father’ (Rom.15:8). The identity of Jesus is one of the great questions that need to be answered. Some say that he is God, and others say that he was just another man. Contrary to what men think, God has plainly declared who Jesus is and how he fits into God’s great scheme of things.