Based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Growing in Grace is a blog by Pastor Matthew Molesky. His posts explore the Bible, theology, ecclesiology, culture, books, family, and life.

The Blessings Of His Reign

The Kingdom of God is basically the rule of God. It is God's reign, the divine sovereignty in action. God's reign, however, is manifested in several realms, and the Gospels speak of entering into the Kingdom of God both today and tomorrow. God's reign manifests itself both in the future realm and a present realm in which man may experience the blessings of his reign. (George Eldon Ladd)

Reflecting upon this truth, Oswald J. Smith comments, "[Ladd's] understanding is that the kingdom, though insignificant in appearance at present, is a reality and that it is destined to dominate the whole world. God will someday rule over all...It should encourage the discouraged and give hope to the hopeless. God's government regardless of appearances is bound to triumph at last. Nothing can withstand it."

My friends, how amazingly comforting is this truth. No matter how bad it may look around us, or how desperate our circumstances, as children of the Kingdom of God because of the work of Jesus we need not fear. I love that my powerful, reigning King gently, firmly, speaks this word of truth... 

Let not your hearts be troubled.
Believe in God; believe also in me. 
In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.   (John 14:1-2, ESV)

Beloved, King Jesus is coming back. He is going to take us to himself, where we will dwell with him forever!

Yahweh is King forever and ever!
(Psalm 10:16a, ESV)

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