PMT 2016-061 by J. Vaden Cavett
Gentry note: This article was originally published in The Covenant Quarterly and is used by permission of the author. We are in a political season which requires that we bring our faith to bear upon this important topic. This is part 3 of a three part series.
A Radically New Creation
Scripture doesn’t leave us wondering what things will be like when the earth is “filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” (Habakkuk 2:14).
In Isaiah 2, the Lord promises “that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” (Isaiah 2:2-4) The Lord’s law will go forth, and the people shall give themselves willingly to the Lord in the day of his power (Psalm 110:3).
Wall of Misconception: Separation of Church and State
(by Peter Lillback)
Examines our nation’s historic understanding of and the founding fathers
intention in the relationship of our Constitution to matters of faith, ethics, and morals,
taking into account the historical and biblical context as well as
the concept s relation to today’s culture.
See more study materials at: www.KennethGentry.com
The result of Christ’s reign is peace, which is only fitting for a kingdom ruled by the Prince of Peace. The entire created order is renewed under the Lordship of Christ: “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.” (Isaiah 11:6-10)
My Argument Summarized… Again
To summarize once more:
• God blesses nations in response to their obedience to His commands.
• The promise of the New Covenant is God’s promise to give His people new hearts and the gift of His Holy Spirit.
• New Hearts and the indwelling Holy Spirit always result in obedience.
• This obedience results in the national blessings enumerated in Deuteronomy 28 (teach all “nations” – the great commission focuses on nations, not just individuals).
Scripture promises Christ will have dominion over the whole earth in history, prior to His second coming.
A world filled with Christ-honoring nations, obedient to God’s law, is nothing short of a New Creation.
“People who expect the world to end very soon, and are planning on being raptured out of it, are not likely to be concerned about dominion over the earth, nor the application of God’s law to the whole of life. Moreover, if such people believe, as they do, that Satan rules the world, they will regard their responsibilities to the world as negligible, and the world as something to escape from.” (Rushdoony, God’s Plan for Victory)
Faith of Our Fathers (DVDs by Ken Gentry)
Explains the point of creeds for those not familiar with their rationale.
Also defends their biblical warrant and practical usefulness.
See more study materials at: www.KennethGentry.com
So what’s our responsibility in regards to the Kingdom?
Pray – Pray “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)
Obey – “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” (Deuteronomy 6:5-7)
Nurture Your Children – “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)
This may not seem like much, but consider this: A father and mother have five children; each of those children has five children; each of those grandchildren has five children; etc. By the fifth generation, the father and mother who started the whole thing have affected 625 lives. Parenting is frontline Kingdom work; don’t let anyone tell you differently.
Evangelize – “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
Jonathan Cavett is a writer and instructional designer at an alternative finance company. He is co-founder of TheCovenantHerald.com and their newsletter, The Covenant Quarterly.