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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Judaic-Christian Salvation, #7
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. (Isaiah 11:9)
The Scriptures, particularly the Old Testament, promise that God will restore to man on the earth what was lost by his disobedience.
The restoration of Paradise on earth was made possible by the obedience of the Lord Jesus Christ.
For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. (Romans 5:19)
Righteousness and Paradise shall be restored.
In order for there to be restoration the price of redemption must be paid. Then the problem that brought about the loss must be corrected. After that, the blessings that were lost will be restored.
Man possessed Paradise. Man lost Paradise. God has promised to restore Paradise and to add much more Divine Glory. The price of redemption must be paid. The problem must be corrected. The promised restoration must take place. This is the nature and significance of the Judaic-Christian salvation.
Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution [restoration] of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. (Acts 3:21)
"The times of restoration of all things . . . spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets."
The above phrase does not indicate that Satan will be saved, or that all men eventually will be saved, as some have suggested. Rather, it is informing us that all that was lost to man, that of which the Prophets spoke, will be restored to him through the Lord Jesus.
The Kingdom of God shall enforce obedience to God. What is the subject of the Scriptures? The subject of the Scriptures is the Kingdom of God. What is the Kingdom of God? The Kingdom of God is the rule of God. Where will the Kingdom of God be located? The Kingdom of God is destined to be established in the earth. The Throne of God is being created in the new Jerusalem, in the Wife of the Lamb. The new Jerusalem is destined to be located on the new earth.
And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. (Revelation 22:3-5)
The preceding passage presents the goal, the end toward which God is working. From Genesis forward, all of the labors of God are to bring into existence a government that will enforce obedience. The original problem was disobedience. God is creating a Kingdom to insure that His will is performed in the earth just as it is in Heaven.
To be continued.