Friday, October 12, 2007

The Certainty of Heaven on Earth

Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. (Matthew 5:17-18)
Jesus came announcing that the kingdom of heaven was now at hand (Matthew 5:17). By healing the afflicted and setting the captives free from demon oppression, He demonstrated the authority and power of the kingdom on earth (Matthew 4:23-24).

Nothing in Jesus’ words or acts should be taken as setting aside or breaking anything in the Law or Prophets. Quite the opposite, for Jesus was announcing that He is the fulfillment of all that is required by the Law and foretold by the Prophets. The focus of the Old Testament promises is on the coming of Messiah and the establishment of God’s kingdom. Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, anointed by God to rule and reign — to be King — over His people. His anointing is to set the people free from bondage and affliction, to remove burdens and destroy yokes.

Jesus is the promised King and Messiah who assures us that everything God has promised will be fulfilled, on earth as well as in heaven. It has already begun.



The Kingdom of Heaven on Earth

The Kingdom of Heaven on Earth
Keys to the Kingdom of God
in the Gospel of Matthew

by Jeff Doles

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