In Training For Rulership
Jesus Christ will soon return to establish the world-ruling Kingdom of God. How can we be trained to rule with Him? The One who will save the world from total destruction (Christ means savour), came to earth over 1,900 years ago with a message—the good news of the coming Kingdom of God.
The Kingdom of God will rule over
all nations, and the Ruler on earth will be Jesus Christ Himself.But Christ will not rule over billions of people all by
Himself while true Christians take an eternal vacation in heaven. The Bible
shows they will rule the earth with Him!
Trained to Rule
In 1948, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain gave birth to her first son, Charles. Everyone knew he was destined to become monarch over the British Commonwealth. From his birth he has received the education and training necessary to prepare him to become the next king of England. And now Prince Charles’ firstborn son, Prince William, will also be trained to become king.
Just as surely as Prince Charles was born into the reigning family of
England to become a king, you
are destined, when born into the ruling Family of God,
to reign as a far greater and Eternal King! As Prince William is heir to
the throne his father will inherit, you are the heir of a spiritual
King! (Rom. 8:16-17.) And as the royal heirs of the throne of England receive special training
for their future position, so is your preparation and training necessary for rulership in the Kingdom
of God, soon to be established on earth!
Saints to Rule in God’s Kingdom
A kingdom is a nation composed of people, as well as the government of that nation. The Kingdom of God is the Family of God, presently composed of God the Father and God the Son. God’s Family is a ruling Family. And it is those with God’s Spirit who will, at the first resurrection, become part of that ruling Kingdom!
Notice:”And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him” (Dan. 7:27). “Blessed and holy is he that has a part in the first resurrection… they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years” (Rev. 20:6). And after that? “They shall reign for ever” (Rev. 22:5).
Those whom Daniel called “saints” will be resurrected or changed to spirit and given positions of rulership in God’s Kingdom. But who will they rule over? And where will they reign? Notice Revelation 2:26-27: “And he that overcomes…to him will I give power over the nations.” The Kingdom of God, with Christ as King (Rev. 11:15; 19:16), will rule over all humans on earth (Rev. 5:10). And the law by which Christ will rule is the law that expresses the loving nature and character of God, the Ten Commandments.
Rewarded According to Our Works
God has an exciting future beyond imagination in store for those who willingly follow His way of life, grow and overcome. Not only will they live forever being members of God’s Family, they will also be rewarded—not with the temporary rewards of men, but with rewards of permanent responsibility.
In God’s government will be many offices of responsibility. God will give these responsibilities to those who have qualified for them. In complete fairness, all will be rewarded according to the “works” they did during their Christian lives (Matt. 16:27). Every member born into God’s Family, will be completely satisfied with the responsibilities and power God will give them. Let’s see how one can prepare for God’s ruling Family! But before we begin, you may want to write these scriptures down, writing them out helps to increase their understanding and memory.
The Kingdom of God Is DUAL
God has a message for mankind that is so important He commissioned His own Son to be the first to deliver it. As we learned, that important message is the good news of the coming, world ruling Kingdom of God (Mark 1:14-15). That same message is being anounced to the world today by God’s Church!
The central message of the entire Bible is the coming Kingdom of God on earth. The ancient kingdom of Israel was a physical type or forerunner of the Kingdom of God. Many of the prophecies of the Bible show how God’s Kingdom will be established. Jesus’ life and resurrection reveal how we may become members of God’s Family. Christ, the King of that coming Kingdom, and His apostles preached about many aspects of the Kingdom of God.
But the Kingdom of God is more than just the government of God. It is
also the Family of God, into which humans may be born as spirit members.
As a governing or ruling family, it will exercise jurisdiction over all
nations on earth—and, ultimately, over the entire universe! Let’s understand more about these two aspects of God’s Kingdom, beginning
with the Family of God.
The Ruling Family of God
The coming government of God on earth will be administered by the ruling Family of God. When Jesus came He talked about the Kingdom of God, the Family of God, and how humans may be born into it.
COMMENT: Christ showed that we may be literally BORN into the God Family!
God is not a single Personage. The Hebrew word for God is Elohim (Gen. 1:1), which denotes more than one person. God is a family, or “kingdom” composed of more than one being. There is the mineral kingdom, the plant kingdom, and the animal kingdom. Then there is an angel kingdom created by God and composed of spirit. And then, high above all, is the God Kingdom. In other words, the Kingdom of God!
COMMENT: God created the human family to be a physical type of His own Family. Therefore He instructs human families to have government from the top down, just as His Family does. God’s Family has a ruling structure, with various responsibilities which will be organized into a world-ruling government!
God’s Perfect Government
God originally set the archangel Lucifer on earth to administer the government of God over the angels He had placed here. But God’s government ceased to be administered on earth when Lucifer (now Satan) rebelled against Him.
In Eden, God gave Adam the opportunity to replace Satan as world ruler. Adam failed by making the wrong choice. Four thousand years later, Jesus Christ came as the second Adam and, by obeying God’s Law, qualified to rule the earth. But Christ did not immediately begin ruling. He returned to heaven and established His Church on earth through God’s Spirit, making it possible for many to qualify to rule with Him. It would be nearly 2,000 years until Christ returns from heaven to restore God’s government over the entire earth (Acts 3:19-21).
Let’s review some basic scriptures covering the governmental aspect of the coming world-ruling Kingdom of God.
1. When the Kingdom of God is established on earth, will it take over the governments of this world? Rev. 11:15. Who will become king over all the earth? Same verse; Zech. 14:9; Rev. 19:16. How long will He reign? Rev. 11:15. Did Christ clearly state that He was born to be a king? John 18:37.
COMMENT: These scriptures reveal that God is Supreme Ruler, and that the government of God will take over the governments of this world at Christ’s return. The Bible tells us in the plainest of language that Jesus Christ was born to be King of the earth. He will rule all nations and His government will last forever!
2. What did Christ say to show clearly that His Kingdom had not yet been established on earth? John 18:36.
COMMENT: Christ’s Kingdom is not part of this world’s civilization. It will not begin to rule on earth until His Second Coming.
COMMENT: When the Kingdom of God takes over the governments of this earth and the thousand-year reign of Jesus Christ begins (commonly called the Millennium), His rule will bring peace and happiness to all. Notice that in the Millennium there will be babies and young children on earth. They will be flesh and blood human beings—not spirit beings. There will be both humans and spirit-beings living at the same time throughout the Millennium.
4. Where will Satan be during the thousand years? Rev. 20:1-3.
COMMENT: Satan will be put away where he can do no harm. He will be gone and Christ will be here! Instead of the evil spirit or attitude of Satan pervading the atmosphere, influencing everyone and causing evil as it does today (Eph. 2:2), God’s Spirit will infuse the atmosphere represented by “living waters” (Zech. 14:8; John 7:38-39),which will flow out from Christ and begin to heal the spiritual problems of mankind.
The government of the world tomorrow will be based on God’s Law of love. With the help and inspiration of God’s Spirit given to them, people will begin to truly love one another—to have Godly concern. God’s government will not be a democracy. It will not be socialism, communism or fascism. It will not be human monarchy. It will not be man’s government over man. Man has proven his incapability of ruling himself!
It will be the government of God. It will not be government from the bottom up. The people will not vote their leaders into office. No time or money will be wasted on campaigning and elections. It will not be government of or by the people—but it will be government for the people. It will be government from the top, God down.
In the world tomorrow, all officials will be members of God’s Family—
spirit beings, appointed by Christ Himself even down to the level
of mayors over cities. The Bible tells us that under the leadership of Jesus Christ, God’s
government will produce a paradise on earth. As we learned, God will begin to work first with the descendants of
Jacob. Using them as a model and example, God will rebuild all
Completely New Civilization to Be Built!
The Kingdom of God includes much more than bringing this world’s governments under God’s rule. A completely new civilization will have to be built!
COMMENT: The Church of God is built on God’s spiritual foundation—the teachings of Jesus Christ, His apostles and prophets. Their teachings are based on God’s Law of love—God’s way of cooperation, unselfish giving and serving. But this present world has been built on a different foundation.
This present evil world is built on a foundation of “sand” (Matt. 7:26)–on Satan’s way of vanity, envy and jealousy, competition and strife, violence, rebellion, contention, unhappiness, suffering and death. This world is therefore doomed to crash. And as Jesus said, great shall be the fall thereof! (Verse 27.)
This is Satan’s civilization, started through Adam when he disobeyed God. Therefore this world’s systems of government, law, politics, education, economics, religion and social customs—is faulty, having produced the discontent, unhappiness and strife that has led to the violence and destruction, the anguish, suffering, poverty and death in the world today.
The building that is this world is fast crumbling and will soon be completely destroyed. God says, “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it” (Psalm 127:1). Satan, not God, built this house. God is not trying to repair this decaying civilization. Instead He sent His own Son, Jesus Christ, as the second Adam, to start anew—to begin building a totally different new structure of civilization. The new civilization will be built on God’s foundation—His way of life.
God’s Church is the beginning, in “embryonic” form, of that entirely new and different building. Jesus started the new civilization and the nucleus of God’s coming government on earth when He began His Church in the first century A.D. The Church started with about 120 on the day of Pentecost A.D. 31, when its first members received God’s Spirit. God’s Church has continued to exist through the centuries to this day. Many more have been and are now being trained to help rule in the world tomorrow.
COMMENT: Soon mankind will begin to be taught how to live God’s way
of life, with God’s religion, God’s education, God’s social customs, God’s
economic, industrial and merchandising systems. The millions who have lived
in this satanically influenced world and are still alive at Christ’s return
will be taught God way of life. His truth will be taught throughout
the 1000 year Millennium. Eventually, the whole earth will be following God’s way. But who will teach the people in the world tomorrow? Certainly not the
educators and theologians of this world!
Called to Become Rulers and Teachers
Jesus is coming again to restore the rule of God on this earth and to teach how we can enter God’s Family. Christ will not rule and teach all by Himself.
COMMENT: The Bible plainly shows that those who will be born into God’s Family at the first resurrection will rule this earth under Jesus Christ!
But some doubt whether they could ever rule, while others have no desire to rule whatsoever. Perhaps you have thought: “I don’t want to rule in the world tomorrow. I just want to serve God.” The problem is that few people have ever really understood what it means to serve.
2. Did Jesus explain the difference between the kings in God’s coming Kingdom, and the kings or rulers of this present world? Mark 10:42-45.
COMMENT: Rulers in God’s Family will not be like most of this civilization’s rulers. They will not be harsh dictators. Those occupying positions of rulership in the world tomorrow will be servants, having opportunity to do great good in truly SERVING mankind by governing God’s way!
God’s world will be built on a completely new foundation—His way of life, which is the way of His Law of love. The kings of the Family of God will be servants of God and humanity. Each ruler will serve his subjects by ruling in genuine love and concern (I John 4:16), never acting selfishly. They will rule for the benefit of others, not themselves!
Yes, they will have the power to stabilize the world and enforce peace when necessary, which will be especially needed at the beginning of the Millennium. They will also have the compassion required to help the survivors of the Great Tribulation,the coming world crisis—to heal them, teach them the causes of the evils of the world they lived in, and teach them God’s way to peace and happiness, and how they can enter God’s Family to live forever.
COMMENT: Just as ancient Israel’s priests taught God’s way, members of God’s Family will also be teachers of God’s way of life in the world tomorrow. In addition to being King over all nations, Christ will also be the Educator. Christ will reeducate the world to God’s way of life—the way of God’s Law of love—so the people may, of their own free will, decide to follow His way.
Reeducating mankind to God’s way of life will receive top priority. Under the direct supervision of Jesus Christ, the Kingdom of God will restore the laws and rule of God to the entire earth. As the world becomes reeducated, people will begin to experience the blessings that result from obeying God’s Law of love. There will be peace, cooperation, good health, and prosperity. And the whole world will come to understand God’s purpose and plan for mankind.
But God will not begin saving the entire world until He first has teachers trained to help Him. As we learned, God will not save millions until He first has thousands of teachers. This is why God is training the thousands He has called into His Church today.
While on the earth, Christ was a teacher, as well as a messenger and announcer of the good news of the coming Kingdom of God. He personally instructed His apostles in the way of God. He then told them to teach others what they were taught (Matt. 28:19-20). Those who God has called to be members of His Church and who have been taught by His ministers down through the ages will have been trained to become rulers and teachers during the Millennium!
We today should have a burning desire to bring God’s way of life to the entire world—to teach God’s wonderful way to peace and prosperity. And they’ll be able to do just that when Christ returns to set up the Kingdom of God! But to qualify—to be properly trained—to serve and teach in the world tomorrow, we must learn to serve now.
God’s Training Program
God Himself laid out the plan and the method by which humans may be trained and prepared to become members of His ruling Kingdom. God’s Family will be trained and organized, having learned God’s pattern of mutual teamwork and cooperation to function perfectly together. The initial steps are actually the beginning of preparation for God’s Kingdom.
COMMENT: Repentance and belief are the first steps. Belief involves believing what Jesus taught about the coming Kingdom of God, as well as believing Him. To repent means to turn around and go the opposite direction—to give up our own way, which is contrary to God’s Law, and turn to God’s way, which is the way of His Law. It means rejecting our previous way of life and willingly yielding ourselves to God.
Before we can be allowed to govern others in the world tomorrow, God must know that we will submit to His rule now, since there will always be a chain of authority from God the Father through Jesus Christ and on down.
2. What is the next step toward one day becoming a member of God’s ruling Family? Acts 2:38.
COMMENT: Baptism is the outward symbol of our turning from our past life to a life of obedience to God’s laws. It symbolizes our rejection of Satan’s way—the way of this human civilization he has inspired—and turning our allegiance and loyalty to God and His soon-coming Kingdom.
COMMENT: Upon receipt of God’s free gift of His Spirit, not yet trained to be rulers and teachers in His Kingdom, spiritual growth—character development must occur within us to become properly trained! God has supreme spiritual character. He is holy, righteous and perfect. We must be changed not only from human flesh and blood to spirit, but from our human nature into God’s nature (II Peter 1:4), which reflects His perfect character (I Peter 1:16; Matt. 5:48). God’s spiritual character must be in the process of development in us throughout our lives!
What, is the character God wants us to be developing? It is a combination of knowledge, attitude and action: the knowledge of what God defines as right as opposed to wrong—knowledge learned by studying God’s Word—and the desire and actual DOING of the right, despite temptation to do wrong. Godly character is the possession and practice of love, patience, mercy, faith, kindness, gentleness, meekness, temperance, self-restraint and right self-direction. This kind of character involves knowledge, wisdom, purpose and ability, all properly controlled and developed through independent choice, using God’s Spirit.
Holy, righteous character is something that is developed only through experience. Experience requires time and circumstances. Therefore God allows the time and circumstances which enable us to develop this character. But this is not our character. It is actually the character of God- holy, righteous character—motivated by Him, inspired by Him, and built by Him in us through our willing obedience to His Law.
COMMENT: God’s Spirit, which the Father freely gives, enables us to understand the written Word of God—the foundation for character development. It also supplies the spiritual love and faith needed to obey God’s Law of love, which is the basis of His government.
But God’s Spirit does not force one to obey Him. Character cannot be forced upon people. It can be developed only through willing, voluntary choice—by those God calls (John 6:44) actively choosing to be led by God’s Spirit throughout their lives (Rom. 8:14). That is the spiritual training that prepares us for rulership in the Kingdom of God! And at the resurrection, God will have developed in us, perfect character. It will then by nature be established in us forever (I John 3:9). We will then be ready to assist Christ in the world tomorrow.
5. Jesus Christ overcame the temptations of Satan (Matt. 4:1-11). He was severely tempted, yet through the power of God’s Spirit, He resisted and overcame Satan, and remained faithful to God and His way until death. Must we to be able to assist Christ, also overcome? Rev. 3:21.
COMMENT: Jesus had to qualify to replace this world’s present ruler. He, functioning as a human being, had to resist and overcome the intense temptations of Satan. And all who are called by the Father to rule with Christ when He restores God’s government on earth must also qualify to rule—must turn from Satan’s way, resist and overcome him and obey God’s Law of love, which is the way of His government.
Christ resisted all evil influences perfectly because He had the will
and full measure of God’s Spirit (John 3:34). Though we do not have the
fullness of God’s Spirit now, we can, with the help of the measure of the
Spirit God grants us, begin to resist and overcome Satan, this world and
our own carnal nature. But no one can overcome for us. No one can produce spiritual works for
us. It requires putting forth effort on our part, together with the power
of God’s Spirit, to become the spiritually minded persons
God can use in His Kingdom.
How Responsibilities Will Be Determined
As our elder brother—”the firstborn among many brethren”— Jesus Christ has already qualified for the highest office under God the Father. No one else can ever receive the position of authority the Father has promised to Him in the government of God.
Certain other individuals have also been promised particular positions of responsibility in God’s Kingdom. King David will rule over the 12 tribes of Israel (Ezek. 37:21-22, 24). Each of the 12 apostles will rule over one of the tribes of Israel (Matt. 19:27-28). And God has alluded to other positions of rulership for others who have lived before us and are to be in His Kingdom (Heb. 11:4-40). They have already been trained and will be given responsibilities in God’s ruling Family, though God has not revealed what their specific positions will be.
In the Kingdom or Family of God there will be various positions of responsibility, for an entirely new civilization must be built on earth— built this time to God’s specifications. It will take many different, vital jobs to recreate world society as it ought to be. If you have received God’s Spirit, you are now being judged for your future job in God’s Kingdom (I Peter 4:17). You shall be rewarded with an office in God’s government according to your works in this life! Let’s understand this important principle.
COMMENT: Everyone has works—either good or bad. Those who do good works will receive good rewards. Those who do evil works—who break God’s Law (I John 3:4) Note that our works determine our future responsibilities, not whether we live for ever—that is a free gift from God for which we cannot work. Let’s be sure we understand the meaning of the word “works” as used in the Bible. The word works is translated from the Greek ergon meang, deeds, actions, business. The Bible uses this word primarily in two ways, and there is a vast difference between the two.
When joined with “law,” as “the works of the law” ( in Romans and Galatians), it refers to the hard work required in performing the rituals of the law of Moses. These rituals involved repetitive physical labor. These laborious physical rituals, or “works of the law,” were a substitute for the work of His Spirit, and were in force only until Christ’s death.
But where the word “works” appears alone, it usually refers to acts of righteousness or of evil—that is, the good works of keeping God’s spiritual Law (Psalm 119:172) or the evil works of disobedience (Col. 1:21). We are concerned with spiritual “works” (righteous conduct), not rituals of the law of Moses.
2. What will Christ bring with Him when He returns? Rev. 22:12. Who will be rewarded then? Rev. 11:18. Will the reward be according to each person’s works? Rev. 22:12; Matt. 16:27; Rev. 2:26-27; 3:21.
COMMENT: When Christ returns to earth to rule all nations as King, He will assign positions of authority in His government. However, most professing Christians confuse the “reward of the saved” with eternal life. Eternal life is a gift, not a reward. The Bible clearly defines both.
COMMENT: A “gift” is something granted as a favor, something given freely. God’s gift of living forever comes by His grace and favor. There is absolutely nothing we can do to “earn” it. If it were earned it would not be a gift!
However, God has set certain terms or conditions which must be met. Compliance with these conditions does not “earn” eternal life (I Cor. 6:9-10; Rom. 6:23; Rev. 21:8.) God will not allow anyone to be changed to spirit who insists on living Satan’s way. What are God’s conditions? They include: repentance, belief, baptism, and obedience to God—in other words, cooperation with His plan.
Those who are made spirit at Christ’s return will receive a reward in addition to the free gift of living forever. The “reward of the saved” is not eternal life, but rulership with Jesus Christ over the nations of this earth! But not all positions of rulership will be equal. How will God decide which will be given which positions in His ruling Family? Let’s notice several parables of Christ that explain this.
COMMENT: Using an example of a grapevine and its branches, Jesus says He is the vine and we are the branches. The branches do not join themselves to the vine—receive God’s Spirit—by their own efforts or “works.” It is the Father’s doing (John 6:44; 17:9, 11; Acts 2:38-39)—His GIFT. But once joined on, with the sap flowing from the vine into the branches (a picture of God’s Spirit flowing into and empowering us), we must produce spiritual fruit throughout our lives.
5. Does Jesus’ parable of the sower show that some bring forth more “fruit” than others? Matt. 13:23.
COMMENT: The Spirit of God is given to us so we can produce good fruit. The fruit is simply the result of following God’s way of life—of keeping God’s Law. We must be doers of the Law, not hearers only (Rom. 2:13). This doing produces fruit—develops the spiritual character of God—trains us for responsible positions in God’s Kingdom. But one’s particular job will be dependent on the amount of fruit (good works) produced during our life.
Now notice the parable of the pounds in Luke 19. It shows that the degree of reward each will receive will be according to how much we grew and overcame spiritually in this life—how much good fruit we produced using God’s Spirit. In this parable Christ pictures Himself as a nobleman going to a far country (heaven) to receive a kingdom and to return to earth (verses 11-12). But before leaving, He gave an equal amount of money to each of His ten servants (verse 13).
6. Having obtained the Kingdom and returned, how will Christ reward His servants? Luke 19:15.
COMMENT: These servants represent those (I Cor. 7:22) to whom God has given His Spirit. Each “pound” (a unit of money symbolizing spiritual value) corresponds to the beginning unit of God’s Spirit we receive after baptism. God has given His Spirit to be USED to serve others, overcome, develop spiritual character, and help accomplish the work of God’s Church. At His return, Christ will want to see how much each grew spiritually.
7. Will each servant’s responsibilities be proportional to his growth, his spiritual overcoming and godly character development? Verses 16-19.
COMMENT: Some overcome and develop more spiritual character than others, producing more spiritual fruit. In the Kingdom or Family of God, each will receive greater or lesser positions of responsibility based upon the degree of his or her spiritual overcoming and how much of God’s character was developed in this life. Each will be rewarded “according to his works” (Matt. 16:27).
Turn to the parable of the talents in Matthew 25, verses 14 through 30. This parable illustrates the fact that we will receive positions according to our works. But it also illustrates another aspect—God’s complete fairness in rewarding us, taking into consideration our own natural ability.
COMMENT: The Greek word translated “talent” is talanton, which was a measure by which gold or silver was weighed.
9. This time are all the quantities equal, or were amounts given according to each servant’s natural physical aptitude or ability? Same verse.
COMMENT: These units of money, like the pounds in Luke 19, symbolize God’s Holy Spirit given to each servant. But they also picture spiritual gifts given to each based on his own natural ability! God knows some have more hereditary ability, greater innate aptitudes, more personality or more physical strength than others. Some also have more education and better opportunities in life.
10. In this parable, what did the servants do with the money given to them before Christ came back to “reckon” with them—to judge their works? Verses 16-19. How were the first two judged? Verses 20-23.
COMMENT: In the parable of the pounds, all ten of Christ’s servants appear to have had equal ability, and each was given an equal portion of God’s Spirit at the start. But in the parable of the talents, God gave spiritual gifts to each, at the start, according to their natural ability. To one He gave five talents, to another two, and to another only one—according to the natural ability of each. The person who was given five talents doubled this. Likewise, although the person with two produced less in number than the one with five, also doubled what they started with. They did as well in proportion to their ability!
We find it revealed that to whom much is given, much is required; and to whom little is given, less is required (Luke 12:48). In other words, God judges each according to how well he overcomes, yields to God, develops and grows spiritually, according to what he has to do with.
11. Does this parable reveal that each servant who is faithful “over a few things”—that is, over his or her limited abilities and opportunities of this life—will be rewarded with “many things” when Christ returns? Matt. 25:21, 23. Isn’t it clearly rulership that Christ promised? Same verses.
COMMENT: We learn to responsibly rule for the good of ourselves and others in the world tomorrow by learning to better manage the affairs, responsibilities and powers in our control today, no matter how small they may presently be. There are many opportunities to grow and develop right on the job, at school or in the home—in whatever circumstance we may find ourselves.
COMMENT: The one who did nothing with his spiritual gift—the pound or talent—corresponds to a person who did not overcome and grow spiritually. He developed no character. These parables show that those who do not grow spiritually will lose out! They could be compared to those who thought they did not need to overcome spiritually and grow in spiritual character. They thought they were “already saved.” They didn’t believe any “works” were necessary!
By doing nothing, they lost not only the reward, but they lost out on the
free gift of living forever as well because they produced no spiritual fruit.
They failed in God’s REAL PURPOSE for life. If we do not prepare
now to serve in God’s coming Kingdom, we may have taken away from us even
what we thought we had!
Are You in Training to Rule?
Why will Abraham, David and the apostles be assigned positions of responsibility in the Kingdom of God? Simply because they prepared and qualified for those positions during their lives. They learned to rule by submitting to God’s rule. They were willing to do whatever God said. They grew in the righteous character of God.
Christ will not establish world rule until He has first trained His assistants. God will not entrust the great powers of His ruling Family to those who did not, in this human life, strive to obey Him and learn to properly control the small powers we all have at our disposal. God wants to know that we would use His incredible power in love and self-control and according to His will for the good of all under our authority!
COMMENT: We learn to rule by being faithful—conscientious and honest— in whatever we do as we put into practice the principles of God’s Law we learn from His written Word. Even the person who considers himself or herself as having only a little ability and natural talent can be trained to rule—SERVE—in God’s Kingdom! But can that really qualify you to rule a city—to tackle the complex administrative, organizational and personal problems that come up when several thousand families live together? Yes, it can!
God does not need to see you actually ruling ten cities to determine whether you know how to apply and observe His Law. He can see, by the simple decisions you make every day in your life, whether you will obey Him or go the way of this present evil world. The decisions required to live God’s way are really very simple—they are basically a matter of saying “yes” or “no” to God’s Law. The way you treat your wife, respect your husband, love your children and your friends shows Christ what kind of a ruler you would be. Are you short-tempered, hard to get along with, rebellious, uncooperative, unfair?
Christ needs to know that now, before He entrusts you with a major responsibility over many people. The Kingdom of God is going to bring peace to the world, not more strife. Those who will rule must show God now that they are learning the way of peace. God wants us to learn to rule ourselves before He gives us authority over others!
What about finances? Would you handle the finances of a city like so many rulers today, and enrich yourself at the expense of others? God can tell by the way you handle your employer’s money and the time your employer pays you for, by your attitude toward taxes you must “render unto Caesar,” and by what you do with God’s tithe.
As Jesus said, “If you have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?” (Luke 16:12.) If you learn to be faithful and loyal in the small things of life, God knows that you will be that way if given much greater responsibility! Our works include our part in doing God’s work—getting the good news of the Kingdom of God to the whole world as a witness (Matt. 24:14; 28:19-20), preparing the way for Christ’s coming.
Just as the Church has two primary commissions–1) to preach the good news of the Kingdom to the world; and 2) to help the members grow spiritually as part of their training for that Kingdom—so the members also have two primary missions: 1) to actively support the Church in preaching the good news; and 2) to willingly and actively participate in God’s training program for rulership as members of the universe-ruling Kingdom of God!
Ask God daily for the understanding and wisdom to rightly use and direct the powers, abilities and responsibilities that are now yours so you can be a faithful and productive servant of God. Strive to be faithful over what God has already given you, so that one day Christ can say to you: “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over MUCH…” (Matt. 25:21, RSV).
This life is our time of training. It is only those who learn God’s laws, who overcome, who grow in God’s righteous character, becoming more like Him in preparation to being born into His Family and ruling with Christ—who then will be assigned a position of rulership.
Yes, you were born with the potential to be in the Kingdom of God! Your awesome destiny, is that of helping to rule the earth, and the universe beyond, as a member of the Family of God!
It’s a breathtaking, exciting, incredible
future! Have you begun to walk toward that goal?
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