Posted On January 6, 2016

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 2

by | Jan 6, 2016 | Apologetics, Biblical Worldview

In Proposition 2, George Peters states, “The establishment of this kingdom was determined before, and designed and prepared from, the foundation of the world.”

Such a declaration is supported by passages such as John 17:24, Hebrews 4:3, 1 Peter 1:20, Revelation 13:8, Ephesians 1:4, and most notably Matthew 25:34 which speaks specifically about “the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world”.

The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 2 is the following:

“This kingdom is one pertaining to the earth. Before the creation of the world, it only existed in the determination or purpose of God, but at creation the very foundation of the world was laid in preparation for it. We know that the expression “inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world,” is interpreted by many simply to mean, prepared for you from the beginning or from eternity, and refers only to purpose. But taking into consideration the paradisaical condition of the earth at creation and the fact (Props. 140-148) of its future restoration to the same when the kingdom is to be established, we believe that the phrase embraces a far deeper significance, viz., its relationship to the earth. “From the foundation of the world” is indicative that God purposed this very earth, when founded, for this kingdom.”

There is much to note regarding this observation. The main thrust is the Kingdom is not some ethereal concept where one day we will be floating up in the heavens on a cloud playing a harp. Man was created by God to inhabit the earth, to have dominion over Creation. The Fall certainly impacted that dominion mandate as well as introducing other factors such as death and decay. However, the future state promised by God is a return to the Garden, the restoration and eternal existence in the Kingdom, a place where God once again dwells with His creation.

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