Posted On April 19, 2016

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 106

by | Apr 19, 2016 | Apologetics, Biblical Worldview, Contending

In Proposition 106, George Peters states:

“Our doctrine of the Kingdom sustained by the temptation of Christ.”

When Jesus was led to the wilderness to be tempted, the enemy purposefully chose his tactics thinking they would trip and trick Jesus into sinful behavior. One of the temptations centered around the kingdom of this world. The temptation provided by the enemy was: “Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” (Matthew 4:8-9). The response by Jesus was “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” (Matthew 4:10). The temptations were rooted in realities, ones the enemy knew. The Kingdoms shown to Jesus were of this world. Any splendor they manifested certainly paled in comparison to the coming Kingdom. However, the idea is often presented that Jesus wanted to establish a spiritual Kingdom while the enemy was offering an earthly kingdom. Such a position overlooks the real issue taking place with this temptation, something Peters addresses in the below observation.

The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 106 is the following:

“This, however, is far from being sober, sound exegesis, being wrongfully inferred. The Kingdom offered to Jesus, as our opponents admit when they explain Rev. 11:15 or Dan. 7:14, 27, etc., is, taking their own explanations (as we have already seen), the very Kingdom and world-dominion tendered by Satan. And in this consists the force of the temptation: the first temptation is based on the actual existence of hunger and of real power lodged in the Christ; the second on the protection promised to servants of God and God’s ability to protect; and so the third is also based on facts, viz.: the promised Kingship of the Messiah on David’s throne and Kingdom, and the consequent attainment of Supreme Rulership over the world. Each temptation depends upon the reality of the thing proposed, and hence none of the things around which it entwines or support are to be removed, but only the manner of presentation and the design intended by the tempter are to be controverted.”

A temptation is a perversion of truth. The enemy knew of the covenant God had made with His servant David. He knew the promised future Theocratic-Davidic Kingdom was to be a rule on a restored, redeemed earth. The enemies attempt was to circumvent God’s timing. Jesus would have nothing to do with that temptation. His Kingdom is not of this world because this world is corrupted and groaning under the weight of sin. The future Kingdom will be a place of peace under the rule of the Messiah as he rules a Redeemed creation from planet earth. Jesus did not reject the temptation because he was going to institute some spiritual kingdom in the heavens. The converse is true. The offer was rejected because the timing was off and this current world is not the covenanted, promised Kingdom the Father will give to the Son.

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