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Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 12

Posted On January 16, 2016

In Proposition 12, George Peters states:

“There is some mystery yet connected with the things of the kingdom.”

This proposition was alluded to in our discussion of proposition 11. It is a fact that not all things in God’s divine plan have taken place. Thus, there are still some mysteries associated with the doctrine of the kingdom and its complete establishment that yet remain to unfold. I think it bears repeating a passage shared yesterday, namely 1 Corinthians 13:12 – “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” At this point in history, many believe (and I submit rightly so) that we are nearing the end which would mean that we are closer to the final outworking of God’s divine plan than what was taking place in the time of Abraham or even during the life of Paul. Even so, much remains to take place and that which is yet in the future, while spoken of in Scripture, is in some part still a mystery until it actually unfolds. Such a proposition seems to be a matter of sense; however, it still needs to be stated and considered as I humbly submit that often the most elementary statements are the first to be overlooked in such a study.

The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 12 is the following:

“The doctrine of the Kingdom thus containing mysteries, confirms the position taken, that to its proper understanding, we must apply to the Scriptures, and seek within its limits for the things appertaining to it, Props. 9, and 10.”

If you are just joining this study or perhaps have forgotten the statements made in Propositions 9 and 10, they were as follows:

Proposition 9 – “The nature of, and the things pertaining to the kingdom, can only be ascertained within the limits of Scripture.”

Proposition 10 – “This kingdom should be studied in the light of the Holy Scriptures, and not merely in that of creeds, confessions, formulas of doctrine, etc.”

It is vital that Peters once again establishes the parameters by which the mystery of the kingdom, either past, present, or future should be approached and understood. Anything related to the kingdom or understanding the nature of the kingdom must be grasped first and foremost from within the pages of Scripture. They very word mystery has a tendency to lead some down strange paths, most notably into New Age doctrines of devils. In an attempt to parse or flesh out the mysteries, some have looked to the mystery religions, at times knowingly and other times unknowingly. Unfortunately, even a cursory look at the local bookstore and even the Christian bookstore reveals this tendency to integrate a New Age mantra into the search for the mystery of the kingdom. This type of approach must be avoided at all costs. Truth is found in Scripture through the leading of the Holy Spirit. All the words of man regardless of how much an heirloom or part of church history they may be must be compared to the truth of Scripture. What is found wanting must be jettisoned immediately. God will reveal the mysteries of the kingdom in His due time to His people. There is no need to try and jump the gun by trying to ascertain the mysteries of the universe through man made dogma or doctrines that more often than not lead away from the truth of Scripture and thus down the path to destruction. Harsh and pointed words? Quite but necessary to state nonethele

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