Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 6

Posted On January 10, 2016

In Proposition 6, George Peters states:

“The kingdom of heaven is intimately connected with the supernatural.”

This is yet another simple yet profoundly important statement. While the kingdom as previously noted by Peters has as its location earth, it is also supernatural. It is supernatural because of something Peters also noted earlier, namely that the kingdom is an act of God and takes place according to His divine will. Man cannot through his combined efforts create a kingdom of perfect peace, love, and harmony in the presence of God. It takes a supernatural act on the part of God for this kingdom to be established.

The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 3 is the following:

“The Word begins with the supernatural (the presence of God) and the natural in harmony. It shows how an antagonism was produced, causing the withdrawal of the supernatural from the sight of man, and yet how in mercy it at times exhibited itself to man, in and through and for man, especially in giving revelations of its will. It even condescends, in order to secure redemption, to veil itself in humanity and manifest the fact by suitable demonstrations. It indicates its presence by fulfillment of predictions and promises, by the conversion of men, by the existence of the Church, by the consciousness of man excited in contact with truth and providence. It will, in a still more striking and direct way, exhibit itself in the future, after all the preliminary preparations are made, in order to fulfil the remainder of Holy Writ. Now the kingdom being designed to restore and manifest the original concord once existing between the natural and supernatural, the Bible closes with that kingdom in such accordance. Without the supernatural the kingdom cannot be produced, for it requires, as predicted, a supernatural king, who has been provided in a supernatural manner, and rulers who have experienced a supernatural transforming power. Even in its conception and the preparatory measures, as well as in its final manifestation, is it indissolubly bound with the Divine. Death, which is to be destroyed in it, tears, which are to be wiped away in it, nature which is to be fashioned anew in it, these, as well as a multitude of other promises, can never be realized without the attending supernatural. The kingdom and the supernatural cannot possibly be dissevered. The inception of it arises from the supernatural, and under the guidance of the same, consistently with human freedom, not only revelations are given, manifestations of its reality are vouchsafed, exhibitions of its power are foreshown, but that all these are mere shadowings, foretastes of a living, vital relationship, now invisibly maintained, which shall ultimately be visibly shown in the kingdom itself by affinity no longer concealed, owing to the mediumship of a glorified humanity, which serves as the connecting link between the visible and the invisible. The supernatural is held in abeyance as to its outward manifestation until the time arrives for the restoration of the forfeited blessing, the personal dwelling of God with man, which will be experienced in this kingdom. When Jesus, of supernatural origin and glorified by supernatural power, shall come the second time unto salvation, His supernatural power, be exerted in behalf of this kingdom in the most astounding manner. Holy Writ constantly appeals to this union, and no scriptural conception of it can be obtained without conceding this fact.”

In a nutshell, Peters is describing the promise of redemption and restoration, the return to the Garden. Because of sin (the antagonism Peters mentioned), we were removed from the Garden. This is why we needed a Redeemer, one who would come to satisfy the penalty for that sin and who will come again to take his bride to the place he has prepared for her – the kingdom supernaturally restored. Maranatha!

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