Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hope for a Future Rule

Photo by Chad Kainz
Scripture: Isaiah 2:3
And many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; That He may teach us concerning His ways And that we may walk in His paths.”  For the law will go forth from Zion And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

Insights: The second aspect to the hope we have in Jesus’ second coming is His rule.  Notice in today’s verse we see Jesus Himself teaching us about His ways and guiding us to walk down His paths.  He will establish His law and it will go out from Him.  In the Lord’s prayer Jesus said, “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”  How is Jesus’ rule in heaven lived out by heaven’s residents?  The answer to the question is perfectly.  In other words, when Jesus gives a command, it is done.  There is no arguing, procrastinating, worrying if it is the right decision, etc.  When Jesus gives a command it is immediately followed in heaven.  Notice with me a second aspect about this future rule under which we long to live.  It is found in the phrase, “That He may teach us concerning His ways.”  When we get to heaven it is true that we are glorified and no longer enslaved to our old sinful nature, but we do not become God.  He is the infinite One.  We are finite.  One of the aspects of heaven is us learning from the great Teacher, Jesus, perfectly unhindered by the sorrows of sin.  When He teaches us in heaven, we receive it perfectly and obey Him perfectly.  So, the Lord’s prayer will be one day reality for us because God’s will is done perfectly in heaven.  Until that day comes, may we strive to obey and learn His rule as best we can on this side of eternity.  May we strive for obedience and servitude to Him in our current place of assignment from the Lord.

 1. How well do you follow the commands of God?
 2. Do you have hope in the reality that in eternity God will teach you and you will obey perfectly His commands?

Prayer: Father, I learn from You now on this side of eternity, but I continue to sin.  I long for the day in which I will be in Your presence and learn Your ways and paths unhindered by the bearer of sin.  Amen.

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