We Will Reign in Resurrection

New JersualemRecent posts have been on God’s kingdom of life, culminating in New Jerusalem. Our beginning is to be born into this kingdom by the seed of life. Now, by daily applying Christ as our grace and righteousness, we reign in life (Romans 5:17).

Revelation 20:6 declares, “Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no authority, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

The coming age is the next stage of our reigning. This too is reigning in life for it is reigning in resurrection (remember that Jesus is both life and resurrection—John 11:25). Although we can reign in life now, we are limited by our mortal bodies. At that time, in the resurrection, even our body will be full of eternal life—“this corruptible will put on incorruption and this mortal will put on immortality, then the word which is written will come to pass, ‘Death has been swallowed up unto victory’ ” (1 Corinthians 15:54, with quote from Isaiah 25:8).

Reigning with Christ for a thousand years will be wonderful, yet it should be strange. Rather, it should be an extension and amplification of our reigning in life now. Romans 5:17 tells us that we reign in life by receiving the abundance of grace and Hebrews 12:28 says, “Therefore receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us have grace.” Our receiving of the abundance of grace is hand-in-hand with our receiving the kingdom. Let’s not wait passively. Rather, let’s pray like this:

Lord, thank You for being abundant grace to me. Show me more about how to receive, and keep me receiving every day. Fill me with Your grace and righteousness that I may reign with You from now unto New Jerusalem.

Bible verses quoted in these posts are from The Holy Bible, Recovery Version, published and copyrighted by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim CA, 2003. The New Testament of this Bible, with its outlines, footnotes, and cross-references, may be viewed at online.recoveryversion.org; this too is copyrighted by Living Stream Ministry.

Thanks to David Kan for this photo of Ethiopia taken while visiting Christians there.

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  1. I like your encouragement to “reign in life now”. As we submit our lives daily to the Lord Jesus, the Holy Spirit gives us the power to live now. Despite circumstances, there is great joy in life when we actively and daily submit to God through faith in Jesus.

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    • Yes, there is a big difference between circumstances and the empowering of the Spirit. The contrast that has illuminated me many times in the past year is Philippians. Paul was in prison (really poor circumstances) but he was able to rejoice, to magnify Christ, to pursue toward the goal in Christ, to be content whether abounding or being abased, and more.

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      • Today, while sitting and speaking with a Christian brother, I considered another case where circumstances are not the controlling factor. Near the end of Matt. 7 two houses have the same outward circumstances – rain, rivers, wind. The difference between the house that stood and the house that fell is the word of Jesus, made life to us by the Spirit.

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