Continuing our series on The Treasure in the Field, the all-embracing kingdom

God rules over all people and all of life. Clearly many people refuse to acknowledge Jesus’ Kingship, and often deliberately seek to resist it. But even when men conspired to put him to death, still it all worked out according to “God’s set purpose and foreknowledge” (Acts 2:23). Even in our most defiant rebellion, we are still unwittingly participating in his kingdom plans! We only have two options: willingly embrace the kingship of Jesus now, or reluctantly admit it later.

In his rule over all men, his will (in the sense of his decreed purpose) will be done on earth as it is in heaven. But in addition, his will (in the sense of his revealed will concerning how we should live) has been established as the benchmark for all of life. It is his will that we should be holy (1Thess 4:3).

We are left in no doubt as to what holiness looks like. God’s word makes it incredibly practical, fleshing it out in everyday realities. Zechariah tells us that “Holy to the Lord” is to be written on every horse’s bell and every cooking pot (14:20,21) – which means that holiness is to be seen in transportation (driving habits?) and food preparation (eating habits?). As Cornelius Van Til has expressed it, “The Bible is authoritative on everything of which it speaks. And it speaks of everything.”

You can read the whole chapter: The All-Embracing Kingdom
Or, you can listen to Chapter 4 as audio files: Part one, Part two and Part three.