THE KINGDOM OF THE SON OF GOD’S LOVE
BY: ADOLPH E. KNOCH
THE ALLOTMENT OF THE SAINTS IN LIGHT
PRAYING FOR THE SPIRIT OF ENLIGHTMENT
CHRIST is seated at the right hand of God, the highest political position in the universe. He outranks every sovereignty and authority, every power and every lordship. His peerless name has the precedence over every other in heaven as well as on earth. All must be subject to Him. The marvel for us is that this supremacy, this headship over all, is His as Head of His body, the ecclesia. We, as members of this spiritual organism participate in His political supremacy. We are His complement, the needed staff through whom He will administer His universal government. Just as in the earthly sphere, the chosen nation will be associated with Him in the rule of the whole earth, so we will be one with Him in His reign over the rest of the universe’ (Eph. 1:20-23) In the joint body the Circumcision will have no preeminence, because the two are made into one. (Eph.2:15; 3:6) The figure of the body remains, with members of different functions and gifts, but the rift between Jew and Gentile disappears.
Paul’s epistle to the Colossians deals with Christ’s headship in the heavens. In his prayer for the saints there, Paul gives thanks to the Father, who makes us competent for a part of the allotment of the saints in the light, Who rescues us out of the jurisdiction of Darkness and transports us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in Whom we are having deliverance, the pardon of sins, Who is the Image of the invisible God, Firstborn of every creature, for in Him is all created, that in the heavens and that on the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or lordships, or sovereignties or authorities, all is created through Him and for Him, and He is before all, and all has its cohesion in Him. (Col.1:12-17)
THE ALLOTMENT OF THE SAINTS IN LIGHT
At present we are subjects, under the jurisdiction of some political authority, which, being in line with God’s mandate for this era of the nations, we are bound to obey. (Rom.13:1-5) There will be no deliverance from it in this era, on the earth. But there is another, a spiritual jurisdiction, which we are to withstand. In Ephesians it is called “the world-mights of this darkness,” and further defined as “the spiritual forces of wickedness among the celestials” (6:12). These now rule there as the sovereignties, or independent powers, and the authorities, who derive their position from them, and contest our right to our allotment, for they exercise the political power there at present.
Also quite apart from the human authorities which we are to obey, there is a spirit overlord now operating among men, called the chief of the aerial jurisdiction, who turns men against God during the eon of this world. As unbelievers, we were once under his evil influence and merited God’s indignation. But now, by God’s grace, we need be subjects of this sinister spiritual sovereignty no longer, but have been transported into the kingdom of the Son of His love. This is not a literal kingdom, but the spiritual parallel and predecessor of that which will be set up when Messiah returns and reigns in the eons of the eons. It is as Son that He is sovereign in this kingdom, not as Christ, whose members we are. So now we are subjects in it, not associates, as we will be in His celestial realm. (Eph.2:2, Col.1:13)
PRAYING FOR A SPIRIT OF ENLIGHTENMENT
Once we take our stand for God and His Word and withstand the Adversary’s attempts to drive us from the enjoyment of our allotment in the heavens, and we engage in such work as the restoration of God’s revelation to His people, or aid in making it known, we will soon find our path filled with hurdles and traps to hinder and trick our feet at every step. Not only our foes, but even our friends will be used to discourage and destroy, little dreaming that they have been deceived by false appearances. Indisputable facts will be so handled as to give an impression the exact contrary to the reality. Unquestionable truth will be used to prove the reverse. We should not be ignorant of these things, lest Satan overreach us. (2 Cor. 2:11) Even as the saints are a small minority compared to the rest of mankind, so also very few of them are free from the toils of his messengers of seeming light. Almost all succumb to his stratagems. Few even think of praying for the spirit needed to enjoy their own allotment!
But our invisible spirit enemies will not be allowed to oppose us forever. At the end of this eon, the air will be cleared of wicked spirit powers. Michael will battle with the dragon, and so Satan, who is deceiving the whole inhabited earth, will be cast out of heaven. (Rev. 12:7-9) After he has raged down here for a short period, he will be expelled from the earth also, and bound in the abyss. (Rev.20:1-3) But the time seems to be very near when, even before this, Satan will be crushed under our feet. (Rom. 16:20) When Joshua was conquering the land of Israel, he had his captains put their feet on the necks of five kings (Josh.10:24) in token of their defeat. So will we put our feet on the neck of the Adversary, and go on with our Joshua (which is the Hebrew form of Jesus), to take possession of our spiritual political allotment among the celestials.
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