The Ages Past
Since the beginning of ages, God has been preparing a people for Him. People who are priests, kings and sons in His kingdom. These are also, “sons,” “overcomers,” and can be also called “the remnant.” Whichever word is used, the bottom line is they are kings and priests to the Lord.
The Levitical priesthood under the leadership of Moses was an incomplete representation of the Melchizedek priesthood. God does not establish incomplete things but He always leaves room for progress onto a foundation. The priest in the Levitical priesthood lacked the spiritual ability to accurately bring Israel to the maturity of the Kingdom of God. The law was a tutor until the Messiah came.
The Spiritual Journey
The Kingdom of God has advanced throughout history from the first Adam to the Last Adam who now through His Spirit lives in the hearts of His people. There is no shadow of a doubt that the Kingdom is surely within us, as our Lord said. However, everything in the heavenly realms has come to us in a visible, tangible way. And Christ within us is moreover manifesting outwards through us – His Church.
Matthew 6:10 — may your kingdom come, may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
His Kingdom and His will must be fulfilled in us first before it is manifested in this earth.
Abraham and Moses
God brings in the earth the foundations of the kingdom through Abraham the patriarch and He sees the Lord’s day coming. God through Moses brought visibility to God’s Kingdom first in the earth. Israel, who was handed the administration of the kingdom was only a child – an indisciplined child, and hardly faithful to the laws of God. Israel was not matured to be a kingdom of kings and priests.
Under the leadership of Moses, the church in the wilderness lacked discipline, much like a child needs the discipline to achieve complete maturity.
Galatians 4:1 — Now I mean that the heir, as long as he is a minor, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything.
The Purpose Of The Law
The purpose of the law was to tutor us – to discipline us – to disciple us, and teach us to hear and obey the voice of God, however, Israel failed to do it. When we learn obedience, we will come to the maturity of the adoption of sons.
Galatians 4:5 — to redeem those who were under the law, so that we may be adopted as sons with full rights.
The term “adoption” in Paul’s time was different than what we call adoption today. It was the placing of the “huios,” the matured son – the heir into a position of complete authority over the kingdom, giving Him absolute legal and judicial rights to the inheritance. God will not give such authority to childish and immature believers.
In the upcoming studies, we will go in-depth into the understanding of a believers spiritual progress in the Kingdom of God.