And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; Salvation is by the design and purpose of God, according to His eternal will. The word ‘appointment’ in the original is a legal term like that of one writing a will and testament, and naming those in the will who are to be the beneficiaries of the inheritance. The Lord Jesus Christ, speaking to His chosen ones, tells them that they have been named as beneficiaries by God the Father, of His eternal kingdom, and that HE, the Lord Jesus, has the power alone to attribute what is the Father’s.
30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. Here our Lord describes the blessings of His eternal kingdom. Eating and drinking at His table, depict fellowship with Him by His grace alone, much as Mephibosheth, Saul’s son, was fetched by David and brought to his palace, to sit at His table, for Jonathan’s sake, 2 Samuel 9:13. To sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel is a description of what the LORD Jesus’ death has procured for each of His spiritual Israel. They are the true Israel of God as opposed to natural Israel, Romans 9:6,7, and rule and reign with Christ over all that is natural, man-made, works religion. ‘He came unto His own, but His own received Him not,’ John 1:11. That was natural Israel, represented by the 12 tribes. “But as many as received Him, He gave them power [authority] to become the sons of God, even to those that believe on His name,” John 1:12. What our LORD declares here is that those who have been appointed to salvation are portrayed throughout the book of Revelation as the souls of His redeemed, ruling and reigning with Him throughout eternity. Such a position is not earned or merited, but appointed and inherited through the coming, doing, dying, rising, and ascension of the LORD Jesus, their Substitute..
31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
Lest any consider it an easy thing to believe on Christ, come to Him, or enter into His glory, know that the LORD Jesus describes Satan’s fierce opposition to Christ and His redeemed ones. He would deter them from ever looking to Christ or resting in Him. Yet, being appointed to salvation, the very one that paid the debt for their sin, is HE who also keeps them. Neither our prayers or faith can keep us, but rather the LORD’S ever faithful presence now before the Father, interceding on behalf of the heirs of His kingdom, While Satan would ‘have’ (own, possess, or keep) those who are wheat (the Lord’s chosen/redeemed ones), yet He cannot because of the effectual work of salvation accomplished for them by LORD Jesus, and therefore their salvation is certain. Christ said, ‘I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it,” Matthew 16:18.
1 Timothy 2:1-6 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; Clearly, the ‘all men’ here is in the qualitative sense (all kinds of men), rather than...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Joel 2:28-32 /Acts2:16-21 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;- There are many who see this prophecy of Joel as being accomplished now as an explanation of their emphasis on men and women prophesying, speaking in tongues,...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Romans 7:4-6 4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. God’s children became...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Romans 7:1-6 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? What do we answer those who would put us back under the Law, for whom the LORD Jesus has paid the...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Isaiah 40:1,2 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.There are those who only want to pacify sinners and make them feel better about who they are and their relationship with God. They say, ‘Peace, peace’ where there has...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
John 6:39-47 39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. Many people read and study the scriptures, memorize them, and discuss them because they believe in so doing they show that...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Ezekiel 37:1-14 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, 2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world,” John 1:29 John calls Christ THE LAMB of God. As the fulfillment of all of the Old Testament lambs sacrificed...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
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