Kingdom Dwellers

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), October 15

When Adam and Eve sin, they forfeit the dominion given to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Genesis 1:28). The serpent seizes their dominion and has dominated man with his deception ever since.

Adam and Eve think that eating the forbidden fruit will free them to live independently from God; instead it opens up a new world order where Satan builds his own kingdom. Only those who walk by faith in the promises of God for redemption and trust His provision for sin’s exposure escape Satan’s grasp and submit to God’s authority.

Jesus highlights the differences between those in His Kingdom and those in Satan’s kingdom (Jn. 8):

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The Pharisees falsely believe that descending from Abraham makes them participants in God’s kingdom, “Abraham is our father” (8:39). Jesus dispels their claims, “If you were Abraham’s children,” says Jesus, “you would do the works of Abraham” (8:39). The Pharisees, however, protest, “We were not born of fornication. We have one Father—God” (8:41). Finally, the Pharisees try to stone Jesus when He claims that He preceded Abraham and that Abraham hoped in Christ, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad” (8:56-59).

This conversation between Jesus and the Pharisees reveals a number of truths:

  • Not everyone who claims God as their Father are genuine Kingdom participants.

  • Those who belong to the Father love His Son and bear His likeness. They hate sin and darkness.

  • Those who talk about God and claim to know Him, but never mention Jesus Christ demonstrate that they don’t truly know God the Father. Those who hate the Son don’t know the Father.

Questions from today’s chronological Bible reading (Jn. 8:21-59; Lk. 10:1-11:13):
What does Jesus teach the people about His identity? What response does this revelation produce in those listening to Him? What response do the seventy sent out by Him receive?
What does the story of the good Samaritan reveal about Jesus and His ministry? About His followers?
Jesus’ disciples request Jesus to teach them to pray. What components does the prayer that Jesus teaches His disciples contain?