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A Two-Fold Purpose

May 23, 2010

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Genesis 1:1).

With the very first verse of Scripture we are immediately introduced to the two-fold purpose of God as to His creation – “the heaven and the earth.” God has a definite plan and purpose related to these two distinct spheres. He did not create either of them in vain.

For thus says the Lord Who created the heavens; “God Himself Who formed the earth and made it; He has established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else (Isaiah 45:18).

God has a specific purpose for the heaven, which finds its fulfillment in the ecclesia (“church”), the Body of Christ. It is our destiny to have celestial dominion – to restore God’s divine order of authority in the heavens.

God also has a distinct purpose for the earth, which finds its fulfillment in National Israel. It is their destiny to have earthly dominion – to restore God’s divine order of authority on the earth.

An Arrogance

Christendom is very self-centered. It seems to think that all of Scripture is somehow just about “them.” We hear arrogance in such audacious statements as “All the promises in the Bible are mine!” Yet all the promises in the Bible do not belong to any one group of people. While all of the Bible is for us, it is not all to us or about us.

Many today remain caught up in a mindset that wants all the truth of Scripture to apply directly to them. With such spiritual conceit many have been carried away. They propose a man-made theology espousing that God’s dealings with Israel are permanently over, and that somehow they themselves have managed to take ownership of her promises and destiny, and as a result have by some means managed become a “spiritual-Israel.”

Paul warned us against such self-centered conceit – one that did not recognize Israel’s place in God’s plan, and disregarded the vital truth of “rightly dividing the Word of Truth” (II Timothy 2:15).

For I would not, brothers, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in (Romans 11:25)

God is clearly not done with Israel. The blindness that has happened to them at this time is (1) “in part” and, (2) only “until the fullness of the Gentiles come in.” Paul warned us against being ignorant of the mystery that was revealed to him, and being “wise in our own conceits.”

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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