Tue, 29 July 2008
APOSTLE TALK - Future News Now!
with Prince Handley
UNDERSTANDING THE THREE KINGDOM MANDATES
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There are three (3) mandates with which God has been pleased to reveal to us:
It is my objective in this podcast to describe each mandate in practical order, and to explain the purpose, responsibility, and reward associated with each one as it relates to you.
THE MASTERY MANDATE
We, as Christians, are responsible to God to be involved in activities that fulfill the purpose for which God has called us: be it as an engineer, a housewife and mother, a doctor, a minister, an attorney . . . whatever ways are suitable and proper.
"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ." [Colossians 3:23]
We must be not only good students but also good stewards of the processes involved in our calling(s). To be a good steward has as a prerequisite first being a good student. There is a period of apprenticeship to every field, even for entrepreneuers. We have to learn by investigation, study, trial and error, and experience. This is foundational if we are to be MASTERS of EXCELLENCE . . . and if we are to perform excellently for The Master! This is why we have developed the advanced leadership, missions and church growth department at The University of Excellence. For more information, email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have to know and comprehend . . . to perceive mentally and through creative brainstorming . . . the earth and its processes or society and its interrelationships where they are relative to our respective fields of endeavor.
We must then prayerfully apply this knowledge in order to subjugate the earth and have dominion over it. We are mandated to "subdue and have dominion" over the earth. This mandate is for Christians and non Christians alike: it is for humankind . . . men and women created in God’s image.
However, how much more should God’s people function in this responsibility. A Christian working a non religious occupation or vocation should be as steadfast in both their efforts and ethics as a missionary or pastor. To such a person the blessings of God will be extended for faithful stewardship.
THE MISSION MANDATE
"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen." [Matthew 28:18-20]
"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." [Mark 16:15]
While "subduing and having dominion" over the earth on our callings we, as Christians, are also to be "witnesses" for Christ in our various vocations or avocations.
Teaching and writing are vital aspects in fulfilling both the Mastery and the Mission Mandates.
Actually, the Mission Mandate is the Second Earth Mandate to be carried out only by Christians. Christ created the whole world and also is "upholding all things by the word of His power." [Hebrew 1:3]
In the new earth "there will be no more curse" [Revelation 21:27] and it is our job to inform people of this . . . and how they can participate in its blessings. Jesus shed His BLOOD "to take away the sin of the world" and remove the curse brought about by Adam’s disobedience.
The Mission Mandate will not be carried out in the new earth because God’s people will be serving the Lord with joy. "There shall no wise enter into it anything that defiles." [Revelation 21:27]
THE MILLENNIAL MANDATE
"For our homeland is in heaven; and it s from there that we are expecting a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our humble bodies, and fashion them [give them a form] like his own glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself."
"Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God." [Romans 8:21]
"Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." [Matthew 6:10]
The Millennial Kingdom (the Kingdom of God on Planet Earth) will transition and flow into the Ultimate Kingdom of Heaven and of God.
Study Apostle Handley’s two part series on "The Millennial Kingdom - Parts A and B" in the Archives of the The Apostles Group posted January 4th and 12th, 2004. Go to: www.realmiracles.injesus.com.
In John Chapter 14, Jesus promised to "go prepare a place for you . . . that where I am, there you may be also."
Abraham "looked for a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God." [Hebrews 11:10] Referring to those of God’s servants who had previously fought the good fight of faith, the Bible says that God was "not ashamed to be called their God: for He has prepared for them a city." [Hebrews 11:16
Jesus told one of the thieves on the cross, "Truly I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise."
The Apostle Paul describes an experience he had as follows: "caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words . . ." [2 Corinthians 12:4]
I was recently at an Indian church where the pastor had described how he had died twice and was caught up into Heaven!
The tree of life is in the paradise of God. Read Genesis 3:22. Evidently the paradise that Adam and Eve defiled will be restored . . . AND will be even better: there will be many trees lining the banks of the great river.
"He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches. To him that overcomes I will give to eat of the tree of life which is in the midst of the paradise of God." [Revelation 2:7]
"And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him." [Revelation 22:1-2]
The city will be about 1,500 miles wide, 1,500 miles long, and 1,500 miles high. Look on a map of your country and find two cities that are about 1,500 miles apart (or, 2,400 kilometers). Actually, the exact dimensions will be 1,380 miles in each of the three dimensions (a little over 2200 kilometers). Revelation 21:16 informs us it will be 12,000 furlongs [Greek "stadios’] in each dimension.
The streets of the city are made of pure transparent gold. [Revelation 21:18-21]
"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." [1 Corinthians 2:9]
While you are here on Planet earth, do your best to fulfill the Mastery Mandate and the Mission Mandate. Then you will be blessed abundantly:
The Master will say to you: "Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things, I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord." [Matthew 25:21] Notice . . . in Luke 19:17, the parallel passage, the word "cities" is used for the areas over which you will have authority!
YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A WONDERFUL FUTURE!
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