Jul 30, 2008
THE THREE KINGDOM MANDATES
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UNDERSTANDING THE THREE KINGDOM MANDATES
There are three (3)
mandates with which God has been pleased to reveal to
The Mastery Mandate;
The Mission Mandate; and,
The Millennial Mandate.
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
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth."
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
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
"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
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.
and writing are vital aspects in fulfilling both
the Mastery and the Mission Mandates.
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
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
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
"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
"Because the creature
itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into
the glorious liberty of the children of God." [Romans
"Thy kingdom come. Thy
will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." [Matthew
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
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
"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
1. here on earth;
2. in the Millennial Kingdom; and,
3. in the Paradise of God.
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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