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If humanity have spread around the world and are ruling the earth, it is because we all invest in achieving the Adamic purpose in the book of Genesis 1:28 to have children, fill the earth, and rule it. The reward for investing in the Adamic purpose is immediate – money, fame, power over others, Adamic glory here and now.
The Kingdom purpose, to be exact – the Biblical Kingdom purpose, calls on us to invest in building a heavenly nation, and not an earthly one. In Genesis Chapter 3 when Adam chose independence over obedience to God, his wife Eve was told she would have a son (Jesus) who would choose obedience over independence. The entire Old Testament showed all that God did to ensure that Jesus came in the flesh. The Kingdom purpose in the Old Testament was focused on the coming of Jesus. Now that Jesus has come and died and resurrected – what is the Kingdom purpose?
Let’s read Matthew 16:13-18 (Worsley’s New Testament) (shortened): “And when Jesus came into the parts of Cesarea… He asked his disciples… Whom do men say that I, the Son of man, am? And they answered, Some say thou art John the Baptist, others Elias, and others Jeremias… But, saith He unto them, whom do ye say that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ the Son of the living God… Jesus replied… Blessed art thou Simon… for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father who is in heaven… as thou art called Peter, so upon this rock, which thou hast confessed, will I build my church…”
The resources of heaven are now focused on building the Church – this is the Kingdom purpose now. The Church is a kingdom with Jesus as King; the Church is a mighty nation with peoples from every ethnic group and from every generation present and past. Peter says in 1Peter 2:4-5 “Come to Jesus Christ. He is the living stone people have rejected, but which God has chosen and highly honored. And now you are living stones being used to build a spiritual house. You are also a group of holy priests, and with the help of Jesus Christ you will offer sacrifices that please God.”
How are we using our gifts, talents, skills, and capabilities to build this spiritual house under God? The immediate rewards for fulfilling the Adamic purpose are money, fame, and power; in the long-term these rewards fade, decay and die. The immediate rewards for fulfilling Kingdom purpose are love, joy, and peace; in the long-term, followers of Jesus will rule and reign with him in a new heaven and a new earth. Don’t just invest in the Adamic, invest in building the Kingdom!
To God the the glory – now and always, Amen!