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Wordwise Insight, Issue #083
July 14, 2011
WORDWISE INSIGHT is the free monthly newsletter of Wordwise-Bible-Studies.comIN THIS ISSUE...
BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): Administration in the Millennium, when we reign with Christ
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(Administration in the Kingdom Age)Question: Considering that the millennial reign of Christ is to be, among other things, a perfect political administration, it stands to reason that it will not be a bloated bureaucracy. Yet Christ is said to rule with all His saints. Do you think it is possible that God is waiting until the number of saints, dead and living, equals the number necessary for a perfect administration?
Answer: It’s an interesting question! The simple answer is, of course, that we just don’t know. But, all the same, there are a number of relevant Scriptures that are worth looking at.
1) Second Peter 3:12 speaks of Christians “looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God [i.e. the Day of the Lord].” The words "and hastening" seem to suggest that we can somehow move the end-time events closer, by our prayers, our witness, and the preaching of the gospel, thus bringing more people to repentance and faith (vs. 9). The NIV follows that line of thinking with, “look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.”
This is in harmony with Peter’s sermon in Acts 3:19-20, where he says: “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before.”
Such passages do seem to hint that the Lord may have a specific number of converted individuals in mind. However, others say it is open to serious question whether a sovereign God would adjust His timetable in this way. The phrase “and hastening” can also be translated “earnestly desiring,” which would remove this supposed difficulty.
I’m still on the fence on this one. I don’t have enough light to be dogmatic about either view. But it does seem at least possible to me that...
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MY BLOG ON HYMNS!
Come and Pay Us a Visit!I have developed a blog that is called Wordwise Hymns. As the title suggests, it is about hymns, and church music in general.
But as many of you will know, a blog is especially designed to facilitate a conversation on its particular subject. Readers can easily post comments about what they see, and I'm able to reply. I hope you will take part in the discussion!
Through 2010, almanac entries dealt with what happened in hymn history on each day of the year. Beginning in 2011, I hope to analyze hymns from a biblical standpoint, linking to the material that has come before.
My hope is that the blog will add to the value of the website and this newsletter, and promote some profitable exchanges on the subject of sacred music.
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