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Does Jesus exercise His divine will upon the earth?


“God’s kingly rule over the hearts of men and over the world may be thought of as having a number of phases. The first is the prophesied kingdom, such as that foretold by Daniel. The second phase is the present kingdom, the one that existed at the time of John the Baptist and that he mentions. It is the kingdom that both John and Jesus spoke of as being at hand (cf. 4:17). The third phase may be referred to as the interim kingdom, the kingdom that resulted because of Israel’s rejection of her King. The King returned to heaven and His kingdom on earth now exists only in a mystery form. Christ is Lord of the earth in the sense of His being its Creator and its ultimate Ruler; but He does not presently exercise His full divine will over the earth. He is, so to speak, in a voluntary exile in heaven until it is time for Him to return again. He reigns only in the hearts of those who know Him as Savior and Lord”

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One comment on “Does Jesus exercise His divine will upon the earth?

  1. I think it may have to do with the fact MacArthur is bristling under the quasi-fatalism of some Neo-Calvinists that are his peers (of whom I think are wrong). God does not will the evil that falls upon us, yet He turns it to good for those who Love Him. He sends rains to the just and unjust. Man makes free decisions in this world and yet the Word of God restructures history, His command alters history to His council. His will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. He is Sovereign!

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