Pastor Rachel, 2.10.2016
6 The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling[a] together; and a little child will lead them.
7 The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
8 The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
What does establishment mean?
- Establishment is defined as a “permanent organization”. The system of the world (law, government etc.) is an establishment too.
- Believers who accepted Christ, are translated to the heavenly system which is an establishment in parallel to the system of the world.
- Ephesians 3:12 describe that boldness is necessary to operate the heavenly system as there will be resistance and intimidation or even coercion.
- To operate in the system of heavens you need to be rooted in God.
What is the new order or new organization?
- In Isaiah 11, the new order is described as order where real time danger will cease.
- Having the knowledge of God allows believers to operate in that new order.
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