“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
All week we have examined our relationship with society and secular authority. Even a casual reader of God’s Word will conclude that peace will only come through Christ and His eternal kingdom. The crown belongs on Christ’s head, because only He can rule in perfect righteousness. One day, He will set up that kingdom, and He will rule it with a rod of iron. Yet the citizens of that kingdom will perfectly submit to His rule, because they will be perfect in that day.
We should not expect lasting peace or lasting solutions to problems until that day. Peter tells us to place our hope completely on it:
“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:13).
When we anchor our hope in Christ and His perfect rule, we gain an eternal perspective on things. We should work to improve things presently, but we should not place our hope in temporary solutions. Apart from Christ’s rule, these solutions will not last. Therefore, Peter encourages us to place our hope fully in Christ and His coming kingdom.
Listen to similar words spoken by Paul:
“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18).
Transient, temporal things, such as institutions, schools and government, can do some good. But we must look beyond this world for real solutions. What ails man? Human sin and its consequences. Who cures sin? Jesus Christ alone. We need to place our trust in Him and look for that glorious city to come.
While we remain on earth, let’s labor for God, and seek to do positive good in the world. Let’s be helpful, generous and gracious. Let’s promote honesty in society and government. Let’s elect people of strong character and sound judgment. Let’s seek to improve things where we can. But we cannot place our hope in anyone or anything limited to this life. Our true and lasting hope awaits us at the coming of Jesus Christ, who brings His reward with Him (Revelation 22:12).
Posted on Fri, September 30, 2016
by Sam Petitfils