Eternal Kingdom

The Eternal Kingdom

To say that something will last forever narrows the list down considerably.

When I was very young I lived in a land called Southern Rhodesia that was part of the British Empire. Pictures of a rather youthful Queen Elizabeth II were placed on stationary and government buildings.

By the time I was in high school there were two “empires” considered to be in a death struggle, the United States and the Soviet Union. Then for a couple of decades the United States stood as the world’s sole super power.

Today, I dare say, the nation of China looks as if it might one day supersede the USA. And no, I am not that old. I am suggesting that earthly empires rise and fall. They are man-made and not eternal.

The kingdom of God, however, is eternal. In a panorama of future kingdoms, Daniel predicted that in the days of a fourth kingdom (the Romans), the God of heaven would set up a kingdom “that will never be destroyed” (Daniel 2:44). Jesus promised that when he built his church, “the gates of Hades will not overcome it” (Matthew 16:18). It seems the worst that the forces of evil could do would not destroy the church.

We may let the next generation down, or we may not. The church may go underground or to our limited view even dormant, but there will always be those who seek to serve the Lord faithfully, there will always be a church of Jesus Christ. How do I know this? How can I be so confident? It is not because of the resources we have, our money or influence or even will power.

If the Churches of Christ died tomorrow, I would not be a Jonah, looking for her to trip and fall. I will be a Jeremiah, weeping over her demise.

I know the kingdom will endure because I know the King. And he reigns forever and ever. I have faith.

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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