Bible Mini-Study: Train Now to Help Jesus Christ Rule

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Train Now to Help Jesus Christ Rule

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In the past two mini-studies we looked at the return of Jesus Christ as King to save this world from itself and at the constitution of the Kingdom of God—God’s laws . The King and the laws of the Kingdom are two of the four parts necessary for a kingdom. Today let’s look at the third necessary component of the Kingdom—the citizens.

A story of transformation

Consider the story of one of the Bible’s most intriguing figures. Simon Bar-Jonah was a rough fisherman—brave, audacious and zealous. His life goals surely didn’t include becoming a fancy preacher or a high-and-mighty king. But when he heard Jesus’ message, he was convinced that this was the real thing. This was a true and powerful message from God.

So when Jesus asked him to leave his fishing nets behind and become one of His “fishers of men,” Simon could not refuse.

What followed was a remarkable time of training and transformation. Day after day he walked the dusty roads with Jesus, hearing His parables and teachings. He watched Jesus’ service to others and was sent out to practice serving others too.

He felt the joy of Jesus’ praise and the sting of His corrections. All these things were helping shape and mold the clay that would become the powerful apostle Peter. And those same experiences were training him for the job Jesus promised him in the Kingdom of God—to be king of one of the tribes of Israel (Luke 22:29-30 Luke 22:29-30 29 And I appoint to you a kingdom, as my Father has appointed to me; 30 That you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
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Jesus gave two final commands to Peter: “Feed My sheep” and “Follow Me” (John 21:17 John 21:17He said to him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, love you me? Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, Love you me? And he said to him, Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you. Jesus said to him, Feed my sheep.
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, 19). The biblical record is of a man who did both of those things throughout the rest of his life.

The incredible thing is, the training program God used for Peter is also available to us through the Bible and living the Christian life today. Peter’s last recorded words to Christ’s sheep were the encouragement for us to also follow the same training program: “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen” (2 Peter 3:18 2 Peter 3:18But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
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Christ’s loyal subjects

In 6,000 years of recorded history, there have been few times of real justice, happiness and peace between people. And there have been even fewer times when people truly obeyed their Creator God. Living the way of “get” described in the last mini-study has led humanity along a downward spiral, threatening our very existence.

As we have seen in the last two studies, things will change! Jesus Christ will take over as King. His laws will become the constitution of the coming Kingdom of God. But these two elements are not enough. The citizens themselves must change. The transformation of rebellious humanity into the peaceful subjects of the Kingdom of God is a fascinating story. It’s a story that can begin today—with you!

What will people’s predominant attitudes and actions be in the last days before Jesus Christ’s second coming?

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” (2 Timothy 3:1-5 2 Timothy 3:1-5 1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
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“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9 Jeremiah 17:9The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
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“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12 Proverbs 14:12There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
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“As it is written: ‘There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one.’ ‘Their throat is an open tomb; with their tongues they have practiced deceit’; ‘the poison of asps is under their lips’; ‘whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. ‘Their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their ways; and the way of peace they have not known.’ ‘There is no fear of God before their eyes’ ” (Romans 3:10-18 Romans 3:10-18 10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understands, there is none that seeks after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that does good, no, not one. 13 Their throat is an open sepulcher; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: 14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 15 Their feet are swift to shed blood: 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways: 17 And the way of peace have they not known: 18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.
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Because the selfish way of “get” so thoroughly fills the world, people do not even realize that thinking and doing what “seems right” to them is actually producing the world’s problems. They want peace but live in ways that make peace impossible. And matters will only worsen as the end draws nearer.

What will be the state of humanity when Christ returns?

“For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21 Matthew 24:21For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
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“But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts” (Revelation 9:20-21 Revelation 9:20-21 20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: 21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
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Human rebellion will bring the worst time of trouble the world has ever seen. It will be worse than the Inquisition, the pogroms, the genocides or the Holocaust. Yet even through the plagues and troubles, people will refuse to repent, and nations will even try to fight Christ at His return! But at the end of it all, the remnant of humanity still alive will be ready to surrender, and they will be in great need of healing in body, mind and spirit.

Whom will Jesus Christ rule, and what will they come to see?

“Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed” (Daniel 7:14 Daniel 7:14And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
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“O Lord, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come to You from the ends of the earth and say, ‘Surely our fathers have inherited lies, worthlessness and unprofitable things’ ” (Jeremiah 16:19 Jeremiah 16:19O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come to you from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.
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“No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For

I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more” (Jeremiah 31:34 Jeremiah 31:34And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, said the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
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All people will finally come to know that all human ways and traditions are worthless. Eventually each person will be able to learn God’s way and have a personal relationship with God.

Who will help Jesus Christ teach and rule the people?

“But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever” (Daniel 7:18 Daniel 7:18But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.
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; see also Revelation 2:26-27 Revelation 2:26-27 26 And he that overcomes, and keeps my works to the end, to him will I give power over the nations: 27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
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; Revelation 3:21 Revelation 3:21To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
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Jesus Christ will have His transformed followers assist Him in teaching and caring for all people. All those set apart in this age by the gift of God’s Spirit are known as saints (Romans 1:7 Romans 1:7To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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; Romans 5:5 Romans 5:5And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given to us.
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What specific jobs in the Kingdom of God are mentioned in the Bible?

“David My servant shall be king over them [the Israelites], and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them. Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children’s children, forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever” (Ezekiel 37:24-25 Ezekiel 37:24-25 24 And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. 25 And they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelled; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.
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; see also Jeremiah 30:9 Jeremiah 30:9But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up to them.
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“So Jesus said to them [His 12 apostles], ‘Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel’ ” (Matthew 19:28 Matthew 19:28And Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you, That you which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, you also shall sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
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Notice that in the Kingdom of God, King David will reign over all Israel and each of the 12 apostles will rule over individual tribes of Israel—so there will be a tiered structure of governance.

What other jobs should we be preparing to help with in the Kingdom of God?

“… Your teachers will not be moved into a corner anymore, but your eyes shall see your teachers. Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left” (Isaiah 30:20-21 Isaiah 30:20-21 20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not your teachers be removed into a corner any more, but your eyes shall see your teachers: 21 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk you in it, when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left.
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“And so it was that when he [a nobleman representing Jesus in a parable] returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. Then came the first, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned ten minas.’ And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’ And the second came, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned five minas.’ Likewise he said to him, ‘You also be over five cities’ ” (Luke 19:15-19 Luke 19:15-19 15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called to him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. 16 Then came the first, saying, Lord, your pound has gained ten pounds. 17 And he said to him, Well, you good servant: because you have been faithful in a very little, have you authority over ten cities. 18 And the second came, saying, Lord, your pound has gained five pounds. 19 And he said likewise to him, Be you also over five cities.
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The Bible lists future responsibilities such as teaching people God’s ways and serving them as rulers over cities. God’s people have the challenge to train now for those future responsibilities!

How do we prepare to serve in God’s Kingdom?

“… But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ …” (2 Peter 3:18 2 Peter 3:18But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
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“To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne” (Revelation 3:21 Revelation 3:21To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
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“But Jesus called them [His disciples] to Himself and said to them, ‘You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many’ ” (Mark 10:42-45 Mark 10:42-45 42 But Jesus called them to him, and said to them, You know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority on them. 43 But so shall it not be among you: but whoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: 44 And whoever of you will be the most chief, shall be servant of all. 45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
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To be able to teach and help others to live God’s way in the future, we must learn and practice His ways now. To help others overcome sin and transform their lives, we must overcome sin and transform our lives. To serve Jesus and others effectively in the future, we must learn to serve them now. Jesus Christ will bring a way of peace and real joy that will spread to all people around the world. He wants us to now be training to help Him in that most wonderful work. Now is the time for you to accept that challenge!

Apply what you’ve learned now

In the last mini-study we looked at God’s command for Israelite kings to write out a copy of God’s laws and to read them regularly (Deuteronomy 17:18-20 Deuteronomy 17:18-20 18 And it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites: 19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them: 20 That his heart be not lifted up above his brothers, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the middle of Israel.
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). Writing down scriptures can help emphasize what we are studying, and thinking deeply about God’s words can help us keep the right perspective.

Last time we asked you to write out the first four commandments. Today, take the time to write down the last six of the Ten Commandments from Exodus 20:12-17 Exodus 20:12-17 12 Honor your father and your mother: that your days may be long on the land which the LORD your God gives you. 13 You shall not kill. 14 You shall not commit adultery. 15 You shall not steal. 16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 17 You shall not covet your neighbor’s house, you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is your neighbor’s.
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After writing down these six commandments, take time to reread them and to think about how to apply them every day. You will find a chapter about each of these commandments in our free Bible study aid The Ten Commandments , which you’ll find very helpful in your further study of this subject.

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