We are advancing! Every place the sole of our foot treads He has given us. So… what is our commission beyond preaching the gospel? Let me run some scriptures by you(ESV emphasis added):
- Matt. 28:18-20 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
Mark 16:15-20 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.
Ok.. So, He sat down at the right hand of God. Now look at this passage…
Hebrews 10:12-13 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. See also- Psalm 110:1
I believe we are called to walk in Jesus on this earth in communion with the Father as Jesus did, doing/saying what He is doing/saying. I believe we are now partnering in close intimacy with the Father to make Jesus enemies a footstool with the Father. Jesus said in John 20:21 “as the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
We are not called to sit with our hands folded until the second coming of Jesus! We are called to release His Kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven and walk intimately with Him! Let go of doomsday theology and realize His Kingdom is advancing in all the earth! As in the promised land of the old testament, we are removing the enemies of the Kingdom, both demonic and as strongholds in the minds of men! We can do this together with Him!! 🙂