The World to Come, By Michael Harley

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By Michael Harley

The Son Made Lower than Angels

5 For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. 6 But one testified in a certain place, saying:“ What is man that You are mindful of him, Or the son of man that You take care of him?

7 You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, And set him over the works of Your hands.

8 You have put all things in subjection under his feet. “For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him.

9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. Bringing Many Sons to Glory

10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory,. Hebrews 2:5-10a (NKJV)

Hebrews is a book about an “inherited Salvation” (1:14)[i] “So great a salvation” (2:3)[ii] “The salvation of your soul” (10:39)[iii]

This Salvation is “reserved in heaven for you,” “To be revealed in the last time,” “at the revelation of Jesus Christ,” and is to be received at “the end of your faith” (1 Peter. 1:4,5,7,9)[iv]

Satan and his angels are currently ruling over this world from a heavenly place “the rulers of darkness of this age…spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Eph 6:12)[v] but when Jesus Christ returns, man will rule instead of angels. “For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels.” In the world to come the earth will be brought into subjection to man. Man, in that Day will realize the purpose for which he was created in the beginning” Let them have dominion over all the earth” (Gen 1:26), Man was made “a little lower than the angels” and because of man’s fall in the Garden of Eden, man has never had dominion over the earth. “For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that Is not put under him. BUT NOW WE DO NOT YET SEE ALL THINGS PUT UNDER HIM.”

Jesus has not only come to pay the penalty of death for us, because of our fall, but to bring us into a realization of the very purpose of our creation in the beginning: to “have dominion… over all the earth…

Jesus was “made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor. “He came to this world as a man for a purpose and that purpose was to be obedient to God, so that He Himself as a man would sit on His own throne along with His co-heirs and rule over this world instead of angels. “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross . THEREFORE, GOD ALSO HAS HIGHLY EXALTED HIM” (Phil 2:8, 9a)

And in doing this He left us an example in which we are to follow, so that we also can rule with Him in the world to come. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us,[a] leaving us[b] an example, that you should follow His steps: 1 Peter 2:21

Although all Christians are saved eternally, not all Christians are going to rule and reign with Christ in the world to come, in the kingdom of heaven. Any Christian not following after Christ, wil not be where He is, 24  “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.[vi] (Matthew 16:24 b), Many Christians today ae not denying themselves and following Christ, but are indulging themselves and following after the world. Making themselves “enemies of God” (James 4:4)[vii].

The Bible is a book of redemption. Man, was created for a purpose; to rule the earth. Man sinned and fell from the position for which he was created. Then we see God acting immediately to redeem man from the penalty of sin by the death and shed blood of innocent animals. “Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them” (Gen. 3:21)[viii] . From this point forward the entire Bible moves toward the realization of man obtaining that for which he was created for in the beginning “let them have dominion”. In the Book of Revelation:  Revelation 12:10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.

Satan and his angels in that Day will be cast down, and man will replace them and rule from the heavens over this earth. This is the main thrust of the Scriptures. This is the Kingdom of heaven that Christ, in the book of Matthew spoke about at every turn. This is the mystery of the Kingdom of heaven which Israel, as a whole, did not understand 2,000 years ago, and which Christians today, 2,000 years later, do not understand. “Matthew 13:11He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.

The Kingdom of heaven, when Christ returns and rules over the earth, along with His co-heirs is the Key to understanding ALL scripture. After Jesus spoke about the Kingdom of Heaven and what it’s like over and over again in Matthew chapter 13[ix], Jesus said to His disciples: Have you understood all these things? “They said to Him, “yes, Lord.’ Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the Kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old (Matthew 13: 51,52).

And just as the disciples then, any Christian today having been “instructed concerning the Kingdom of heaven” will be able to bring out of his treasure, the Scriptures, things new and old. He will be able to see new things from the things he had previously seen.

But Christians today are not being “instructed” concerning the Kingdom of heaven. Therefore, they cannot bring ot of their treasure things new and old. Christians today are being instructed concerning the things of the world. And “the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” (1 John 5:19)[x]

Christians are called out of the world, and our citizenship is in heaven. “For many are called, but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14).

Therefore, I , like Paul am trying to persuade Christians to be instructed concerning the Kingdom of Heaven, because I know the terror of the Lord that will be displayed toward unfaithful Christians in that Day. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done I the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men”  (2 Corinthians 5:10, 11a)[xi][xii]

 

[i] Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?

[ii] Hebrews 2:3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,

[iii] Hebrews 10:39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.

[iv] 1 Peter 1:4-9New King James Version 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 9 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.

[v] Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

[vi] Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

[vii]  James 4:4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

[viii]  Genesis 3:21 Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.

[ix] Matthew 13New King James Version (NKJV)

The Parable of the Sower

13 On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. 2 And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. 6 But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. 8 But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

The Purpose of Parables

10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”

11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:

‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,

And seeing you will see and not perceive;

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For the hearts of this people have grown dull.

Their ears are hard of hearing,

And their eyes they have closed,

Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,

Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,

So that I should[a] heal them.’[b]

16 But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; 17 for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

The Parable of the Sower Explained

18 “Therefore hear the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. 20 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. 22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

31 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, 32 which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”

The Parable of the Leaven

33 Another parable He spoke to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures[c] of meal till it was all leavened.”

Prophecy and the Parables

34 All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them, 35 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:

“I will open My mouth in parables;

I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world.”[d]

The Parable of the Tares Explained

36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.”

37 He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. 39 The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. 40 Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. 41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, 42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

44 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price

45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

The Parable of the Dragnet

47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, 48 which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away. 49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, 50 and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”

51 Jesus said to them,[e] “Have you understood all these things?”

They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”[f]

52 Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning[g] the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

53 Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these parables, that He departed from there. 54 When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works? 55 Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses,[h] Simon, and Judas? 56 And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?” 57 So they were offended at Him.

But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.” 58 Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

[x] 1 John 5:19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.

[xi]  2 Corinthians 5:10 – 11 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 11 Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences.

[xii] All scripture quoted from: https://www.biblegateway.com/

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