Scripture: Psalm 48
- This Psalm is about the work that God is doing in history, building the kingdom-city of God which cannot be destroyed.
- Christ now is the true temple, and we're being built together into the City of God (1 Pet 2:5; cf. Psalm 76, 84, 87, 122).
- Jesus is working on the New Jerusalem, coming down from heaven (1 John 2:28-3:3).
- God's evaluation of the kingdom is not the same as ours.
- When the disciples asked for the best seats in the kingdom, Jesus answered that whoever humbles himself like a child, and welcomes a child in My name is greatest.
- Only the humble and contrite can enter the kingdom.
- We will never enter the kingdom until we submit ourselves to Christ.
- It's critical that we keep our minds and hearts fixed on the work of God in history.
- The eternal city is not an ethereal place; it has gates, walls and gardens, and its citizens have resurrected bodies.
- All that God is calling us to do now is significant for the purposes of God's kingdom and the eternal state.
- Our vision is to glorify God by communicating the Lordship of Christ to our city. Westminster Chapel’s Four Pillars are Regeneration and Revival; Education; Apologetics; and Proclamation (R.E.A.P.).
- Augustine wrote that God's city is established in history while the rebel city is judged by God.
- The state of our city is not cause for discouragement; wickedness has been popular before. Abel was among the first martyrs of the city of God.
- John Milton wrote Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained as a reflection on losses and gains in kingdom history.
- God's kingdom city gives us hope for time and eternity.
- If we are obedient we can inherit the land (Matthew 5:5).
- In Christ we are heirs of the whole earth; all the kings shall bring their treasures to the city of God (Revelation 21:24).
- This is a challenging time but we must not despair; God is still on the throne; we're to be faithful to our task in humility.
- Our lives are to be fixed on everlasting things; a biblical vision of heaven indicates transformation, contemplation, and dominion; we will be like Him (1 John 3:2); everything in our lives has total meaning under God;
- If we cannot rule our own selves, we will never be fit to rule over angels in the kingdom of God.
- The city of God is praising and serving for all eternity; all the potentiality that God has put in us will be fully realized.
- In the city of God there is an identity between work and rest. It's worshiping and serving God. Man is to cultivate and create a culture out of creation.
- As bearers of God's image, we are mini-creators. We're to cultivate the creation; the city of God is established by the service of God's people.
- We still need one another, in a community with differing potentialities and skills. We're a community like the Trinity.
- In the eternal state, all our desiring is fulfilled in Him.
- We’re not to grow weary of doing good (1 John 2-3).
- Read 1 John 2:28-3:3. What are the implications of this passage for our lives and priorities?
- What is the significance of our present work for God?
- Are we focused on the temporary, or are our lives guided by a proper vision of God's kingdom purposes?
- How do Westminster Chapel’s four pillars each contribute to the work and increase of God’s kingdom?
- What should be our response to the challenging circumstances of our time?
- How is self-rule related to serving in God’s kingdom?
God is working in history, building His Kingdom-City which cannot be destroyed.