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  • Writer's pictureMelissa Simpson

From One to Eternity

”Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end…” Isaiah 9:7a


For Isaiah, the kingdom of God was coming, but it would be unusual because it would start quietly, with only a child - God’s son. Most kingdoms begin with a big bang (war) and lots of people. God’s Kingdom grows humbly, person by person, reaching its fulfillment when the last one believes in the first One (Jesus). After the last one believes in Jesus, we enter God’s kingdom in heaven.


The increase of His government technically began with mary, who most likely believed in Jesus first. Many before her, like Isaiah, believed in the one who was to come. We believe in the one who came - but it is the same faith in Jesus (the Messiah) that all (Mary too) are saved. In the future, we pray His kingdom increases soul by soul. God’s kingdom grows in two ways: Globally (one by one); and in each one personally. As we serve God by following His word, His Kingdom increases in our hearts. Through this increase of His government, there is greater global peace and a growing personal peace - there will be no end.


…WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.


”He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever… The Lord Almighty will accomplish this.” Isaiah 9:7b


The promised messiah would come through David and He would reign ‘over’ (greater or superior) his kingdom. This is why Jesus had to be born in Bethlehem - it was the town of David. David’s reign was to be a foreshadow of the glory of Jesus. God’s zeal would make this happen.


Kingdoms are founded by the decrees (words) and actions of a King (passions). Sadly, they are also established through the shedding of blood. Even David’s kingdom was fortified by the defeat (war) of his enemies. But the Messiah would not reign by shedding the blood of others. No, His blood would be shed to bring justice for our sins. And because Jesus is a righteous King, He defeated death, proving He is powerful enough to reign forever. As a result, Jesus is our only hope for freedom and true justice.

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