Friday, July 18, 2014

No Part of This World

In a prior post, I wrote that God expected the nation of Israel to trust in him for national rule and military protection. When Jesus was on earth, how did he feel about depending on human rule?

At John 18:36 Jesus answered: “My Kingdom is no part of this world. If my Kingdom were part of this world, my attendants would have fought that I should not be handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my Kingdom is not from this source.” The foregoing rendering is from the New World Translation. In this link, 20 of the 21 translations cited, also use the word “world.” The one unique rendering is the “New International Version,” which renders Jesus’ words as: “My Kingdom is no from an earthly source.”

Please direct your focus to the statement that Jesus’ kingship is “not from this source.” Regardless of which ruler Jesus had been standing in front of, would he not have been able to use the same words? Before answering that, consider Jesus words in these two passages. In both, Jesus speaks of “the ruler of this world” having received a judgment (past-tense) and then at some future time “will be cast out.” Who is this undesignated ruler? Revelation 12:9 indicates precisely who it is—Satan the devil. How many governments are under his control? The Bible says ALL of them.

In essence then, Jesus was saying that his rulership doesn’t originate with any of the governments under Satan’s control, which is all of them. It comes only from God, his Father. If Jesus felt that strongly, how about us? While we pay our taxes and obey the laws of the land, when called on to express our allegiance, we always indicate we are supporters of God’s Kingdom.

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