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July 17, 2019 at 12:07 pm #13491Bill Ross aka RuminatorKeymaster
In 1 Corinthians 15:19-28 what is the “kingdom” that is delivered to God and who are the deposed rulers?
[1Co 15:19-28 ESV] (19) If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. (20) But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. (21) For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. (22) For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. (23) But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. (24) Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. (25) For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. (26) The last enemy to be destroyed is death. (27) For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. (28) When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.
Is the kingdom “the Israel of God”? If so, are the rulers and enemies that are destroyed in 1 Corinthians 8:25-26 the rulers over the saints of Israel? Or over all of humanity?
[Dan 12:6-7, 9-13 NKJV] (6) And one said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, “How long shall the fulfillment of these wonders be?” (7) Then I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever, that it shall be for a time, times, and half a time; and when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered, all these things shall be finished. … (9) And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. (10) “Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand. (11) “And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days. (12) “Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days. (13) “But you, go your way till the end; for you shall rest, and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days.”
If so, is “arising to your inheritance” what Paul was anticipating in 1 Thessalonians 4?:
[Mat 21:31-46 ASV] (31) Which of the two did the will of his father? They say, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, that the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. (32) For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not; but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye saw it, did not even repent yourselves afterward, that ye might believe him. (33) Hear another parable: There was a man that was a householder, who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge about it, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into another country. (34) And when the season of the fruits drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, to receive his fruits. (35) And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. (36) Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them in like manner. (37) But afterward he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. (38) But the husbandmen, when they saw the son, said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and take his inheritance. (39) And they took him, and cast him forth out of the vineyard, and killed him. (40) When therefore the lord of the vineyard shall come, what will he do unto those husbandmen? (41) They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those miserable men, and will let out the vineyard unto other husbandmen, who shall render him the fruits in their seasons. (42) Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, The same was made the head of the corner; This was from the Lord, And it is marvellous in our eyes? (43) Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken away from you, and shall be given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. (44) And he that falleth on this stone shall be broken to pieces: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will scatter him as dust. (45) And when the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them. (46) And when they sought to lay hold on him, they feared the multitudes, because they took him for a prophet.
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