by Robert Brock
Wednesday, June 19
The Nature of Spiritual Government
“And I will walk among you, and will be
your God, and ye shall be my people,” Leviticus 26:12.
A theocracy is a government with no king or elected national officials. God rules the nation, usually through prophets, priests and tribal heads. This kind of government depends on the people obeying God’s Law; fear of judgment is certain.
God began the world with a theocracy. He will end the world the same way. “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God” (Revelation 21:3). This promise keeps Christians living in hope, regardless of the circumstances they have to endure while on earth.
A spiritual government depends on the Spirit of God guiding the hearts of the kingdom people, which requires the people to possess the Spirit. “That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:12-14).
Possession of the Holy Spirit makes it possible for one to understand God’s instructions in His Word. “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save [except] the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God…because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:11-14).
THOUGHT: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD” (Psalm 33:12).