BY TOM ALBRECHT
I believe in victorious eschatology, "that the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever." (Revelation 11:15) One of the verses I’ve sought to pattern my life after – I call these types of verses my “life verses” – is found in the book of Daniel in verse 11:32: "...and such as do wickedly against the covenant, shall be corrupt by flattery, but the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits."
...but the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits.
The context of this verse in Daniel has to do with the prophecies regarding the rise and fall of the kingdoms of this world.
For most believers, there is no dispute that the inevitable triumph of Christ will be realized at some point in the future. The question is what role does the believer play in this prophetic continuum? I believe we have a role in bringing the good news of his Kingdom come, and his will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10) … because of the great commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
We have been invited into a partnership – a "co-mission" with Jesus – to bring light into the darkness, healing to the sick and diseased, and deliverance to the captives (Luke 4:18). What Jesus did in his earthly ministry was just a "taste" of what he wanted his church to do after his ascension.
Jesus gave us power through the Holy Spirit to function in his gifts and share the fruit of Spirit-filled living with a hurting and broken world. What an amazing invitation … that we would carry the hope of glory in earthen vessels to effect change in our world.
If the Old Testament saints – living under an inferior covenant by comparison with the promises of the New Covenant – could have great power and influence, then we as New Testament believers should expect to walk in even greater power.
Hebrews 11:32-40 talk about how the saints of old accomplished mighty things by faith. By faith they subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness and justice, obtained promises, and shut the mouth of lions. With each testimony of victorious faith in action, men and women are identified as having a key role in changing the culture of their world:
- Daniel was saved by an angel who shut the lion’s mouth.
- It was the fourth man in the fiery furnace that kept Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from being incinerated by the fierce flames.
- It was fearful and timid Gideon hiding out in a wine press, in order to process a little grain for food, when the angel of the Lord announced a new identity for a lowly farmer.
- It was Gideon's 300 men that put to flight the massive Midianite army that covered the valley like grasshoppers.
- It was by faith that David, the shepherd boy slew the giant Goliath with a sling and a stone when there were only two men in Israel’s army that had a sword. But David took Goliath's head with his very own sword.
- It was by faith in God that caused mere men to do "great exploits."
Our God is awesome. His majesty, supremacy and sovereignty wait to be revealed through the church of Jesus Christ. We owe our world a gospel of power, because the Apostle Paul declared "for the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power" and "our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance..." (1 Corinthians 2:4 and 1 Thessalonians 1:5).
The question for the believer today is; "Do I know God?" If I know him I will not be idle waiting for something to happen … I will by faith take action and bring a gospel of power to the world Jesus died to save. I want to please God by my faith in him and see the reward of accessing God's power to touch the world with his love.