Qualifying to Rule With Christ
the previous two ministudies we learned that we were born to rule. We
are destined, if we overcome and grow in God's character, to rule this
earth with Christ during the Millennium and afterward to rule the rest
of the universe for eternity!
But some doubt that they could ever
rule over people, while others have no desire to rule at all. Perhaps
you have thought: I don't want to rule in the world tomorrow. I just
want to serve God.
Jesus Christ was God incarnate — God made flesh
(John 1:1-2, 14). Before Jesus became a human being He was the Creator
of the universe and of mankind (Eph. 3:9). At His return to earth He
will occupy the greatest position of rulership under God the Father in
God's coming Kingdom (Rev. 19:16).
Yet while Jesus was on earth, He
was a servant to His fellowmen. He came to serve, not to be served
(Luke 22:27, Matt. 20:27-28). And even now, exalted again at the right
hand of the Father, Jesus continues to serve us as our High Priest and
Advocate (Heb. 4:15-16) and as Head of His Church (Col. 1:18).
understand exactly how and why service to
God actually entails rulership.
1. How can a Spirit-begotten Christian express service to God? Matt. 25:31-40.
serve God when we serve our fellow-man. Christ said, "Inasmuch as you
did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me"
This wretched world is filled with needy, sick and
lonely people who desperately need help. Hundreds of millions in
today's world would benefit from even basic instruction in how to
improve the quality of their physical lives, including their basic
nutrition and everyday hygiene. Above all, they need to know the truth
of God — God's purpose and plan for mankind. This whole world
desperately needs to understand God's Word.
A deeply concerted Christian will want to help
change this world and teach others God's wonderful way of life. This
is, in fact, what the return of Christ and the establishment of His
ruling government on earth are all about. All Spirit-begotten
Christians are now in training for significant roles in helping to
teach the world God's way and to administer the government of God for
the good of all mankind.
2. What does the Bible say
resurrected saints will be doing in the Kingdom of God during the
Millennium? Rev. 3:21, 2:26, 5:10, 20:4-6.
We read of "thrones,"
"judgment" and "reigning." These scriptures clearly tell us that in the
world tomorrow Christians will receive positions of rulership —
opportunities to do great good in serving this world. All who are
Spirit-begotten and overcoming now will become kings and priests
(teachers), various administrators and administrative assistants in the
Kingdom of God.
And so the Christian life today is one of
overcoming, growing, preparing and developing spiritually for great
service through rulership in tomorrow's world.
3. In the course of living their physical lives, are God's children to be learning to rule and judge? I Cor. 6:1-3.
Christians will be able to carry great responsibility with Jesus Christ
in the Kingdom of God. That is because they will have learned a great
deal about rightly applying the laws of God to many different
situations during their mortal lives.
4. By what great
principle can a person of ordinary ability and humble opportunity in
this life qualify to take on far greater responsibility in the Kingdom
of God? Luke 16:10. (Notice also verses 1 1-12.) What will Christ say
to those who have been faithful over the little that He entrusted to
their care? Matt. 25:2 1. (Read verses 14 through 30.)
We learn to rule by being faithful — conscientious
— in whatever we do, living the principles and laws we learn from God's
Word. Even the person who considers himself or herself as having only
little ability and natural talent can qualify to rule — serve — in
5. Notice further the parable of the
talents in Matthew 25. In what way did the rich man (Christ) divide up
his goods? Verse 15.
Notice that the quantities were not equal. He
gave responsibilities according to each servant's natural ability. (The
word talent in the King James Version refers to a measure of weight
having a certain value.) Similarly, not everyone has been given the
same ability. God knows some have more education, greater innate
aptitudes, more personality or more physical strength than others.
the important lesson Christ intends to teach us by this parable is that
God expects us to increase our talents and abilities, no matter how
small we may think they are. God wants His Spirit-begotten children to
grow, both in spiritual character and their inherent abilities. He
knows that in order to fulfill our purpose for being called into His
ruling Family, we need to be using and developing our aptitudes now.
learn to rule and successfully carry responsibility for the good of
ourselves and others in the world tomorrow by learning to better manage
the affairs, responsibilities and powers in our control today, no
matter how small they may be.
Unfortunately, all too often we
overlook or fail to appreciate the opportunities to grow and develop
right on the job, at school or in the home — in whatever circumstance
we may find ourselves.
6. Does this parable reveal that each
servant who is faithful "over a few things" — that is, over his or her
limited talents and opportunities of this life — will be rewarded with
"many things"? Verses 20-23. Isn't it clearly rulership that Christ
promised? Verses 21, 23.
Notice how fair God is. In verses 21 and
23, even though each person was originally given responsibility based
on his natural abilities, both of the first two servants grew 100
percent. Christ therefore puts both essentially on an equal level in
rewarding them. The Bible here reveals the principle that God will
judge and reward us according to how well we do with what we have to do with.
To whom has God promised rulership over the reunited nation of Israel?
Ezek. 37:21-22, 24. What positions of rulership did Jesus promise to
give each of His 12 apostles under David? Matt. 19:27-28. Has God
alluded to others who will be in His Kingdom? Heb. 1 1:4-40.
overcomers have gone before us and are to be in God's Kingdom Having
lived and died in the faith, they have already qualified and will be
rewarded with responsibilities in God's ruling Family, though God has
not specifically revealed most of their positions to us in the Bible.
But every individual will have a significant and rewarding job to do,
for an entirely new civilization in harmony with God's law must be
built on earth during the Millennium.
8. But will there really be enough opportunities to serve for all who will have overcome? John 14:1-3.
phrase "My Fathers house" refers to the same house spoken of by Jesus
when He drove the money changers and the animals out of the Temple
By speaking of the Temple having many "mansions"
("rooms" in the Revised Standard Version and other translations), Jesus
illustrated the concept that there would be places for many assistants
in the government of the Kingdom of God on earth, when Jerusalem will
be the millennial capital of the world. "I will come [back to earth]
again and receive you to Myself; that where I am [headquartered in the
Temple of God on earth], there you may be also" (John 14:3).
assures us that there will be ample opportunities and challenging,
interesting positions of responsibility for all who are born into God's