THE KINGDOM OF CREATION
A. Where is the kingdom?
10 David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, “Praise be to you, O Lord, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. 11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. 12 Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. 13 Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name. (NIV1 Chr. 29:10-13)
B. Where is the kingdom headquartered?
The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all. (ESVPs. 103:19)
4 The Lord is exalted over all the nations, his glory above the heavens. 5 Who is like the Lord our God, the One who sits enthroned on high, 6 who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth? (NIVPs. 113:4-6)
To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens! (ESVPs. 123:1)
C. Who establishes the kingdom?
The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it. (NIVPs. 89:11)
D. When is the kingdom established?
You, O Lord, reign forever; your throne endures from generation to generation. (NIVLa. 5:19)
1 The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and is armed with strength. The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. 2 Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity. (NIVPs. 93:1-2)
E. By what means is the kingdom established?
But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding. (NIVJer. 10:12)
F. Who governs the kingdom?
1This is what the Lord says: “Heaven (Heb. shamayiim – YLT – “the heavens”) is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? 2 Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the Lord. (NIVIs. 66:1-2)
G. To whom does the kingdom belong?
Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me. (NIVJob 41:11)
To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. (NIVDeut. 10:14)
If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it. (NIVPs. 50:12)
H. Who are the citizens of the kingdom?
1 Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him in the heights above. 2 Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his heavenly hosts. 3 Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars. 4 Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies. 5 Let them praise the name of the Lord, for he commanded and they were created. 6 He set them in place for ever and ever; he gave a decree that will never pass away. 7 Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, 8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, 9 you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, 10 wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, 11 kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, 12 young men and maidens, old men and children. 13 Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens. 14 He has raised up for his people a horn, the praise of all his saints, of Israel, the people close to his heart. Praise the Lord. (NIVPs. 148:1-14)
I. On what basis are the citizens included in the kingdom?
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” (NIVRev. 4:11)
J. How is the kingdom administrated?
For byhim all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. (ESVCol 1:16)
19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all. 20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word! 21 Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will! 22 Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul! (ESVPs. 103:19-22)
19 Micaiah continued, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne with all the host of heaven standing around him on his right and on his left. 20 And the Lord said, ‘Who will entice Ahab into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there?’ “One suggested this, and another that. 21 Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the Lord and said, ‘I will entice him.’ 22 “ ‘By what means?’ the Lord asked. “ ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouths of all his prophets,’ he said. “‘You will succeed in enticing him,’ said the Lord. ‘Go and do it.’ 23 “So now the Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouths of all these prophets of yours. The Lord has decreed disaster for you.” (NIV1 Kings 22:19-23)
16 The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth he has given to man. (ESVPs. 115:16)
4 what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? 5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beingsand crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: 7 all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, 8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. 9 O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! (ESVPs. 8:4-9)
K. What is the “Kingdom of Creation”? The kingdom of creation is a universal government encompassing all creation (everything in the heavens and the earth); was established in the beginning at creation; was founded by God, through the power of God and the wisdom of God; is headquartered from the highest heaven; was, is, and will always be governed and ruled by God; is made up of citizens whose inclusion is based simply on the fact of their being created; is administrated in partnership with angelic powers (of differing ranks, levels of authority, and assignment) and human beings.
Diagram 1: The Kingdom of Creation