“… then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death. For HE HAS PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET. But when He says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.” (1 Corinthians 15:24-28)
“History is linear, not cyclical. We are not caught in an unending experience of living through the past’s reruns. We are headed somewhere. There is coming a time, in ‘the end’, when the authority invested in Christ by the Father will have been brought to its end goal. The kingdom of God will win. Justice will be served. All opposition will be put down. All ‘dominion, authority and power’ will have been destroyed. Christ will be Victor! Finally, and forever all that displeases and dishonors God will be under His feet! Having won the battle He was sent for, Jesus will hand the kingdom over to the Father once again. He then ‘will be made subject to him who put everything under him.’ Think of it! Mystery of mysteries! How can the co-eternal, co-equal Son eternally subject Himself to the Father with Whom He shares all the prerogatives and essence of Deity? ‘The passage is a summary of mysteries which our present knowledge does not enable us to explain, and which our present faculties, perhaps, do not enable us to understand.’ Though our minds cannot fully comprehend it, this implies no inferiority of the Son to the Father either in His person, nature, or dignity. It simply means that even the Son, without surrendering His deity or dignity, is willing to subject Himself eternally to the Father so that the authority of the triune God might be forever a wonder the new creation can’t take its eyes off of.” (Embracing Authority, pp.206-207)
He who seeks his own pleasure forfeits God’s presence.
He who seeks God’s pleasure gains both God’s presence and a share in His infinitely greater pleasure.
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11)
“”Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure.'” (Isaiah 46:9-10, NASB)
“How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.” (Psalm 36:7-8)
“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” (Heb 11:6)
“God is not bound. He is free, unfettered, unrestricted. Nothing binds God. Yet there is one thing (and only one thing) that binds God—His own nature. He is “The Lord”—Yahweh, the covenant-making, covenant-keeping God of grace. Only the self-imposed restriction of His covenant promises made to us puts any limitation upon God. Only His nature as a faithful, covenant-keeping God limits Him. Only His gracious promises, made out of no obligation on His part, restrict Him in any way. God is completely free, unfettered, unhindered, unobstructed. He can do as He pleases and all that He pleases is done. Nothing can stop His hand. Nothing can ultimately resist His will. Yet He has set His pleasure upon keeping a Bible-full of promises to His covenant people. He commits His will and all His infinite resources to fulfilling what He has spoken to you.” (Pathways to Peace, pp.101-102)
“You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”
(2 Timothy 2:1)
“I am as strong in the grace of God as I want to be.”
(The Pastoral Epistles, p.340)
“Revival is a process; it does not just happen. From the human vantage point it may appear to descend suddenly from heaven without prior notice. Yet behind these surprising encounters with God there lies a runway He has been building in order to launch this new move of His Spirit. History reveals that where God has visited His people with genuine revival there are discernible preparations He has made.” (Revival in the Rubble, p.35)