Luke 2:14 (Passage in the picture) has no "You'll need to wait for over 2,000 years for this to even begin to unfold." caveat! We have been called to actively participate in its unfolding!
Isaiah 9:7 "Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this."
The Cross didn't end or pause any of this. It expanded it!
That's right! What the manger initiated, the cross expanded!
Blessed are the Peacemakers!
Peace & Love to All!
Plenty of people's Theology won't allow for the earth to become a better place, much less the possibility that they could be used to facilitate such a thing. Therefore, we have people shouting "God is in Control" and "Trust God"...while completely neglecting their God-given mandate to guard and cultivate the earth...taking dominion over everything, besides other human beings. When folks believe that they are basically powerless, that the earth is the devil's, that the incarnation of evil is greater than the incarnation of good, and that escaping the earth is their main objective, they leave themselves with little practical hope this side of the grave.
My Word to you for 2017: You are just as much in Christ as you have ever been or ever will be! He can't possibly Love you any more or less today than He did yesterday or than He will tomorrow! God IS Love! The same benefits that were yours in 2016 (and in all prior years) are still yours! Christ in you is still the Hope of Glory! Amongst many other wonderful things, He calls you His Wife, His Brother or Sister, His Body, His Friend, His Living Epistle, and the Apple of ...His Eye! You are loved, valued, accepted and blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ! Through Him you have access to all things that pertain to life and godliness! You no longer have to rely on your own performance by trying to produce the Fruit or Gifts of the Spirit; and there is no shortage or rationing of the New Wine! You are free to rest in HIS PERFORMANCE...as you function through HIS Faith, which works by HIS Love! Freely you have received, NOW...Freely give!
No rhymes, No limericks, No numerology, Nothing spooky, No fortune cookie messages, No Christianese horoscopes, No 'carrot & stick' words promising to give you what you already have or make you who you already are, and No words coming from a compulsion to perform prophetically, because a New Year is just around the corner. Just Truth!
Regarding New Year's "Words": Trust the Peace of Christ to be the referee in your heart. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
Any teaching which implies that Faith can be humanly manufactured or earned is not the Gospel. God is our Faith...Who works by God...Who is Love. We can discover, apply, and enjoy Faith...but we can't manufacture Faith...anymore than we can manufacture God.
Faith is only OUR Faith, because we have been made one with the Spirit of Faith. Your Faith is only YOURS because it was given to you by your loving, heavenly Father; just like we give gifts to our children...and they ...become "theirs" to use, enjoy, and develop ("build up") their skills through practical application.
While Faith is DISCOVERED through the Word, Faith is never "EARNED" by reading, studying and meditating upon the Word. Those are things that we do...because Faith, working by Love, compels us to discover, apply, and enjoy Who Faith is...FOR, IN, and THROUGH us!
Gal 2:20,21 "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain." Again... You can't manufacture Faith anymore than you can manufacture God.
Jesus is the Substance of things hoped for and the Evidence of things not seen under the Old Covenant!