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From the Confessions: The Nicene Creed
“whose kingdom shall have no end.”
Pulling It Together
Since God himself is eternal, his kingdom also remains forever. Within any kingdom, including God's heavenly kingdom, are its citizens, the king's subjects. The citizens of the kingdom of heaven are both angelic and human. So they too will have no end, since they dwell in an eternal kingdom. That is the logic of the matter. Then there is the promise. A child was born, a son was given. He is the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. His kingdom, his government, will never end; it will only increase forever. We know that all of this has been done by God for us and to his glory. Because we have been set free from sin by our great Prince, we have been sanctified and justified (1 Cor 6:11) and are being renewed day by day (2 Cor 4:16) to the end result that we have eternal life in the kingdom of Christ Jesus our Lord.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for the free gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus my Lord. Amen.
In Harmony with the Word is an eight-session Bible Study that focuses on Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, from Matthew 5-7. It is written at an introductory level, to be led by a lay leader or pastor in a small-group question and discussion format. The study would serve as an excellent resource for monthly women's group meetings or in an informal small-group setting.