Kingdom Family Spectrum defined
The church is God’s manifold wisdom (Ephesians 3:10). His glory is diverse and colourful, and He wants to shine through us. Spectrum is used here to mean diversity of God’s colourful glory.
This is possible especially when we live in His Word. The Word of God is like a mirror (James 1:23). It is also like cleansing water (Ephesians 5:26). His word is living water (John 4:10). When God’s pure light casts upon a mirror or a body of water, a spectrum is established. When we have the Word of God hidden in us, God’s light creates a spectrum of His technicolour glory in His blessings, favour, miracles, goodness and mercy, in and through our life. These glorify Him. On the contrary, when our life is dull and pale, He is not glorified.
The Bible shows us things that are described as a range. (‘spectrum’)
For example, love is described in a range/diversity of meanings: agape (God’s love expressed by action, obedience, not feeling; example John 3:16, as in Christ’s sacrifice), phileo (friendship love, emotional; example John 11:3, as in Jesus and Lazarus), eros (marriage love, emotional), and storge (family love; example Romans 12:10 as in brotherly love).
Another example is prayer. In the Bile, we see prayer is asking God for needs met. We also see prayer as petition to a righteous judge to vindicate against the evil one; as meditative thoughtful yearnings in the heart when even words are unable to utter; and then there are occasions when prayer comes out as declarations, proclamations or decrees.
God is shown to us as Creator of the Universe, Husband to Israel, Judge that spares no evil in the Old Testament, God of grace in the New Testament, God of all good at Eden, a friend to Moses and Abraham, King of kings, Father of Jesus, our heavenly Father and provider.
Jesus is shown to us as Saviour, Emmanuel (God with us), advocate, redeemer, Christ the Messiah, the coming King, Son of God, and the firstborn of all creation, our brother and friend to us, healer, deliverer, Word made flesh, wonderful counsellor, prince of peace, mighty God, everlasting Father.
The Holy Spirit is shown to us as helper, teacher, guide, power, God, counsellor and comforter.
There are so many facets of God and diversity of His works that await manifestations in and through us. I believe God’s Kingdom is manifested most in relationships. That is why God brings about His Kingdom by referring to Himself not only as King but also Father in heaven (as in the Lord’s Prayer). God’s Kingdom is executed on earth through the family and the church (which incidentally, is also a family, God’s Family).
Through acceptance and appreciating one another as in a family, God is able to release the gifts and talents, personalities and uniqueness of everyone to fit into His giant jig-saw puzzle of His big, grand picture of His Kingdom purposes on earth.
Everyone is born with God’s intentions and destiny. There is a book of our destiny pre-determined in heaven even before we were born. It is our duty to know and live out our destiny. Being saved and go to heaven is too basic and insufficient. Being blessed just to attend church and have a religion is too uninformed. You have a purpose in God that only you can fulfil. Together with others, we fit into God’s plan for the ages for His Kingdom of heaven to come upon earth in the fullness of His technicolour glory. He wants to glorify Himself in and through you. You are important to His divine purpose.
Pastor Jeremiah Yap