I recently spent a year rediscovering the writings of Dr. H. C. Heffren, a longtime Canadian leader in our church life, and a prolific writer of biblical subjects, more commonly called "doctrine". One of Dr. Heffren’s favorite subjects was writing and teaching on the Kingdom of God as a present spiritual reality rather than a pre-millennial expectation.
In one of his pamphlet, I found Heffren following John’s report of Jesus that claimed Jesus is the light of the world and “he who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12). John goes on to report Jesus claiming “as long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (John 9:5, emphasis added).
I, too, find John’s words of sufficient import to repeat John 1:7-9: “The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all Men might through him believe. He, John the Baptist, was not that Light but was sent to bear witness of the Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”
These verses suggest we see that the true Light of the world came “In that Day” which was the evening time of the Jewish dispensation, so that at evening time it was light, the true light being Jesus the Messiah. In John 12:46 John further records Jesus saying, “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.”
That Christ is the Light of the world, and that He came In that Day to fulfill prophecy in the evening time of the Jewish dispensation, is attested and verified by innumerable Scriptures. It was the end of the law covenant (Old Testament) and the inauguration of the new covenant(New Testament)as seen by Hebrews 10:9,16-17.
“Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first that he may establish the second . . . This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”
Dr. Heffren’s point is well taken as he writes his small volume on Zecharia. Contrary to the thinking of many today, the Kingdom of God came to fruition with the mission and ministry of Jesus. The Bible consistently teaches the Kingdom of God as a personal submission to the sovereignty of God, and submitting to his Lordship by the individual believer. It has little or nothing to do with any future restoration of the political aspirations of the nation of Israel or the affairs of the Middle East today.
It may well be true that we need to wait (patiently) for the “fullness” of God’s Kingdom to be realized; but, it is a Biblical fact that we do not need to await the return of Jesus (2nd Advent) to establish His Kingdom. Since He came in that first appearance, millions have become His dedicated and loyal followers, walking diligently and daily with Him, and knowing that even in our worst of times, the God of Heaven is still in ultimate control of the affairs of the universe.
From Warner’s World,
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