A TALE OF TWO KINGDOMS
Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah.
After many days had gone by, there was a conspiracy among the Jews to kill him
One of the consistent themes present in ushering in the Kingdom of God on earth seen in the Scripture, is that soon after God does something, Satan also makes his move.
When you read verse 22 and learn that the Apostle Paul was literally proving that Jesus is the Messiah (or ‘Christ’ in Greek) , you hardly would expect that the next verse you read would be, ‘and so they plotted to kill him.’
But as you carefully read through Scripture, you begin to see that this sort of retaliatory effect to the Kingdom of God being established on earth is consistent all throughout the Word of God.
Kingdom of Light: Jesus heals a crippled man.
Kingdom of darkness: The Sanhedrin plots to kill Jesus.
Kingdom of Light: Joseph receives a prophetic dream from God regarding His future provision for Israel.
Kingdom of darkness: His brothers want to kill him; throw him in a hole, and sell him to a caravan.
Kingdom of Light: God uses Jeremiah to tell the kings of Judah of God’s impending judgment and to surrender to the Babylonians.
Kingdom of darkness: King Jehoiakim and Zedekiah painfully persecute Jeremiah for his prophecies.
And there are far too many more instances to count!
But the interesting difference about the verse from the book of Acts that I’ve highlighted today that makes it stand apart from the examples in the Old Testament including the Gospels, is that Paul is proving the truth with ALL of the information now revealed!
Not only do we have the Torah and the Tanakh (the Old Testament) as a foundation, but we also have the very fulfillment of the prophecies in these writings about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus completed and accomplished!
So you’d think to yourself, ‘well maybe they’d change their minds about it all now, because after all, we don’t just have to simply live hoping that these future promises will be fulfilled, but the actual promise has now come!’
But no, instead we see that the kingdom of darkness – as it is rightly called – still continues to darken the minds of the unbelieving to a now substantiated, established, and proven historical act that fulfills these prophecies… The crucifixion!
Just like a man who has a male anatomy from birth can somehow be convinced of the lie that he is instead a woman, men and women also convince themselves that the truth of Jesus can be a myth, or an allegory, or a legend.
And I didn’t choose that example to bash on people with issues concerning sexual identity, I merely intended to use it to show us how partial we are with truth, dogmatically affirming what is clearly apparent in one case, but not as zealous to apply that logic consistently to all things.
But this only affirms to us that just as history reveals, the kingdom of darkness is still at work even after the cross and resurrection.
Although Satan is disarmed and in all truthfulness is powerless to reign, he can still manifest his murderous lies to eternally separate men and women from God wherever ignorance of history and unfounded reasoning for unbelief are still idolized.
When I looked up the word used in Acts 9:22 for ‘Proving’ that Paul used, it was the Word: Sumbibazó (Greek). And this was it’s meaning:
to grasp a truth by intertwining ideas needed to “get on board,” i.e. come to the necessary judgment (conclusion.); to prove; reason; conclude.
Similar to the days of Noah, there’s a new Ark that has been constructed, and the facts all point to the man Jesus Christ!
He has bore our sins, taken away our shame, released us from the burden of our guilt, and welcomes us freely into relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Proven – Established – Truth
Get on board…
Trust ♔ Jesus!