(Part I) In part one of a two-part message, a first look is taken at the prophesy of Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, following his son’s birth. Herein, we observe Him extolling God for His goodness and recounting the faithfulness of the Lord to His promises. In light of such, Pastor Daniel emphasizes the fact that God’s subjects are ambassadors of His present and future kingdom. They are kingdom people no matter what kingdom they temporarily find themselves in. Questions then are answered concerning what it means to live with a dual (earthly and eternal) citizenship. It has been the challenge of the faithful throughout the centuries, and so in order to understand our responsibilities to obey the Lord today, an examination of how former saints operated in and under the various covenants revealed throughout the Scriptures is instructive. Zechariah makes reference to the Davidic covenant, revealing God’s kingdom as a political kingdom. He furthermore makes mention of the Abrahamic covenant, one in which God’s kingdom is seen as a spiritual kingdom. And then there is the new covenant wherein God’s kingdom is a proclaimed kingdom.
Summary by Seth Kempf, Bethany Community Church Staff