God's Purpose for Mankind
We believe God's purpose for mankind is to prepare those whom He calls—and who elect through a life of overcoming sin, developing righteous character and growing in grace and knowledge—to possess God's Kingdom and become kings and priests reigning with Christ at His return. We believe that the reason for mankind's existence is literally to be born as spirit beings into the family of God (Romans 6:15-16; 8:14-17, 30; Acts 2:39; 2 Peter 3:18; Revelation 3:5; 5:10).
It is God's desire that all humans become members of His family in the Kingdom of God (2 Peter 3:9). As part of this process, God is now calling some individuals to inherit eternal life at the return of Jesus Christ to earth (1 Corinthians 1:26-28; Matthew 20:16; John 6:44, 65), with others to be called later. Those being chosen now will accept Christ as their Savior, surrender their wills to God's will and strive to overcome sin in their lives (Revelation 3:21).
Jesus Christ is referred to as "the firstborn among many brethren" (Romans 8:14-17, 29; Revelation 1:5-6; Colossians 1:15-18). In the resurrection at Christ's return, "we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him . . ." (1 John 3:2). At that time, those who have died in the faith will be resurrected, and those who are alive in the faith will be changed. Both will become spirit beings and members of the family of God (2 Corinthians 6:18; 1 Corinthians 15:42-53). They will then serve with Christ on the earth as kings and priests during His millennial rule (Revelation 5:10; 20:4). King and priest are both offices held by Christ. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:15-16). He is also our High Priest (Hebrews 3:1; 4:14-16; 5:5-6; 6:20; 7:24-28; 8:1-6; 9:11; 10:12). Others will share in His responsibilities, also as kings and priests, serving under Him to carry out the Father's will (Revelation 5:10).
Those who will become priests in the Millennium will be responsible for teaching people to discern between "the unclean and the clean," a phrase which includes the concept of helping them discern good from evil (Ezekiel 22:26; 44:23-24). As messengers from God, they will teach the law of God and make known its meaning and application (Malachi 2:7-9).
One of the responsibilities of a king in the Old Testament was to write the words of God's law and "read it all the days of his life" so he would carefully observe it and not turn aside from it (Deuteronomy 17:18-20). Those who are made kings and priests in the Kingdom of God will be those who have allowed God to write His laws in their hearts and minds while they are still human beings (Hebrews 8:10-11; Jeremiah 31:33).
As kings during the Millennium, they will teach God's way of life to humans still living (Isaiah 30:20-21). They will administer God's government in those areas in which Jesus Christ will give them responsibilities (Matthew 19:27-28; Luke 19:11-19). They will be completely subject to Christ's will, just as He is completely subject to the Father's will (John 5:30). As joint heirs with Christ, they will assist Him in teaching and governing mortals on the earth (Revelation 5:10).
God's great plan encompasses all mankind. The Great White Throne Judgment, described in Revelation 20:11-13, reveals that all human beings who have died without ever understanding that great plan will be resurrected and have their true destiny revealed to them. God's plan is comprehensive. All humanity will enjoy the opportunity to learn God's truth and come to repentance (1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9). This will be during the time beyond the Millennium when the vast majority of human beings will be raised from the dead to receive their opportunity for salvation. Those who repent and accept Christ as their Savior will receive the gift of everlasting life in the family of God, finally achieving their God-given destiny.
(For more details, request What Is Your Destiny?)
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