“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Gen.1:1)
From the beginning, the Spiritual realm (heaven) and the physical realm (earth) were intricately linked. They were distinct realities, in so much as one was the spirit; one physical. Yet, these two realities overlapped and intersected with one another in such a way that neither one was independent of the other. The only being who stood outside of both was God. Interestingly enough, He chose not to. By his own prerogative, He chose to be intimately involved with both realities. He associated himself so deeply with heaven and earth that they are inevitably tied to his very existence.
“For as in Adam all die, so also, in Christ, all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming…” (1 Cor. 15:22-23)
You see Christ as the first fruit is the first glorified human being. He is what we will be. (1 Jn 3:2) God’s very state of existence is directly tied to the realm of the physical, and the realm of the physical directly impacts God’s state of existence. This is not because of some secret law of existence or because it has to be that way. No, it is because of Grace! The unmerited favor of God! Grace and only Grace dictates that God should be inevitably linked to his creation in this way.
This leads us to an inevitable question: Did Adam and Eve’s sin break the intersection of heaven and earth?
The answer is a resounding no. It may be said that the door was shut, but it was never locked. The intimate connection was still there. Jesus was slain (as a human) before the foundation of the world. (Rev. 13:8) Also, there is the existence of Melchizedek, the priest-king. (I have written about him before.) The door was shut, but not locked. The tent of meeting, the burning bush, the pillar of cloud, and the pillar of fire, Mount Zion, and the Temple of Solomon. All of these points of intersections between the spiritual and the physical. When Adam sinned, God shut the door on these intersections, but they were not locked. All one had to do was enter and God would have welcomed them.
So what did Jesus accomplish through his incarnation, death, and resurrection?
The doors are wide open now. As He said the “kingdom of is at hand.” (Matt. 3:2) All of the creation is being restored. Yet, many preachers and churches want you to believe that the purpose of Jesus earthly work was simply to save souls from eternal condemnation. They view the Great Commission (Matt. 28:16-20) as nothing more than a call to deliver people from Hell. This cannot be further from the truth.
The Great Commission is to build the kingdom of God now. It is to restore humanity and all of the creation now. It is to train people to live as citizens of God’s kingdom now. The Greek word translated as “go” in Matt. 28 has the connotation of “As you go.” In other words, as you live your life as citizens of the Kingdom, train others to do the same. This should be the goal of all Christians. God’s Kingdom is the pyramid scheme that works. Christ as the tip, under him the twelve, under them the church plants, under them all the believers. So the question is are you kingdom building or soul winning?