The Ever-Increasing Government of God (Isaiah 9:6-7)

“THE EVER-INCREASING GOVERNMENT OF GOD” (Isa. 9:6-7)

INTRO: Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ, which was Christ’s first coming. There will be a second coming of Christ to the earth (Jn. 14:1-3; 1Thess. 4:16-18)! Do things in this world have to get worse before Christ returns?

I. THE GOVERNMENT IS UPON JESUS’ SHOULDER (Isa. 9:6b)!

  1. What kind of job will Jesus do shouldering the government?
  2. He does all things well (Mk. 7:37; Acts 10:38)!

II. HIS GOVERNMENT IS EVER-INCREASING (Isa. 9:7)!

  1. God’s government is His governance or rule.
  2. It will continue to increase until fully established (v. 7b)!
    1. God’s kingdom has been ordered and established with judgment and justice from the birth of Christ onward, and will continue forever (Isa. 9:7a)!
    2. The zeal of God will perform this (Isa. 9:7b)!

III. THE GATES OF HELL WON’T PREVAIL AGAINST THE CHURCH (Matt. 16:18)!

  1. Jesus will build His church!
    1. Don’t give up on His church – He’s not done with it yet!
  2. The gates of hell won’t be able to hold back the church that Jesus is building from succeeding!

IV. THE CHURCH WILL BE GLORIOUS AT THE RETURN OF CHRIST (Eph. 5:27)!

Jesus will have for Himself a glorious (splendid, gorgeous, honorable, noble), spotless (undefiled, without blemish, defect or disgrace), wrinkle-free (a radiant bride in her prime), holy (sacred, pure, blameless, consecrated), blemish-free (faultless) church/bride (Eph. 5:27)!

V. RESTORATION, NOT DETERIORATION, IS A SIGN OF CHRIST’S SECOND COMING (Acts 3:20-21)!

  1. God will send Jesus back to the earth (v. 20)! When?
  2. Not until the times of restoration of all things (v. 21)!
    1. His ever-increasing government (Isa. 9:6-7)!
    2. A prevailing church (Matt. 16:18)!
    3. A glorious church/bride (Eph. 5:27)!