What is the meaning of life? You will be surprised…

Is the meaning of life as a Christian to wait until we can go to heaven? I don't think so. God created us for a much more glorious purpose... Find out the true meaning of life now!

what is the true purpose of life

Were you also taught that the meaning of life as a Christian is to keep the faith while we are on earth,  until we can finally go to heaven? While we wait it out here on earth, we must try to do good works, but the focus of our heart should be heaven. It is without a doubt the most common concept among believers: the earth is not all that important, heaven is what it’s really about. Our reason for coming to Christ is so we could to go heaven.

Only recently the Spirit of God started awakening me to a very different biblical truth. Instead of the idea that we must look forward to escape the world, the Bible actually reveals something surprisingly different about the meaning of life. According to the book of Genesis we are specifically created by God… to reign over all that God has created! After God made Adam He literally told him the purpose for life: man must subdue the earth and rule over all creatures! 

‘Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. … “God blessed them and said to them: “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
(Genesis 1:26-28)

God says the meaning of life is to rule over all of creation

Discovering this biblical meaning of life, was an amazing awakening for me. I had never heard that in church, even though I had been a Christian for decades! Shifting from an ‘escape’ mentality to a ‘reigning’ mindset dramatically transformed my life. Instead of longing for heaven, I now suddenly sense the dreams of God that He puts inside of me. He is showing me for example His burning desire to make His people a radiant, heavenly nation that brings healing to all of humanity.

This fundamental shift in my mindset caused me to start thinking long term, knowing that God has wonderful plans for my children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and so on. Instead of believing mankind is doomed, I now understand that God wants to use me, and all of His sons, to bring redemption and restoration to His beautiful creation.

Sharing the amazing meaning of life


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This got me so excited that I want to share this basic biblical reality with more believers. Therefor I have listed dozens of life changing Scriptures, that show us the divine call on our lives to reign with God over the earth. I hope you will spend some quality time to go through these scriptures. May the word of our God set us free, to become radiant transformers of the wonderful world that God created for His glory.

We are not called to ‘get outta here’ but to bring heaven down and make the earth God’s habitation.

Jesus Christ and the apostles call us ‘kings and priests’, ‘a royal nation’, ‘sons of God’, ‘the light of the world’ and the ‘city of God’ where all other nations flow to. Wow… That is amazing, isn’t it? Enjoy these life changing scriptures and meditate on them, so they can enter the depths of your heart. I heard God speak to me recently and He said: ‘The main reason there is so much evil in the earth, is because My sons are not reigning. They allow the wicked to reign in their place. But I never appointed the wicked to reign over the earth. I have appointed My children to rule with Me.’

May this truth light a fire inside of us…

 

Study these scriptures attentively and let the truth of God’s Word equip you to become a world changer.

 

We are created to reign over God’s creation

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Man is created in the image of God, to have dominion over the earth

‘Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.’
(Genesis 1:26, 27)

The meaning of life is to subdue and rule the earth

“God blessed them and said to them: “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
(Genesis 1:28)

Man is made to have dominion over the works of God’s hands

‘What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet.’
(Psalm 8:4-6)

Genesis shows the meaning of life: ruling over God’s entire creation. Being created in the image of God doesn’t mean that we ‘look like God’. It means ‘to represent’ God. Man is God’s ‘imager’ or the one who is created to represent God. It speaks of our authority to rule.

 

The sons of God are kings in His kingdom


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Throughout the Old Testament it is repeated that we have been created with the specific purpose to rule and reign with our Heavenly Father. Check out these amazing verses that speak about our royal identity and mandate.  

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The sons of the King are princes who rule

‘Behold, a king will reign in righteousness,
And princes will rule with justice.’
(Isaiah 32:1)

The sons of God sit on thrones

Your many sons will be kings, just like their Father.
They will sit on royal thrones all around the world.’
(Psalm 45:6,16 – Passion Translation)

The kingdoms and dominion would be given to the saints

‘The kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him.’
(Daniel 7:27)

Throughout the Old Testament God announces that His sons will be princes and kings who will have authority over the whole earth. In the following Scriptures we see that this promise was fulfilled in the New Testament.

 

Jesus restored the true meaning of life


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Christianity has been hijacked by false doctrines that have one single goal: prevent the sons of God from reigning with Christ. So these teachings keep postponing the kingdom of Christ with false prophecies. The plain truth of Scripture is however that Jesus Christ fulfilled all the plans, purposes and promises of God.  He has made us kings and priests unto God. 

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We have been made kings and priests who reign

‘He has made us kings and priests unto God and his Father;
to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.’
(Revelation 1:6)

We are called to reign on the earth

‘He has made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.’
(Revelation 5:10)

We are a royal priesthood

‘But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
(1 Peter 2:9)

We are seated with Christ in heavenly places

‘God … raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.’
(Ephesians 2:6)

Jesus Christ redeemed us from our sins and restored the true meaning of life. The Word of God therefor says we have been made kings and priests and we are a royal priesthood. We are seated with Christ in the heavenly places.  It is no longer a future promise but a fulfilled reality in Christ. 

 

Jesus Christ was sent to establish the kingdom of God


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Most of us have heard that Jesus Christ came to forgive our sins. We believe a ‘gospel of forgiveness’. The gospel that Jesus Christ preached was however very different. He proclaimed the ‘gospel of the kingdom’, or the good news that the kingdom of God had come. This kingdom had been promised by the prophets for thousands of years. Christ said the time was fulfilled and the kingdom of God was now coming. 

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The time was fulfilled two thousand years ago

‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’
(Mark 1:15)

The kingdom of God came upon the people

‘But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.’
(Matthew 12:28)

The disciples were sent to proclaim the kingdom

‘And he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.’
(Luke 9:2)

Jesus was sent to preach the kingdom of God

‘But he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.”
(Luke 4:43)

The Greek word for ‘at hand’ means: ‘about to happen’. It’s not a word of delay but a word of imminent reality. That’s why Jesus said: ‘The time is fulfilled.’ He did not come to postpone the kingdom of God, but to establish the kingdom, because it was time. Proclaiming this kingdom is the gospel, the message of Jesus and His apostles. Christ said He was sent for this purpose: to preach the good news that the kingdom was now coming.

 

We are now in the kingdom of God


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How can the enemy prevent people from entering the kingdom of God? By telling them it is not really here yet. Maybe a little bit, but not for real. That way the sons of God stay in a perpetual waiting mode, instead of fully diving into the kingdom of God that Jesus Christ has established. The following Scriptures show that the kingdom of God was a present reality for the people two thousand years ago. It had come and it was given to them. 

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The Father gave us the kingdom

‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.’
(Luke 12:32)

We were transferred into the kingdom of Christ

‘He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son.’
(Colossians 1:13)

We are a new creation in Christ

‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.’
(2 Corinthians 5:17)

We have every spiritual blessing

‘Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who did bless us in every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.’
(Ephesians 1:3)

We have come to the New Jerusalem

‘But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels,’
(Hebrews 12:22)

 

The Word of God doesn’t say that who is in Christ will one day, in the future, be a new creation and will then be transferred into His kingdom. The Bible speaks in past tense. ‘He has transferred us to the kingdom’. It has happened. No postponing but a present day reality. The meaning of life is to live wholeheartedly in this wonderful dimension of the rule of God.

 

The kingdom of Jesus is in the Spirit of God


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There is tremendous confusion in the Church about the kingdom of God. False teachings have told millions of believers that after two thousand years we still have to wait for the kingdom to come. Once it finally arrives, it will be visible for all, with its headquarters in Israel. It will be a political reign with Christ as the supreme dictator over all of mankind, forcing all to worship Him. That is however not at all what Jesus said. Check out what he said about the nature of the kingdom. 

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The kingdom of God is a different dimension

‘Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”
(John 18:36)

The kingdom can only be seen through the Spirit

“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. … Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
(John 3:3-6)

The kingdom is not in one location but among us

“The kingdom of God will not come with observable signs.
Nor will people say, ‘Look, here it is,’ or ‘There it is.’
For you see, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”
(Luke 17:21)

True worship is in the realm of the Spirit

Jesus responded, “Believe me, dear woman, the time has come when you won’t worship the Father on a mountain nor in Jerusalem, but in your heart. … From here on, worshiping the Father will not be a matter of the right place but with the right heart. For God is a Spirit, and he longs to have sincere worshipers who worship and adore him in the realm of the Spirit and in truth.”
(John 44:21-24 Passion Translation)

The kingdom of God is in the Holy Spirit

Jesus responded, “Believe me, dear woman, the time has come when you won’t worship the Father on a mountain nor in Jerusalem, but in your heart. … From here on, worshiping the Father will not be a matter of the right place but with the right heart. For God is a Spirit, and he longs to have sincere worshipers who worship and adore him in the realm of the Spirit and in truth.”
(John 44:21-24 Passion Translation)

The kingdom of God is power

‘For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.’
(1 Corinthians 4:20)

The kingdom of God cannot be inherited by flesh

‘Now, I tell you this, my brothers and sisters, flesh and blood are not able to inherit God’s kingdom realm, and neither will that which is decaying be able to inherit what is incorruptible.
(1 Corinthians 15:50 Passion Translation)

 

The key to understand the kingdom of God, is listening to what Jesus Christ says about it. He explains that the kingdom of God is a spiritual realm, that we can only see and experience in the Spirit. The meaning of life is not waiting for an earthly, visual or political kingdom, but entering into the true realm of God’s kingdom, by the Spirit. 

 

Jesus Christ now has all authority and He reigns


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The mindset that we still have to wait for Christ to be the King who reigns, basically denies everything the New Testament reveals about Him. He is the name above every name, the highest authority in heaven and earth, the one who is exalted far above every other principality, all powers have been made subject to Him etc. This is who Christ is: the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Every knee must bow before Him.

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Jesus was announced to be the One who reigns

‘And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
(Luke 1:31)

Christ is exalted far above every other authority

‘He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.’ (Ephesians 1:21)

Christ has all authority in heaven and on earth

‘And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations.”
(Matthew 28:18)

Ever knee must bow in the name of King Jesus

‘Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.’
(Philippians 2:9-11)

All things are in Jesus’ hands

‘All things have been handed over to Me by My Father.’
(Matthew 11:27)

All spiritual powers are subject to Jesus Christ

‘Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.’
(1 Peter 3:22)

 

Nowhere in the entire New Testament does it say that Christ will ‘one day’ have all authority, and be highly exalted above all other powers. The Word of God always says He has it right now, present tense. There is no delay of the rulership of Christ, but it is revealed as a present day reality. That doesn’t mean everybody acknowledges Him. There are many ‘sons of disobedience’ and ‘rebellious ones’ who refuse to serve Him. The Spirit of God is however doing a tremendous work bringing more and more people into wholehearted submission to the King of love and life.

 

The kingdom of Christ is an ever increasing reign


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In order to keep the church in an eternal waiting room, the powers of deception told us we all need to look for a perfect kingdom that will fall from the sky. We have no responsibility in the establishing of this kingdom, whatsoever All we must do is wait. Keep waiting. Wait some more. Forever waiting… But does the Bible say we must wait for a perfect kingdom to come down? No. Look what Scripture says…

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The kingdom started small but then grows

‘And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”
(Mark 4:30-32)

Like yeast that slowly transforms the whole bread

“Heaven’s kingdom realm can be compared to yeast that a woman takes
and blends into three measures of flour and then waits until all the dough rises.”
(Matthew 13:33)

There is no end to the increase of His government

‘For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end.’
(Isaiah 9:6-7)

Christ will not rest until He has established justice

“Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights!
He will not fail nor be discouraged, till He has established justice in the earth.”
(Isaiah 42:1, 4)

The kingdom is like the rising of a new day

“Rise up in splendor and be radiant, for your light has dawned, and Yahweh’s glory now streams from you! Look carefully! Darkness blankets the earth, and thick gloom covers the nations, but Yahweh arises upon you and the brightness of his glory appears over you! Nations will be attracted to your radiant light and kings to the sunrise-glory of your new day.’
(Isaiah 60:1-3)

A stone becomes a mountain that fills the earth

You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. … And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.
(Daniel 2:34-35)

 

Throughout both the Old and the New Testament the kingdom of Jesus Christ is described as a gradually increasing reign. Jesus said it would start as a tiny seed, but eventually it becomes the largest tree in the garden. It is like yeast that is worked through the dough and over time it causes it to rise. Isaiah said ‘There is no end to the increase of His government.’ Daniel predicted that the kingdom of God starts out like a rock but it eventually becomes a mountain that fills the earth. Christ is compared to the rising sun of a new day: everything is still dark but as the sun rises, it’s light reaches more and more of the earth. That means the meaning of life is not looking for a perfect kingdom to fall from the sky, but to engage in it today and become a vessel of Christ to help expand His dominion.

 

Christ made us sons of God, who reign with Him


The Spirit has made us sons of the Most High God

‘For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.’
(Galatians 3:26)

‘For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.’
(Romans 8:14)

‘And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
(Galatians 4:6)

‘The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,’
(Romans 8:16)

‘See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.’
(1 John 3:1)

‘But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.’
(John 1:12)

‘I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.’
(2 Corinthians 6:8)

‘The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.’
(Revelation 21:7)

As sons of God, we receive the promises

‘And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.’
(Galatians 3:29)

We are heirs of God, together with Christ

‘The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.’
(Romans 8:16)

 

The words ‘son of God’ means more than offspring. It is a divine title, given to those who are destined to operate in the authority of the Father. The sons of God inherit His kingdom and promises and they are sent to represent the heavenly Father on the earth, with His divine authority.

 

God answers our prayers and makes us fruitful


 

‘Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.’
(John 15:16)

 

We have authority to judge and remove darkness


 

‘Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels?’
(1 Corinthians 6:1-3)

‘I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.’
(Matthew 16:19)

 

WE ARE CALLED TO MAKE ALL NATIONS FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST


 

‘Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations.’
(Matthew 28:18)

 

The sons of God will inherit the earth


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‘Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.’
(Matthew 5:5)

‘For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith.’
(Romans 4:13)

‘All the horns of the wicked I will also cut off, but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.’
(Psalm 75:10)

About the Author David Sorensen

David Sorensen had a dramatic encounter with God, which completely transformed his life. He decided to spend the rest of his life showing others show real God is and how much he loves us. David's desire is that people would learn how to experience God as the most beautiful reality there is.

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