“And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you (Lk.10:9)”.
Jesus appointed seventy other disciples besides the twelve and sent both to places where he himself intended to visit at a later date. They were sent two by two. From the key verse we can understand that the kingdom of God was represented in the person and in the ministry of the Lord. These two disciples in whichever city and place came were to remain at the house where they were received. They were ‘to heal the sick that are therein’. Disciples thus serve as a symbol by the same law of Gradation to serve the standard where the coming of God the Son would signify for the world. The Spirit has a purpose in such gradation where two aspects of God in Will and its fulfilment would carry an entire range of events and persons. For example Moses as servant of God and Jesus as the master of his own house shall bear comparison. Elijah and John the Baptist similarly are connected of which we shall consider in another post. How does the creation of heaven and the earth connect but by law of Gradation? The Spirit is relying on the Father-Son relationship. Heaven and the earth on one hand and the new heaven and the new earth on the other are what Core Will upholds. Law of Gradation treats it as one and it is reset in God’s Time.
The Spirit by the same rationale places the role of the Son as crucial. By creating a parallelism the Spirit is glorifying the place of Jesus Christ to whom everything else must play subservient role.’ We have the verse to explain why: “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name/ That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phil.2:8-11)
In the post regarding the World as a Field the concept of gradation applied to Christian Living. As salvation signified to every child of God while in body would have a frame of reference as spiritual body. It has a place in the Body where Christ is the Head.
Receiving the disciples according to the principle of Association was as good as receiving the One who sent them. (Mt.10:40) Conversely wherever they were refused they were to speak the same formula, ‘the kingdom of God is come unto you.’ Salvation or condemnation depended on the response of the householder.
Thus the kingdom of God and the world are graded on the persons and the ministry of Jesus Christ. Let us consider this verse, “Fear them not which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul…(Mt.10:28)” For this reason the Spirit is cautioning the two worlds are represented by every believer. The believer is one who has received the kingdom of God or heaven to which the indwelling Spirit is but an earnest.“…Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts (2 Cor.1:22).” Kingdom of God and kingdom of heaven are interchangeable.