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The authority of God

Hebrews 12:27

In Hebrews 12:26, the author referred to Haggai 2:6. Here, he repeats some words from that passage to show that it describes a future event. In the past, God has shaken the earth. In other words, he has shown his authority over it. For example, he has stopped the rule of some evil kings.

However, God has not yet shown his complete authority over the earth. He still allows evil forces to have some power. But, at that future time, God will show that he has complete authority over everything.

In fact, he will remove everything that has a temporary nature. Only those things that really are permanent will remain.

So, the evil systems in this world will end. Those include its trade and its money (Revelation chapter 18). Trade and money are not evil themselves, but people do many evil things because of the love of money (1 Timothy 6:10).

Also, the evil governments in this world will lose their power (Revelation 17:12-14 and Revelation 19:19-21). They have been very cruel to Godís people. But their rule must end, because it opposes the rule of Christ.

And the devil and all evil spirits will lose their power, too (Revelation 20:1-3 and Revelation 20:7-10). Even death will lose its power (1 Corinthians 15:50-57).

In the end, even heaven and earth will not last (2 Peter 3:7; 2 Peter 3:10-12). Even they are just temporary. But Godís rule is without end. God will create a new heaven and a new earth where his people will live. And there, everything will be good and right (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1-4; Hebrews 12:22-24).

Next part: Godís people love to serve him (Hebrews 12:28)


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