God’s governing principle
In all the universe, no other government operates on the same profound principle as that of God. Unlike all other governing bodies, which rely on the establishment of laws and associated punishments to maintain order and cooperation, God's true government is distinctive.
God's governing principle is internal; it resides within individuals. He rules in His kingdom by sharing himself and his life with His people, being intimately present with them and dwelling within them. This unique quality sets God's government apart from all others, as only God possesses the capability to dwell within another person through His Holy Spirit. Consequently, all other governments are destined to falter, as they function on the basis of enforcing conformity through external laws and regulations.
At the forefront of this divine mission is Jesus, God's General, whose purpose is to restore the entire universe to the embrace of His Father, re-establishing the principle of God governing within all intelligent creation.
"And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all." (Eph 1:22-23)
First of all, Jesus restores this relationship in himself. This is the only way in which God can truly be glorified; this is the only hope of bringing glory to God.
"Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." (Col 1:26-27)
"Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all." (Col 3:11)
Once Christ accomplishes this monumental restoration, the universe will return to its pristine, sinless state, with God permeating all and dwelling within everyone.
"And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all." (1Cor 15:28)
This extraordinary relationship cannot be attained through the ministry of angels or the words of the Bible alone. (John 5:39; 14:6). While both play roles, the crux lies in the personal, literal indwelling of God and His Son. (John 14:23). Any alternative approach will inevitably lead to legalism, a futile formula bound for failure and frustration.