feast: God and Self-Government
As a body politic grows in number, the harder it is to govern, ultimately requiring an ever-increasing bureaucracy to dispense services and maintain order. Experts estimate that, in China, a country of 1.4 billion people, the bureaucracy consists of as many as 26 million people (or 3.4% of the population). In the United States, with a population of over 330 million, the various governmental bureaucracies aggregate to about 3% of the population. The nature of the New Covenant, wherein God writes His law on the inner beings of the signatories and gives them His Spirit, thereby empowering them to obey this law in both letter and spirit, obviates the need for external bureaucracies. Under the New Covenant, both today and in the Millennium (and beyond), people will be self-governed, enabled by God to govern themselves. Those in the second resurrection will have to determine whether they want to live forever in glory, purged of sin, or to become nonexistent as a result of the Lake of Fire. As First Fruits, the resurrected saints, submitting to Christ and following His example, will serve others. In the process of sanctification, God's people must learn to serve, to submit, and to exercise self-control. As the world spins out of control in these tumultuous times, God clarifies that He wants His elect to practice self-control.
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