“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.” (Daniel 2:34 NKJV).
The earth was created and intended by God to be an annexe or extension of the Kingdom of heaven. Man was created in God’s image and ordained as God’s regent on the earth. Man was divinely equipped and placed at the helm of the government and affairs on earth (Psa. 8:4-8).
The Scripture clearly reveals and presents this truth in Genesis 1:
27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (NKJV).
Also in Psalms 115:
16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S; But the earth He has given to the children of men. (NKJV).
Unfortunately, the fall of man through Adam’s disobedience to God’s command reversed the order of things on the earth.
As a result of the fall of man, the whole creation was led into the bondage of corruption (Rom. 8:20-21). Satan also usurped the throne and the position of man as the ruler of the earth and thus established himself as the ruler or god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4, John 14:30).
However, at the fullness of time God sent His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to restore and reconcile the fallen and estranged man to Himself, to destroy the works of the devil, and to reverse the order of things on the earth by setting up God’s kingdom on the earth and putting man in charge again. Hallelujah!
Through His death and triumphant resurrection, the Lord Jesus Christ has completely defeated Satan and all his cohorts. The Lord Jesus has also given all those who put their faith in Him the victory and authority over Satan and his cohorts and works.
The Lord Jesus said to His disciples, “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19 NKJV).
The Scripture states that Christ has “made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.” (Rev. 5:10 NKJV).
Having become spiritually united with Christ through the New Birth experience, the born-again believers are presently seated together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, “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.” (Eph. 1:21 NKJV).
According to the dream God gave to King Nebuchadnezzar which was interpreted by Daniel, there would be a succession of human kingdoms, governments, and rulers on earth before the literal establishment of God’s kingdom on earth at the second coming of Christ (Dan. 2:28-45).
However, God’s kingdom is presently growing and expanding amidst the kingdoms of this world. But at the end of the ages, all other kingdoms, governments, rule, and authority and power will come to an end and be made subject to Christ Jesus (Isa. 45:23, 1 Cor. 15:24-25, Rev. 11:15).
The Scripture states:
“That in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth–in Him.” (Eph. 1:10 NKJV).
“For it is written: “As I live, says the LORD, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.” (Rom. 14:11 NKJV).
In Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, the succession of all the kingdoms and rulers that would dominate the earth before the arrival of God’s kingdom was depicted by an impressive image whose head was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, and its feet partly of iron and partly of clay (Dan. 2:32-33).
The arrival of God’s kingdom on earth to overthrow and break in pieces and consume all the kingdoms of this world was depicted by a stone cut out without hands. “And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.” (Dan. 2:35 NKJV).
The Lord Jesus Christ is “the stone cut out without hands” from heaven which came into the world to overthrow, consume and swallow up all other kingdoms. Christ has brought down and established the Kingdom, rule or government of God on earth at His first coming. The Kingdom of God is presently here on earth!
All authority in heaven and on earth now belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ. Although God has put all things in subjection under Christ, leaving nothing out, “but now we do not yet see all things put under him.” (Heb. 2:8 NKJV).
Apparently, not all men and nations are presently operating according to God’s principles and purposes.
How then does God intend to spread, expand and advance His Kingdom on earth?
Through Christ’s disciples!
Before leaving the world, Christ appointed, assigned or bestowed His Kingdom upon His disciples who had yielded their necks under His yoke.
He said to them, “But you are those who have continued with Me in My trials. “And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me.” (Luke 22:28-29 NKJV).
After His resurrection, Christ commissioned His disciples to go into all the world and make disciples of all the nations – to bring more sons into His Kingdom, to recruit more soldiers into His army, to occupy till He comes, and to spread the gospel of the Kingdom, thereby expanding and advancing the Kingdom of God on earth (Matt. 28:18-20, Luke 19:11-27).
This is the Great Commission of the Church!
In obedience to the Great Commission, the early Disciples of Christ went everywhere preaching the gospel of the Kingdom, demonstrating the principles and the power of the Kingdom of God, casting out demons, setting free the captives of the devil, and raising more disciples and soldiers for Christ.
They were referred to as “men who turned the world upside down.” (Acts 17:6). They invaded and permeated the then world with the doctrines, principles and values of God’s Kingdom (Acts 5:28).
This is what is expected of us as Christ’s disciples today!
Sadly, unlike the early apostles, we have reduced God’s kingdom today to eating and drinking. Many servants of God today are mostly concerned about building empires and dynasties for themselves, and not about expanding, advancing and promoting God’s Kingdom.
Likewise, many believers today are mostly concerned about what they would get out of the Kingdom and not interested in promoting and advancing God’s kingdom.
Beloved, as a disciple of Christ, you are also a stone cut without hands after Christ to confront and overthrow wickedness, crime, injustice, corruption, immorality, and such ills in your community, city and nation, and to spread, manifest, promote and advance the values and virtues of God’s Kingdom.
The Scripture states: “Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Pet. 2:4-5 NKJV).
What does it mean to be a stone cut out without hands?
How did God cut out the believers without hands after Christ?
Find out in the second part of this piece!
Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, here I am, prepare and send me as a divinely cut-out stone after Christ to overthrow anti-Christ kingdoms and establish Your Kingdom in my sphere of influence, in Jesus’ name. Amen.