IV.  Explorations
WHERE ALL PROBLEMS HAVE SOLUTIONS    1. I believe in the Kingdom of God where there are solutions to all problems. 2. This Kingdom is already established in the unseen world that we often call heaven, entry to which is granted by God to all believers in His Son, such as the penitent thief crucified alongside Jesus, who Jesus said would meet Him in paradise. 3. As the Te Deum puts it, "When thou (Jesus) hadst overcome the sharpness of death: thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers." 4. I believe that it is God's intention to set up His Kingdom on earth as well.  When He does, all unresolved problems will find their solutions. 5. The Old Testament prophets called this in advance, "The day of the LORD", and foretold that when it comes, "The earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea."   (Habakkuk 2:14 cf. Isaiah 11:6-9)  In this course we refer to it as "D-Day". 6. Jesus Himself called it both "The Kingdom of God" and "The Kingdom of Heaven" and, as we see in the Gospels, seldom ceased teaching about it from John's arrest onwards. 7. So He taught His disciples to pray, "Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." 8. He charged the Christian Church, which He founded for this purpose, with the responsibility for bringing this about. 9. The rest of the New Testament - the Book of Acts, the Epistles, Revelation - records the beginnings of the outworking of this command. 10. Whoever we are and whatever our calling, we start to play our part in this as we learn to spend time with God in prayer. 11. As we do so, we begin to experience a re-ordering of our lives while God sets about reshaping us so as to meet our own deepest needs and equip us to play that unique part. 12. In so doing He makes possible solutions to wider problems which never had solutions before. 13. My belief is that no other experience in life is more worthwhile. Martin Mosse, Easter 2000.