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Awake to the Kingdom of God

Kingdom of God

Could it be the one reason the greatest impact regarding every aspect of life has not been fully realized is because of the neglect of the ONE PURPOSE that Jesus was born to accomplish? The gospels seem to indicate the main focus of Christ was to preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God.

Israel missed it totally, and Christianity somewhere along the line replaced the preaching of the Kingdom of God with everything else but the only thing that was on Jesus Christ’s mind, “the gospel of the Kingdom Of God.”

If what I am saying is true, then it is time for the followers of Christ to awake to the Good News of The Kingdom of God!

Towards the end of Christ earthly ministry He charged His disciples to “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

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Speaking of the Things Pertaining to The Kingdom of God (Part I)

Part I

The phrase, “speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God” is the basis for the entire Ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah (Christ). The same phrase communicated the intention for which the Father sent the Son of the Living God to be born and to “make known” the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God. The message of the Kingdom was the only thing on the mind of Jesus throughout His earthly ministry. The Kingdom of God is the central theme throughout all the books of the Bible!

Acts 1:1-4 (KJV)
1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

Jesus of Nazareth was born in Bethlehem, raised in Egypt and Nazareth, and then ministered in the vicinity of the Sea of Galilee. He preached the Gospel (Good News) that the Kingdom of God is at hand to the House of Israel. He published His dynamic message in all the villages and small towns surrounding the sea of Galilee.

During the final weeks of His life, He ministered in Jerusalem and was totally rejected by the Religious Leaders and Ruling Elders of Israel, who finally had Him put Him to death by crucifixion. Three days later, He rose from the dead and then continued forty days to teach His disciples the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God (Acts 1:1-3).

Looking ahead to the final verses of the book of Acts (28:31) we discover Paul preached the Kingdom of God, and was teaching those things concerning Jesus Christ. This phrase is used at various times in the book of Acts and in the Church Epistles, indicating the importance placed upon the knowledge of the Kingdom of God as a present day reality to the followers of Christ.

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Speaking the Things Concerning the Kingdom of God (Part II)

Sermon on the Mount

Part II

In the beginning of the Lord Jesus’ ministry, we read in the Sermon on the Mount, that He speaking as the King taught the disciples the Beatitudes of how to live in the Kingdom of God. Notice these are BE-ATTITUDES and not DO-ATTITUDES. The difference being, these were not Laws or rigid rules to be kept in order to become a Kingdom Citizens, but the simple Attitudes needed in order to live as a citizen in blessing of the Kingdom of God.
Without getting into all of the eight beatitudes, a quick glance at the first one is necessary to understand what is meant by the BE-ATTITUDES:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the Kingdom of God” (Matt 5:3). This “poor in spirit” is the attitude of a true follower of Jesus of Nazareth. This is the opposite of arrogance or a haughty, prideful attitude. True humility and not arrogance is the manner in which Jesus lived and served those around Him during the days of His flesh. Jesus showed by example how He lived and conducted His life. This is the first requirement of the Kingdom of God, or this is the attitude one must develop in order to begin to be a vital blessed citizen in the Kingdom of God.
Today this Kingdom of God is not yet manifest in the material or physical realm as it is a spiritual Kingdom replete with Kingdom Blessings and Rewards for those who will learn “how” to live as a Kingdom citizen bringing glory to God and not to them.

This helps define the journey we are on. A quest to investigate the scriptures in order to accurately discover what Jesus of Nazareth taught about the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.

In discovering the basis of True Christianity we may begin to learn and live in simple obedience to His instructions, giving Glory to the Father and resulting in receiving the Kingdom blessings now and Kingdom rewards in the future when the Lord Jesus returns to establish his Kingdom on earth.

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A Pearl of Great Price

Matthew 13:45-46 (KJV)

45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:

46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

Unlike some today who try to make the gospel palatable for reluctant sinners, Jesus made it clear that following Him had its price. Rather than acceptance, fame, prestige, and prosperity, you can expect rejection and persecution for your efforts. That is if you are truly following the Lord Jesus of Nazareth. This is far from a popular approach to evangelism, but it’s honest. This also ensures that no one will endeavor to enter the Kingdom on the wrong basis.

“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness” (Matt. 5:10).

Jesus wanted His disciples to not sit around and sing “Kumbaya,” but to count the cost of discipleship. He knew that many of them would suffer persecution, be disowned by their families and excommunicated from the Jewish synagogues. Many would suffer even martyrdom at the hands of the Roman government. They needed to count the cost before they made a commitment to follow Him.!

Persecution did come to those early Christians. The Emperor Nero smeared many of them with pitch, crucified them, and then burned them to light his garden parties. He condemned Christians for refusing to worship him as a god and blamed them for the burning of Rome in 64 AD

Christians were also accused of cannibalism because Jesus said, “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him” (John 6:56). They were also said to be revolutionaries because they believed that God would one day destroy the earth.

The world’s animosity toward Christians hasn’t changed. You might not face the severe persecutions the first-century believers faced, but you will be persecuted (Phil. 1:29). Even new Christians often face difficulties. If they refuse to join their former friends in sinful activities, they might be rejected. If they work for a dishonest boss who expects them to participate in or condone his evil practices, they might be fired, or be forced to quit their jobs. This might bring extreme financial hardship to their families.

God won’t always shield you from persecution, but He will honor your integrity and give you strength to endure any trial that comes your way. Praise Him for His all-sufficient grace!

Ask God for the wisdom and strength to face any persecution with integrity and unwavering faith.

“Blessed is he that watcheth.” (Revelation 16:15)

“We die daily,” said the apostle. This was the life of the early Christians; they went everywhere with their lives in their hands. We are not in this day called to pass through the same fearful persecutions: if we were, the Lord would give us grace to bear the test; but the tests of Christian life, at the present moment, though outwardly not so terrible, are yet more likely to overcome us than even those of the fiery age. We have to bear the sneer of the world that is little; its blandishments, its soft words, its oily speeches, its fawning, its hypocrisy, are far worse.

Our danger is lest we grow rich and become proud, lest we give ourselves up to the fashions of this present evil world, and lose our faith. Or if wealth be not the trial, worldly care is quite as mischievous. If we cannot be torn in pieces by the roaring lion, if we may be hugged to death by the bear, the devil little cares which it is, so long as he destroys our love to Christ, and our confidence in him.

I fear me that the Christian church is far more likely to lose her integrity in these soft and silken days than in those rougher times. We must be awake now, for we traverse the enchanted ground, and are most likely to fall asleep to our own undoing, unless our faith in Jesus be a reality, and our love to Jesus a vehement flame. Many in these days of easy profession are likely to prove tares, and not wheat; hypocrites with fair masks on their faces, but not the true-born children of the living God. Christian, do not think that these are times in which you can dispense with watchfulness or with holy ardour; you need these things more than ever, and may God the eternal Spirit display his omnipotence in you, that you may be able to say, in all these softer things, as well as in the rougher, “We are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
Charles H. Spurgeon,

Revelation 12:10-11(KJV)

10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

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