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Kingdom Quotes

Matthew 13:24-26(MSG)
He told another story. “God’s kingdom is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. That night, while his hired men were asleep, his enemy sowed thistles all through the wheat and slipped away before dawn. When the first green shoots appeared and the grain began to form, the thistles showed up, too.

Matthew 13:31-32(MSG)
Another story. “God’s kingdom is like a pine nut that a farmer plants. It is quite small as seeds go, but in the course of years it grows into a huge pine tree, and eagles build nests in it.”

Matthew 13:33(MSG)
Another story. “God’s kingdom is like yeast that a woman works into the dough for dozens of loaves of barley bread—and waits while the dough rises.”

Matthew 13:44(MSG)
“God’s kingdom is like a treasure hidden in a field for years and then accidentally found by a trespasser. The finder is ecstatic—what a find!—and proceeds to sell everything he owns to raise money and buy that field.

Matthew 13:45-46(MSG)
“Or, God’s kingdom is like a jewel merchant on the hunt for excellent pearls. Finding one that is flawless, he immediately sells everything and buys it.

To be continued:

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Kingdom Quotes

The following are scriptures from the Message concerning the kingdom of God or Heaven:

Matthew 3:1-2 (MSG)
[ Thunder in the Desert! ] While Jesus was living in the Galilean hills, John, called “the Baptizer,” was preaching in the desert country of Judea. His message was simple and austere, like his desert surroundings: “Change your life. God’s kingdom is here.”

Matthew 5:48(MSG)
“In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.”

Matthew 12:43-45(MSG)
“When a defiling evil spirit is expelled from someone, it drifts along through the desert looking for an oasis, some unsuspecting soul it can bedevil. When it doesn’t find anyone, it says, ‘I’ll go back to my old haunt.’ On return it finds the person spotlessly clean, but vacant. It then runs out and rounds up seven other spirits more evil than itself and they all move in, whooping it up. That person ends up far worse off than if he’d never gotten cleaned up in the first place. “That’s what this generation is like: You may think you have cleaned out the junk from your lives and gotten ready for God, but you weren’t hospitable to my kingdom message, and now all the devils are moving back in.”

To be continued. . .

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A Word for Today

With the events of our world continuing to get darker each day, I thought I would pass along the following for your edification::

II Thessalonians 1:4 -12:

So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:

5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:

6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;

7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,

8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:

12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Can salvation be lost?

Can one lose their salvation?

The way I see it those who have been saved or received salvation have been for ever emancipated by Christ.

True followers of the Lord Jesus Christ are no longer in bondage, or slaves to sin. This is due to Christ’s finished work on the Cross which has emancipated us to live in the Liberty which is in Christ.

Denying the power of the Cross of Christ is blasphemy!

The Cross to some people is foolishness, but to others it is the power of God unto salvation! For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. To deny salvation is to deny the power of the Cross, and thereby it is blaspheming God.

When the Lord said “It Is Finished” He meant it!

Therefore anyone who accepts Jesus of Nazareth as Lord are empowered by the power of the holy spirit to overcome sin and the world’s way of living. This is why Christ said that we should seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.

The gift of holy spirit delivers people from the bondage of being children of disobedience, which at one time we all were, and gives them the power to become the children of obedience.

Once an individual has been saved, they each have the personal responsibility to live in the grace, and mercy, of that salvation which is due to the pure precious blood that Christ, as our High Priest, sprinkled on the Mercy Seat in the heavenly Temple.

This ongoing process of salvation is called sanctification. Sanctification is the process all followers of Christ, while living upon the earth, go through as they steward their salvation which in the first place came from God via the gift of faith by grace.

During this process of sanctification we now have a choice which we never had before when we were walking in the darkness of our past. The choice we have been given is to choose not succumb to sin. All normal people know that to never succumb to sin is impossible. This is why, if we do succumb to sin, we have and Advocate or High Priest (Jesus Christ) who makes intercession for us in the Holy of Holies in Heaven.

When we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

He has called and enabled us to reign with Him in His Kingdom and gave us power to be obedient in order to accomplish this high calling in Christ Jesus.

May we all continue to walk worthy of our high calling of God in Christ Jesus!

Simply put, I was saved at the cross. I am continually being saved every day through sanctification, and I will absolutely be saved and changed at the Resurrection.

Bottom line is that salvation is all about God and His mercy, grace and faith. Salvation is not about us and whether or not we have the ability to keep it. Because if this were the case, we would all be forever lost.

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The Destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in AD70

I am currently in the process of writing a piece on the sections of scripture covered in Matthew 23 and 24, including the scriptures in Luke and Mark. I am also including scriptures from Daniel, Ezekiel, Joel and others from the Old Testament to provide proof of Old Testament prophetic language used by Jesus Christ when he was answering the questions the disciples asked him in Matthew 24.

Many of the “End Time Prophets” base most of what they are warning about on this section of scripture, which frankly I find preposterous. End Times Ministries are definitely “money makers” for those willing to super impose their interpretations cancelling out the very words of Jesus of Nazareth.

I would like to say the greatest “take away” I have found from Matthew 23 and 24 is that Jesus Christ our Lord loves people so much that he gives them extended grace and mercy, and much time to repent.

According to the prophet Daniel and other Old Testament scriptures, Israel was given 490 years, or 70 weeks to repent and accept the Messiah, but they refused to repent as a Nation and suffered the dreadful consequences of their unbelief.

After confronting the Pharisee and scribes in Matthew 23, Christ then goes on in Matthew 24 to warn the disciples of the impending doom that would come upon Jerusalem and the Temple within that very generation.

Christ showed and taught the disciples what to look for so they would know when to leave Jerusalem before the slaughter that would soon follow.

Josephus writes that because the Hebrew Christians were warned by Christ of what to look for before the destruction would take place, they were spared and not a hair on their heads was harmed.

In my estimation the true believers and followers of Christ have nothing to be overly concerned about as in a future great tribulation as Christ has promised us that we are saved from the wrath to come.

In the past Israel could have been saved from the terrible wrath that caused their nation to suffer great tribulations, but they refused and listened to false teachers and prophets instead of the warnings of the true prophets sent by God and they even rejected their Messiah.

I do appreciate any viewpoint opposing or not any of you may have concerning this incredible time in the history of the world.

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