Speaking of the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God
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:
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). This same phrase communicated the intention for which the Father sent the Son of the Living God to be born of a woman and to “make known” and reveal the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God. I have realized this 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!
Jesus of Nazareth was born in Bethlehem, raised in Egypt and Nazareth, and then ministered in the vicinity of the Sea of Galilee in the Middle East. He preached the Gospel (Good News) that the Kingdom of God is at hand to the House of Israel.
During the final weeks of His life, He ministered in Jerusalem and was totally rejected by the Religious Leaders and Ruling Elders of Israel. These religious leaders finally had Christ put Him to death by crucifixion. Three days later, He rose from the dead and continued in His resurrected body for forty days to teach His disciples the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God (Acts 1;1-3).
Looking ahead to the last verses of the book of Acts (28:31) we discover Paul also was faithful and preached the Kingdom of God and teaching those things concerning Jesus Christ. This phrase “The Kingdom of God” is used at various times throughout the book of Acts and in the Church Epistles, indicating the importance placed upon preaching the knowledge of the Kingdom of God as a present day reality to all those who love the Father and follow The Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
In the beginning of the Lord Jesus’ ministry, we read in the Sermon on the Mount, that He speaking as King taught His disciples the Beatitudes the proper attitude we must have in order to live in the Kingdom of God.
Notice these are BE ATTITUDES and not DO ATTITUDES, The difference being, these were not Laws or rules to be kept in order to become a Kingdom Citizens, but the Attitudes a disciple needed in order to live as a citizen in the Kingdom of God while living in the world today.
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 attitude. True humility and not arrogance is the manner in which Jesus lived and served those around Him during the days of His flesh. This is the first requirement of the Kingdom of God, or this is the attitude one must have in order to begin to live as a vital citizen in the Kingdom of God.
Today this Kingdom of God is not yet manifest in the material or physical realm because it is a spiritual Kingdom replete with Kingdom Blessings and Rewards for those who will learn “how” to live as a Kingdom citizen thereby bringing glory to the heavenly Father alone.
This helps to define the quest we at http://www.kingdomlink.wordpress.com are on. This quest is to investigate the scriptures in order to accurately discover what Jesus of Nazareth taught about the things concerning the Kingdom of God.
In discovering this 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 blessings of God’s Kingdom today. By True Christians living this lifestyle they will also receive Kingdom rewards in the coming age when God’s Kingdom will be established upon the earth.
Matthew 6:1-8 (KJV)
1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.