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A Kingdom Out of Every Tribe Nation and Tongue

According to the Bible the eternal purpose of human history is to bring forth a community of people out of “every nation, tribe, tongue and people.” While living here upon the earth these communities of people may decide to become inhabitants of God’s kingdom. This knowledge of the Kingdom of God is the main purpose Jesus of Nazareth came to make available to all who will accept Him and believe in His name. Eventually this community of people who become born from above or born again will reign with Him in the eternal future of the cosmos in a Kingdom where God rules over all.

In the new heaven and new earth, God’s perfect righteousness will finally prevail because God will dwell there with and among His people. Peace will be constant. Love of serving God will never cease to exist in the eternal Kingdom of God that will arrive in the Age to come.

Everything in the universe is under God’s control and continues to exist by His will. Time for the Earth is limited, and God governs the schedule. Our world – the cities and countryside of every continent and the oceans with all that is in them – and the far reaches of the vast universe will not remain forever in a fallen and darkened state of choas.

The world continues today because of the greatness of God’s patience. Because of His tender mercies and long-suffering, all that will be His may come to repentance and take their rightful place in the Kingdom of the Lord To-Day. However before this occurs there is a harvest to be gathered. Souls to be won over to God’s way of living life..

This is where you and I as true followers of Christ come into the picture. We live in “The now but not yet”, “The land of the in-between”. We now live in a place between The Old Testament (Egypt) and the New Covenant Promised Land (Kingdom). We live in the Wilderness where we see a glass darkly.

Today while living in this “present evil age” there are people who have not yet received or experienced Christ as their Lord and Savior. Many of these fellow earth dwellers have not been told about this glorious Kingdom of God that will one day be established here upon the earth. Unfortunately the only source of spirituality that many of these have been exposed to, are the man-made religions of the world.

In today’s Global society there are many who will not listen to anything that comes from any religious book or from a Bible for no other reason than this Ancient Book of Life has been replaced by many man-made concepts and technologies. The Holy Scriptures have been shunned, marginalized and degraded for centuries. The wisdom contained in the many spiritually gifted teachers of times gone by has been traded in for a new form of dealing with the many problems which exist in today’s cultures. The wise sayings and words of wisdom from the ancients like Buddha, Confucius, Jesus of Nazareth and many others who taught a culture of life and love has been in many instances looked down upon.

For years the young have been indoctrinated to believe that mankind is evolving to a place where humanity will come up with all the solutions to the many problems (Humanism) that face us in a world where not only the population is growing exponentially, but a planet where people are living longer. The seemingly impossible task of eliminating, hunger, disease, war, violence, pestilence, greed, racism, sexism, hatred has all been put upon the shoulders of the brotherhood and sisterhood of man to solve on their own. Therefore there is no need for a God from which to seek help and assistance.

The sad part is this utopian global society where many are striving for a better world already exists but has not yet been discovered by many who would benefit from living in such a state of existence. You may ask where does such a world like this exist?

Many have lost their desire for what they deem is man-made religion but really is Truth.

God has no feet but mine; He has no hands but mine. No voice but mine.

According to the Bible the eternal purpose of human history is to bring forth a community of people out of “every nation, tribe, tongue and people.” While living here upon the earth these communities of people may decide to become inhabitants of God’s kingdom. This knowledge of the Kingdom of God is the main purpose Jesus of Nazareth came to make available to all who will accept Him and believe in His name. Eventually this community of people who become born from above or born again will reign with Him in the eternal future of the cosmos in a Kingdom where God rules over all.

As Kingdom Citizens this should be our daily driving force, to be that Kingdom Preacher, a Kingdom Bringer, A Kingdom Liver!

-adapted from a study of God’s grace

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There is a Kingdom of God Race of People that will live Forever Part I

There is a Kingdom of God Race of People that will live Forever
Part I

Today is a day to sing and dance, and give all praise, glory, and honor with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength to our Heavenly Father!

Scripture states that God’s Redemptive Plan for mankind was conceived before the very foundations of the world. His benevolent plan was to create a new race of people from out of every Nation and tribe! Therefore any and all who will accept Jesus of Nazareth as their Lord and Savior become citizens of this new race of the Kingdom of God.

Ephesians 1:1-14 (KJV)
2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

So what is this new race of the Kingdom of God?

To begin with the Kingdom of God Race is opposite to, and infinitely more improved than the Human Race. The Human Race is fragmented into race (Jew or Greek), gender (Male or Female), and Class, (Slave or Free) or by Skin Color. However in the Kingdom of God none of these distinctions exist for all are one in Christ.

The father of the Human Race is known as the first Adam and is of the earth or temporal.

The father of the Kingdom of God Race is known as the Last Adam, and is Jesus Christ the Man from heaven or spiritual.

The first Adam’s seed is carnal and corruptible.

The Last Adam’s seed is spiritual and incorruptible.

The seed of Christ is also known as the Seed of Abraham. This seed of Abraham is the incorruptible seed of Christ. This seed is being created in all who will accept Christ as Lord from out of every nation and tribe.

Before the time of Christ the Law of God was instituted by the Creator as a temporary covering or atonement for the sins for Israel. However when Christ came He fulfilled the Law and became not just a covering but the full payment for the sins for the world.

John 1:29 (KJV)
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

This word for taketh means to take up and away. A good example of this is when a ship raises the anchor in order to allow the vessel to sail away.
Sin is the anchor which holds people back from being truly free but Christ lifted the weight of the anchor of sin so that we may enjoy liberty in Christ.

So then the Law was a schoolmaster or teacher until the time when Christ arrived and set us free to serve God.

Galatians 3:21-26 (KJV)
21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

So then it is through the life, death, resurrection, ascension, and glorification of Christ that those who accept Him as their savior are recreated or regenerated into a new man and are a part of a new race because they have put on Christ the New Man.

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There is a Kingdom of God Race of People that will live Forever Part II

There is a Kingdom of God Race of People that will live Forever

Part II

The Definition of regeneration is:
1: an act or the process of regenerating: the state of being regenerated
2: spiritual renewal or revival
3: renewal or restoration of a body, bodily part, or biological system (as a forest) after injury or as a normal process
4: utilization by special devices of heat or other products that would ordinarily be lost

Galatians 3:27-29 (KJV)
27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

In Acts 2:32-33 we see Peter as he preached on the day of Pentecost to all those assembled of the tribe of Israel at the Temple, including those who were instrumental in having Jesus of Nazareth crucified.

Acts 2:32 and 33(KJV)
32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

While carefully reading verse 33 we learn the Holy Spirit reveals to Peter that Jesus is now at the Right Hand of God exalted! This is the first time the word exalted is used of Jesus the Messiah.

What does this mean?

This exalted state shows that Jesus is now at the right hand of the Father in heaven and is serving as our High Priest in the Holy of Holies by making intercession for the Saints. We learn this from the book of Hebrews which many times is overlooked by Christians today.

Hebrews gives a clear picture of whom and what Christ is doing today in relationship to the Body of Christ. Also Hebrews is mainly a comparison between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant with its better promises than that of Abraham.

Next we learn in Acts 2:33 that Jesus is in an exalted state and received (lambano) from The Father the Promise of the Holy Ghost. This Promise of the Father is what Israel had been told about for centuries prior to Christ. Clearly this scripture reveals that Jesus of Nazareth in this exalted state is the first resurrected and glorified man to actually receive the Promise of the Father.

Just as the first Adam was the first man of the human race so it is that Jesus Christ of Nazareth the Last Adam is the first man of the Kingdom of God Race.

Again in Acts 2:33 we learn that it is He Christ that hath shed forth this which you now see and hear!

This obviously indicates that once He received of the Father the Promise of the Holy Spirit, Christ now pours the Promise of the Father upon all those who call upon His name for salvation.

Acts 2:33 (KJV)
Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

As King of His Kingdom, Christ descended to earth from the majesty He enjoyed in Heaven in order to fulfill prophecy and be born of Mary. Christ did this in order to declare the Fathers will by not only the preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom, but also by demonstrating the lifestyle of Kingdom for all to see.

John 3:13-21(KJV)
13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
The scriptures teach that all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God.

Question: Who is condemned according to the words of Jesus of Nazareth?
Answer: Those who do not come to the True Light!
Question: Who or what is the True Light?
Answer: The True Light of the World is Jesus Christ!

It is not merely a doctrine, theology or philosophy, but this True Light is the resurrected, glorified, and exalted King of the New Kingdom Race, the Heavenly Race of Jesus the Messiah!

What a day to rejoice! What a day of Jubilee!!

It is a day to sing and dance, and give all praise, glory, and honor with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength to our Heavenly Father!

We have been freely given all the Father had planned before the foundations of the earth through His Son Jesus Christ.

We are now Kingdom Citizens!

We have found our rightful place in the Kingdom of God and we all share in an incorruptible inheritance that thieves may not steal and only our Heavenly Father may bestow.

The truth is all those who have genuinely accepted Christ as Lord are now a part of this new Kingdom of God Race. Truly this is the day that the Lord hath made and we will rejoice and be glad in it!

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Kingdom Dynamics (Learning how to Live in The Kingdom)

The following is an except from a book entitled “Insurgence” by Frank Viola:

Death to All Other Allegiances ● ● ●

“If you were living in Century One and you were baptized, this is what you were saying through that dramatic act: I am a male. [I am a female.] I’m a citizen of [your country]. I am addicted to this or that. But here I am. I’m about to die. And the person I am now will cease to exist. It is not that I’m going to change and give up my associations. It’s that the man [the woman] that I am is going to die.
saying,

You were also saying,

I believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God. I believe He died for my sins and rose again from the dead. I believe He ascended into heaven, and He is now the Lord of the world. So I’m finished with the old world. Take me out to the graveyard and bury me. All of my allegiances will be buried with me, and I will rise out of the water as part of a new creation, a new nation, a new kingdom where Jesus is King.

Once you emerged out of that watery grace, you came up a new creature who didn’t belong to the old creation. Out of the water emerged a citizen of the new people of God, a new nation called ekklesia— the physical and visible headquarters of the kingdom of heaven. Those who repented, believed, and were baptized in the name of Jesus in Century One belonged to a new world with a totally different set of values from the old world. Their life as they knew it had ended, and they were as those who had risen again from the dead to live for the new King of the world. Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. . . . Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. (Romans 6: 3– 4, 13 NIV) The baptized person may still be involved in the political process, but politics no longer defines him. Nor does race or social status. She may still be involved in the educational system, but she’s no longer influenced by it. The baptized person no longer pays allegiance to any political or educational flag of this world. This is how the early Christians understood baptism.

It was a total and final ending. A burial. Their past was gone, forgiven, and forgotten. And they were now part of a new civilization headed up and led by almighty God Himself.*”
* I use the term “civilization” metaphorically. The word “tribe” describes it better. I’ll discuss this more later.

Viola, Frank (2018-06-05). Insurgence: Reclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom (Kindle Locations 2091-2092). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
Viola, Frank (2018-06-05). Insurgence: Reclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom (Kindle Location 2091). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

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Kingdom Dynamics (Leaning How to Live in the Kingdom)

Kingdom Dynamics (Leaning How to Live in the Kingdom)

Some of you may be wondering about what I am referring to when I say “Kingdom Dynamics.”

Below is a Definition of dynamic:
Dynamic – adverb:
marked by usually continuous and productive activity or change, energetic, forceful, a dynamic personality

Kingdom Dynamics is the power to change for the better.

Many have asked, “What is this Kingdom Living?”

A simplified answer to this question may be found throughout the Bible but especially in the New Testament.

During this series of “Kingdom Dynamics” we will cover the various places this Kingdom Living instruction may be found in the gospels and various church epistles.
True Repentance in the Kingdom of God is not only a change in direction, but also a change in direction having only one purpose. The purpose is to produce godly fruit to the glory of the Father. Therefore true repentance in the Kingdom requires a dynamic change in lifestyle under the guidance and supervision of Christ. (I John 2:27 KJV)

One example of this is found in the parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30 (KJV) who was given a talent by his master to invest, however he never used the talent to bring increase to the one that gave it to him. Because of this he was called a wicked and unfaithful steward by his master.
Others who were given talents used their talents to benefit the master and were given rewards because they were faithful to produce increase or fruit.
In a similar manner our Heavenly Father makes an investment in each of His dear children and like the master in this parable, He expects an increase in His investment that will bless the steward and give God the Glory.

Our Heavenly Father expects an increase for His investment in our lives so that we may grow and mature into the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:13 KJV) This may only be accomplished through True Repentance which is making the change from walking in the flesh to walking in the spirit.
This is Kingdom Living.
So then to repent in order to become a bearer of good fruit blesses the Father and brings blessing to the faithful child.
God’s children are saved and translated into the Kingdom of God (Colossians 1:13 KJV) for the purpose of bearing the good fruit of being conformed into the image of Christ. (Colossians 1:27 KJV)

The Father desires that all of His children grow up into the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:13-14 KJV)

In Kingdom Living, the Father instructs His children to remain connected to the True Vine in order to have fruit produced in their lives that is pleasing to God. The Father requires and expects His children to be fruitful so that they may accomplish the good works which He ordained they should walk in. (Ephesians 2:8-10 KJV)

Life becomes exciting and purposeful when we begin living life God’s way and not through our own self efforts. True repentance is not accomplished by using will power to change our ways, but by simply remaining connected to the True Vine so that godly fruit is produced in us. The True Vine is the person of Jesus Christ therefore by developing a personal relationship with Him we may begin the process of fruit bearing. Christ is always present and with us and is in us and available 24/7 to teach us and guide us into all truth.
So then with true repentance there is a change in lifestyle and in the fruit which are the characteristics of Christ that is produced as we remain connected to the True Vine. Christ produces the Fruit as we remain connected to Him.

“The gospel is less about how to get into the Kingdom of Heaven after you die & more about how to live in the Kingdom of Heaven before you die.”
– Dallas Willard

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Kingdom Dynamics (Living in The Kingdom Blessings Today)

Psalm 145 (KJV)
145 I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
2 Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.
3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.
4 One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.
5 I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.
6 And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.
7 They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.
8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
9 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
10 All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee.
11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;
12 To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.
13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.
14 The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.
15 The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.
16 Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
18 The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.
19 He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.
20 The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.
21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.

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The Kingdom Plan of Salvation The Kingdom Race

The Kingdom Plan of Salvation
The Kingdom Race

The True God’s Plan of salvation was designed from before the foundations of the world to create a new race of Kingdom Citizens called out from among the “Human Race.” This new race would consist of “new creations” equipped and modeled after His Son Jesus the Messiah.

The father of the Human Race is the first Adam.

The father of the Kingdom Race is the Last Adam Jesus Christ.

The first Adam was earthly and was made a living soul.

The last Adam is the Lord from heaven and is a quickening spirit.

I Corinthians 15:45-48 (KJV)
And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.
48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

The Last Adam is from heaven and His image is being created in all who accept Him as Lord.

Galatians 3:27-29(KJV)
27 As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
28 There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.

In Acts 2:32-33 we see the revelation given to Peter as he preached on the day of Pentecost to all those assembled Jews at the Temple, including those who were instrumental in having Jesus of Nazareth crucified.

Acts 2:32 and 33
This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

While carefully reading verse 33 we learn first of all the spirit reveals to Peter that Jesus is now at the Right Hand of God EXALTED!

This exalted state means that Jesus is now our High Priest Who is present in the Holy of Holies in heaven making intercession for the Saints. This we learn from a hidden book to most Christians today entitled Hebrews.

Next we learn in Acts 2:33 this Jesus in this exalted state received (lambanoed) from The Father the Promise of the Holy Ghost. Here we learn that Jesus in His exalted state is the first resurrected, glorified man to receive the Promise of the Father.

Finally we learn that He Jesus Christ hath shed forth this which you now see and hear.

It is Christ in His exalted state that pours out the Promise of the Father upon all who come to Him to be filled and born from above.

As King of His Kingdom He descended from Heaven to declare the Fathers will by not only the preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom, but also by demonstrating the lifestyle of Kingdom living during the days of His flesh.

John 3:13-21
13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

All are guilty before Almighty God and have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

So then who is condemned according to the words of Jesus of Nazareth to Nicodemus?

Those who shrink back from the truth of God’s Plan.

Those who do not come to the Light.

Who or what is this Light?

This Light is Jesus Christ the Light of the world Who is the True Spiritual Light that shines out from the Father!

Hebrews 1: (KJV)
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:

Christ is not a doctrine, or a theology, but the resurrected, glorified, and exalted King of kings and Lord of lords of the Kingdom Race.

The challenge to us is to consider if these things concerning the Kingdom of God are true.

The decision is ours of whether to continue to serve Mammon or learn how to serve God as Kingdom Citizens.

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