Once an individual begins to “consider” Jesus as the Apostle and High Priest of our calling then they will begin to experience true liberty in Christ.
Once an individual is confident of their relationship with Christ then we no longer look to any man for our answers to life’s dilemmas.
When I speak about the Kingdom of God I’m talking about the primary purpose Christ became a man! This is known as the Incarnation and it is a definite game-changer.
Christ willfully left His place with the Father, leaving behind all of the attributes He enjoyed as The Divine Son of God thereby limiting Himself to be conceived in the womb of his mother Mary. Then nine months later He was born a helpless baby.
Before Christ was born, when He was still a fetus in the womb of Mary. His cousin John who was also a fetus in the womb of Elizabeth, recognized Him as Christ (Luke 1:41-45 KJV)
This is great love! That Christ willfully left His majesty in heaven and willfully chose to become a servant to humanity ultimately to be sacrificed on the cross for the sins of the world.
Throughout all the gospels Christ is preaching and teaching about the Kingdom of God (Heaven). He is not only preaching and teaching He is also demonstrating what the Father would do and say in any given situation. But even more than this, Christ also demonstrated
what attitude a human being should have towards God. Christ played a dual role of first showing us the Father and secondly showing us how to live before the Father.
Matthew 4:23 (KJV)
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
With His every word and action Christ was showing us by example what the Father would do and how we down to earth through the preaching of the good news of the Kingdom. Every devil was cast out and every miracle was performed because the actual presence of the kingdom was spoken into existence. Therefore no devil, sickness or disease could stand in the atmosphere of the kingdom of God.
Christ taught us how to pray to our Father in heaven and not to some distant impersonal and indifferent God who is far removed from our everyday lives.
Christ also simplified the Law of Moses to two commandments when He said the first and great commandment is to Love God with all your heart, mind and soul and the second was like unto the first that you should love your neighbor as yourselves. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets!
Matthew 9:35 (KJV)
And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
Notice not just some were healed but everyone.
First He taught them. Then He preached the kingdom. Then He healed them all.
Later will we go through the Book of Acts to see this same progression used when every healing was performed and every devil cast out.
Reading the gospels and the church epistles through the lens of the kingdom of God you will be amazed at what you will discover.
The book of Acts begins with:
Acts 1:1-3 (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:
According to this scripture Christ spent 40 days in His resurrected body speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God!
In Acts 2:42-47 after about three thousand souls repented and accepted Jesus of Nazareth as their Messiah, Christ set up His kingdom economy and not one of them lacked!
This was the mindset of the first century church (ecclesia)! These people were of one mind concerning the Apostles doctrine which obviously must have been what Christ taught them about how to live a kingdom life. Then logically the Apostles Doctrine must have been “the things concerning the Kingdom of God”
The very next day after the day of Pentecost Peter and John were involved with the notable miracle of the lame man being healed. While Peter and John were on their way to the Temple they encountered the man born lame that sat at the Temple asking alms.
When Peter and John were passing this lame man he asked them if they could help him with some money. Peters response was “silver and gold have I none but such as I have give I thee. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk!”
Then Peter lifting the man up when suddenly the man was healed and began walking, and leaping, and praising God!
Beginning with this notable miracle and continuing throughout the entire Book of Acts we find that everywhere we see the preaching of Christ and the gospel of the kingdom, miracles occurred.
Finally in the last verses of Acts we find Paul preaching the kingdom of God and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no man forbidding him.
Acts 28:30-31King James Version (KJV)
30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him,
31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.
Jesus our “Boss” told His disciples to go into all the word, and preach the GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM!
Mark 16:15-16 (KJV)
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
So what is missing today in professional Christianity?
Why are not we seeing genuine works of God on a bigger scale?
My contention is the gospel of the kingdom which Jesus preached, and His Apostles preached is not being preached today by the main stream Church.
The high power preachers of today may talk a bit about the kingdom, and many people including myself thought I knew about the kingdom. However when the “Christ” finally got my attention, I realized I had much more to learn about what His kingdom was all about. I began to see how absolutely necessary it is for His people to share the good news of the kingdom of God with others who have never heard this.
Why? Because it is the only viable remedy for this corruption of this world we live in.
I also contend that many men and women in the pulpit enjoy building a following where they are the King. They like all the benefits of them being the King. These things ought not to be!
Some of these preachers may not realize this fault but if you investigate you will find that most of the Big Time ministries fall into this category.
Jesus Christ said in the kingdom of God the least will be the greatest. This speaks of servant leadership not Royal Hierarchy.
Except the Lord Build the House
Psalm 127:1 (KJV)
Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
The Bible declares there is only room for one King!
His name is Jesus Christ of Nazareth!”