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Go Ye into all the World Preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”( Mark 1:14, 15).

The birth of The Christ was first announced in Judea. (Luke 1:30-33)

The Shepherds in the fields tending their flocks on the hills of Bethlehem heard and saw the angels fill the skies proclaiming the birth of Christ. (Luke 2:8-18)

Forty days after His birth when Mary and Joseph took the baby to the Temple in Jerusalem, Simeon and Anna testified to His divinity. (Luke 2:22-39)

When Jesus was about two years old the Magi bearing gifts had come to Jerusalem in search of the King of the Jews. They did not find Him in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2) but in a house in Nazareth.(Luke 2:39-40)

When Jesus of Nazareth was 12 years old He was in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions (Luke 2:46-47).

“Jerusalem and all Judea” had heard the preaching of John the Baptist; and the official rejection from the Sanhedrin, with the multitude, had heard his testimony concerning Jesus.

In Judea, Christ called His first disciples and much of His early ministry was centered around the Sea of Galilee.

Christ demonstrated His divinity in the cleansing of the temple, His miracles of healing, and the lessons of divine truth which He spoke, all proclaimed that which He had declared before the Sanhedrin, His Sonship to the Eternal Father.

Israel was chosen by the Father to receive the first oracles, (Romans 3:1-2) therefore Jesus of Nazareth was first sent to the House of Israel to announce that the Kingdom of God was at hand.

If the leaders in Israel had received Christ, He would have honored them as His messengers to carry the gospel to the world. To them first was given the opportunity to become heralds of God’s Kingdom and grace.

This announcement that the Kingdom of God is at hand was rejected by the religious leaders of Israel and the Sanhedrin. Clearly, Israel was officially given the opportunity to accept the responsibility of declaring the Kingdom to the world but Israel knew not the day of their visitation. (Luke 19:41-44.)

Jesus wept over Jerusalem because He knew the misery and extreme tribulation that would come upon Israel during that generation. (Matthew 23:34-36) (Luke 19:44)

Jesus departed from Jerusalem, from the priests, the temple, the religious leaders, the people who had been instructed in the law, and turned to others who would commit to proclaiming His message of the gospel of the Kingdom of God to all nations.

The Apostles were chosen by Christ to follow Him. After His resurrection from the dead, He spent 40 days teaching the things concerning the Kingdom of God. (Acts 1:1-3)

On the day of Pentecost the Apostles were endued with Power from on High and became witnesses of Him (Acts 14-9) (Acts 2:1-3) and began to preach and teach others how to become citizens of the Kingdom of God and live a kingdom lifestyle. (Acts 2:42-47)

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Immanuel — God with Us

Christ is Immanuel–God is with us!

He is not a concept, a theory or a theology.

He is not a system or a religion.

He is not an icon, a figurehead, or a mythical movement leader.

He is not an allegory.

He is not an ideal.

He is not a way of life.

He is not a memory.

He is not experienced in the past or the future.

He is not a static-drenched echo from a far off land.

He is not once, or at one time.

He is not less real now than He was to those who could touch Him.

He is not the property of the pietistic, of any denomination or location.

He is not a fable created to make children shape up.

He is not here more for those on their game.

He is not over there, up there, away from here.

He is not withheld.

He is not unwilling.

He is not less here because we haven’t called on Him enough.

He is not a bedtime story.

He is not capricious or sporadic.

He is not every now and then, or on special occasions.

He is not only in the miracle.

He is not here because you called hard enough.

He is not here because you earned it.

He is not ever absent.

He has not forgotten.

He is not weaker, less able than back then.

He is not beyond where your prayers reach.

He is not vague.

He is not here in spirit.

He is not here in a metaphor.

He is not here in a riddle or a formula.

He is not here by wishing He was real.

He is here. Right now. Fully, completely.

He is in you, around you, with you, over you, about you, for you, on time, in the middle of, surrounding you and the ones you love, in complete power, communicating as clearly as any time in history, doing perfectly to you, for you, by you, thinking about you every moment, walking directly into the middle of your worst day, your worst moment, your worst fear, your pain, your loneliness, your doubts, your insecurity, your sickness, your tragedy, your frailness, your hope, your joy, your peace, your dreams, your relationships, your love, your longing to have your life count.

He is here.

He is champion and author of every beauty you find yourself longing for. He is the one who stands over you in the darkest hour.

He is lifting you up, when you are too exhausted, too devastated, too hopeless, too failed, too compromised, and too far gone.

He is in this season.

He is with you driving alone in the car, pushing a cart amidst the mind-numbing department store music, the hurting ones you can’t get to, the loss you can’t comfort, the change you can’t stop, the party you drive by, the memory of past Christmases you can’t bring back.

He is here listening to every word, forming answers, and intimacy stronger than words.

He is here in the music that draws your new nature to the sounds of Heaven.

He is here in the eternal.

He is here, drawing you to the Cross in this very moment, to fall down in awe of the endless love He is displaying right now, to show you the moment of the Resurrection and to bring it into this moment.

He is here to protect you from the despair, the condemning voices, the regrets.

He is here to stop you from plotting a way out of your marriage.

He is here to help you completely find your life after your marriage.

He is here to show you the new way, in this new season.

He is here to whisper who you are in Him and who He is in you.

He is here to stroll the lanes with you, hands in pockets, smiling, with all the time in the world.

He is here to declare your worth.

He is here to be glorified, enjoyed, trusted, loved, and worshiped by you.

He is here, to stare at the lights right next to you. Right now, right here.

He is here, whether you want Him here or not.

He is here in all power, doing exactly right, even when you don’t believe it.

He is here in the pain you never thought He’d allow.

He is here in the yelling at Him you never thought you’d ever dare.

He is here completely, in full Person, for you and you alone in this moment.

He is God with me, God with us, God with them, God with the wicked and twisted and vile, all at once.

He is with the shivering homeless one, with the starving mother who can’t get out to find food.

He is unafraid to be present in a world that questions why He allowed, why He doesn’t do more, why He doesn’t stop it all.

He is here and does not deflect our accusations.

He is here in our arrogance and self-righteous imagining that we care more than He does.

He is perfect love poured out and fused in.

He is my new name, Christ in me!

He is Immanuel. God is with us!

He is not here the way we demand. He is here exactly in the way we need.

…and all it takes to experience it, is to trust that who He is named is actually true.

Adapted from –John Lynch

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December 25, 2016 · 1:51 pm

The Magi and the Birth of “the Redeemer of the World” By Frank Manasseri

The Magi and the Birth of “the Redeemer of the World”
By Frank Manasseri

The Magi were pagan Gentiles who were directed by the True God via the prophet Daniel. This Biblical account demonstrates the efficacy of the Creator’s awesome ability to coordinate even the stars and constellations within the universe which He created to bring about His purposes and plan for the benefit of mankind.

Introduction

Growing up in the Bronx in a family of Italian descent we always kept the Christmas tradition of placing the Nativity scene beneath the decorated tree on Christmas Eve. In the stable Mary and Joseph were kneeling surrounded by sheep, cows, and other farm animals. The baby Jesus and the shepherds did not appear in the stable until Christmas morning. It was not until the feast of the Epiphany on January 6th that the Magi made their entrance to worship the young child. I had questions then about who these Magi were and some of those questions remained many years later.

Remembering those childhood days I still had some unanswered questions about the Magi, or as tradition have taught the three Kings or Wise Men who came from the East to worship Christ.

While reading the section of scripture about the Magi in Matthew 2:1-3, I thought to myself, “why such a fuss about three men on camels showing up one day without prior notice at Jerusalem?”

Questions arise such as, who were the Magi, and why did they travel such a long distance bringing gifts to a child who was born in an obscure town outside of Jerusalem? How did these men even learn of the birth of this child? Why were those specific gifts chosen, and who chose them?

After further investigation I began to learn just how much information is packed into these few verses of scripture. Additional study opened up greater meaning and insights concerning this world changing event which was the fulfillment of the promise of God made in Genesis 3:15.

Scripture along with other historic evidence supports the view that there may have been many more who turned up at Herod’s doorstep one day asking about the birth of the King of the Jews than just three men on camels.

Who Were these Magi?

The Greek historian Herodotus writing in the fifth century BCE, identified the Magi as a caste of Medes who had a powerful priestly function in the Persian Empire. These Magi were also known as King Makers since they had the powerful to set up or pull down kingdoms.

In the Book of Daniel these Magi are shown as “astrologers” and grouped with magicians, sorcerers, and others known as Chaldeans acting as advisers to the court of Babylon with the responsibility of interpreting dreams. The role of “his star” in Matthew 2 suggests a connection with astrology which differs from astronomy.

Astrology is the “study” of how the position of the planets, and sometimes how the passing of smaller celestial bodies affect your life, or the lives of others. Really, ancient astronomy was astrology. When a new star showed up, it meant the birth of a king. When they saw a “shooting star” it meant a military victory.

These Gentile astrologers pursuing their observations of the stars in the heavens, encountered a celestial sign of God in the stars and planets. God broke into their system of astrology through the prophet Daniel to make this great event known in order to fulfill His Plan and announce the birth of His only begotten Son which is recorded in Matthew 2:1-21 (KJV)

Historically the Magi stem from an ancient hereditary priesthood of the Persian Empire and held a powerful influence over many rulers and kingdoms in ancient history. These priests and astrologers were respected by rulers and were highly esteemed for their ability to interpret astrological signs and dreams. Over the course of many centuries the Magi travelled to various parts of the East moving over the Silk Road by way of caravans. These caravans were usually accompanied by an entourage of armed guards for protection. This may be the reason why Herod and the entire city of Jerusalem were stirred up when the Magi arrived unannounced outside the walls of their city. If it had only been three men on camels, why would Herod and the citizens of Jerusalem have been so troubled?

The Prophet Daniel Instructs the Magi

Many centuries before the birth of Christ, the prophet Daniel had been called upon by Nebuchadnezzar the King of Babylon to interpret his dream (Daniel 2). The king had previously called upon the wise men of Babylon to both reveal his dream and interpret its meaning or the king would put them to death. These Magi had tried to honor the king’s request, but they had failed and were sentenced by the king to be put to death. Daniel who was the Prime Minister of the Persian Empire approached Nebuchadnezzar and asked for more time for him to pray to his God for the interpretation. The King agreed, and the execution of his wise men was postponed.

God gave Daniel understanding in all visions and dreams so Daniel was able to tell the King what he had dreamed and also interpreted the dream. This pleased Nebuchadnezzar and he rescinded the execution of Daniel and the Chaldeans. Because Daniel was able to please the King by interpreting the dream he was rewarded by being appointed Rabmag, or Chief of the Magi.

Daniel Appointed the Master of the Magi

Daniel’s unusual career included holding the position of a principal administrator in two world empires, the Babylonian and the subsequent Persian Empire. When King Darius the Median appointed the prophet, a Jew, over the hereditary Median priesthood, the resulting repercussions led to the plots by jealous Medes to throw Daniel into the lion’s den. (Daniel Chapter 6). Once again God rescued Daniel who was then elevated in the Persian Kingdom of Darius.

One of the titles given to Daniel was “Rabmag”, meaning the “Master of the Magi.” (Dan 4:9 & 5:11). Daniel was in a key position to entrust to a secret sect of the Magi the Messianic prophecy whose fulfillment was signaled by an astrological sign in the constellation of ERUA (Virgo).

In his book, “The Sign of the Messiah – How I Identified the Star of Bethlehem,” Dr. Werner Papke wrote of the connection of the Magi to the Prophet Daniel:

“. . . how, we still may ask, did the heathen Magi, followers of the teachings of Zoroaster, hear about the prophecy Isaiah pronounced to the “house of David” more than seven hundred years before?

Well, today we know for sure Zoroaster, the founder of the Persian religion that is called after him, lived in Babylon from about 560 BC. At a time when the Jews stayed in the Babylonian Captivity they obviously told Zoroaster about Isaiah’s prophecy of the birth of the Messiah from a Jewish virgin of the house of David.

Even the Syrian scholar Abu’l Faragius (1226-1286) states that when Zoroaster was in Babylon he became a pupil of the prophet Daniel, who was deported to Babylon from the land of Judah by Nebuchadnezzar II in 605 BC. And in his “History of Dynasties” Faragius further writes that Zoroaster had predicted to the Magi “his star” would appear in the skies and signal the birth of a wonderful boy whom they were to adore. According to the “Avesta” which is the bible of the Zoroastrians, the redeemer of the world would be born of a virgin. When “his star” appeared in the womb of the celestial Virgin (ERUA), the Magi knew the Messiah was born from a Jewish virgin, and immediately started on their long journey to Jerusalem in order to adore the “King of the Jews.” (1)

During this period of around 560 BCE, Zoroaster who founded the Zoroastrian religion, had been a student of Daniel.

Evidence of the Future King of the World

There is further confirmation of the promise of a worldwide redeemer and king.

“Jews dwelling in Persian provinces among the Parthians, Medes, and Elamites ( Acts 2:9 ) may have so prepared the minds of the magi as to set them looking for “his star.” But in addition to the knowledge carried by captive Israelites, the men of the East had other light also. The great Chinese sage, Confucius (B. C. 551-479), foretold of a coming Teacher in the West, and Zoroaster, the founder of the Persian religion predicted the coming of a great, supernaturally begotten Prophet. To these Balaam had added his prophecy (Numbers 24:17). Moreover, the Septuagint translation made at Alexandria about 280 B. C. had rendered the Old Testament Scriptures into Greek, the language of commerce, and had carried the knowledge of Hebrew prophecy into all lands, and had wakened a slight but world-wide expectation of a coming Messiah. The Roman writers, Suetonius (70-123, A. D.) and Tacitus (75-125, A.D.) bear witness to this expectation that a great world-ruling king would come out of Judæa.”(3)

To this day Muslim’s around the world still believe this great prophet was Jesus of Nazareth who was born of a virgin called Mary. (Quran 19:22-33)

Daniel Provided the Gifts

Daniel was a wealthy man who may have even provided the gifts to be presented to the coming king by the Magi. About 500 years and many generations had passed before the sign the Magi were instructed to look for actually appeared in the constellation of ERUA (VIRGO). This discovery immediately prompted their long journey to fulfill the instructions their ancestors had received from Daniel.

Tradition has it that there were three Kings that arrived at Jerusalem in search of the “King of the Jews”. Tradition also influenced the renaming of “his star” to the “Star of Bethlehem” even though the Magi did not arrive until Jesus was about 18 months old. These Magi were never referred to in the scriptures as Kings but wise men. The Bible never refers to “his star” as “The Star of Bethlehem.” The number of these Magi who arrived outside the walls of Jerusalem is not mentioned in scripture either. All this probably came from tradition because of the number of gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Jesus the Son of God was born in Bethlehem but the Magi did not arrive until he was about 2 years of age. Scripture supports that Joseph and Mary and the young child Jesus were living in a house in Nazareth when the Magi arrived bearing their gifts. Also why would the appearance of three men on camels cause such a fuss among the people of the city of Jerusalem? Most likely this traditional view is not an accurate picture of what really transpired during the years surrounding the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.

Herod Threatened

Herod was not a Jew but an Edomite whose title “King of the Jews” had been purchased from the Emperor of Rome. When the Caravan of the Magi along with military escort appeared outside the walls of Jerusalem Herod and all the people of the city were understandably troubled. When these Wise Men entered into the city they were most likely preceded by an entourage of musicians and dancers including the military escorts. Could it be Herod perceived their inquisition of where they could find the “King of the Jews” as a calculated threat against his kingship? After all it is a historical fact that he had recently purchased this title from the Emperor of Rome. Nevertheless Herod called in his wise counselors to see if they knew anything about this event. His scribes searched and discovered from the prophecies in the Tanach (the Old Testament) that the Promised One, the Messiah, would be born in Bethlehem. (Micah 5:2) Bethlehem is about eight miles away from Jerusalem and even though this was a relatively short journey none of these learned Jews were motivated to go to see if this prophecy had been fulfilled. This is an interesting point to note which indicates Israel’s general rejection of the Messiah.

Herod was not a Jew but an Edomite. Edomites were traditional enemies of Israel. He had recently purchased the title of “King of the Jews” from the Emperor of Rome which was a custom during this period of time. History reveals that all through this period of time tensions were high between Rome and the Parthian army. Consequently the arrival of the Magi’s caravan with their military escorts may have been perceived by Herod as if these Magi were attempting to perpetrate a border incident which could bring swift reprisal from Parthian armies.

Herod after learning about the prophecy of the birth of the ruler of Israel from his scribes requested the Magi keep him informed so that he could also go and worship this king.

The Long Journey

The Magi had sojourned a long distance with their precious cargo of gold, frankincense and myrrh through difficult and hostile territory in order to find and honor this “King of the Jews” whom Daniel had revealed to their ancestors. Their long and perilous journey along the well established major trade route known as the Silk Road commenced from Babylon which is now modern Iraq to the city of Jerusalem about 900 miles way. It is a historic fact these Magi travelled caravan style surrounded by a small army to protect them from thieves or other dangers they might encounter along the way. Thus when this large group arrived outside the gates of Jerusalem inquiring about the birth of a new king they may have been first perceived as an invading army. It is easy to see why all the citizens were troubled and overly concerned when the Magi and their entourage entered into Jerusalem with all the pomp and ceremony customary to these powerful “King Makers.”

After leaving Jerusalem the Magi continued following the celestial sign which led them to Nazareth where they found the young male child of about two years of age whom they then worshipped as the “King of the Jews.” The scriptures clearly indicate that Jesus was not an infant when the Magi arrived but a young child of about 18-24 months.

Significance of the Gifts

These gentiles presented their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. These very gifts may have been provided centuries earlier by the prophet Daniel who was an influential and wealthy man. Daniel acquired wealth as a powerful man who was the Prime Minister in the Persian Empire under both Nebuchadnezzar and Darius. The gifts are possibly prophetic, speaking of our Lord’s offices of king, priest, and savior. Gold speaks of His kingship, frankincense was a spice used in priestly duties, and myrrh was an embalming ointment used in burial anticipating His sacrificial death on the cross.

Warnings Given by Angels and Dreams

After finding the young child and presenting their gifts, the Magi “being warned in a dream” departed to their own country without returning to Herod as he had requested. They ignored the wish of Herod for them to return to tell him where this child could be found so he could worship him also.

Joseph the husband of Mary, was also warned in a dream by an angel to escape into Egypt. Joseph may have used some of the gold given by the Magi in order to escape to safety with Mary and the young child Jesus. Then after the Magi failed to return to Herod, the tyrant then ordered all male children two years old and under to be slaughtered in the region surrounding Bethlehem. (Matthew 2:16-18)

The Signature of God

The signature of God is evident to any and all who have eyes to see His handiwork. The Lord’s signature has been evident from ancient history up until this very time in which we are now living. The scripture clearly reveals the progression of events that led the Magi to come and worship Him who is born the King of the Jews. Beginning with the appearing in the heavens of the constellation of ERUA (Virgo) signifying the promised seed of Genesis 3:15, to the instructions given by Daniel to the Magi, this Babylonian priesthood faithfully passed along the instructions given by Daniel as Chief of the Magi to their successors. Generation after generation of Magi continued faithfully searching the heavens for hundreds of years until the appearance of “his star” to announce the promised prophesied redeemer of the world.

What we may learn in this story of the Magi and the redeemer of the World is how the events of history are divinely orchestrated by the Creator to bring about His purposes in His timing.

From the prophet Daniel’s imparting of the astrological details the Magi searched for in the heavens to the arrival of the descendants of those Magi at the home of the young child Jesus in Nazareth took many generations. (Daniel 9)

This biblical account is a vivid illustration of the precision the true God is able to perform in bringing about His purposes and plans for His universe which He created and loves.

Footnotes:
(1) Herodotus (1. 101, 132)
(2) Dr. Werner Papke “The Sign of the Messiah – How I Identified the Star of Bethlehem”
(3) www. Biblestudytools.com
http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/the-fourfold-gospel/by-sections/eastern-wise-men-or-magi-visit-jesus-the-new-born-king.html

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Passing from Death to Life

Jesus of Nazareth said:

“I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.”

The following is a piece I wrote some years ago after having a scary time during an Emergency Room visit where I thought that I might be dying.

Thoughts of death and dying were flooding into my mind and in deep desperation within myself I reached out to the Lord and asked Him to help and comfort me!

The following is what I received within my spirit:

” I love you Frank and there is nothing to be concerned about because you are already here with me.”

I didn’t get it at first but somehow those words really gave me comfort and I was able to have a restful nights sleep.

When I awoke the next morning I still had those comforting words living within me.

I immediately thought of Ephesians 2:4-7

4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

After meditating on this for awhile I wrote the following:

We Are Already There

We are Seated with Christ in the heavens
We are Abiding in the Secret Place of the Most High
We are Beneath the shadow and safety of the wings of the Almighty

We are above all principalities and powers, and dominions
We prostrate ourselves with our High Priest
We worship as the Father sits on His Throne
Surrounded by the sacred mist of vivid rainbow colors

We are already in His presence in the Holiest of All
We are Abiding in the Father and His Son
The Light of all creation
We are living in His Holy place

We are already there!

Praise His Holy Name forever, and ever, and ever.
Amen!

King David said:

Psalm 27:4 (KJV)
One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.

Quantum Physics teaches about a concept called Quantum entanglement where something or someone may be at more than one place simultaneously.

This concept of Quantum Physics fits with Ephesians where it states we are seated in heavenly places far above principalities and powers in Christ.

This Heaven referenced here is the Third Heaven where the Father dwells which is beyond the second heaven.

The Second Heaven is where Spiritual Warfare is presently being fought between God’s warring angels and demons.

The First Heaven is our atmosphere where we now live in the natural.

I have come to believe that when a believer dies (falls asleep) it is in the flesh only. The physical or natural part die but the spirit is not terminated but returns to the Creator.

When the flesh dies our spirit continues to live and is instantly equipped by God to move on to another dimension far beyond the confines of time and space in which we are presently limited by our flesh.

The spirit of man which was breathed into Adam when he was created is common to all living humans and animals. When God breathed into Adam’s nostril he became a living soul.

When an individual believes in Jesus Christ that person becomes a new creation and the spirit of man is regenerated. This is called the new birth and this person is instantly is made by the Father to become holy and righteous in this new creation. Therefore the regenerated spirit is given the ability to enter into the very presence of the Father, His son and the holy angels who dwell in the Third Heaven. This fits with the scriptures in the book of Hebrews that state that we have access into the Holy Place in the Third Heaven.

The flesh is not made holy at the new birth and needs to be changed into that which is holy and righteous. This change to the flesh finally takes place at the last Trump as stated in I Corinthians 15..

Until that coming day our flesh will return to dust, but our spirit and soul are returned to God where we remain in the third Heaven until our body is changed in fashion as the Lord’s when He was resurrected and ascended into the Third Heaven.

I Corinthians 15: 51- 57 (KJV)

51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

If we believe in Jesus Christ and accept Him as our Lord then we are made to be new creations by the power of God. In that moment of the new birth we become a citizen of the Kingdom of God.

This is why Jesus if Nazareth said, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.”

We thank you Lord Jesus for offering yourself as a sacrifice upon the cross as the Lamb of God.

Selah

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Is There a Kingdom of God Race of People that will live forever?

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 may become citizens of this 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 predestined 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 Kingdom of God Race?

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.

The father of the Human Race is known as the first Adam who 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 or incorruptible.

The seed of Christ is also known as the Seed of Abraham and this incorruptible seed of Christ is being created in all who will accept Christ as Lord.

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 of 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.

So then the Law was a schoolmaster or teacher until the time when Christ arrived.

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 being who is part of a new race because they have put on Christ the New Man.

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 God’s Kingdom for all to see.

The following scriptures are the words of Jesus Christ spoken to Nicodemua:

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 Race, the Heavenly Race, 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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Jesus Christ’s main purpose was to usher in the Kingdom of God

As believers and followers of the Lord Jesus Christ we have been blessed by His great example to mankind during the days of His flesh when He became one of us and humbly walked among humanity.

During this period in history, Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of the living God was the perfect example of how God acts towards mankind. If we want to know what God would do in any situation, we need only to look to Jesus and learn about how He acted in His earthly life. This alone is wonderful to contemplate and meditate upon. This is why the study of the Gospels is important!

If one has a desire to know how mankind should act towards God then once Jesus again provides the example in His manner of living in the Kingdom of God because Christ always was obedient to the will of the Father.

Therefore the main purpose of Jesus’ life was to illustrate to mankind a better way of living, a Kingdom way of living! Jesus Christ of Nazareth came to give us a life which is more than abundant in every spectrum of real life. If we only will stop and learn from Him, then He will teach us how to live in the Kingdom of God today while we are living.

Christ not only preached the gospel of the Kingdom, but He came to teach and show us “HOW” to practically live a unique Kingdom of God centered life every day.

Today as always the world is searching for the answers to the many problems that persist on plaguing humanity. A few of these world problems are war, hunger, disease, racism, sexism, poverty, pollution, crime, political solutions and much more. Not many alive would disagree with recognizing the global need to solve these dilemmas humanity is constantly affected by. However there are those who do not believe there is a God Who not only created life, but loves all of what He created.Because of this they go about seeking answers to the common problems that face humanity by their own intellect and
ingenuity.

I believe that the creator God has a plan that maps out the only remedy for mankind’s present dilemma.

This why I believe the Kingdom of God is the only remedy for our world today, and only those who will humble themselves will begin to learn of Christ’s way of living in this magnificent Kingdom of God filled to overflowing with blessings for those who simply seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.

This is the primary purpose of True Christianity! To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom of God to every creature and then teach how mankind may live in the blessings of God and enjoy His goodness and benevolence!

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Christ the Example [Introduction to the Cross and the Kingdom]

Christ the Example
[Introduction to the Cross and the Kingdom]
By Frank J. Manasseri

JESUS the CHRIST came into the world to bring men to the true knowledge of God; for “God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:19) He came to reveal to men the Kingdom of God, and to enunciate its principles, and manifest its spirit and to reveal its character. Of it He said: “My kingdom is not of this world.” (John 18:36) “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3) His apostles declared, “The kingdom of God is . . . righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.”(Romans 14:17)

“My kingdom is not of this world.”

Every kingdom, every state, every government of men, is altogether of this world and of this world alone. How then can anybody be of any earthly kingdom or state and of the kingdom of God at the same time? Those who are genuinely born again are now citizens of the Kingdom of God which is composed of those who are “chosen out of the world.” Those who are of the state are of this world, because the state is altogether and only of this world.

And, indeed, were not “all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them” offered to Jesus for His very own while He was being tempted in the wilderness? Why then did He not take them and rule over them and convert them and thus save them?

He could not, because to have taken them would have been to recognize “the god of this world,” by whom they were offered. (Luke 4:5-8) And as always, the kingdom of this world is offered only by Satan; and all who are Christ’s will refuse it, as did our Example, and as did Moses, a chosen forerunner and Old Testament type of Christ.

Christ was and is the embodiment of all true Christianity. Therefore, in the Word of Christ, in the very principles of the cause of Christ, there is taught the separation of Truth and state as complete and as wide as is the separation between the Kingdom of God and the kingdoms of this world. And this is as complete and as wide as is the separation between God’s ways and the world’s way of living.

Accordingly, Christ says in another place, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.” (Matthew 22:21). Caesar was the head of the Roman Empire, the personification of the world’s power and in that Roman world-system it was claimed that whatsoever was Caesar’s, was God’s; because to all the people of that world system Caesar was God. He was set before the people as God; the people were required to worship him as God; incense was offered to his image as to God. In that system the state was divine, and Caesar was the state. Therefore that system was essentially a union of religion and the state.

In view of this, when Jesus said, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s,” He denied to Caesar, and so to the state, every attribute, or claim of divinity. He showed that another than Caesar is truly God. Thus He entirely separated Caesar and God! He entirely separated between the things which are due to Caesar and those which are due to God. The things that are due to Caesar are not to be rendered to God. The things due to God are not to be rendered to Caesar. These are two distinct realms, two distinct personages, and two distinct fields of duty.

Therefore, in these words Jesus taught as plainly as it is possible to do, the complete separation of Truth and the state. No state can ever rightly require anything that is due to God; and when it is required by the state, it is not to be rendered.

Again: Jesus is the Example whom God has set to be the guide to every person in this world. Jesus of Nazareth is to be followed in every step that can be taken in the right way. Any step taken by anybody in a way in which the Lord Jesus did not go is taken in the wrong way. He hath left us “an example, that ye should follow His steps.” (1 Peter 2:21). Whosoever saith that he “abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.” (1 John 2:6) Jesus never, in any manner or to any degree, took any part in political functions or in any affairs of the state. Jesus was then, and is forever, the embodiment of Truth. Therefore, in His whole life’s conduct of absolute separation from everything political, from all affairs of the state, there is taught to all the world, and especially to all believers in Him, the complete separation of the Truth of Christ, and of all who hold it, from everything political and from all affairs of the state.

So faithfully did He hold to that principle that when a man asked Him only, “Speak to my brother, that he divides the inheritance with me,” He refused, with the words, “Man, who made Me a judge or a divider over you?” Then He said to them all, “Take heed and beware of covetousness; for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” (Luke 12:13-15) If only all who have professed to be His followers had held distant from all affairs of politics and state, how vastly different would have been the history of the Christian era! What a blessing it would have been to the world and one can now only guess what floods of misery and woe mankind would have been spared!

And why was it that Jesus thus persistently kept detached from all affairs of politics and the state? Was it because all things political, judicial, and governmental were conducted with such perfect propriety, and with such evident justice, that there was no place for anything better, no room for improvement such as even He might suggest? Not by any means. Never was there more political corruption, greater perversion of justice, and essential all-pervasive evil of administration, than at the time of the Roman Empire. Why, then, did not Jesus call for “Municipal Reform?” Why did He not organize a “Law and Order League”? Why did He not disguise Himself and make tours of the dives and the gambling-dens, and entrap victims into violations of the law? And why did He not employ other spies to do the same, in order to get against the representatives of the law evidence of maladministration by which to arraign them and to compel them to enforce the law? Thus, He could reform the city, regenerate society, and save the state, and so establish the Kingdom of God? Why? The people were ready to do anything of that kind that might be suggested. The Zealots of the period were ready to cooperate with Him in any such work of “reform.” The people were so forward and so earnest that they would have actually taken Him by force and made Him King, which they endeavored to do had He not withdrawn Himself from them. (John 6:15) Why then did He refuse?

The answer to all this is, because He was Christ (The Messiah), the Savior of the world. He had come to help men, not to oppress them; had come to save men, not to destroy them.

“The government under which Jesus lived was corrupt and oppressive; on every hand were crying abuses,–extortion, intolerance, and grinding cruelty. Yet the Savior attempted no civil reforms. He attacked no national abuses, nor condemned the national enemies. He did not interfere with the authority or administration of those in power. He who was our example kept aloof from earthly governments. Not because He was indifferent to the woes of men, but because the remedy did not lie in merely human and external measures. To be efficient, the cure must reach men individually, and must regenerate the heart. Not by the decisions of courts or councils or legislative assemblies, not by the patronage of worldly great men, is the kingdom of Christ established, but by the implanting of Christ’s nature in humanity through the work of the Holy Spirit. “As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12, 13. Here is the only power that can work the uplifting of mankind. And the human agency for the accomplishment of this work is the teaching and practicing of the word of God.”
“Desire of Ages”, Ellen G. White chap. 55, par. 12, page 510,511.

Now Christ is the true example set by God for every soul in this world to follow. The conduct of Christ is True Christianity and conforming to that example is the conduct each individual believer should emulate. This alone is Christianity in the world. The conduct of Christ, the example, was totally separate in all things from politics and the affairs of the state. Christianity, therefore, is the total separation of the believer in Christ from politics and all the affairs of the state, the total separation of Truth and the state in the individual believer.

Accordingly, Jesus said to His disciples forever, “Ye are not of the world but I have chosen you out of the world.” (John 15:19) And to His Father He said, “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” (John 17:16). The ideal is that every Christian in this world must be in the world as Christ was in the world. “As He is, so are we in the world.” (1 John 4:17) “It is enough for the disciple that he is as his Master.” (Matthew 10:25) The Master was always, and in all things, and by fixed design, completely separated from all affairs of politics and the state. And it is forever enough “that the disciple be as his Master.”

The following passage is taken from a sermon by the late Thomas Hewlings Stockton (Chaplain for US Congress 1833) presents infinity of truth, and is worthy to stand forever in letters ablaze with eternal glory:

“There was one sacrifice too great for Christ to make. He was willing to leave the throne of the universe for the manger of Bethlehem; willing to grow up as the son of a poor carpenter; willing to be called the friend of publicans and sinners; willing to be watched with jealous eyes, and slandered by lying tongues, and hated by murderous hearts, and betrayed by friendly hands, and denied by pledged lips, and rejected by apostate priests and a deluded populace and cowardly princes; willing to be sentenced to the cross, and to carry the cross, and be nailed to the cross, and bleed and groan and thirst and die on the cross. But He was not willing to wear an earthly crown or robe, or wield an earthly scepter, or exercise earthly rule. That would have been too great a sacrifice. He did, indeed, endure the crown of thorns and the cast-off purple and the reed, and the cry, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ But this was merely because He preferred the mockery to the reality; so pouring infinite contempt on the one, not only by rejecting it in the beginning of His ministry, but also by accepting the other at its close.”

This is the Christianity of Jesus Christ, as respects the great question of TRUTH and the state. As in all instruction from God from the beginning of creation down, it calls always for the complete separation of Truth and state in all things and in all people, in order that the Christian may enjoy infinitely higher things that were ordained by God for them to live in.
There is a Kingdom of God ethic which Jesus of Nazareth taught and modeled during His earthly ministry to His followers. Jesus was showing and teaching His disciples the “How” of living this Kingdom of God. Thus Jesus the Messiah was our living example of how a man should live in God’s Kingdom. In what is commonly known as the Lord’s Prayer Christ taught His disciples how to pray in the Kingdom of God.

Then during the forty days after His resurrection from the dead He taught His disciples the things concerning the Kingdom of God (Acts 1:3). Therefore He not only modeled this Kingdom life before their very eyes, He also taught them about the things of the Kingdom of God.

In the book of Acts as Jesus was about to ascend into heaven, His disciples asked Him if He was going to restore the Kingdom back to Israel. This seemed to be a logic question for them to ask as He had just completed a forty day exposition of the things concerning the Kingdom of God to them.

The Lord’s answer was for them to go to Jerusalem and wait for this promise of the Father which would empower by with the outpouring of Holy Spirit.

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