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Speaking of the Things Pertaining to The Kingdom of God (Part I)

Part I

The phrase, “speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God” is the basis for the entire Ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah (Christ). The same phrase communicated the intention for which the Father sent the Son of the Living God to be born and to “make known” the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God. The message of the Kingdom was the only thing on the mind of Jesus throughout His earthly ministry. The Kingdom of God is the central theme throughout all the books of the Bible!

Acts 1:1-4 (KJV)
1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

Jesus of Nazareth was born in Bethlehem, raised in Egypt and Nazareth, and then ministered in the vicinity of the Sea of Galilee. He preached the Gospel (Good News) that the Kingdom of God is at hand to the House of Israel. He published His dynamic message in all the villages and small towns surrounding the sea of Galilee.

During the final weeks of His life, He ministered in Jerusalem and was totally rejected by the Religious Leaders and Ruling Elders of Israel, who finally had Him put Him to death by crucifixion. Three days later, He rose from the dead and then continued forty days to teach His disciples the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God (Acts 1:1-3).

Looking ahead to the final verses of the book of Acts (28:31) we discover Paul preached the Kingdom of God, and was teaching those things concerning Jesus Christ. This phrase is used at various times in the book of Acts and in the Church Epistles, indicating the importance placed upon the knowledge of the Kingdom of God as a present day reality to the followers of Christ.

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Speaking the Things Concerning the Kingdom of God (Part II)

Sermon on the Mount

Part II

In the beginning of the Lord Jesus’ ministry, we read in the Sermon on the Mount, that He speaking as the King taught the disciples the Beatitudes of how to live in the Kingdom of God. Notice these are BE-ATTITUDES and not DO-ATTITUDES. The difference being, these were not Laws or rigid rules to be kept in order to become a Kingdom Citizens, but the simple Attitudes needed in order to live as a citizen in blessing of the Kingdom of God.
Without getting into all of the eight beatitudes, a quick glance at the first one is necessary to understand what is meant by the BE-ATTITUDES:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the Kingdom of God” (Matt 5:3). This “poor in spirit” is the attitude of a true follower of Jesus of Nazareth. This is the opposite of arrogance or a haughty, prideful attitude. True humility and not arrogance is the manner in which Jesus lived and served those around Him during the days of His flesh. Jesus showed by example how He lived and conducted His life. This is the first requirement of the Kingdom of God, or this is the attitude one must develop in order to begin to be a vital blessed citizen in the Kingdom of God.
Today this Kingdom of God is not yet manifest in the material or physical realm as it is a spiritual Kingdom replete with Kingdom Blessings and Rewards for those who will learn “how” to live as a Kingdom citizen bringing glory to God and not to them.

This helps define the journey we are on. A quest to investigate the scriptures in order to accurately discover what Jesus of Nazareth taught about the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.

In discovering the basis of True Christianity we may begin to learn and live in simple obedience to His instructions, giving Glory to the Father and resulting in receiving the Kingdom blessings now and Kingdom rewards in the future when the Lord Jesus returns to establish his Kingdom on earth.

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