9/27/2020 0 Comments
Today, let's begin another important conversation over a few posts for 'thoughts' towards 'a cleaner heart'.
[Psalm 139:1, 23-24; 1 Chronicles 28:9; 29:17; Proverbs 15:11; Jeremiah 17:10; 20:12; Lamentations 3:40; Romans 8:27; Revelation 2:23] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
I keep saying to myself that there has to be an explanation why so many millions of people claim to be born-again followers of Jesus Christ, attending nearly 250,000 churches—around 3,000 of those mega-churches—with a vibrant and growing Christian subculture of music, television, books and literature, education, Internet presence, and even their own Yellow Pages.
As I said, there has to be an explanation why, given all this, that the morals and culture of America continue to decline away from the teaching of Scripture; the young are abandoning their Christian upbringing in growing numbers, going instead with 'the ways of the world'; and the public square continues devoid of any far-ranging, seriously taken Christian voice. There simply has to be part of an explanation for this.
And I think I have it. It harks back to a Chesterton comment back around the turn of the 20th century. It's not that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been tried and is simply found wanting. It's that the Gospel of Jesus Christ—the Gospel of the Kingdom—has not been tried. Continuing from:
Why the Holy Bible is So-o-o-o Very Important, Less Anyone Be Deceived - Bi-Monthly On-Going Devotions and Sunday Meditations, Post 'E-3-AM' Series, September 13, 2020
Why the Holy Bible is So-o-o-o Very Important, Less Anyone Be Deceived - Bi-Monthly On-Going Devotions and Sunday Meditations, Post 'E-3-PM' Series, September 13, 2020
Have you received the Gospel of the Kingdom? To what evidence in your life might you point to convince someone that it is true? Or, what evidence exists in your life that they may clearly see 'your living testimony', by the way you 'consistently' live? Join me to explore this matter, as I have recently with the Lord. Remember, we are individually response to 'examine ourselves, to be sure that we are - in 'the Faith'.
[2 Corinthians 13:5-10 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html]
The Gospel of the Kingdom audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Jesus came preaching a particular message to the people of His generation. The gospel writers refer to it as "the Gospel of the Kingdom." The Good News that Jesus announced had as its focus an objective reality that the New Testament refers to as the Kingdom of God (Matthew 4:23; Matthew 9:35). What is that? Let's see! audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html For truly, 'no other man spoke as He did', nor could they. [John 7:46]
The Kingdom of God is:
'the divine rule that Jesus came to bring into the affairs of men. It is an administration of righteousness, peace, and joy which we may enter by the Holy Spirit, through the new birth which comes by grace through faith.' (Romans 14:17; John 3:1). audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
The Kingdom of God centers on Jesus, who is its King, and His call to follow Him in a life of self-denying service to the glory of God (Mark 10:42).audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
To enter this Kingdom is to be born again to a life set apart for God, characterized by obedience to the Law of God (1 John 2:1). God gives His Kingdom to those who truly love Him, who renounce the desires, doodads, and deeds of the world and the flesh, and who invest their strength in becoming rich in faith (James 2:5).
The Kingdom of God is not just a reality to be acknowledged and confessed; it is a realm of power, real spiritual power, in which, increasingly, all things are made new and every aspect of a person's life is reconciled to God, unto the praise of the glory of His grace (1 Corinthians 1:20; 2 Corinthians 2:17).
They who enter this Kingdom may be identified by their fervor in seeking to realize more of its presence and power (Matthew 6:33), their prayers for its coming on earth as in heaven (Matthew 6:10), their dutiful obedience to the holy and righteous and good Law of God (Ezekiel 36:26; Romans 7:12), and their faithfulness in living as witnesses to their risen and reigning Lord (Acts 1:8). No matter what.
Where the Kingdom of God takes root in a person's heart, transforming grace begins to exert real spiritual power to make all things new, and to turn a person's world upright before the Lord, even and especially if it is turned upside down in and with the world.
It is altogether understandable, therefore, why the sum of Jesus' preaching and teaching is often reported as consisting in the words, "The Kingdom of God is at hand; repent, therefore, and believe the Good News." [Mark 1:14-15] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Jesus was saying that He, as the representative of the coming Kingdom of God, was available to teach people about this future Kingdom. Jesus announced that a new era had begun in human affairs, in which a new King was on the throne of heaven and earth, unfolding a new economy, according to a new agenda, demanding that all who would follow Him embrace a new priority, and offering a new hope to men—the hope of the glory of God.
The Good News in this astonishing announcement is that, by entering into the Kingdom of God, men can know liberation from sin—its power, effects, and condemnation. Thus free from the shackles of sin they experience the grace and truth of God with transforming effects in every area of life. They begin to bear new kinds of 'fruit' through the work of the Spirit of God within them, fruit consistent with righteousness, peace, and joy. [Galatians 5] They experience power that makes all things new, enabling them to reconcile every area of their lives back to God for His pleasure and glory. And, by virtue of the ongoing, increasing realization of this Kingdom reality, they know assurance of everlasting life with God in a new heavens and a new earth.
Truly, the announcement concerning the Kingdom of God is Good News—Gospel! The Gospel of the Kingdom is the true Gospel. Anything other or less than this is another gospel, which, as Paul makes plain, is no gospel at all.
Take your time, my friends.
On our next post, as the Lord wills, on Sunday, October 11, 2020, giving you time to thoroughly study all the Scriptures, let us carefully consider this 'significant topic' further, It is so very important.
Then, as we continue, we will take a careful look at 'the cost' for being in the 'kingdom of God', even with respect to our family and friends, neighbors and others. Some 'hard sayings' await to be considered.
[John 6:60] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Thank you for returning, especially for some 'hard sayings' which are true, nevertheless, for Jesus Christ must be above anything and any one else in our life. Amen. Amen.
[Matthew 10:37; Luke 14:26; John 6:60] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html Amen. Amen.
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