you hear something ‘new’, ask yourself first, ‘Are my own concepts
really older? What did the apostles believe?’ Everyone must make their
calling and election sure (2Pet 1:10). Consider this before you say,
‘What strange new doctrine is this?’ (Acts 17:20)
We focus instead on the ‘kingdom of God within you’.
Luk 17:20 And when he was demanded of the
Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
Luk 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Mat 21:43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
Luk 16:15 And
he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but
God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is
abomination in the sight of God.
Luk 16:16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.
Mat 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Mar 1:14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
Mar 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
Luk 9:2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
Mat 11:20 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not
Mar 6:11 And
whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence,
shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily
I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable [how is this possible if judgment lasts forever] for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
Mar 6:12 And they went out, and preached that men should repent.
was this kingdom gospel that Jesus preached? He had not yet been
crucified. He had not yet shed His blood. What was He preaching about
then? What were the disciples preaching about? Jesus had not been
crucified, yet they preached remission of sins in His name.
Jesus was preaching about God’s rule. He was and is the embodiment of God’s rule. He is God in the flesh.
Elizabeth called Him, ‘My Lord’ when
He was still in Mary’s womb. He was God right from conception, not just at the baptism (His anointing for service). Luke 1:43.
rule began to be preached at the end of the rule of the law and the
prophets. John the Baptist first preached about this kingdom (Matt
3:2). God’s kingdom had come. Jesus IS The Kingdom of God.
mostly called it the kingdom of heaven. Mark and Luke called it the
kingdom of God. It’s not a place you go to; but a person who lives in
you as a present reality. It represents God method of rule in the
in Jesus day, knew about the kingdom of God. They were looking for the
millennium with the Messiah ruling. Jesus came to tell them that He was
that very Life of the millennium that they longed for. Right here, right now.
They sought for physical rule, He asked for spiritual reign.
Jesus, am the Kingdom of God. I am the Rule of God. Go not here. Go not
there. Don’t look inside yourself. Look at me; I am right in front of
you. Why are you looking for something else?
The kingdom of God is within you. The greek word for ‘within’ is entos. It means ‘in the midst of you’.
looking at Me right here. It’s right here among you now. You don’t need
to observe for anything else. Don’t look around. Look at Me. I’m here!
are some who say everything Jesus said pre-cross is not essential. This
is a grave mistake. He must needs give us the message before hand and afterwards give us the means to fulfil it! Such is the wonderful grace of God.
Christ in you is the hope of glory. Col 1:27
we’ve received of His Spirit, the anointing is within us. But we are
NOT THE CHRIST. His Spirit in our spirit is ‘the Hope’ of something
better. It is the limitation of His Spirit to ours that is ‘the hope’. The Holy Spirit has no limitation.
(the fulfilment of that hope) is His Spirit filling every single part
of us (spirit, soul and body) and transforming us like unto Him.
New Agers search for ‘a God within’, ‘a Christ within’. They look for
that part of self with the bright spark. They think that repentance
just means ‘to change the mind’. A mental assent: ‘I am christ’. They
know not that Godly sorrow worketh repentance (2 Cor 7:10). To repent
means, ‘I am sorry, I will change course’ (Luke 17:4, Luke 15:10, Acts
8:22). They think that by saying it several times they will become what
they say. They look inside themselves. They forget that Jesus directed
His prayers upwards to the Father in heaven -John17:1. It is an attempt
to patch up broken cisterns that can hold no water -Jer 2:13. They have
hewed out their own reality; a reality that is not God’s own.
some of God’s people have fallen into this as well. Nevertheless, to
their own Master each one standeth or falleth. God is able to hold all
up to Himself (Rom 14:4). But Christ came to bring sinners to
repentance, not those who would call themselves righteous (Matt 9:13).
sufficient are the times of error. Our Lord arises, as one out of sleep
(Ps 78:65). He is thoroughly cleansing His floor and the slain of the
Lord shall be many.
May we heed the judgment of the nation of Israel. For God destroyed (rendered useless -apollumi)
their soul (their religious institutions, their ceremonies, their life)
and body (their physical representation, their nation) in hell
(Gehenna -the judge's fire) by the hands of the Roman judges in AD 70. (Matt 10:28)
us therefore bring forth fruits worthy of repentance. For the
unquenchable fire must completely burn the chaff. None can stay His
hand (Dan 4:35).
Stay blessed in Him,