Kingdom Inheritance Today

LEARNING NOT TO THINK?

There is an overarching principle the Lord has set in place in regard to all the things of Christ and the Kingdom. And meditating is a particulary vulnerable area.

The emphatic principle (or command?) for all Believers is: "not to think beyond what is written".

1 Corinthians 4'6 says:

"Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written ...".

By bringing the focus of his words on himself and Apollos, Paul is emphasising the primary place of the person who is the messenger, an Elder or preacher, for instance.

Everywhere in the Bible (but especially in the Christ-Kingdom writings of Acts 2'1 to Revelation 3'22) a person's message should be upheld by their character, not compromised by their conduct.

For instance:

"Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern," Philippians 3'17.

"Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ," 1 Corinthians 11'1.

"... what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness," 2 Peter 3'11.

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Learning not to think beyond what is written implies learning to think within what is written. This can only happen if Believers read, know and live what is written.

As our relationship is with Jesus, in that He lives in us and we live in Him, so it is to be with His word.

For example:

To some Jews who believed He said, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed, John 8'31".

And to His Disciples, "If you abide in Me and My words abide in you ..," John 15'7.

Colossians 3'16 says, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly ...".

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There is a reason for the overarching New Covenant Kingdom principle of thinking within the word of Christ.

It is that:

"... none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other," 1 Corinthians 4'6.

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Peter speaks through the Spirit about God's will regarding every aspect of ministry, especially speaking the word of Christ:

"If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God.

If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies,

that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ,

to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen." (1 Peter 4'11)