The Kingdom of God Today
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"Most assuredly, I say to you,
unless one is born again,
he cannot see the Kingdom of God,"
The Kingdom of God is real. It's the greatest of all realities. Because it is past, present and future there is much that can be said about it.
However, the messages on this website focus on Christ's New Covenant Kingdom of God because of the primary place He, and the Apostles, gave to it.
The Kingdom teachings of the word of Christ ("the word of the Kingdom") are as crucial to Believers' understandings and experiences today as they were in the days of the first Called-Out Ones.
So these Kingdom Inheritance messages hold that:
1. The Good News of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God together are God's total message to mankind. This is the message that Jesus commanded to be preached and that preaching began on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came.
2. Disciples of Jesus are directed by the Father to "Hear Him!" exclusively. That's because He alone is The Way of God, The Truth of God and The Life of God and He is all of these things to His Called-Out Ones.
3. The scriptures of Acts 2'2 through to Revelation 3'22 present the primary Kingdom word of Christ. They present the Lord's teachings in regard to Believers' Kingdom life and godliness.
4. God used the culture of the people of Jesus' New Testament time, to provide the context for His Kingdom message as Galatians 4'4-5 implies:
"... when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law,
to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
The Lord makes clear in the above words of John 3'3, that the ability to see the Kingdom of God comes only as the result of a spiritual experience: being born again.
And in Matthew 24'14 He speaks of "this Good News of the Kingdom". In using the word this, He shows He is referring to the Kingdom He is teaching about (which can only be seen by those who have been born again).
He completed His Kingdom teachings during the 40 days prior to His ascension. When the Holy Spirit came He began presenting the word of the Kingdom to the world through Peter, Paul, Luke and the other New Covenant Kingdom preachers and scribes.
The finalised collection of the scribes' work, the New Testament, carries the word of Christ to which today's disciples can go and receive wonderful Kingdom understandings.
When He came Jesus began preaching the "... glad tidings of the kingdom of God" (Luke 8'1). As well as being seen, His New Covenant Kingdom can be entered, it can be sought and it can be continually received.
And when an unbeliever repents and receives Christ Kingdom understandings and experiences become available to new born of God Believer:
For "... as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
who 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.
M any wonderful Kingdom blessings await these "new creations".
However, the Lord explains that their new Kingdom life is basically all about their relationship with their heavenly Father.
While it is the relationship of a son or a daughter, it is also the greater relationship of brothers and sisters in God's family.
In Matthew 6'9-10,13 Jesus outlines the manner and desire that typify the family of God towards Him:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
"For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen."
The Father blesses His People with many great and powerful things at the time of their new birth. One is that He "delivers" them. Colossians 3'13 declares that:
"... He has delivered us from the power of darkness
and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love ...".
These are marvellous words to have deposited in our hearts. What a remarkable reality to be living in "the kingdom of the Son of His love"?
And it was when we were born again that our Kingdom inheritance was made immediately available to us.
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