KINGDOM FULLNESS

As has been referred to earlier, the Kingdom of God, "... is in the Spirit". But what does that mean?

To grasp the initial meaning it's useful to use the opposite and say: The Kingdom of God is not in the flesh!

Those who have received Christ live daily in the spiritual Kingdom understandings of the Father and the Son.

By now Believers understand that they are children of the Father and heirs with the Son.

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.

"The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God and if children, then heirs — heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together," Romans 8'16-17.

In spite of these declarations, there are Believers whose understanding of the Holy Spirit's place in the Kingdom of God is likely to be weak or misunderstood.

Jesus did some significant explaining about this to a senior Jewish rabbi. The man desperately wanted clarification about His message.

So the Lord said:

“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes.

So is everyone who is born of the Spirit,” John 3'3,5-8.

These things take place when an unbeliever repents and believes and receives Christ as their Saviour.

It is important for the newly-converted Believer to experience immersion in water after receiving the Lord. 

Entering and Receiving

Believers growing in the grace of the Lord and the Kingdom, they come across what the Lord says bout entering and receiving the Kingdom of God.

About entering, He said

"Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven," Matthew 18'3.

"Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it," Mark 10'15.

Note that conversion is first. Then becoming as little children follows. Not the other way round.

It isn't surprising that the Kingdom way is the reverse of the natural "in the flesh" order.

These things are all about having faith that is child like. Meaning, God speaks and His children respond willingly.  

He calls Believers to have the kind of simple disposition towards entering into Kingdom experiences and receiving Kingdom things from their loving Father that little children have.

Here's what the writer to the Hebrews said, by the Spirit:

"Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.

 

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The Kingdom of God Today

Part Three

MISREADINGS AND MIS-TAKES

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“When anyone hears the word of the kingdom,

and does not understand it,

then the wicked one comes

and snatches away what was sown in his heart,"

Matthew 13'19.

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The Lord speaks of "this Good News of the Kingdom" and He began preaching it right from the start of His earthly ministry.

It's not surprising, then, that Jesus, His word and His Good News and His Followers are the focus of the enemy's attacks.

He is constantly attempting to deceive Believers and will attempt to misrepresent them and the Kingdom to anyone, unbelievers or Believers, who will listen.

For example, in Roman-occupied Thessalonica the accusers claimed that the Believers were dishonouring, even disobeying, the ruler of the land, that they were:

"... all acting contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying there is another king - Jesus" (Acts 17'7).

Accusations against God's people are likely to be about anything that is likely to interfere with the work of God.