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The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, part 19…

The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord, part 19…

Now, I mentioned chapter 7 of Matthew, in passing, in part 14 of this “little” study about the Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord. (Or, I could have named it, “The Gospel without a Kingdom is not the gospel.”) And, I have said that the Gospel begins with the Kingdom – not our Lord’s death. But, you can review all that.

Here I want to revert back to Matthew 7 and focus on the last two verses: Mt 7:28 The result was that when Jesus had finished these words, the multitudes were amazed at His teaching; 29 for He was teaching them as [one] having authority, and not as their scribes.(NASB)

The Lord Jesus, the Christ, taught with authority. The religious leaders were adamant and persistent in attempting to “trip” or “trick” Him to err in speech and His Word. “Hath God said?” is the ultimate trap of satan to mankind. Matthew 5-7 is the apex of our Lord’s teachings concerning entrance into and participation in the coming government – kingdom –when it is put upon His shoulders. This is NOT His “sermon on the mount” to the multitudes. He gathers His disciples out of the multitude and speaks directly to them. EVERY warning and instruction is to the disciples. There is no instruction to the “lost” here; and have you noticed that “lost” is never related to the Canaanites or the Egyptians – those who are a “type” or example of the world at large? “Lost” is used in reference to the “sheep of Israel” – HIS people. In the one parable, in three parts, in Luke 15, the sheep was lost – one which had been in the presence of the Shepherd previously. The “lost” coin had been the woman’s possession; as well as the “prodigal” son, was a son in his “lost” or “found” state – born into the family just like his brother.

It is plain and clear. The Scriptures have to be twisted to say or mean anything else.

Verses 13 and 14 of Matt. 7, comprise one paragraph: “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. “For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life (“life” in the coming kingdom age), and few are those who find it.

 

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November 24, 2011 - Posted by | How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately, Precepts you must understand, salvation in the 7th Day, The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord, The promise | , , , , , , , , , ,

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