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Falling Short of God’s Rest

Even the first verse of Hebrews, chapter 4, is packed with meaning!  Hebrews 4:1  Therefore, let us fear lest, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you should seem to have come short of it.

We have established that God’s Sabbath day of rest will be the coming 1,000 years following the 6,000 years.  Actually, it is almost time for the 7th day!  It has been almost 6,000 years since God’s restoration of the original earth.  Get ready!  Why?  We can “fall short” of this “rest.”  Thayer defines this word like this:    behind

1a) to come late or too tardily
1a1) to be left behind in the race and so fail to reach the goal, to fall short of the end
1a2) metaphorically fail to become a partaker, fall back from

This definition reminds me of the parable of the 10 virgins.  You can review it in Matthew 25.  But, the real example to be meditated upon is the children of Israel after they were delivered from the Egyptians, refusing to go into the promised land because of the hardships they would encounter.   Beware of the “cares of this life.”


March 7, 2014 Posted by | Learning to read - accurately, Studying Hebrews, The promise | Leave a comment

The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord, part 2…

THE KINGDOM AND GOSPEL OF OUR LORD, PART 2…

God created Government

(Col 1:16) For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-all things were created through him and for him.

(Eph 6:12) For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

God gave man the responsibility to “have dominion” over His creation.

(Gen 1:26) Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

(Gen 1:28) And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

God’s Plan is an Administration

When God was creating – before God created – He had a plan, a “secret” plan, “mystery,” hidden away in Himself – The Great “I AM,” – Elohim. And, when He said, “Let there be light,” it has spiritual and literal implications for you and me!! This plan was “hidden away from the ages” in Himself. This plan includes an ADMINISTRATION! And, now is being made know to ALL His creation.

Eph 3:9 and to enlighten all as to what is the administration of the secret, which has been concealed from the eons in God, Who creates all,

Eph 3:10 that now may be made known to the sovereignties and the authorities among the celestials, through the ecclesia, the multifarious wisdom of God, Eph 3:11 in accord with thepurpose of the eons (ages), which He makes in Christ Jesus, our Lord;” CLV – Concordant Literal Version

THE KINGDOM PREPARED FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD!

Matt. 25: 31a & 34- “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory,……….Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared (appointed for you from the beginning, ordained, provided) for you from the foundation of the world (“kosmos” – an orderly arrangement of government).’”

Because the Bible has just one main theme, then it is expected that there is only one gospel and it concerns this coming kingdom.

But, let’s back up and consider more in depth about this literal kingdom, since it is the basis for every other doctrine in the Bible.

November 1, 2013 Posted by | Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Precepts you must understand, The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord, The promise | Leave a comment

“Created in Christ Jesus” in Ephesians…

“Created in Christ Jesus” in Ephesians

For some years, I have been keenly interested in the doctrine of “created in Christ” and “in Christ.”  I have studied it – you could say – as a “hobby.”  I study over it for a while, then go on to something else, and then back again.  The in-between times are used for meditation upon the subject and discussion with my husband.   Recently, I was left a “handful on purpose” to glean from Ephesians, chapter two.  Remember the post, “God is making one new man – in Christ Jesus?”  I didn’t include the passages of Scripture in it; so, here is one portion for you to enjoy.

“Created in Christ Jesus” appears in verse 10 & “in Christ Jesus” in verse 13, and the word “create” appears again in verse 15 in the original language.  You won’t see it in the KJV or NAS, but it’s there.

Eph 2:10  For we are His workmanship, created(aorist tense, passive voice – means is it done to us at a point in time) in Christ Jesus  for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Eph 2:11  Therefore remember, that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands–

Eph 2:12  remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

Eph 2:13  But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Eph 2:14  For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one, and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall,

Eph 2:15  by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, that in Himself He might make (“create” – this time the verb tense is aorist, active, subjunctive.  When you see “might,” it is subjunctive; so you can read also, “might not.” ) the two into one new man, thus establishing peace,

Eph 2:16  and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.

Eph 2:17  AND HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY, AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR;

Eph 2:18  for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.  (I believe this is the “Holy Spirit of Promise” as seen in chapter 1, especially verses 13 & 14.)

Eph 2:19  So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household,

Eph 2:20  having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone,

Eph 2:21  in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord;

Eph 2:22  in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.

Now, here is the quote from the first chapter:

13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation–having also believed, you were sealed (aorist, passive, indicative) in Himwith the Holy Spirit of promise14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.

God is making one new man – a new creation – in Christ Jesus.  This new creation is neither Jew, nor Greek (Gentile), nor slave, nor free, nor male, nor female.  It is an entirely new creation descending from Abraham, as father of the promised Seed, and the chosen (elect) are created “in Christ.”  This “new man” is created for the 7th Day with a New Jerusalem for its capital city.

 

March 14, 2013 Posted by | "Seed" & "birthing", Ladies Bible Study Notes, Pages from my journal, The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord, The promise | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God is making one new man – in Christ Jesus…

God is making one new man – a new creation – in Christ Jesus – a new Israel, the Israel of God.  (Not a replacement for the Israel that now is; but a “new” Israel of God, according to Galatians 6: 15-16.)  This new creation is neither Jew, nor Greek, nor slave, nor free, nor male, nor female.  It is an entirely new creation descending from Abraham, as father of the promised Seed, and the chosen (elect) are created “in Christ.”  This “new man” is created for the 7th Day with a New Jerusalem for its capital city.

This chosen new man is to live by the faith of Abraham with righteousness exceeding any righteousness man has attempted through Moses’ law.  The Law of Liberty replaces the law given to Moses.  The Law of Liberty contains the promise of the Father of the Holy Spirit enabling works emanating from faith – the ability to please God through hearing, obeying, and living His Word concerning the Kingdom of God to come.  The Law of Liberty promises an abundant life in the age to come.

The Spirit of the Promise is received through faith – believing God in the present tense.  The New Creation, New Man in Christ, is placed into the New Covenant which our Lord made with His disciples sharing His bread and blood.  The Promise has an inheritance in the age to come – rewards accumulating and being preserved at this very moment in the heavens.

This Promise is able to impart the kingdom life in the age to come.  The Law cannot.  One must be “in Christ” to receive this life.

Those “in Christ” are required not to turn back, nor desire the country from which they are being delivered.  They are born of the “freewoman” – a barren woman who cannot conceive on her own. The “Christ ones” are born through Promise, having no labor or their own works.  They are born according to the Spirit of Promise, being made co-heirs with Christ.

“Christ ones” are to make their calling and election sure and steadfast – never taking their eyes of faith from the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus.  They are to receive the Spirit by the hearing of faith so as to bring their faith unto perfection (completion) like Abraham.  They need to be aware that they can fail of the grace of God, falling short of the Glory of God.  (It was the God of Glory who called Abraham.)

Those “under the law” cannot produce works out from faith – no justification.  They are unable to bring their faith to completion and they make the death of Christ needless.  There is no promised Seed under the law.  Christ came to confirm the promises made to the fathers and to fulfill the law.

The law was added to the Covenant of Promise to show how they were straying from the promise – the Eternal Covenant.  The law was not contrary to promise, but unable to impart life.  Everyone is under sin – but – the promise by faith in Jesus Christ is given to those believing, who no longer are under a tutor, but under the new law of liberty in Christ Jesus.

FYI:     Thayer Definition: “New” – G2537 -“kainos”

1a) as respects form – recently made, fresh, recent, unused, unworn

1b) as respects substance – of a new kind, unprecedented, novel, uncommon, unheard of

March 11, 2013 Posted by | "Seed" & "birthing", Galatians, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Precepts you must understand, The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord, The promise | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Perhaps the most hated doctrine….

The kingdom was present during our Lord’s ministry in a “mysterious” form, rejected by Israel, and will be realized fully upon His return – which must include a resurrection of the dead.  He is the firstborn from the dead so that He can have many brethren.

The teaching of resurrection was much hated and scorned then – and now!  It means we will have to give an account of our lived lives now; and for some, this is no pleasant thought.  But, concerning Abraham, there is a certain supper where he will be present in his resurrected body:

Mt 8:11 “And I say to you, that many shall come from east and west, and recline [at the table] with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven;

Mt 22:32 ‘I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”

Mr 12:26 “But regarding the fact that the dead rise again, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the [passage about the burning] bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB’?

Lu 13:28 “There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth there when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves being cast out.

January 7, 2013 Posted by | Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Necessity of Doctrine, Precepts you must understand, resurrection, The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord, The promise | , , , | 1 Comment

The Only Gospel Jesus Preached…

How Long did Jesus Preach the Gospel of the Kingdom?

His whole life on earth:

Ac 1:1 ¶ The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach,  2 until the day when He was taken up, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen.  3 To these He also presented Himself alive, after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days, and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.

Ac 1:6 ¶ And so when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?”  7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority;

Ac 1:10 And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was departing, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them;  11 and they also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”

Is the gospel really in the Old Testament?

Mr 1:1 ¶ The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER BEFORE YOUR FACE, WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY;  3 THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, ‘MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT.'”

Heb 6:11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end,  12 that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.  13 For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself,  14 saying, “I WILL SURELY BLESS YOU, AND I WILL SURELY MULTIPLY YOU.”  15 And thus, having patiently waited, he obtained the promise.

Dear girls, the gospel of the kingdom is from the beginning to the end of God’s Word; and we will be able to see – spiritually perceive – this good news through the study of Abraham.

January 6, 2013 Posted by | Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Precepts you must understand, The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord, The promise | , , | Leave a comment

Where am I?

On the little screened porch, of course….My body has been sorely mad at me.  Rusty, our dog, is glued to me; so, I am beginning to think he thnks I am going to die soon.  🙂  Also, I am getting back enough strength to study.  Ahhh, back to “normal.”  I will paste a preview of what I am working on for you.

I began this littlestudy with two lines apart from one another that intersect in the future – kinda like train tracks – takes 2 for the purpose of moving the train along, but, when viewed from a distance, the tracks join together on the horizon. By meditating and studying from the “seed plot” of the Bible, (Genesis), concerning seed bearing “after its kind,” and the resulting harvest, and then continuing throughout the Bible until 1Jo 3:9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God, resulted into a study that blesses me with 2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (KJV)

Sound doctrine will always affect our manner of life, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, and endurance. (See 2 Timothy 3:10)

(I have written concerning that word, “sound.” It literally means “healthy.” Healthy doctrine keeps us fit for His Kingdom and Glory. https://searchfortreasure.wordpress.com/2009/09/11/filling-our-plates-with-healthy-doctrine/

https://searchfortreasure.wordpress.com/2010/12/08/posts-will-be-a-little-sparse/

https://searchfortreasure.wordpress.com/2009/09/10/free-healthwise-expo/

https://searchfortreasure.wordpress.com/category/about/newsy-news-random-thoughts/james/soul-salvation/

https://searchfortreasure.wordpress.com/2009/09/09/whats-in-a-word-2/

Well, that’s enough of URLs. There were more. Must be a favorite of mine!)

 

May 18, 2012 Posted by | "Seed" & "birthing", Ladies Bible Study Notes, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Pages from my journal, The promise | Leave a comment

The Promise, Resurrection, Hope and Salvation in the 7th Day…

I need to do something for ya’ll that was brought to my attention today as I was reading my own notes, attempting to discern where I had left off in the “Gospel and Kingdom” series I was writing before the holidays.  I had given you an URL to some notes on this blog to click on and said there were seven parts.  Couldn’t find this reference anywhere!  However, I did find them on my laptop and will past them here for you that might benefit from them.  I will be a rather long post.  God Bless each of you!

Where is the promise of His coming?

I feel it necessary to remind us of something. We easily talk of the coming kingdom age in our church and fellowship. We know that it holds rewards as well as judgment. We even know of what’s called, “kingdom exclusion.” The coming 7th day is what the scriptures are all about. “Salvation” pertains to the 7th day. Approved, unapproved, rejected, etc. all refer to the 7th day. For 6,000 years God has been creating His “new creation” – those created in the Last Adam, “in Christ,” – to occupy the earth as the first Adam was meant to do. This will begin on the 7th day of judgment for 1,000 years, then the present messiah, satan, will be loosed and ultimately thrown into the lake of fire, bringing in the 8th day of the new beginning of the new heavens and the new earth. Oh, my! I just Love the Lord and His plans! He gives us this life now, to not love in the least, preparing us for salvation in the coming life in that 7th Day. He will need righteous judges who know how to wield a rod of iron. He will need co-regents, rulers over cities, and a host of government “employees.” And, He will need servants. Just look at the governments of countries today – they will ALL be replaced!

False teachers say, “Where is the promise of His coming?” Well, let’s see at what they are scoffing.

2Pe 3:3 ¶ Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with [their] mocking, following after their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For [ever] since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” (NAS)

2Pe 3:3Know (present, active participle – “ginosko” – signifies to be taking in knowledge, to come to know and understand completely – Vine) this (in the Greek, “this” is the first word in this sentence- ) first (in time, space, order of importance) of all, that in the last (farther-est, utmost extreme) days, mockers (“scoffing scoffers”) will come with [their] mocking, following (departing, walking in the general activities of life) after (according to) their own lusts (cravings, longings), 4and saying (“lego” -to lay forth, speak), Where is (present indicative) the promise (nominative – making “the promise” the subject of their scoffing) of His coming (“presence”)? For [ever] since ( after verbs of motion from a place,) the fathers (Do not let this word “fathers” slip from the emphasis it has in this verse! (ACTS 13:32 – “And we preach to you the good news of the promise made to the fathers,) fell asleep, all(each and every, or collectively) continues just (lit.: “all is continuing thus”) as it was from the beginning of creation.(“ordinance” in 1 Peter 2:13 – be subject to every “ordinance” of man)

I hope you can make sense of how I have presented the verses above. I have put the explanation in green, while the words in the verses remain black. Read it again, just in case.

The scoffers were scoffing concerning the PROMISE – not the “second coming” as we usually think of it. The “promise” most definitely includes the presence of our Lord in the coming kingdom – but, they were scoffing about the promise of life in the age to come – of living without the lusts of our flesh now so as to attain this life, and the judgment that this “presence” would entail. Verse 5 goes on to say that they are WILLINGLY ignorant concerning the promise. They refuse knowledge of being hurt of the second death in the lake of fire – of not even being allowed entrance, much less participation in the coming kingdom.

But, even more than that – they mock, scoff at the “promise made to the fathers.” The subject in the original language is “the promise.”

 What is the promise?

The promise to inherit the world

Romans 4:13 The promise (this noun is nominative – meaning the subject of the verse.) to the Abraham and his descendants (“the seed”), that they should inherit (one who obtains a lot or portion) the world (“order,” arrangement” – the kosmos)

From the CLV:”…the promise to the Abraham or to the seed of him to be enjoyer of the allotment of the world system.” (The world’s systems are made up of governments.)

Acts 17:31 “…He [God] has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” (One importance of the resurrection is in a nutshell here!)

I’ve got to tell you about a book I was reading about the registered church in China. It is against the law to speak or teach about the resurrection because it means there will be a change in government! The governments of the world do not want to be overthrown – but there is coming a day……

The blessing of Abraham

Galatians 3:14,22 That (“hina” means, “in order that” – refers back to previous verses) the blessing (“eulogia”) of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through(lit:”en”) Jesus Christ;(lit: “Christ Jesus”) that (“hina”) we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (Luke 24:49, And, behold, I send forth the promise of My Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”)22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin,(“to miss the mark”) that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given (given freely – but in subjunctive case) to them that believe (present tense – meaning they constantly live a life of faith (in the age to come) and are able to please God).

CLV – “But the Scripture locks up all together under sin, that the promise out of Jesus Christ’s faith may be given to those who are believing.”

This is the promise – age-lasting life

1 John 2:25 And this is the promise(nominative)that he hath promised us, even eternal life [aionios zoe age-lasing life]. Young’s: 1Jn 2:25 “and this is the promise that He did promise us–the life the age-during.”

In Acts 1:4-8, The Promise is related to being baptized in the Holy Spirit. “4, And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not separate themselves from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, “which,”saith He, “ye… heard of Me. 5, Because John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit [gifts] not after these many days.” 6, When they therefore were come together, they were questioning Him, saying, “Lord, Thou dost in this time set up again the kingdom to Israel?” 7, And He said unto them, “It is not yours to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His Own authority. 8, But ye shall receive power, after that THE Holy Spirit [The Giver] is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses of Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and as far as the uttermost part of the earth.”

 Glory, honour, and immortality in the life/age to come:

Romans 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality (lit: “incorruption”), eternal life:

To inherit the kingdom

James 2:5 Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? (NIV)

 At His coming

Matthew 25:31,34,46 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 46 …the righteous into life eternal [life age-lasting].

 Kingdom exclusion

2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when (lit:”in”) the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven(singular)with his mighty angels,(“the angels of His power) 8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know(“oido”, will include Vine’s note concerning this word later, however consider this: they willfully did not know God.) not God, and that obey(this word mostly translated “hear” It is present active)) not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: (Earlier post about the only gospel Jesus taught: https://searchfortreasure.wordpress.com/2010/05/13/what-jesus-taught/)

 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting [age-lasting] destruction (Bengal – “driven far from His presence.” – RWP – “pay the penalty) [“and exclusion,” RSV] from the presence (visage) of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; 

Nothing new about Scoffing at unfulfilled prophecies:

Jeremiah 17:15 They keep saying to me, “Where is the word of the LORD? Let it now be fulfilled!”

Malachi 2:17 Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?

The Promise” is the reason the scoffers are scoffing. There must be a resurrection in order for God to be the “God of the living.” And, the resurrection means a change in power. Here are just a few references to resurrection. Read them. Read them in context. Believe them.

Mt 22:31 “But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read that which was spoken to you by God, saying, 32 ‘I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”

(Luk 14:14) and you will be blessed, since they do not have the means to repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

(Luk 20:35) but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage;

(Luk 20:36) for neither can they die anymore, for they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.

(Joh 5:29) and shall come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.

I have already given you the references for “resurrection” in Acts. You will see, easily, that it is the subject in this early “elect” church: https://searchfortreasure.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/letters-to-theophilus-part-7/(Php 3:11) in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

(1Pe 1:3) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

(Rev 20:6) Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

Acts 23:6 ¶ But perceiving that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, Paul [began] crying out in the Council, “Brethren, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees; I am on trial for the hope and resurrection of the dead!”

 The Resurrection is a hope…

Acts 24:15 having a hope in God, which these men cherish themselves, that there shall certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.

Acts 26:6 “And now I am standing trial for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers; 7 [the promise] to which our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly serve [God] night and day. And for this hope, O King, I am being accused by Jews.

Rom 5:2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.(Faith works through grace for the purpose of exulting in the hope of participation in God’s glory enabled by resurrection.)

Rom 8:24 For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one also hope for what he sees? (“Saved” has to do with deliverance in participation in the coming reign of our LORD.)

Rom 8:25 But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.

Rom 12:12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,

Eph 1:18 [I pray that] the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

Eph 2:12 [remember] that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

Eph 4:4 [There is] one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;

Col 1:27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Keep in mind that glory refers to our LORD entering His coming kingdom.)

1Th 5:8 But since we are of [the] day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.

1Ti 4:10 For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.

Tit 1:2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago,

Tit 2:13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus;

Tit 3:7 that being justified by His grace we might be made heirs according to [the] hope of eternal life.

1Pe 1:3 ¶ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,(This verse really puts it in a nutshell!)

1Pe 1:13 ¶ Therefore, gird your minds for action, keep sober [in spirit,] fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

1Pe 1:21 who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

1Pe 3:15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always [being] ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;

1Jo 3:3 And everyone who has this hope [fixed] on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

 

January 3, 2012 Posted by | resurrection, salvation in the 7th Day, The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord, The promise | 1 Comment

The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord Jesus, the Christ

Below will be the whole series of this subject up to this point.  I have removed the inserted dates and parts.  This will be long.  It is 29 pages in the size font I have used.  I will also put the whole document in a file.  You are welcomed to copy and use in any way.  This is not the end of my notes on the subject.  They are presently in handwritten form and as time alows, I will continue this series.  The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord Jesus, the Christ

 THE KINGDOM and GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS, THE CHRIST

 I desire to do a little study that might help those who do not acknowledge the literal kingdom of our Lord Jesus, the Christ, in the age to come; and that there is only one gospel concerning this age. Some accept there is coming a kingdom for a thousand years, and and also a judgment seat of Christ which, in their thinking (traditions), is essentially a reward seat.

To some, the Kingdom of God is His kingdom in their hearts – on the throne of their hearts – and their heart makes Him Lord of their life or they are not saved.

The King James version helps with the above-mentioned error. For example:

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 17:21Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

First, notice to whom the Lord is speaking – the Pharisees! They were the ones who attempted to catch our Lord in a fault, were hypocrites, sowing leaven, of whom the Lord warned His disciples to beware, etc. Could the Kingdom of God be “within” with the Lord on the throne of their hearts? So this verse completely goes against the view, that the kingdom of God is within the hearts of people that have accepted Jesus as the Messiah, because the only time in the scripture that it is used, it is used in reference to those that had rejected Jesus to be the Christ.

Let’s take a look at the word, “within.” The Greek word is, “entos,” with its base being the Greek word, “en” – “a fixed position in time, place or state.” Your Bible, most likely, has a note in the margins that reads, “among you” or “in your midst,” which are far better translations.

The Lord is speaking of the presence of the kingdom, not what, or to whom the kingdom is within.

Jesus, the Son of God was the King of Israel (John 1:49). He was preaching to the Jewish people the kingdom of God was at hand. It was being offered to the nation of Israel on the condition of repentance and accepting Him as the Messiah. He was claiming to have the full absolute authority to establish the kingdom in their midst upon the acceptance of Him. He proved His claim by demonstrating the power of the kingdom by supernatural and miraculous signs. One of those signs was His full authority over the demonic realm.

Jesus commanded His apostles:

Matthew 10:7-8

7And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

The King had come unto His own, and His own received Him not. The King of the Jews was in their midst; however, He did not claim the title deed to the earth before returning to His Father as our High Priest. His present office is one as High Priest. (Now, that’s a wonderful doctrine to study!)

And, here is an interesting incident concerning Joseph and our Lord’s burial. Pay attention for what Joseph was waiting:

Luk 23:50 And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man, and a just:

Luk 23:51 (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God.

This good man is still waiting! All kingdoms in the Bible have an outward manifestation – literal. There were the northern and southern kingdoms of Israel, the kingdom of the Medes and Persians, etc. The kingdom of David will have a seed upon his throne. Our Lord’s kingdom must be literal one. There is no other foundation upon which to build or hope – or faith. The government will be upon His shoulders and He will need a co-regent, officers, governors, and servants. This is the only subject of the Bible from beginning to end. Don’t miss it.

Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

 

God created Government

(Col 1:16) For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-all things were created through him and for him.

(Eph 6:12) For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

 

God gave man the responsibility to “have dominion” over His creation.

(Gen 1:26) Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

(Gen 1:28) And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

 

God’s Plan is an Administration

When God was creating – before God created – He had a plan, a “secret” plan, “mystery,” hidden away in Himself – The Great “I AM,” – Elohim. And, when He said, “Let there be light,” it has spiritual and literal implications for you and me!! This plan was “hidden away from the ages” in Himself. This plan includes an ADMINISTRATION! And, now is being made know to ALL His creation.

Eph 3:9 and to enlighten all as to what is the administration of the secret, which has been concealed from the eons in God, Who creates all,

Eph 3:10 that now may be made known to the sovereignties and the authorities among the celestials, through the ecclesia, the multifarious wisdom of God, Eph 3:11 in accord with the purpose of the eons (ages), which He makes in Christ Jesus, our Lord;” CLV – Concordant Literal Version

 

THE KINGDOM PREPARED FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD!

 

Matt. 25: 31a & 34- “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory,……….Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared (appointed for you from the beginning, ordained, provided) for you from the foundation of the world (“kosmos” – an orderly arrangement of government).’”

Because the Bible has just one main theme, then it is expected that there is only one gospel and it concerns this coming kingdom.

But, let’s back up and consider more in depth about this literal kingdom, since it is the basis for every other doctrine in the Bible.

 

The Expectations of Jews in the New Testament

 

John, the Baptist’s Father, ZachariasLuk 1:67-80And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, 68 Blessed bethe Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, 69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; 70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: 71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; 72To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; 73 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, 75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. 76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; 77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, 78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, 79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. 80 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.

Simeon:Luk 2:25And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. 26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

Mar 15:43Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.

AnnaLuk 2:36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; 37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. 38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

 

Two Disciples – Luk 24:21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.

 

Zacchaeus – and the disciples: Luk 19:11And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.

 

To the Church:Rev 3:21To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

 

40 Days after resurrection – Act 1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

Perfectly natural for disciples to ask the above question because:

Act 1:3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

 

THE PROMISE

1Ki 9:5Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised to David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel.

1Ch 28:2 Then David the king stood up upon his feet, and said, Hear me, my brethren, and my people: As for me, I had in mine heart to build an house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and for the footstool of our God, and had made ready for the building:

1Ch 28:5 And of all my sons, (for the LORD hath given me many sons,) he hath chosen Solomon my son to sit upon the throne of the kingdom of the LORD over Israel.

6 And he said unto me, Solomon thy son, he shall build my house and my courts: for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father.

7 Moreover I will establish his kingdom for ever, if he be constant to do my commandments and my judgments, as at this day.

8 Now therefore in the sight of all Israel the congregation of the LORD, and in the audience of our God, keep and seek for all the commandments of the LORD your God: that ye may possess this good land, and leave it for an inheritance for your children after you for ever.

2Ch 9:8 Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee to set thee on his throne, to beking for the LORD thy God: because thy God loved Israel, to establish them for ever, therefore made he thee king over them, to do judgment and justice.

The Throne of Israel is the Throne of God1Ki 10:9 Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the LORD loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and justice.

His Kingdom will not be conducted as the world kingdoms, who fight for prominence or invent social reforms:

Joh 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

Joh 18:37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

  • The New Testament faith is rooted in the hope of Israel.
  • David’s throne must be re-established for Christ to take the throne.
  • David’s throne is never in heaven. It will be in Jerusalem, on earth.

REALLY, REALLY GOOD NEWS: Micah 4:1-5 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.

2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.

5 For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.

MORE GOOD NEWS: Zec 14:9And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.

At the center of Jesus Christ’s ministry was the

message of the kingdom of God

Luke 4:43 He (Jesus) said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.”

From the beginning…

Mark 1:1;14-15 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; 14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel

Matthew 4:17,23 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

Luke 8:1 Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him.

John 6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life age-lasting life or kingdom life.

To the end

Acts 1:3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion [or suffering & death] by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

 

Jesus’ preaching of the kingdom of God confirmed

the promises made unto the fathers

Romans 15:8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers.

 

The kingdom of God that Jesus preached referred to

the land promised unto Abraham

Genesis 15:7 Then He said to him (Abraham), “I am the LORD, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it.”

Genesis 28:4 And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.

Acts 7:2,4-5 And he said, “Brethren and fathers, listen: The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia…4 “Then he came out of the land of the Chaldeans and dwelt in Haran. And from there, when his father was dead, He moved him to this land in which you now dwell. 5 “And God gave him no inheritance in it, not even enough to set his foot on. But even when Abraham had no child, He promised to give it to him for a possession, and to his descendants after him.

Hebrews 11:13 These all (including Abraham) died in faith, not having received the promises…”

Galatians 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. 5:21…as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Romans 4:13 The promise to Abraham and his descendants, that they should inherit the world, did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. (RSV)

Matthew 25:31,34 Jesus said, “Whenthe Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

Luke 13:28-29 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. 29 And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.

Psalm 37:9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.

Matthew 5:5 Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”

 

The kingdom of God which Jesus preached referred to

Daniel’s prophesy of God’s kingdom on earth

Daniel 2:44 And in the days of these kings [the dignitaries of human government existing at the time of Jesus’ future Coming] shall the God of heaven set up akingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms (on earth), and it shall stand for ever.

Daniel 7:13,14,18,22,27 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. 14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and akingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.18 But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever. 22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. 27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

 

Jesus claimed to be “the son of man” that Daniel described as

the conquering ruler of the kingdom of God

Mark 14:53,61-65 And they led Jesus away to the high priest: and with him were assembled all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes. 61 But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? 62 And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of mansitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. 63 Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What need we any further witnesses? 64 Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death. 65 And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy: and the servants did strike him with the palms of their hands.

 

The apostles & disciples of Jesus preached the kingdom

Matthew 10:5-7These twelveJesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand

Luke 9:1-2Then he called his twelve disciplestogether, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. 2 And he sent them topreach the kingdom of God

Luke 10:1,9 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. 9 And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.

Luke 9:59-60 And he (Jesus) said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. 60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.

 

The kingdom that Jesus preached is to be the NT churches message until the kingdom comes at the end of the age

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Mark 16:15 And He (Jesus) said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel (of the kingdom) to every creature (Jew and Gentile). 16 “He who believes and is baptized will be saved (into the kingdom); but he who does not believe will be condemned.

 

The same gospel of the kingdom Jesus preached

was confirmed unto the NT churches

Hebrews 2:3,5 How shall we (Christians) escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord (the gospel of the kingdom of God), and was confirmed unto us (Christians in the NT Church) by them that heard him (the apostles); 5 For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection [or rulership] the world to come [or the coming habitable earth, Rotherham], whereof we speak.

 

The apostle Peter preached the kingdom

Acts 2:38-39 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of [or from] the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise [to inherit the kingdom, Rom.4:13; Jam.2:5] is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

 

Peter’s main focus in His teaching was the coming kingdom

2 Peter 1:15-18 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance. 16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty (Mt.16:28-17:2). 17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory (the characteristics of a King), when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount (the Son of man coming in his kingdom, Mt.16:28).

 

Philip preached the kingdom of God

Acts 8:5,12 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. 12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

 

The apostle Paul’s ministry was centered around

the gospel of the kingdom of God

From the beginning

Acts 14:21 And when they (Paul & Barnabus) had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, 22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

Acts 19:8 And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.

To the end

Acts 28:23,30-31 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, 31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

 

Paul’s one gospel

Acts 20:24-25 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. 25 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.

Galatians 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

 

The last book of the Bible ends with the fulfillment of

the coming of the kingdom of our Lord

Revelation 11:15 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever.” (RSV)

 

The King of kings returns to earth

Revelation 19:11,16 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

 

The saints are raised to reign with Christ in His kingdom

for a thousand years

Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

 

Here comes my favorite! I LOVE Hebrews! This gem of a book is plain and simple when one has studied and received the first 11 parts in this series. As you read chapter 2:1-13, you will hear the echos of all the other references you have studied:

Heb 2:1 ¶ For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away [from it.]

2 For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense,

3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard,

4 God also bearing witness with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.

5 ¶ For He did not subject to angels the world to come, concerning which we are speaking.

6 But one has testified somewhere, saying, “WHAT IS MAN, THAT THOU REMEMBEREST HIM? OR THE SON OF MAN, THAT THOU ART CONCERNED ABOUT HIM?

7 “THOU HAST MADE HIM FOR A LITTLE WHILE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS; THOU HAST CROWNED HIM WITH GLORY AND HONOR, AND HAST APPOINTED HIM OVER THE WORKS OF THY HANDS;

8 THOU HAST PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET.” For in subjecting all things to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him. But now we do not yet see all things subjected to him.

9 But we do see Him who has been made for a little while lower than the angels, [namely,] Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.

10 ¶ For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.

11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one [Father]; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,

12 saying, “I WILL PROCLAIM THY NAME TO MY BRETHREN, IN THE MIDST OF THE CONGREGATION I WILL SING THY PRAISE.”

13 And again, “I WILL PUT MY TRUST IN HIM.” And again, “BEHOLD, I AND THE CHILDREN WHOM GOD HAS GIVEN ME.” (NAS)

 

There is no gospel without the kingdom. A bold statement, for sure; but the gospel message begins with the kingdom – not His death. Hebrews 2:3 says, “how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard,”

Talk about bold language, take a look at this: 1Ti 6:3 “If anyone advocates a different doctrine, and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, 4 he is conceited [and] understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.”

It behooves us to observe the Lord’s “good news” – His very words and witness. Consider:

Mt 4:17 “From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” And, in verse 23, His message is “gospel of the kingdom.” Mt 4:23 ¶ “And [Jesus] was going about in all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.” His death is not mentioned until chapter 16.

Let’s look at some more:

Mr 1:1 Ҧ The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Mr 1:14 And after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Lu 4:43 But He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose. Why preach to cities? In short, to announce the Good News of a Coming Government upon the shoulders of the very Son of God.

The Good News of the coming Kingdom of God must be received and believed, after one (or a whole city, i.e. Nineveh) has repented. Matthew 13 calls this Gospel like a “seed” – a new beginning – upon four kinds of soil.

For today, let us contemplate, meditate upon, and receive the following in the light of the above references:

Lu 6:46 “And why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 “Everyone who comes to Me, and hears My words, and acts upon them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when a flood rose, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. 49But the one who has heard, and has not acted [accordingly,] is like a man who built a house upon the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.” (NASB)

 

I hear y’all—-”Why have I never been told this is the Gospel?”

More importantly, now that you have been told, why not believe it! Why not study the Scriptures, now, and believe what you read there?

In light of the references mentioned in the previous part of this series, consider this message given to Joseph: Mt 1:21 “And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins.” “Save” – being saved – has to do with the coming kingdom of our Lord and the message He proclaimed! (review Hebrews 2:3 – “how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord…”)Matthew’s account is profoundly full and poignant with the Gospel of the Kingdom. The main focus of chapters 5-7 is the Kingdom:

Mt 5:1 ¶ And when He saw the multitudes, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. 2 And opening His mouth He [began] to teach them, saying, 3 ¶ “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5 “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.

Mt 5:10 “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Mt 5:19 “Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and so teaches others, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches [them,] he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness surpasses [that] of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Mt 6:33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.

And, please consider the following verse carefully. God says what He means and means what He says. There is nothing to be read between the lines.

Mt 7:21 ¶ “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.

 

The announcement of salvation to “His people” was necessary because Israel was “lost.” Mt 10:5 ¶ These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them, saying, “Do not go in [the] way of [the] Gentiles, and do not enter [any] city of the Samaritans 6 but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 “And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’

They were in need of the “Chief Shepherd.” The disciples were to preach the same message as Jesus did. This “Salvation in the 7th Day” was first offered to Israel. They rejected Him and His Salvation. The SAME gospel message was then given to the Gentiles. This is a crucial point. Paul, Peter, Jude, John, the writer of Hebrews, ALL contain the very same gospel, salvation, and participation in the coming kingdom as was offered to Israel. A few references from Romans 9 will suffice for now. I encourage a thorough study of chapters 9 – 11.

Rom. 9:23 And [He did so] in order that He might make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, 24 [even] us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles. 25 ¶ As He says also in Hosea, “I WILL CALL THOSE WHO WERE NOT MY PEOPLE, ‘MY PEOPLE,’ AND HER WHO WAS NOT BELOVED, ‘BELOVED.'” 26 “AND IT SHALL BE THAT IN THE PLACE WHERE IT WAS SAID TO THEM, ‘YOU ARE NOT MY PEOPLE,’ THERE THEY SHALL BE CALLED SONS OF THE LIVING GOD.” 27 And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, “THOUGH THE NUMBER OF THE SONS OF ISRAEL BE AS THE SAND OF THE SEA, IT IS THE REMNANT THAT WILL BE SAVED; 28 FOR THE LORD WILL EXECUTE HIS WORD UPON THE EARTH, THOROUGHLY AND QUICKLY.”

Also, consider these references:

Mt 22:1 ¶ And Jesus answered and spoke to them again in parables, saying, 2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king, who gave a wedding feast for his son. 3 “And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come. 4 “Again he sent out other slaves saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fattened livestock are [all] butchered and everything is ready; come to the wedding feast.”‘ 5 “But they paid no attention and went their way, one to his own farm, another to his business, 6 and the rest seized his slaves and mistreated them and killed them. 7 “But the king was enraged and sent his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and set their city on fire. 8 “Then he *said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 9 ‘Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find [there,] invite to the wedding feast.’

Mt 23:13 ¶ “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from men; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.

Mt 21:43 “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and be given to a nation (same Greek word as “Gentile”) producing the fruit of it.

Paul turns from the Jews to the Gentiles with the same gospel:

Acts 18:5 But when Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul [began] devoting himself completely to the word, solemnly testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. 6 And when they resisted and blasphemed, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood [be] upon your own heads! I am clean. From now on I shall go to the Gentiles.

(See: https://searchfortreasure.wordpress.com/2009/10/30/philippians-and-the-day-of-christ/

for posts about the Salvation in the 7th Day. There are 6 parts in all.)

 

Hear ye Him” Mt 17:5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. (KJV)

Sons of the Kingdom –

Mt 8:11 “And I say to you, that many shall come from east and west, and recline [at the table] with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven; 12 but the sons of the kingdom shall be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Workers Needed for the “Harvest” concerning the Kingdom –

Mt 9:35 ¶ And Jesus was going about all the cities and the villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. 36 And seeing the multitudes, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then He *said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 38 “Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” (NASB)

The Message of the Disciples Same as The Lord’s –

Mt 10:7“And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’

The Matthew Parables ALL Concern the Kingdom –

Mt 13:10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” 11 And He answered and said to them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.

These parables concerning the Kingdom of Heaven (“Kingdom of God” is used interchangeably.) are contained in mysteries granted to disciples and not to the great multitudes. “Seed” equals reception to the “Sower” and His message of the Word of the Kingdom.

I will wait while you read the whole chapter for yourself.

Luke 8 is the Lord’s teaching the Kingdom, also –

Lu 8:1 ¶ And it came about soon afterwards, that He [began] going about from one city and village to another, proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God; and the twelve were with Him,

Lu 8:18 “Therefore take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him shall [more] be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him.”

Tomorrow, I think I will write a little concerning “mystery.” Now, go read Luke, chapter 8…

 

Paul’s gospel was of the kingdom and glory, as was our Lord’s.

Ro 1:1 ¶ Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called [as] an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, 4 who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord,

Ac 20:24 “But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, in order that I may finish my course, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God. 25 “And now, behold, I know that all of you, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom, will see my face no more. 26 “Therefore I testify to you this day, that I am innocent of the blood of all men. 27 “For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God.

1 Corinthians 2, verse 7, from the New English Bible reads like this: “His secret purpose framed from the very beginning is to bring us to our full glory.”

Mystery” has to do with God’s wisdom and purpose, explained (revealed) privately to you by our Lord, the Holy Spirit. Let me paste some verses from 1 Cor. 2, for you.

1Co 2:3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. 4 And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. 6 ¶ Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; 7 but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden [wisdom,] which God predestined before the ages to our glory; 8 [the wisdom] which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory;(Rom. 1:4 is helpful here.) 9 but just as it is written, “THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND [which] HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.” 10 For to us (the mature) God revealed [them] through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.

Verse 13 of this chapter, in the Diaglot of the original language, reads like this: “not by teachings of human reason in words, but by teachings of spirit to spiritual ones, spiritual things explaining.” Our spirit apprehends directly!Reasonings, deductions, and doubts prevent the seed of the word of the kingdom from taking root, growing, and bearing fruit. We know in the spirit of our minds. The mind can think and deduce, but “knowing” takes place in our spirit. (Eph. 4:23)

1Co 2:11 For who among men knows the [thoughts] of a man except the spirit of the man, which is in him? Even so the [thoughts] of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God, 13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual [thoughts] with spiritual [words.] 14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. 15 But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no man.

1Co 2:16 For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE SHOULD INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ. (NASB)

Mysteries are revealed wisdom

1Co 2:10 For to us God revealed [them] through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.

 

https://searchfortreasure.wordpress.com/2011/04/18/ehpesians-39/

https://searchfortreasure.wordpress.com/2011/04/19/wisdom/

https://searchfortreasure.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/wisdom-contd/

The above URLs connect to some posts about “wisdom” and “mystery.”

Now, today, I want to point out once more the word, “saved,” in connection with believing the Word of the Kingdom, which is the Word of God. Luke chapter 8, is a good example.

Lu 8:1 ¶ And it came about soon afterwards, that He [began] going about from one city and village to another, proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God; and the twelve were with Him,

Lu 8:4 ¶ And when a great multitude were coming together, and those from the various cities were journeying to Him, He spoke by way of a parable: 5 “The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside the road; and it was trampled under foot, and the birds of the air ate it up. 6 “And other [seed] fell on rocky [soil,] and as soon as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. 7 “And other [seed] fell among the thorns; and the thorns grew up with it, and choked it out. 8 “And other [seed] fell into the good soil, and grew up, and produced a crop a hundred times as great.” As He said these things, He would call out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” 9 And His disciples [began] questioning Him as to what this parable might be. 10 And He said, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest [it is] in parables, in order that SEEING THEY MAY NOT SEE, AND HEARING THEY MAY NOT UNDERSTAND. 11 “Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God. 12 “And those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 “And those on the rocky [soil are] those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no [firm] root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away. 14 “And the [seed] which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of [this] life, and bring no fruit to maturity. 15 “And the [seed] in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.

(Oh, I do hope you read all the long passages printed. Have you noticed that there are not a lot of comments needed. The Scriptures speak for themselves.)

Did you see it? The Word of the Kingdom has to be believed to be saved? Read it again, if necessary.

 

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.

 

I have written about these doctrines in previous posts and am persuaded that pasting them here again will aid in your (and my) learning as repetition is a great teacher.

 

GREAT SALVATION SPOKEN BY THE LORD -Oh dear – I had only thought about beginning with one verse from Hebrews, chapter 2; but the whole chapter is so helpful in understanding not only the great salvation spoken by the Lord, but the purpose of His death and high priestly ministry as well. You just gotta’ read this carefully and many times. I will need to put verse 1, from chapter 3 with chapter 2 because there should be no break.

1 ¶ For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away [from it.] 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard, 4 God also bearing witness with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will. 5 ¶ For He did not subject to angels the world (the inhabited earth) to come, concerning which we are speaking. 6 But one has testified somewhere, saying, “WHAT IS MAN, THAT THOU REMEMBEREST HIM? OR THE SON OF MAN, THAT THOU ART CONCERNED ABOUT HIM? 7 “THOU HAST MADE HIM FOR A LITTLE WHILE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS; THOU HAST CROWNED HIM WITH GLORY AND HONOR, AND HAST APPOINTED HIM OVER THE WORKS OF THY HANDS; 8 THOU HAST PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET.” For in subjecting all things to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him. But now we do not yet see all things subjected to him. 9 But we do see Him who has been made for a little while lower than the angels, [namely,] Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. 10 ¶ For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings. 11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one [Father]; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 saying, “I WILL PROCLAIM THY NAME TO MY BRETHREN, IN THE MIDST OF THE CONGREGATION I WILL SING THY PRAISE.” 13 And again, “I WILL PUT MY TRUST IN HIM.” And again, “BEHOLD, I AND THE CHILDREN WHOM GOD HAS GIVEN ME.” 14 ¶ Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 and might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. 16 For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham. 17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted. Heb 3:1 ¶ Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession. (NASB)

1Ti 6:3 If anyone advocates a different doctrine, and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, 1Ti 6:4 he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions,

THE GOSPEL OF HIS SON

Ro 1:1 ¶ Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning His Son, who was born of a seed of David according to the flesh, 4 who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles, for His name’s sake, 6 among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ; 7 to all who are beloved of God in Rome, called as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 8 ¶ First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world. 9 For God, whom I serve in my spirit in the preaching of the gospel of His Son, is my witness as to how unceasingly I make mention of you,

I have underlined some key phrases that you need to notice for your study. Paul preached the gospel of His Son. The Lord proclaimed the “so great salvation.” Paul said in Romans, as well as 2 Timothy that he preached the gospel of God’s Son according to the seed of David: 2Ti 2:8 “¶ Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, seed of David, according to my gospel,”

The Promise:

Isa 9:6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

Isa 9:7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.

Read all above passages again – carefully. Then this one:

1Ti 6:3 If anyone advocates a different doctrine, and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, 4 he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions,

Paul spoke the gospel of The Son – the words spoken by the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Words of our Lord, Jesus, the Christ…”

Jesus preached the gospel. We must agree with Jesus Christ: (1Tim 6:3) If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, eventhe words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

(1Tim 6:4) He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

(Matt 4:17) From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

(Matt 4:23) And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

Repent means that grasping the teaching of the kingdom, you order your life (style) accordingly. Turn around. Change your way of thinking. The teaching of the kingdom was before the cross.

(Matt 24:13) But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

(Matt 24:14) And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

(Acts 14:22) Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

(John 6:63) It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

(John 6:68) Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.

Now you know! Jesus’ words are spirit and life for the age to come – which is what Jesus preached – “…the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” And, He preached to cities, meaning there would be a new government.

Believe His Words” –

I hope you believed the scriptures you read because you discovered that Jesus is not the gospel, but, that He proclaimed the gospel – the gospel of the kingdom – and, that to receive Him meant that you believe His words, His message.

(John 1:11) He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. (John 1:12) But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, (John 1:13) who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

Jesus preached the kingdom of God to CITIES, signifying a change of government, the government of God. (Luke 4:43) And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent.

Jesus was the messenger of the covenant:(Mal 3:1) Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

You also read verses from the first chapter of Acts, and you probably are familiar with the second chapter of Acts. Keeping in context, what is chapter two about? What is being preached, then? The Kingdom! The context of Jesus’ teachings and message did not change – Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Mt. 10:7). Now, read chapter two and you will understand what is actually happening! What did they have to do? (Acts 2:41) Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. (We know already what “His Word” was/is.)

(Acts 8:5) Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.

(Acts 8:12) But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

(Acts 11:1) And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 12, 2011 Posted by | Learning to read - accurately, Precepts you must understand, The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord, The promise | Leave a comment

The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord, part 22…

The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, part 22…

Believe His Words” – from May 15, 2010:

Yesterday, I hope you believed the scriptures you read because you discovered that Jesus is not the gospel, but, that He proclaimed the gospel – the gospel of the kingdom – and, that to receive Him meant that you believe His words, His message.

(John 1:11) He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. (John 1:12) But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, (John 1:13) who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

Jesus preached the kingdom of God to CITIES, signifying a change of government, the government of God. (Luke 4:43) And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent.

Jesus was the messenger of the covenant:(Mal 3:1) Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

Yesterday, you also read verses from the first chapter of Acts, and you probably are familiar with the second chapter of Acts. Keeping in context, what is chapter two about? What is being preached, then? The Kingdom! The context of Jesus’ teachings and message did not change – Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Mt. 10:7). Now, read chapter two and you will understand what is actually happening! What did they have to do? (Acts 2:41) Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. (We know already what “His Word” was/is.)

(Acts 8:5) Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.

(Acts 8:12) But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

(Acts 11:1) And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.

November 29, 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 | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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