The omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, eternal, infinite, Holy, just, and loving God
offers His Kingdom!
offers His Kingdom!
On my way to write a second book in 2005 I stumbled upon the Kingdom. Stumbled and almost fell flat in fact... what is the Kingdom of God?
I had formerly written about aspects of the dark kingdom. Being impressed that I needed to write another book, I was at a loss.
God, I complained, there has to be another side. I can give testimony to what I have seen, felt, encountered and experience of the demonic side. I have never seen an angel or been to heaven; what do I write?
After a considerable time of wrestling with this issue, the answer came like a jolt. The other side is the Kingdom of God! I knew that was it. I, however, knew very little about the Kingdom of God. Thus my pursuit began, my horizons expanded, and the book was completed.
God’s Kingdom is an offer.
The entrance into that kingdom is personal and by way of a new birth.i The next step is to be a disciple, taking up the cross and following Him.ii E. Stanley Jones states:
It is a choice between the kingdom of God on earth and the kingdom of man on earth—wherever you have man at the center instead of God—mammon; self-seeking; things-seeking; pride—individual, group, race; hate; lust; lack of love (the list can be enlarged interminably). When you have something other than the kingdom of God as the center, then you are on one side and the kingdom of God is on the other and the choice has to be made.
The imperative is this: “Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things (including yourself) will be added to you.” Seek first something other than the kingdom of God and everything else, including yourself, will be subtracted from you.iii
As you surrender your will to His will, you will be on a kingdom-course with all the resources of the Kingdom behind it. It’s simple! iv
He astutely points out that the church through the centuries has lost the kingdom of God.v
The Christian Church, while it holds within itself the best life of the Kingdom, is not the kingdom of God. The Kingdom is absolute, the Church is relative – relative to something beyond itself, the Kingdom...
The Church is not an end in itself, the Kingdom is the end. Jesus never said, “May thy church come on earth as it is in heaven.” He did say, “Thy kingdom come . . . , on earth. He made the Kingdom and his will identical: “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven."iv
In the book Prophetic Ministry T. Austin Sparks addresses the Kingdom as:
A new life, a heavenly life
A new constitution with an entirely new set of capabilities
A new vocation, something for which to live, something in which to serve, something to bring into operation
A new gravitation -- to heaven, not earth. It moves you further and further away from earth.
Watchman Nee in The Glorious Church describes the Kingdom of God by stating that it is the overthrowing of the power of Satan by the power of God. Also, the Kingdom of God is the realm where God exercises His authority.
E. Stanley Jones’ book--The Unshakable Kingdom and the Unchanging Person , is one book that will create breadth and width, an expansion of your world that you probably have not experienced. His style is at times rambling, but the important thing is not his ability to outline the points. The important thing is the affect the message has on your spirit and soul.
It is like taking a deep breath and discovering the rarefied air of heaven.
Presently there is more spoken and written about the Kingdom of God than at the time I was writing. Search out the Kingdom of God for yourself and . . .
EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS
[ii] Luke 9:23; 14:27
[iii] E. Stanley Jones, 1972, Abingdon Press, The Unshakable Kingdom and the Unchanging Person P40 (emphasis added)
[iv] Ibid p80
[v] Ibid p21
[vi] Ibid p35
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