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Kingdom living: As Jesus is, so am I in this world





 
I John 4:17 says that "as He is, so are we in this world."
God is love and loved the world so much that He sent Jesus on a mission to establish an entrance into His kingdom by reconciling the world back to Him through the shedding of His blood for their sins. Jesus went about demonstrating the love of the Father by preaching and teaching on the kingdom of God and healing those who had need of healing.

He called twelve to be His disciples, revealing to them the mysteries of the kingdom and demonstrating to them the power of the kingdom so that they could know how to continue teaching and building His kingdom after He left.

"Then He called His twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And He sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick." Luke 9:1,2

"And He said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily, and follow me." Luke 9:23

When He had carried His cross and hung on it to shed His blood for the remission of sins, He had accomplished his assignment, proclaiming "It is finished".. Before He ascended back to the Father, Jesus commissioned His followers to continue His teaching with these words: "Peace be unto you: as my Father has sent me, even so send I you. And when He had said this, he breathe on them and saith, unto them, Received ye the Holy Ghost." John 20:21,22

He sent His disciples out with these words , "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15

Is the message of the gospel of the kingdom being preached and taught today as Jesus and the early church taught it? How much does the average church goer today even know about the kingdom of God? I can not honestly say I've ever heard a full sermon on the kingdom of God in a church service I've attended since I have been a Christian. If so, I don't remember it. I actually first learned about it by watching a television minister. After that I began to search the scriptures to see what it said about the kingdom of God.

I lay no claims of understanding all there is to know about the kingdom of God. I am however continually seeking to learn more about it for only then can I know how to obey His command to "seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness" I must first perceive the kingdom before I can master living in it. Jesus said to Nicodemus that only those who have been born again by the Spirit can see and enter into the kingdom of God. The mysteries of the kingdom are readily opened to all those that are born of the Spirit and seek after it by faith.

He told Pilate "My kingdom is not of this world." (John 18:36)
"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." (John 18:37)

Many proclaim that Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords but how many Christians actually live under the lordship of Jesus today and seek the kingdom? I think this is because they have not been taught much about the kingdom. They do not know the mysteries of the kingdom of God nor understand how it is to operate in their lives. Jesus taught that the kingdom of God was a spiritual kingdom. It is within the believer that He rules and reigns in their hearts by His presence through the power of the Holy Spirit.

As Christ is so are we in this world. To this end we were born again and for this cause we are sent out to the world, that we should bear witness unto the truth of Christ and the kingdom of God.

We are living in the final days of the dispensation of grace when entrance into the kingdom is given to those who receive Christ by grace through faith into their hearts. His kingdom is yet spiritual but soon the King will return to fulfill the prophecy of His kingship and the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdom of our God and of His Christ. We who are citizens of His spiritual kingdom now shall rule and reign with Him in His kingdom on this earth. How we rule and reign with Him in the kingdom to come will be determined by how we have served Him in the kingdom during our days in this life.

How much do you actually know about the kingdom of God? Are you seeking His kingdom and His righteousness in your life? Are you diligently searching the scriptures to discover the mysteries of the kingdom? Only when we understand the kingdom and how it operates can we truly walk by faith and walk in the power of the Spirit. The Spirit of truth was sent by Jesus to live in us so that He can teach us all about His kingship and the kingdom. If we ask Him, He will show us how to rule and reign in this life so that we can pick up our cross and follow Jesus, walking in victory over sin as He did. Then we will be prepared to preach and teach the full gospel that He and the early church taught, the gospel of the kingdom. Then and only then will we be prepared to be over-comers in this life and reap the full reward of sitting with Him in His throne, ruling and reigning with Him in glory in the age to come.

As Christ is so are we in this world.
May the Spirit of Truth guide us into all the truth of the gospel of the kingdom so that we can fully experience all God has for us to the praise and glory of Jesus our Lord and King.
kogfamily

Posted: Apr 03 2013 07:07:41pm by Candy Thomas+
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Lum Patterson+ (@lummichaelpatterson)
Apr 03 2013 08:13:36pm
  Sister kogfamily, thank you for sharing this message. I agree hearing it taught from the pulpits of mainstream churches is rare and think this is because the Bible is taught as the instructions to man on how to live a godly life instead of as the instructions to THE Church on how to be Jesus in the world. Keep up the good work.

Yours in Christ,
Lum

Author: Candy Thomas+
Posted Apr 04 2013 05:28:19pm
  Thanks Lum!

The enemy of our souls has deceived many to think they can actually live a godly life without the power of the Holy Spirit. However, it is impossible to be anything but religious without His power. The problem has been the same throughout all time, man substitutes being religious for being truly linked to God so he can be led by the Spirit and walk in His light. We must be born again before we can see the kingdom of God, enter into it and live a Spirit controlled life based on kingdom principals. Kingdom living is a walk of grace through faith in Christ. When we are living in the kingdom paradigm, His light illuminates our way and flows through us like a candle shining brightly in a dark place.

God bless
kogfamily

John Knox+ (@watchmanjohn)
Apr 03 2013 09:04:26pm
  Well said - you may be interested to know that I blogged last year on a serious of blogs about the kingdom of God. I called them A Fresh look at the Kingdom of God.

Blessings

watchmanjohn

Author: Candy Thomas+
Posted Apr 04 2013 05:30:53pm
  Thanks watchmanjohn,

I will look up your blog series and check out what you had to say. I love to learn about the kingdom of God.

kogfamily

Dorothy von Lehe+ (@revgenlink)
Apr 06 2013 02:42:34pm
  kogfamily, you continue to write under illumination provided through the power of the Holy Spirit. I am in full agreement with your blog and that our attention should be on the Kingdom of God as recorded in Scripture and taught by Jesus. Our spiritual home is the Kingdom of God that will also become our physical home as God's plan of salvation comes to completion. Our thoughts should move away from earthly things and become focused on seeking the Kingdom of God. It would be awesome if more was being taught and understood about Kingdom principles. Glad you wrote this blog. :thumbs_up: God bless! Dorothy

Author: Candy Thomas+
Posted Apr 06 2013 05:21:09pm
  Praise the Lord, Dorothy! I am blessed by your comments. The Holy Spirit has been teaching me many, many truths about the Kingdom of God. The mysteries of the kingdom are vast and enlightening. I plan on writing much about this topic over the next few weeks as the Spirit leads. I feel that this will be edifying to the body of Christ and we will all be built up together and better focused on the importance of our fulfilling God's calling in our lives. It is by grace through faith alone that we live, breath and have our being. All that we need for life and godliness comes from Him. He is truth and the source of all truth and light. He alone is worthy of unending praise and glory in the precious name of our Lord, Savior and SOON COMING KING!

Blessings to you in abundance!

kogfamily

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