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WHY THE KINGDOM?

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by , August 11th, 2017 at 08:02 AM (136 Views)
Why The Kingdom?


Who
What
Where
When
[B]Why[/B]
How

The questions that must be answered in every news article.
Maybe they should be answered about The Kingdom of God too?
Seems important enough...

[U]WHY[/U]

If one pays attention, they'll find that Jesus spoke about two teachings.
Oddly enough, He did not speak too much about how to be saved.

He spoke about how we are to behave and He spoke about the Kingdom of God.

Before we go any further let me assure you that the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven are used interchangeably in the New Testament writings. Usually, the Kingdom of God refers to the earthly Kingdom, and the Kingdom of Heaven refers to a time in the future when the Kingdom of Heaven will be right here on earth --- when the lamb lies with the lion.

Every enlightened being ever sent by God, including Buddha and Krishna taught exactly the same things. They were concerned with letting man know how to be closer to God and to let man know how God would like us to behave --- as a human race.

No mail please; I'm not putting Jesus in the same category. However, he DID ALSO teach us many concepts and did NOT come to us only to die for our spiritual salvation. After all, if He came only to die to save us, that could have been accomplished In Nazareth when Jesus went to the synagogue and read to all from the book of Isaiah...
Luke 4:18

Luke 4:18New American Standard Bible (NASB)
18*“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives,
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set free those who are oppressed,

Right after reading, He closed the book and proclaimed:

[COLOR="#000080"]Luke 4:21New American Standard Bible (NASB)
21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your [a]hearing.”[/COLOR]

The men got very angry with Him and wanted to throw Jesus off the cliff near the town.
Or, He could have gone to Jerusalem sooner and died there sooner.

Instead His ministry lasted over 3 years.

Why?

Because Jesus had things He wanted to tell us.

He wanted to tell us that THE KINGDOM OF GOD starts right here on earth.
He wanted us to know that we could have the spirit of God in us and that we could belong to The Kingdom.

Jesus wanted our world to be a better place. He wanted to teach us how to change ourselves internally so that we could become more Chirst-like. God created us in His image. That means that we are like God in many ways – we have His attributes – although we are not perfect as he is.

However, we could put these attributes to good use. Jesus felt that if enough persons could come to believe in The Kingdom, earth would be more heavenly. He wanted as many persons as possible to be CITIZENS of The Kingdom.

The best place to find out how Jesus would like the citizens of The Kingdom to behave is found in Mathew, Chapters 5 to 7, The Beatitudes. These three chapters are Jesus' formula for making a better world for ourselves. Mathew is an instruction manual for new Jewish converts and shows what Jesus taught.

1. When tempted by Satan, reply with the scriptures. Mathew 4:4,7,10
2. Repent, for the KINGDOM OF GOD is at hand. 4:17
3. Follow Me. 4:19
4. Blessed (this is how we should be) are the poor in spirit 5:3
5. Those who mourn 5:4
6. Those who are gentle. 5:5
7. Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. 5:6
8. Those who are merciful. 5:7
9. Those who are pure in heart. 5:8
10. Those who are peacemakers. 5:9
11. Those who are persecuted for righteousness sake. 5:10
12. We are to be the salt of the earth and not become tasteless. 5:13
13. Make our light shine before men that they may see our good works. 5:16
14. Our good works glorify our Father in heaven. 5:16
15. We are not to annul even one commandment. 5:19
16. Whoever keeps and teaches the commandments will be great in the Kingdom of Heaven. 5:19
17. Our righteousness must surpass that of the Pharisees. 5:20
18. Do not be angry with your brother. 5:22
19. Do not commit adultery. 5:28
20. Do not divorce except for unchastity. 5:32
21. Do ot make oaths. 5:34
22. Give to who asks of you. 5:41
23. Love your enemies. 5:44
24. Be perfect like your heavenly Father is perfect. 5.48
25. Do not be proud of your works. 6:1
26. Follow instruction in the Lord's Prayer. 6:9-13
27. Forgive. 6:14
28. Fast. 6:16
29. Lay up treasures in heaven. 6:20
30. Serve God, not mammon. 6:24
31. Do not be anxious for tomorrow. 6:34
32. Do not judge. 7:1
33. Treat others as you would have them treat you. 7:12
34. Bear good fruit. 7:19
35. Do not practice lawlessness. 7:23
36. Build your house UPON THE ROCK. (JESUS) 7:24
37. Hear and follow the words of Jesus. 7:26

The WHY for the Kingdom is the above list.

If we all followed the list, we certainly would be living in a better world.
There are more...for example, feed the hungry, clothe the poor, visit the sick.

All the above would be covered by the two great commandments Jesus left us:
LOVE GOD
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF

But we cannot deny WHY Jesus taught all of the above:
To create the Kingdom of God right here on earth... but we must see it to believe it.

[COLOR="#000080"]John 3:3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born [a]again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”[/COLOR]


Can we see the Kingdom of God?
Are we citizens of the Kingdom?
Do we promote the Kingdom?
Do we strive to make it better?
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  1. PHart's Avatar
    You shared Matthew 5-7. I didn't think of Matthew 5-7 when explaining in the forum where to find lists of 'works' that believers are to do. It's a valuable and insightful list of what faith and obedience in Christ and the expectation of the kingdom is to look like in a person's life.

    I believe that the narrow door Christ speaks of which few find is all the things he just got done teaching. Few find the life given through the obedience he speaks of. It is obedience that gives life, not gives or earns salvation itself, but the obedience that opens up the life of fullness and abundance that Christ said he came to give to us. Few find that life of abundance because they do not discover the door way to that life--doing the things he just taught.

    Kingdom life is directly connected to obedience--the obediences he taught, but which it seems few Christians grow up into. It's the door to life few find.
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    Updated August 12th, 2017 at 10:15 AM by PHart
  2. BillG's Avatar
    When I was leading a mid-week group (which had non Christians) in as well.
    Over a period of months I did a command a week. I think I looked at 41.
    Did research of context and then explained what I thought and how we apply those commands today, for us and towards others.

    I started with the 2 new commandments that Jesus gave.
    To me I think they form the basis and meaning for all you have said above.

    Mind you I missed out the adultery and divorce command as one the couples were both married to someone else when they met and started an affair and ended up getting married. I didn't know how to handle that to be honest.
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