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Entering the Kingdom of God

July 24, 2012

I want to speak about entering the kingdom of God.   I want to share some understanding and hopefully let those who have ears to hear the truth hear it.  There is so much falsehood and error regarding the kingdom of God which has been available to be entered into for 2,000 years.

Luke 17:20-21  Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”

Carnal Christianity sees the promised blessing of eternal life as being some far off thing that comes only to a very few who will live for eternity with God.  This is always a future event awaiting the physical return of the Lord Jesus.  While such physical return does await and I hasten for it to come,  the kingdom of God was near and had already come 2,000 years ago.  The door that is Christ has been opened for those that the Father has chosen.  True disciples chosen by God will know this and will go and preach this gospel into the world.  Jesus told us 2,000 years ago not to point to a far off future event.  We bring healing to the world and tell them of this good news and kingdom that has come near. But make no mistake,  the kingdom of God or alternatively the kingdom of heaven was at hand a long time ago.  It was near, at the very door.

Luke 10:9  And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God HAS COME near to you.’

Matthew 4:17  From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven IS NEAR.

Mark 1:15  The time promised by God has come at last!” he announced. “The Kingdom of God IS NEAR! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!”

Knowing this truth about the kingdom of God,  it provides a totally different perspective on all those passages that have carnal man reading their newspapers and looking to the future to determine when Jesus is returning.  He comes without visible observation just as the Lord said at the opening verse from Luke 17:20.

Mark 13:29  Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it is near—at the doors!

His kingdom has indeed come just as Jesus told us to pray.  Thy kingdom come,  thy will be done.  His will is our sanctification and it will come in its appointed time.  Guaranteed by the power of the cross and the oath of God’s word.

Once Jesus ascended up into heaven,  then the special blessing of the Holy Spirit could be poured out.  This is why it was beneficial that Jesus return to the Father as He explained to the dumbfounded carnal minded disciples at that time.  Jesus explained to the disciples that the appointed time for each to be saved and have the kingdom of God appear within them was only in the authority of God the Father.

ACTS 1:6  Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.

This is how we enter into the kingdom of God.  At the election and appointment of the Father.  So many just cannot grasp the simple truth that God controls who believes, who comes to faith and salvation is only the work of God.  Man has no choice in the matter.  This is clearly shown in the book of ACTS in several places including this one.

ACTS 13:48  Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.

I do pray the Lord will send more harvesters into the field with the truth.  Because this is an important catalyst of how people come to enter into the kingdom.  Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the WORD OF GOD.  We have work cut out for us as there will be much opposition to the true gospel.  The carnal minds of men will be at enmity with the truth I preach along with many others.  We are dealing with a monstrous falling away from faith and belief in this eternal hell and self-will of man to choose God.  Those who believe this will see the broad way that leads to destruction referring to the 99% that go to this eternal hell hole.

The Scriptures do not teach such nonsense.  Such beliefs are all the deceptions of carnal minded men who have interpreted the Scriptures without the requisite revealing of the Lord Jesus.  Such false doctrines are many and the false precepts and traditions make sure that each of us is born into and raised in spiritual darkness awaiting the revealing of God to our hearts in the appointed time.

There are clearly more ages to come and the glorious eternity for all creation and all men to be bowing and worshipping before the Lord.  This is the blessed hope for all creation and magnifies the name of the awesome God I serve.  John saw a vision of this age to come.

Rev 5:13  And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying:

“Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”

My focus is not to refute eternal hell in this post as God knows I have already done that in recent posts.  My purpose here is look at the Scripture that speaks to inheriting, entering and seeing the KINGDOM OF GOD here on this earth in this body of sinful flesh.

Matthew 22:14  For many are called, but few are chosen

It is our Father, God who chooses the Bride for His Son.  The chosen or the elect of God are the bride that will come to the wedding feast of the Lord.  This is supping with God thru the Lord Jesus in our hearts.  Few there be shall find the way.

Matthew 7:13-14  Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Jesus is the Savior of all men, but especially of those given this gift of precious faith from the Father.  Do you see in this verse that those that go the broad way, still enter in?  It says there are MANY who go in by the broad way of  destruction.  For these many, entering into the kingdom has not been ordained for this life and age, at least not yet — but will be in the ages to come.  They have been destined for captivity and their hearts will remain hardened to this gospel until their time does come.  And this is why we never ever judge those in the world who have not received this gift of faith.  But the power of God is undeniable and all that the Father gives to Jesus will come, there will be none that are lost.

John 6:39  This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day

Getting this good news settled in our heart is only done by faith and that a gift.  This is the good news gospel that God has chosen to put into the mouths of His chosen few.  This is what we shall preach and teach regardless of the opinions of men, especially those of religious men who know not the living God.

1 Tim 4:10-11 For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. 11 These things command and teach!

It is an honor to suffer shame and hatred for the sake of the Lord Jesus.  In this I rejoice as I know all my other brothers and sisters in Christ are rejoicing all over this world.  What a privilege the Father has granted to His elect.

Phil 1:29  For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him,

There are many verses that speak to NOT entering into the kingdom God.  A carnal mind will always think of these warning passages as speaking to those  going to an eternal hell.  But what they really to speak is a reminder to those so blessed and chosen of God to not practice any of these things nor cast the pearls of wisdom given by God to such that do.  You see, a man still walking in the flesh is incapable of cleaning himself up and circumcising his own heart.  Such a person we are told is not a son or daughter of God.  Their deeds and the fruit they produce is the proof of the pudding.  This is what we are not to be deceived about.  But his has nothing to do with an eternal torment in hell.  Such people will be living in destruction and never finding the true peace that defines those who God has dragged into His kingdom.  Salvation is all the work of God in the appointed time.  Anyone doing such wicked deeds and practicing them is certainly not called of God yet and is by no means chosen and by definition are an unbeliever and an antichrist.

1 John 2:3-4  Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth (that is CHRIST) is not in him.

There are very many Christian liars for sure of which I was one of the worst imaginable until the Lord had mercy on me.  What defiles a man lives in his heart and all the wicked are full of dead man’s bones and speak the things of spiritual death. Things like these:

Galatians 5:19  Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Anyone doing such things will not be blessed and holy and in the first resurrection.  These will not inherit the kingdom now and unless chosen later will not partake in the symbolic thousand year reign of Christ on this earth.   Far greater blessing to come to Christ now, by the will of the Father; and enter into and posses the land that is a pure heart in Christ Jesus.

Trees of righteousness planted by God do not produce bad fruit (Matthew 7:17).  That is why these words of warning are all over the Scripture that are written only for the eyes and ears of the Elect of God.  These verses have nothing to do with an eternal hell as is widely believed in Christian circles.

1 Corinthians 6:9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

Paul was speaking tough words to the church at Corinth.  Many of them were yet babes and carnal minded and had not come to a fuller understanding of spiritual things and did not comprehend the blessing they had already received through the gift of faith.  Paul goes on to tell them to not associate with those who practice such things and to remember from where God had brought them out of bondage to those sins.

1 COR 6:11  And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God

Those in the church did not wash themselves or clean themselves up,  this was all the work of God who generously poured out His Spirit into their hearts (Romans 5:5).  All the churches (the elect of God) that Paul wrote to got the same warning.   The same warning about the practice of sin is given and then we have this gem, which has been used to tell many they are going to an eternal hell.

Gal 5:24  And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Of course we know, that this crucifying of the flesh, was the work and power of God who did it without hands.  We just get in on it by faith and trusting in the Lord and His promises.  Now we do have a responsibility to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit once the gift is given to us.  So by no means is this statement saying that we have no accountability to God as is the often heard accusation.  But anyone so chosen of God is going to know when they are resisting God’s will as their hearts will be condemning them and the chastisement of the Father will bring them back in line. But this is a topic for another post or two.  But make no mistake,  the work of salvation and the giving of new hearts to men are all wonderful gifts from the Father.  This is how the power over sin is given to us.

Col 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

We see this message to the elect of God repeated throughout the Scriptures and this warning not to be deceived by the vanity of man’s religion.  We truly are called out to be separate from this world.

Eph 5:5-7  For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them.

The fact is, it is very hard, actually impossible for a man to enter the kingdom God.  The only way it happens if and when God decides to do it.  Salvation is always the work of the Lord and it comes by this precious gift of faith.  Consider what Jesus said here about entering the kingdom of God.

Matthew 19:23-26  Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” 26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

God will save all men in the end.  All men shall enter into the kingdom in the end.  The gates of Spiritual Jerusalem shall never be shut the Scriptures declare.  A man with worldly riches does have a harder time entering in because their mind is focused on earthly things and protecting what they have in its natural carnal state.  But the power of an almighty God is much greater than man and when God drags even a rich man,  that man shall come to and enter the kingdom.

Isaiah 60:11 Therefore your gates shall be open continually; They shall not be shut day or night, that men may bring to you the wealth of the Gentiles

The proud of heart do not receive this grace of God.  Only the humble receive it.  The Pharisees, the most religious folks known,  even today,  do not enter into the kingdom of God and they prevent others from entering in.  But God is more powerful and since it is never about man’s choosing,   Jesus continues to build His church and save all that the Father has given to Him.

Matthew 21:31  Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said to Him, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you.

Jesus likened entering into the kingdom with being like a little child in receiving the gift of faith.  Little children are not proud,  they are just happy to get a gift from God and this is the way all that are awakened to true righteousness shall understand this gift of faith.  It is only by this gift that they have entered in and this understanding will destroy the pride of flesh and the wisdom of the carnal mind.

Mark 10:15 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.
Luke 18:17 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.

While everyone seems to understand that we must be Born Again to enter into the kingdom, most that say this do not understand this is all of the work of God and His imparting of precious gifts and power.  Nicodemus, a very wise man in the Scriptures certainly did not understand this and they are many just like him today professing to be wise that are really fools.

John 3:5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

Of course we see earlier that unless one is Born Again they cannot even SEE the kingdom of God much less enter into it.  Dead people don’t decide or have the power to raise themselves to eternal life and enter the kingdom.  Spiritually blind people have no chance finding their way into the kingdom of God.  They are blind!  All that come will be dragged by God in the appointed time.  No exceptions and we know only the elect of God will come in this life.  These are the few chosen among the many called.

John 6:44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me DRAGS (draws)  him; and I will raise him up at the last day.

Jesus goes on to tell us in the very next verse what all the elect know.  All true revelation is given only by the Lord.  He is our teacher and we learn from Jesus as given to us by the Father God.  God will use men to preach and teach this gospel but the responsibility to open eyes to see it and ears to hear it is all the work of the Sovereign Lord.

John 6:45  It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God’.

It is indeed a long journey in the wilderness before one can cross the Jordan river and enter into the land that is in Christ Jesus.  God has a special journey for all of His elect to go through many trials and tribulations to bring us to the point of the door that is in Christ.  I have many such stories to share and to testify but these are all unique to me in my walk and my journey.   But I praise God as I know all the saints do for putting these tribulations on us.

Acts 14:22We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.

Lastly I want to speak to some passages of Scripture that have perplexed me for some time but now I understand them fully.  I had shared some of this on my blog with other carnal minded believers about these verses.  I will only show the one but it is repeated in each of the synoptic gospels.

Mark 9:1 And He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with POWER.”

This was Jesus telling the assembled disciples, that some of them would not physically die (taste death) until they saw the kingdom of God present with power.  What Jesus was speaking about was their spiritual rebirth, being Born Again and raised in newness of life with the power of God dwelling inside of them.  This is only given to a blessed few and I am now a partaker of this blessing and have seen this kingdom come, thy will be done on this earth and in my heart.  That is a true healing.  As a recent post spoke about,  I have been given power and boldness to speak these truths.  I also know that no devil can touch me and the devils that are in many people will run and hide when they see me coming.  I know this sound boastful but I simply speak the truth in power as a mere man raised by the power of God.

Such power will be used to bring glory to God and to heal those spiritually that are in need of healing.  This will happen in God’s appointed times and I am looking forward to serving Him with a humble heart and fulfilling the calling placed upon me.  Knowing I am not alone in this prized possession brings great comfort and I will pray for the edification of this Body of Christ.  Peter spoke of those who had entered into the kingdom of God by faith.  What great words spoken to God’s very elect.

2 Peter 1:3-5  His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

I believe in Jesus and the power of God.  The fervent effective prayer of a righteousness man avails itself much.  I need to learn to pray more fervently as I know God will hear and answer based on what Jesus has spoken.

John 14: 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

God truly is a living God.  He lives thru Christ.  Christ is risen and lives in those whom the Father has given to Him.    I know that one day all of men will come to this place of understanding and receive the special blessing promised to our father Abraham.  When this blessing does come,  behold all things will be changed and made new.  Those chosen only have this promise in partial down payment form,  so what we have to look forward to is beyond our comprehension, but know that it is good,  very good.  This is the kingdom of God that lives in our hearts.  May you all come to enter in and partake in this blessing.

John 14:19-21 Because I live, you will live also. 20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

Have you entered into this kingdom?  Seek this kingdom and the righteousness of Christ and God in His time will pull you into this glorious blessing by His gift of faith.  If you have been chosen,  He will draw you and you will seek Him.  This is God’s salvation.  It is all of the Lord and it is wonderful.

Revelation 21:5  The One who sat on the throne said, `Look, I make all things new.’ And he said, `Write this, because these words can be trusted. they are true.’

Count on it.  Believe it.  This is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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