Your Cut In A Kingdom

Many who do not personally know Christ do not realize there is an abundance of blessings provided for them if they would choose to enter into the Kingdom of God. Three simple words found in one verse give us an insight into what awaits those who respond to the call of entering into God’s Kingdom.
Your Cut In A Kingdom
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Most people would say there are some material things they could not do without. If we would listen to some of what might be listed we might inwardly feel there are some things they could do without, but then there could be a few that were needed. Still, they would be material things and the Holy Scriptures caution us to be more concerned with eternal things than with things that will pass. We need to be concerned with being part of the Kingdom of God and receive the blessings of it.

Romans 14:17 briefly describes the Kingdom of God as,

class="marker">“. . . the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” The Holy Scriptures declare that one can enter that Kingdom only through Jesus Christ Who paid the penalty for our sins. While this message will concentrate on what the Kingdom of God is, we must briefly look at the context as to why it is also described as not eating or drinking. 

Much of the context deals with observing or not observing the Jewish Law particularly in regard to the eating of certain foods. The context prior to verse 14 may be summed up in the following manner:


1. Do not pass judgment on a fellow Christian who wants to observe the Jewish dietary law.
2. Do not pass judgment on a fellow Christian who does NOT observe that dietary law.
3. Those who do not observe the Jewish dietary law should not exercise that freedom in front of a brother or sister in Christ whose conscience is tender in regard to the dietary law.

Item three is the meaning of verse 23 which states (AV*), "You have faith? have it to yourself before God. Happy is he that condemns not himself in that thing which he allows." In no way should verse 23 be construed to mean that one must not share the Gospel of Christ. The context points to the observance or non-observances of certain Jewish laws.

As a side note, though the context points to certain Jewish laws the principles of these verses in Romans 14 may be applied to true Christian life today. For example some Christians do not mind using playing cards or dice for non-gambling games. However, there are some that do. The terms "dice" or "playing cards" may be substituted for the term "dietary law" in items one through three above.

Now let us address verse 17. I have titled this message "Your Cut In A Kingdom" and by "cut" I mean your part or share in the Kingdom. Adam and Eve had righteousness, peace and joy before they sinned. Mankind lost these when they sinned. They are regained in Christ because He, as the last man or, as the Christmas songs states, "Second Adam from above," lived the perfect life before the Father that we need to live. If we surrender to Him then the life of Christ is in us.

The forces of the world often beckon one who is in Christ to return to the world, and many times this is done through religion. But what the world has to offer, even with its fanciest religions, is empty and passing. The material realm, including "eating and drinking," is not the Kingdom of God. The remainder of verse 17 points to three spiritual elements that are part of the Kingdom of God.

I. Righteousness

Albert Barnes [1] writes, "This word here means virtue, integrity, a faithful discharge of all the duties which we owe to God or to our fellow-men. It means, that the Christian must so live as to be appropriately denominated a righteous man, and not a man whose whole attention is absorbed by the mere ceremonies and outward forms of religion."

In a previous article [2] we brought out the fact that our holy God requires perfection and none of us meet that requirement, so therefore we all come short and not one of us is righteous (Romans 3:10 et al.). Yet, as 2 Corinthians 5:21 indicates, Christ became our sin so we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 

Man has a "spiritual instinct" that, if it is not seared, will let him know he is unrighteous before God. When one trusts in Christ for this righteousness they receive Christ's righteousness due to His finished work (Romans 5:18). When someone truly surrenders to God through Christ His grace, made available through Christ, declares that person righteous. Although each true Christian has a level of imperfection in themselves they are declared righteous because Christ Who lives in them is righteous.

II. Peace

Many who truly receive Christ immediately sense a level of peace. Being declared righteous by God will do that. One’s conscience is made clean before God. They are also made free from sin (Romans 6:14), and because they have trusted in the risen Christ they have confidence of Eternal Life (Romans 6:23). Also, the yearning for Truth has been appeased.

With true peace with God comes true peace with self. If one has an inferiority complex it will be cured by God as one cooperates with Him.  Calmness about one’s condition is attained. Assurance of growth in Christ


is sensed. A sense of peace within can be had despite being surrounded by unrest. There is calmness about the future personally and worldwide. Last week on Facebook, in response to a comment about world turmoil, someone wrote “Jesus has this.”

The world system will offer a false peace which, sadly, many have. But only Jesus Christ can give true peace which will last for eternity if one remains in Him. Jesus Himself said, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

III. Joy In The Holy Ghost / Spirit

Similar to peace, “joy in the Holy Ghost (Spirit)” stands in stark contrast with any and all of the joys this world can offer. For one thing the joy of the Lord can be had despite any negative influences the world may throw at us. The other thing is that this joy can carry  on into eternity.

At this point we can see a spiritual flow. When one surrenders their life to God through Christ they are declared righteous. Peace then comes about. The joy of the Holy Spirit should then follow, for one should be joyful upon receiving the peace of God after being made righteous by Him through Christ.

Much unlike the world’s transient “joy” the constant joy of God is ours as we regularly commune with Him. If we regularly enjoy His joy in times of calm we will learn to have His joy in times of trouble. During our fellowship with Him it is good to praise and worship Him [3], singing to Him known songs and even songs we make up ourselves.

Get Your Cut In His Kingdom

Truly the world has nothing to offer. Even its religions, including the supposedly most glorious ones of “Christendom,” have not much to offer for what each of us needs is a direct relationship to God through Jesus Christ. Get out of satan’s [4] kingdom. Withdraw from the world system and come into the true universal Body of Christ. Fully trust Christ Who said that He is the only Way to the Father (John 14:6), and Who paid the full penalty of sin.

Decades ago I heard an account that describes what happens when someone just trusts what the world says and does not enter the true Kingdom of God. It was a story of a woman in Africa in dire need of some type of help. In order for her need to be answered she brought an offering to be sacrificed under the supervision of the local witch doctor. The lady faithfully went through the prescribed rituals. As she finally knelt before her completed sacrifice the witch doctor came behind her and kicked her to the ground. That is precisely what satan will do to you in the spirit realm when you leave this life -- unless you trust the God Who loves you and come to Him through Christ.

Notes:

[1] From an electronic version of Barnes’ Notes, by Albert Barnes, incorporated into the Online Bible computer program.

[2] Please read Ultimate Love For You at http://holybibletreasures.expertscolumn.com/article/ultimate-love-for-you .

[3] Please also see Get Into The Godly Habit Of Praising And Worshiping God at http://holybibletreasures.expertscolumn.com/article/get-godly-habit-praising-and-worshiping-god .

[4] Not capitalized on purpose and so throughout the article. Experts Column gives me the freedom to express myself in that way.

This article was written in the form of a sermon (message) outline with comments. God willing by September 29, 2016 (hopefully much sooner), you should be able to hear the actual message (sermon) by selecting a link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M416 .

Unless otherwise noted all Holy Scripture is from the New American Standard Bible changing LORD to YHVH as it rightly should be when the text so indicates. * = For other versions the spelling of some words is updated for our time in addition to changing LORD to YHVH as it rightly should be when the text so indicates.

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Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

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  • nbillett  08-02-2017
    Let us enter into covenant with Christ celebrating and being in communion with him in love. For he is the the ultimate sign of love, peace and faith.
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