2/19/2006 ~ Can you See the Kingdom of God?

Jesus came to show us the way...

... to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
~ Matthew 4:12-17

... "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent ..."
~ Mark 1:14-15

The "kingdom at hand" does not appear in the Bible after Penecost.

... speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. ~ Acts 1:1-3

They can't believe it, Jesus is gone!
They could not understand the kingdom that had come.

... "Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" ... ~ Acts 1:4-8

Holy Spirit? Kingdom of God?

  1. Kingdom
  2. Power - Name  
  3. Saved

... "I am the way, the truth, and the life. ..." ~ John 14:6

... "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" ... ~ Matthew 14:25-31

... He came to them, walking on the sea, ... ~ Mark 6:48-52

... they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near ... ~ John 6:16-21

They still doubted
even after seeing all the miracles performed by Jesus.

"... shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom."
~ Matthew 16:28

... standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God ...
~ Mark 9:1

"... standing here who shall not taste death till they see the kingdom of God."
~ Luke 9:27

... until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom."
~ Matthew 26:26-29

... of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God."
~ Mark 14:22-25

"... I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God."
~ Luke 22:14-20

... And He took it and ate in their presence. ~ Luke 24:36-43

And even after He was resurrected,
they still did not understand the Kingdom.

... why do you stand gazing up into heaven? ... ~ Acts 1:9-11

They did not realize the eternal power of the Kingdom.

"... For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you." ~ Luke 17:20-21

Luke was reporting in Acts the kingdom's realization,
not as “at hand”... but its’ essential arrival.
It is a recount of how they underestimated the power of Jesus.

... it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved. ~ Acts 2:1-21

Too many people miss the boat, they expect a vision, a miracle,
or speaking in tongues to enlighten them.
They passively wait without actively pursuing the word.

... it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved. ... ~ Joel 2:32

What is your religion doing for you?
Are you waiting or actively believing?
Are you a participant with God or an observer?

In the righteousness of God we live.

Does this empower us?
We repent as we rise away from our former sin.
We pray for strength to continue deepening in His word.
Power is in loving God and His word.

... Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! ...
~ Romans 6:1-4

Blessed is the man who endures temptation; ... ~ James 1:12

My life is unhappy – I need to change.
~ I embrace that Jesus Christ is God.
→ I follow Christ.

... whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus ...
~ Colossians 3:15-17

We pattern our lives as Jesus as Lord.
This puts us close to God and far from this world.

The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, ...
~ Matthew 13:38-43

"And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, ..." ~ Matthew 16:19

"... is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God."
~ John 3:3-5

... the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived ...
~ 1st Corinthians 6:9-11

Wisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding, ... ~ Proverbs 17:24

... and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, ...
~ Colossians 1:13-14

Jesus prayed for us before he was crucified
and makes intercession for us NOW.

Jesus was before all and is after all.

... "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." ~ Revelation 1:8





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