|Seek First the Kingdom of God|
|Written by arkwriter|
|Monday, 27 July 2009 00:00|
Seek First the Kingdom of God
The Lord Jesus Christ spoke to the multitudes on a mountain that is considered by many as the greatest sermon ever preached on earth. Actually the Sermon on the Mount consists of many topics. One of the most important topics concerns the Kingdom of God.
The Lord Jesus was preaching to ordinary people who lived normal lives like we do today. They shopped in the marketplace and thought about what to buy and what meals to prepare for their families. They went to work and thought about what clothes to wear and how they would look. What Jesus preached two thousand years ago can also be applied to us today.
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?” (Mt. 6: 25)
Then our Lord gave them the assurance that our heavenly Father would take care of those things. Now this is the most important advice and instruction for everyone.
“But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Mt. 6:33)
There are three general meanings to the biblical Kingdom of God.
1. It may refer to the realm over which God reigns supreme as the King. (Psm. 95:3; 24:10; 47:2-3; II Chron. 20:6)
2. It may refer to the people over whom the King reigns. In Revelation 5:10 those who are redeemed are a Kingdom because they share the reign with the King. (Ref. Rev. 1:5-6; 20:6)
3. It is the actual reign or rule of the King itself. (Psm. 103:19)
Many people do not understand the nature of the Kingdom of God. The Pharisees asked when God's Kingdom would come. Our Lord Jesus Christ explained, "The Kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, 'See here!' or ''See there!' For indeed, the Kingdom of God is within you." (Lk. 17:20-21) The Kingdom of God is not like an earthly kingdom with geographical boundaries. Instead, it begins with the work of God's Spirit in people's lives and in relationships. Still today we must resist looking to organizations, institutions or programs for evidence of the progress of God's Kingdom. Instead, we should look for what God is doing in people's hearts. The Kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom. When Jesus was taken to trial before the Roman governor Pilate He answered clearly: "My Kingdom is not of this world. If My Kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My Kingdom is not from here." (Jn. 18:36) The apostle Paul wrote: "For the Kingdom of God is not food and drink, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit ." (Rom. 14:17)
The Kingdom of God is the kingship of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Eph. 5:5) Demons are called "rulers of the darkness of this age ." (Eph. 6:12) The Lord Jesus Christ said: "But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the Kingdom of God has come come upon you." (Mt. 12:28) When we received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, the One True God " has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins." (Col. 1:13-14)
Before His ascension to heaven our Lord Jesus Christ “through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God. And being assembled together with them He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, which, He said, 'you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." (Acts 1:2-5)
From this we can understand that water baptism and baptism with the Holy Spirit are two separate experiences (Acts 8:14-17). The Lord Jesus Christ is the Baptizer with the Holy Spirit. (Jn. 1:33) Every Christian who calls Jesus Lord has some measure of the Spirit (Jn. 14:17; 20:22; 1 Jn. 12:3; Eph. 4:7) The Christian receives the full measure during the Baptism with the Holy Spirit. "And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." (Acts 2:4) The criteria to determine whether or not a Christian has received the Holy Spirit is speaking with tongues. (Acts 10:44-46; 11:15-18) Prayer in tongues cannot be understood. (1 Cor. 14:4) It is called prayer in the Spirit. (1 Cor. 14:14-15) Every Christian must be baptized with the Holy Spirit because He "is the guarantee fo our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, . . . ." (Eph. 1:13-14)
Our Lord Jesus Christ preached: "But seek the Kingdom of God, and all these things (daily necessities) shall be added to you. Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom." (Lk. 12:31-32) Seeking the Kingdom of God means making Jesus (Yahshua) the Lord and King of your life. He must control every area - your work, play, plans and also relationships. Is the Kingdom only one of your many concerns, or is it central to all you do? Are you holding back any areas of your life from God's control? As Lord and Creator, He wants to help provide what you need as well as guide how you use what He provides. Place our Lord Jesus Christ the center of your life and you will have the Kingdom of God within you.
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A sermon based on this article was preached by Paul Wong during
the Spiritual Convocation in the Houston Church on June 4, 2005
It was published on this Website on July 26, 2009
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