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THE KINGDOM OF GOD-4 “Kingdom Authority-B”

July 19, 2020

Matt. 13:44  The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 

The Treasure is Jesus Christ and His Power to Restore Man’s Authority over the fallen world.  History is the story of man’s search for the Authority he lost when he left the Truth of GOD for Satan’s lie.  Jesus is The Treasure because He’s the fulfillment of that search.

Luke 10:19 Behold, I have given you AUTHORITY to tread on snakes and scorpions and on the full force of the enemy, and nothing will hurt you. 

FINDING THE TREASURE is receiving the Gospel w/ Joy

THE FIELD is the Environment of Jesus’ Rule.  Jesus calls it, The Kingdom of GOD and makes clear that the Treasure and the Field are INSEPARABLE!  

BUYING THE FIELD is selling off your stock in the fallen world and relocating under Jesus AUTHORITY in The Kingdom of GOD. No Kingdom, No Overcoming Power.

The Church Is Not The KINGDOM

Your Relationship with Jesus’ AUTHORITY (Not church) determines your ABIDING in His K’dom.  “Getting Saved” instantly enrolls you as a citizen of the Kingdom.  But whether you actually live in The K’dom is up to you…

Luke 19:11-14 And he spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.  He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.  And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.  But HIS CITIZENS hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to REIGN (RULE) over us. 

When Jesus laid down the qualification for entering the KOG by saying, “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” (Mark 10:15), He wasn’t referring to a child’s ability to Believe but their willingness to be Led.  Adults’ skepticism isn’t their big hindrance to Abiding in the K’dom.  It’s their Resistance to Authority.

A way to conceptualize the KOG is to think about it as the activity emanating from His RIGHT TO RULE.  As opposed to the activity emanating from the Revelation of His Divinity.  Such as the multitudes who followed Him because He Healed and Fed them.

There's been a 40 year transition from LORDSHIP-based Christianity to WORSHIP-based Christianity that has elevated Jesus’ popularity in the earth, while diminishing the manifestation of His Authority.  Those following His Right To Rule are The Kingdom.  Those following His Blessings are a Religious CAMP.  Camps are always larger than the K’dom. They quickly disperse and regather with the changing conditions.  But the KINGDOM ABIDERS, though fewer in number, cannot be moved…

Heb. 12:28 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be MOVED

Christianity is being Tee’d up for the Great Falling Away (2Thess. ch.2) because the Popular Music Jesus has no power to KEEP followers when the shaking starts.  But K’dom Abiders cannot be shaken loose.

In Rom. ch. 8 Paul exhorts us to walk after the Spirit (of GOD’s Authority), and not the flesh (our own will).  And as a result…

I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

 

 

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