Already But Not Yet
Thursday, April 11, 2013
And He said to them, "I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power."
Hello and good morning,
Let us pray;
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your guidance and for Your wisdom. Lord I come to You and ask that You guide my words to be used for Your glory and Your purpose. Lord I pray that each person that reads this blog is touched and moved in a way that will bring them closer to You. Lord I thank you for all things You have done in the past for our good.
I would like to thank you guys and gals for all your support and encouragement. It is a real blessing to see the eagerness of people to read this blog.
I have been studying about Christ in the synoptic gospels. The synoptic gospels are the first three books of the new testament. I learned a lot about the history, the political and the geography of the land that Jesus was born into, and how everything that happened to Israel before Christ, was orchestrated by God. I also gained some needed knowledge about Christ’s ministry. As I was studying and reading my book for my class the Holy Spirit placed it on my heart to look more into what was said about the Kingdom of God. So this will by my topic for this blog.
The Kingdom of God, some of us think of this being heaven, but in actuality it is much more than a place. The Kingdom of God is a part of us, and around us. When Christ began preaching, He preached that the Kingdom of God was near. Throughout the Gospels Jesus showed the people, through his miracles and healings, that the Kingdom of God was upon them. He proclaims that the Kingdom of God is upon us when He was accused of driving out demons by Beelzebub (Luke 11:19-20 “Now if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your followers drive them out? So then they will be your judges. But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the Kingdom of God has come on you.” ). The Jewish people were looking for a Messiah that would usher in a physical Kingdom that would restore the glory of Israel, but this Kingdom that Jesus was proclaiming was spiritual and inside us. Jesus tells about the coming of the Kingdom of God being spiritual and not physical in Luke 20:20,21 (Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the Kingdom of God is within you.”) In Mark 9:1, Jesus tells his disciples that the kingdom of God will be upon some of them before they die. This came true on the day of Pentecost when the people where baptized in the Holy Spirit. That power, wisdom, and knowledge that was passed down to us through the Holy Spirit is the evidence that the Kingdom of God is here. We as believers live in the time that is “between the ages.” When Christ came, died, and ascended He ushered in the spiritual kingdom of God, and now we await the physical kingdom of God with Christ’s second coming, this is the meaning of the title "Already but not Yet". With Jesus being the ruler at the right hand of God. The kingdom in which we live involves our inner nature and spiritual growth. We have to be able to look within ourselves and be able to change, in ourselves, what the Holy Spirit tells us to, and to live our life for God, the one who has given everything for us to be forgiven of our sins, so that we be in Heaven praising Him.
Lord I want to thank You once again for Your direction in this lesson of Your Kingdom, and I thank You for sending Your son to earth to die for our sins. Lord I ask that You would use this message to reach someone that needs You and wants You more. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
If you are feel right now that you need to know Jesus more, or that God has placed it on your heart to get closer with Him. I would ask that you send me a sparkmail so that we can talk and pray about the next step. May God bless you and go with you during your day.
Christ in the Synoptic Gospels; 10.2.1, 10.2.2