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Already But Not Yet

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Mark 9:1
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
NIV Bible

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  • WENDYW596
    Excellent! If we could only grasp the thought that the temple of God is within us if we have been Born Again.......then our thoughts would always dwell on "What would Jesus do in this situation?"
    1827 days ago
    The confusion of the Jews always makes me wonder why God had his prophets write about the Messiah in a way that would make anyone hearing the promise believe that it was for physical rule of the world. It's like Jesus telling his disciples at the end of the Parable of the Sower - not everyone is supposed to understand the message. Why does God do that?
    1829 days ago
    emoticon Great message!!
    1833 days ago
    Thank you for posting. You brought out new thoughts for me. God bless as you endeavor to serve Him.
    1833 days ago
    Thank you for sharing with all of us! Yes indeed, the Kingdom of GOD has come on us. Ephesians 1 is such an encouragement of all we continually receive from GOD in Christ. We can take almost any part of scripture and out comes the Gospel! What precious gifts we are constantly given!! Bless you in your work and ministry! To GOD be the glory!
    1834 days ago
    Kudos on an excellent blog! I will eagerly look forward to the next installment.
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    1834 days ago
    Thank you Zach! A very appropriate title and message for us as we strive to see God's Kingdome come (here) on Earth as it is in heaven. It is only through us living our lives under the guidance of His holy Spirit that we may be blessed to see this come to pass.
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    Luke 20:21 "the Kingdom of God is within you”
    is a good explanation for our times
    You did a good job explaining for someone
    not familiar with church lingo

    So you are a premillenniumist ?
    I haven't totally decided yet,
    but lean toward it.

    emoticon GOOD LUCK at school

    Hope you had a Thrilling Thursday !
    Have a Fabulous Friday !

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    Comment edited on: 4/11/2013 7:19:24 PM
    So glad you're sharing again, Zach. I missed you! I pray God's continued guidance as you seek His way for your life.
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  • 67YKCEB
    Well said. emoticon emoticon
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  • WENDYW596
    Thank you for sharing the Word with us today. Amen and Amen!!
    1835 days ago
    Thank you for such a wonderful blog!
    I have been a Christian for many years.

    Our world today needs to hear more of God than what some are hearing!

    God Bless You as you go forward with your ministry.
    1835 days ago
    I am impressed. You are a good writer. It was clear and concise. Sometimes believers act like the world rather than being "in the kingdom business." We miss out on so many blessings when we fret and worry. We only have to tap into Gods power. It is abundant and He wants us to be doing His kingdom work. Living like others matter and caring that they need to know our Savior are what we should be about everyday.

    Thank you!
    1835 days ago
    Thought provoking blog! I pray that it is fruitful for the Kingdom of God!

    1835 days ago
  • SHIRLEY721
    Thank you! Very good indeed.I have studied God's Word for almost 30 years and read much of many kinds of Bible's.I prefer King James probably because I was used to it as a child.We can never read too much.Very good job. emoticon
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  • JOANIE69
    An emoticon lesson on the kingdom of God, and I am praying that sombody who does not yet know the Lord personally, will e mail you. God bless you as you work for Him in His kingdom, wherever you may be and whatever you may say and do.
    1835 days ago
    Very nice reminder that the Kingdom of God is within us. Thanks
    1835 days ago
    Very insightful. It took me a while to understand that the Kingdom is all arond me as well as inside me. Our Pastor helped all of us understand that in a Bible Study class. Our God is an emoticon God.
    1835 days ago
    Amen. That was an awesome blog and it touched my heart. I think you did a wonderful job and I thank for a much needed lesson and reminder.
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