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Month: June 2015

Kingdom Authority

(Original radio broadcast from April 10,1998)

In these past few weeks we have been underscoring the fact that the great emphasis of Jesus in His earthly ministry was the Good News of the Kingdom of God.

It is interesting to note that in the New Testament, the phrase “Kingdom of God” is found 69 times, while the phrase “Kingdom of Heaven” occurs 32 times and all in the Gospel according to Matthew.

While neither of these phrases are found in the Old Testament, there are numerous references to the subject. In fact, the prophecies in Daniel are very important in showing how both phrases developed.

Consider Dan 2:44: “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.”

Here we see the fact of the one Kingdom. It is the Kingdom of God, for He alone reigns over it. It is the Kingdom of Heaven, for Heaven is the location of His throne, and the sphere in which all of His subjects actually dwell! In Ephesians 2:6 we read how we who were dead in trespasses and sins, have been made alive in Christ, and even now are seated in heavenly places in Him!

When Jesus prayed, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven,” He knew that God was calling His children unto a heavenly life, which would actually have profound affects on the earthly plane. This is the nature of Kingdom authority. In one sense it is the ability to manifest heaven on earth!

This is in stark contrast with worldly authority, which is a forcing of one’s will over another. Jesus exemplified this authority that was of a heavenly nature, and He also instructed his disciples to follow suit. No mistake can be made concerning His attitude towards human authority, in favor of the power of the Life-giving Word of God!

Mat 20:25-28: “But Jesus called them unto him, and said, “You know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.'”

Luke 22:24-27: “And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. And he said unto them, ‘The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But you shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that does serve. For whether is greater, he that sits at the table, or he that serves? is not he that sits at the table? but I am among you as he that serves.'”

Kingdom authority is the ability to serve and give life, but never to control or coerce!

An example of this is found in the sixth chapter of the Gospel according to John. This was a point in time when many of His followers left Him. They said His teachings were just too hard. And so Jesus put to the twelve who remained:

“Will you also go away?”

Then Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life?”(John 6:68).

Jesus never violated anyone’s freedom of choice, but He did wield an authority such as no man has ever known! His authority was in the life that He possessed, and in His ability to share it with others!

To Peter and the others, no other choice would have been reasonable. There was nowhere else to go to satisfy that hunger for true divine, abundant and eternal life!

Reigning with Christ

It is important that we fully understand Biblical rulership. It is based on one’s inner light. Remember when in Genesis the greater light was to rule the day, and the lesser light the night? How does light rule? By giving illumination of course!

Oh how we on earth depend on the sun to give us the light and warmth we need to sustain us! And oh how we need the illumination of the Word and Spirit of God to survive spiritually!

And furthermore, Jesus offered this same Kingdom authority to anyone who received Him and became His disciple. In other words, we too can hold the words of eternal life, and also impart the same life to anyone who will receive them! But we first must humble ourselves to be trained and instructed for servanthood. Your degree of authority in God’s Kingdom will only be equal to your submission unto Him, and your willingness to serve others.

Oh the depth of the wisdom of God! It is so amazing in its simplicity, and wonderful in its working. What mystery revealed! What power released to heal and mend, to deliver and save! No wonder Jesus could go about doing good, healing all those who were sick and oppressed of the devil, for God was with Him! He possessed the authority of a King, but the heart of a servant!

He is the Light of the world, and we are His sons of Light! As we live together under His reign of righteousness, peace and joy, we also become the Light of the world, a city set on a hill that cannot be hid!

Micah 4:1-5: “But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it. For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.”

Can you see how liberating this truth can actually be in your every day experience? No longer do we need to control or pressure others to our will. We merely yield to the wonderful will of our Heavenly Father, and become His Light bearers! Yes, some will resist and reject the Light we offer, but those who run into it will receive grace and wisdom and freedom in Christ!

Believe it! Trust Him! He is giving to you and me the keys to the Kingdom of heaven! You can receive a Word of Life from the Lord to pass on to others! They too can enter into His Kingdom, and know of heavenly places in Christ! You and I can know the joy of serving others — this is Kingdom authority!

But let us never forget: any giving, any sacrifice, any time spent in helping people is not to place them under obligation unto you or the Lord. Some selfless acts will be disregarded and unappreciated, but both you and the Lord will honor that person’s right to choose. Your reward will be found in the gratitude of your Heavenly Father, Who will never forget your love and devotion unto Him.

Your seeds of faith are not limited to financial donations! Every kindness done in the Love of God has kingdom potential! These produce the authority of Kingdom life in others, and work to expand His glorious reign in the earth!

Phil 2:14-16: “Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom you shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain”.

Do you really want to rule and reign with Christ? Then you must accept the life of humility and service that Jesus offers! Herein is found the power to change the world! And while we have the promise of seeing the fullness of His Kingdom in the days ahead, our reign with Him can begin today, as we understand and apply the principles of His Kingdom authority in our every circumstance even now.

Heavenly Father, often we feel so helpless and powerless to deal with even the kingdoms that war within our own souls. Our fears, our pride, our selfishness often cloud our view of your power and Lordship in our circumstances, preventing us from fully reigning in Life by Christ Jesus.

Forgive us, and grant us the faith and confidence we need to commit our lives and our future into your capable Hands. Give us a fresh vision of your glory, and your purpose in this earth. And then may we trust you to empower us in every battle against sin and unrighteousness, together as one in your Spirit.

Give us the strength to rise up in the earth and shine for you! That others will see our good works and glorify your Name!

Let our every thought word and deed become an expression of this wonderful truth:

Jesus Christ is Lord!

The Time is at Hand!

(Original radio broadcast from April 17,1998)

Whenever the subject of the Kingdom of God is discussed, one question will usually surface eventually. It is the question of “When?”

Over the centuries, numerous theories have accumulated, and each one has seen some popularity, according to the mood and desires of the times. Many books are being sold every day which promise to give the reader some inside information concerning the end times and the coming of God’s Kingdom. They are read by both sinner and saint alike, for they address universal concerns and arouse the curiosity of many.

The Pharisees, and even His disciples posed the question of “When” to Jesus. But it is interesting to consider His responses in each instance. In neither case did He give them a specific time. To the Pharisees He declared the location of the Kingdom, and to the disciples, clear direction was given that would lead to Kingdom activity.

If any allusion to time was given, it was always in the present tense. While Jesus consistently held forth the futuristic aspects of God’s reign of righteousness, peace and joy in the earth, no one could dispute where His emphasis lay.

There was always an immediacy in Jesus’ teaching and practice. “The Kingdom of heaven is at hand,” was His theme! How are we to respond to this? Does it not flush away our mythology — and our excuses as well?

Is not NOW the time to hear His Voice and respond in Loving obedience? Will we adore Him with our lips, calling Him “Lord, Lord,” but fail to simply do those things which He commands?

Has our eschatology, that is, our beliefs concerning the last days, and our traditions concerning Him, made His commands to us ineffectual? Is not today the day to give our lives and our very souls to the fulfillment of His will in the earth?

Cannot He take care of the final outcome of all history, while we just simply live, move, and have our being in Him? And in this abiding in His presence, are there not important actions that must necessarily follow?

Think of all the action verbs that Jesus employed! “Go, Do, shine, preach, teach, feed, love, heal, forgive!” Could it be that these very words can take us into Kingdom reality? Could these very actions themselves bring heavenly life into this sin-cursed world?

Or would we choose a complicated system of Biblical interpretation over the simplicity of knowing, loving and serving our Lovely Lord and King? Can we not trust Him to protect us in these fearful and terrible times, as we choose to follow Him?

But what of the future? How are we to prepare for it? Is it not important for us to have detailed information concerning the end times? Should we not be warning others of the dreadful times to come?

Truly these are frightening times. Children are killing children, and even normal family love is difficult to find. Every event that inspires optimism is countered by signs of decline and decay. Surely, every child of God should look to discern the signs of the times.

But from where does our hope spring forth? Is it from our knowledge of supposed predictions? Or is it from the Person of Jesus Christ Himself? The Name of the Lord is a strong tower! The righteous run into it and are safe!

But some attempt to draw our confidence towards them or towards their ability to understand and explain complex and questionable interpretations of Biblical prophesy. May I declare unto you today that the small of intellect, the young and even uninformed can often find the greater security — for they can have the Lord Jesus Christ Himself! All can know Him! From the least unto the greatest! All can learn to hear His Voice, and respond to it! All can run into His loving arms for peace and true security!

Surely we can and will help one another to know the reality of the Saviour, and my hope is that this message and ministry is a part of just that. For knowing Him more intimately will lead to greater understanding and also greater power in Him to face the challenges of the times.

As we follow on to know the Lord — we shall KNOW!

Hosea 6:3: “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.”

Jesus is coming! And He is coming unto us as the rain!

Hosea 10:12:” Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.”

Could I encourage us all to seek the Lord? Instead of spending all of our time worrying about the future, or sorting through all of the controversies concerning the end times, why not just seek the Face of Jesus? Learn to walk with Him, talk with Him, become a real fanatic! Fall head over heels in Love with Him!

Would not this be time well spent? And what will be the result? Perhaps you will rediscover the Faith that was once and for all delivered unto the saints! Perhaps you will find true righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost! This is the Kingdom of God! Perhaps you will become translated out of the kingdom of darkness and into His kingdom of light! Maybe you will even come to truly know Him as Lord of all, and begin living in the expectancy of His ever expanding Kingdom!

Then you will find yourself spontaneously doing all the things that you have already known were right. Loving the brethren. Helping the helpless. Forgiving those who hurt you, and leading others to know the Love of God for themselves!

This is the Kingdom of God! Live in it NOW! Worship Him as Lord NOW! Watch the gates of hell fall — NOW!

Let us leave the course of history in the hands of our sovereign God. And let us trust Him to lead us and give us the power to obey Him today.

Yes, there is a future hope. Even the Creation itself senses it:

Rom 8:19-21: “The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.  For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.”

Christ Jesus must reign until all enemies are put under His feet, the Rock cut out of the mountain is growing, and this leaven is continuing to leaven society. He has already begun His righteous reign in us, and through our devotion and obedience nations will come to the light and kings to the brightness of our rising!

It is time for us to rise and shine, for the glory of the Lord is risen upon us! As citizens of heaven and the age to come, we are becoming living examples of the Kingdom of God to our generation!

Rom 12:1-2: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Many reference books will confirm the fact that the word which is translated “world” here in the KJV, is a Greek word which refers to a period of time, or “an age.” We are not to conform to the thinking of this age, for we are actually dwelling in the Kingdom age now!

Gal 1:3-5: “Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world (or age), according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

Col 1:12-14: “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet (or qualified us) to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”

These and many other passages bear witness to the truth of our present dwelling place is in Christ! Lord open our eyes to see you, and enlighten our minds to the revelation that you have raised us up together, to be seated in heavenly places in you! And as we learn to experience you in our daily lives, we are also living in your heavenly Kingdom now!

Yes, there is a glorious age to come! It is the age when the kingdoms of this world become the Kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ, and He shall reign for ever and ever! (Rev 11:15)

But you and I are to bear witness to the reality of His reign today! His army is advancing today, and we are on the winning side!

Lord, you are well aware of our need for patience in these troubled and doubtful days. Often it seems to us as though your are very distant, and your coming so long delayed. Grant us the courage and faith to walk in obedience to your commands. Increase our awareness of you and your imminent universal reign over this earth.

All of humanity needs to see you, but so do we. Give us a fresh vision of your glory, and a renewed visitation of the power of your Holy Spirit in our lives. Only then can we fulfill your Hearts desire for our lives.

In Jesus Name,
Amen

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

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