6. Kingdom of God; on Earth, and in Heaven.

"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India
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Declaration

If we obey God, he blesses us, and if we disobey him, he curses us. God proved this to Israel in the worldly kingdom. Jesus Christ preached to us that "the kingdom of heaven is at hand." So, 'the righteous' can reach the kingdom of God now, and they will inherit his kingdom in eternity.

 

 

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Blessing and Curse in the Old Testament

Praise the Lord, Alleluia. In the Old Testament, God blessed Israel if they obeyed him and cursed them if they did not obey him. So, the rewards were given to them in the world. "Deuteronomy 11:26 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; 27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: 28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, ... Deuteronomy 30:15 I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; 16 In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. In the rest of the rest of the verses God says that he will destroy them if they do not obey." Israel flourished when they obeyed God. But when Israel did not obey God, he destroyed them. You can verify it, through the Bible study, or even if you study the secular history of Israel. The point is, in the Old, the reward was given here.

The kingdom of heaven is at hand

In Matthew 4:17 ... Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." As we read it, we always hear ‘repent’, that is to repent for our sins. That is it. But, Jesus says one more thing, that the kingdom of heaven is at hand. The context is this. The kingdom of the Jews was destroyed, and they were under the Roman kingdom. They want to receive their kingdom back. Jesus told them to change their mind. It is not the kingdom of the Jews, but it is time to receive the kingdom of heaven. If it is so, how to receive the kingdom of heaven? "Luke 11:20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you." It is the manifestation of the things of God. We may be familiar with miracle healings, prophesies, and such things. Let us see a few scriptures that we never paid attention to. Let us see Matthew 16:19. "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." Jesus Christ gives the keys to the kingdom of heaven. That is, his servants can either open or close the door of heaven to you. They can let you in or shut you out. Whatever they do, God will approve. This is super. "Matthew 18:18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (this is the same as the previous verse) 19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven." They can touch anything and ask, it is not only open the door to heaven, but anything will be done on earth; healing, miracle, or ‘anything’. It is only to the true servants of God. But now a days, any Tom, Dick, and harry, reads this verse and claims everything, but nothing happens, and they bring shame upon them. God knows who his true servants are. "John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. (see the comparison, as Jesus came, he sends you, that is, you will be doing the same work that Jesus was doing) 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained." This does not need an explanation. You will be sent in the place of Jesus, if you forgive someone’s sin, God will forgive them, if you do not forgive someone, then God will not forgive them. The kingdom of God is in your hands, if you are a true servant of God. If you do not believe me, I am not saying this, but the word of God says this. 1 Corinthians 5:4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. In its context, even the church also has the power even to give an evil doer in the hands of the devil, so that his body may be destroyed. It is time that churches believe the word of God as the word of God. The kingdom of God is at hand and the people of God can reach it now in the world. And it will not go without reward in heaven.

Let the Filthy be filthy still and let the Holy be holy still

Our Christian preaching is that Jesus Christ loves you, he died for you, he is crying and weeping for you. He is willing to receive you with open arms, so come as you are, and so on. These kinds of preaching are just nonsense. Let us look at this verse. "Revelation 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." Our present-day preachers preach just the opposite. They are against obeying God and to do righteousness. They are servants of the devil, the deceiver. "Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 1 Corinthians 6 says: 9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God." God is not begging us to come to him. It is not the gospel message. The message is this: If you want reward in heaven, be righteous and be his servant. If you are unrighteous, you will receive the reward in hell and in the lake of fire. God does not beg to us to come to him. If we obey him, the reward will be waiting for us. "1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. Isaiah 64:4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. 5 Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness... " So, we will see God’s kingdom here, and we will inherit it in heaven.

The Christian church is polluted

Christianity is the biggest religion of the world. The devil entered Christianity, as an angel of light, and his servants pretend as the servants of God. "2 Corinthians 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." The world came inside the church and Christianity and it is polluted. Now, we are not different from worldly people, except we attend churches and a few of us carry the Bible. But, we oppose God, who gives commandments for eternal life. But we love a god, who will neither give commandments, nor allow us to obey God. It causes eternal damnation to Christians. We are in fake Christianity. Anyhow, let us continue.

Be born of the word of God

Jesus Christ says in Matthew 7:21: "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." So, it is not religiosity, but it is our godliness that takes us to the kingdom of God. Jesus Christ says in Matthew 18:3: "And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." How to become as a little child? We should be born as babies and grow up. Smart alecks are not children. Jesus Christ says in Matthew 23:13 "But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in." Jesus Christ called the leaders of the church as hypocrites and said that they are the ones who cause the kingdom to be shut against the people. The situation has not changed even today. Jesus Christ says in John 3:5 "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." Here, born of water means to be born of the word of God. After we are born of the spirit as a baby, we must study and live by the word of God and must become the sons of God. As sons of God, we can enter and inherit the kingdom of God. Thank you very much for listening. God bless you. May his presence go with you. Amen.

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