"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.
This page editorial help: Sister Lynn near Atlanta, GA
God will bless us if we obey him and curse us if
we do not obey him. In the Old Testament, blessings were given as
prosperity, good health, strong children, victory over enemies, etc, and
curses were given in reverse. Jesus preached, "Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is
So, in the New Testament, the
kingdom of heaven is in our reach.
So, repent and we will receive our eternal rewards, not in this world, but in
kingdom of heaven.
And Jesus Christ gives the keys to
the kingdom of heaven to
his true disciples
God will bless us if we obey him and curse us if we do not obey him. In the Old Testament, blessings were given as prosperity, good health, strong children, victory over enemies, etc, and curses were given in reverse. Jesus preached, "Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." So, in the New Testament, the kingdom of heaven is in our reach. So, repent and we will receive our eternal rewards, not in this world, but in the kingdom of heaven. And Jesus Christ gives the keys to the kingdom of heaven to his true disciples even now.
In the Old Testament, God gave blessings if they obeyed him and curses if they did not obey him. 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, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known. Deuteronomy 30:15 See, 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. 17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; 18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it." When Jesus Christ became a man, he said that he came to establish a second covenant. He was preaching people to repent, and the kingdom of heaven is in reach for them. "Hebrews 10:9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. Matthew 4:17 ... Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Jesus Christ preached for them to repent, that is to change their minds from two things. One is from sinning, and the other thing is about the kingdom, from the kingdom of the Jews to the kingdom of heaven, that is of God. But Jews did not understand him and they were asking for the kingdom of the Jews. "Acts 1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?" But the message of Jesus Christ is that the righteous will inherit the kingdom of God and the sinning people will not inherit his kingdom. "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. 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: Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." The rewards for doing good works are not given in this world, but those will be given with the inheritance in the kingdom of God.
However, Jesus Christ gives his disciples the keys to the kingdom of heaven even now as they live. 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. The power of the kingdom of heaven and was given to Jesus Christ and it was recorded as a prophesy by Isaiah. And it was fulfilled in Jesus Christ as seen in the book of Revelation. Isaiah 22:22 And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open. 23 And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father's house. Revelation 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Revelation 3:6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. 7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; Jesus Christ has given the Holy Ghost to his disciples and handed over the powers to them including the forgiveness of sins, to the context. 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. 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. John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. 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. The apostles also authorize the church to do the same, in the name of Jesus Christ. 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 have the power to forgive sins. 2 Corinthians 2:10 To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ;. So, the kingdom of God is at hand and the people of God can reach it even now, and for the eternal rewards.
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