For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
1 Corinthians 15:3 NASB
Now, we have seen, Christ came to satisfy the righteous requirement of the law for us, and, in completely fulfilling it in His own flesh, we, in our belief in His work, are baptized into His work, His death, burial, and resurrection.
There is, however, a working out of the process of our faith. As Paul called those who were new to the faith “babes”, and “carnal” (1 Corinthians 3:1), he also wrote to the Galatians, who were yet learning, of how he was in great labor of prayer until Christ was formed within them.
Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
There were three feasts in the Old Covenant during which every adult male was required to make the trip to Jerusalem (Deuteronomy 16:16). In all, there were seven feasts, each pointing to different aspects of Jesus’ life and ministry, but three were particularly required. No matter where any man lived in that day, they were required to travel to the city God had chosen, Jerusalem.
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In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
God spoke, and there was light. His Word entered creation, and light was over the vast expanse of the deep. God approved of this light, and as He separated light from dark, there was day and night. The first day.
God created the skies, and the lands beneath. His Word set the boundaries for the sea, so that it might only come so far. His Word called forth, and it came into being.
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In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”
It takes faith to see! Faith is not the definition of being born again, but is a requirement for it, therefore, faith is a prerequisite for seeing.
Consider miracles. Jesus said that there will be many who had done many great miracles but were not know by the Lord (Matthew 7:22). The apostles, even Judas the traitor, were casting out devils in His name, yet not all had come to the consistent walk of faith. If the word “faith” in your vocabulary only means miracles, then something is grossly missing in your understanding of the Kingdom.
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Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:9-10 (portion)
His Kingdom is an Eternal Kingdom. As He is never changing, neither is His Kingdom. Jesus’ prayer for His disciples was that it would be on the Earth here even as it is there, in the Heavens.
When we pray for His Kingdom, we are not praying for a kingdom some day to show upon the Earth and rule physically in the world, although that may be a portion of its manifestation some day. But, as the Holy Ghost is invisible, and He is like the wind which is here but you don’t know where it comes from or where it goes, so is the Kingdom by His power.
The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”
1 Peter 1:8 talks about “joy unspeakable” and “full of glory”. Suppose you had experienced this “joy unspeakable”, and had to explain it to someone else. How would you do that? Well, about the best way you could put it would be that it is, in fact, “joy”, and, it’s so incredible, it’s “unspeakable”, so that words do not even seem to do it justice. That would be about it. You could, perhaps, get a few more adjectives in there. It was so “glorious”. But, unless someone else had even seen “glorious”, they wouldn’t get it. You would be more or less stuck, unable to explain it to them.
In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream, and visions passed through his mind as he was lying on his bed. He wrote down the substance of his dream.
Daniel said: “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea. Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea.
This is understood as the parallel to Daniel 2. Daniel 2 was Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, this is Daniel’s. While Nebuchadnezzar saw the kingdoms, Daniel apparently sees the spirits of the kingdoms. The four winds church the great sea, and four distinct beasts came up out of it.
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The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
The eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness. Then watch out that the light in you is not darkness. If therefore your whole body is full of light, with no dark part in it, it will be wholly illumined, as when the lamp illumines you with its rays.
The teaching of the Kingdom is a simple thing. It is, actually, the smallest of all seeds, even though it produces the biggest plant.
You could put a whole lot of effort into studying the teachings of Jesus, and cataloging them, and indeed, many have, and many of these works have been profitable. However, whether they are understood and lived is an entirely different matter.