Monday, November 23, 2015

OH SAY, CAN YOU SEE?

Kingdom of God (pt. 3)

Here is a most interesting thing: we are told to repent because “the kingdom of God is at hand.”

Most evangelicals tell us that we need to repent so that we don’t go to hell.

Jesus said we need to change our mind and believe the gospel, because the kingdom was at hand.

In other words, Jesus wants you to be a part of the kingdom.
Imagine that.
You have been given a personal invitation to join the most exciting institution on earth—the kingdom of God.
  • I don’t think I’ve ever seen or heard of this kingdom. 
  • Where is this kingdom? 
  • How can I know what it is? 
  • How do I get into it?

Unless you’ve been born again, you cannot even see the kingdom, let alone understand anything about it.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (Jhn 3:3)

The word that is translated “see” in that verse means “to know by perception; to perceive by any of the senses.”

That means that unless you are born again, you cannot know nor understand anything about God’s kingdom.

I realize this may be overly simplistic for those who do not practice what they believe, but,
Get a Clue!!
Could this be why the pre-believer hasn’t any idea what we are talking about when we share things concerning this kingdom?

Yes, I am aware that Paul tried to explain this for us in his letter to the Romans.
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. (Rom 8:7-8)
But we continue to demand that those who are not yet born again submit themselves to the principles of the kingdom.

Why is it that we do not truly believe the Word?

Those outside the kingdom of God simply are not able to understand what we believe or why.

Jehovah tried to show this principle to the Hebrews as they wandered in the wilderness carrying the Ark of His Presence with them.
The length of the court shall be an hundred cubits, and the breadth fifty every where, and the height five cubits of fine twined linen, and their sockets of brass. (Exo 27:18c)
Notice that the height of the wall surrounding the court and everything it contained was to be five cubits high.

A cubit is an ancient measurement based on the length of the forearm, which could be from 17 – 21 inches in length on average. (click here for source)

For the ease of figuring, we will use 18 inches, one and a half feet.

5 cubits x 18 inches = 90 inches = seven and a half feet

The wall of the tabernacle in the wilderness was 7 ½  feet high, much higher than a normal human being of any era.

Hebrews and aliens on the outside of the tabernacle were not able to see whatever was going on inside the walls. They hadn’t a clue.

They could speculate, though, due to the loud noises coming from around the brazen altar of sacrifice.

What do you suppose went through their minds as they saw bulls and sheep disappear behind the gate never to return?

And so it is today.

Those outside the kingdom of God, those who are not yet regenerated, haven’t a clue as to what goes on inside this kingdom. They hear the noise of our sacrifices, but that is all. From that they can only speculate; and they don’t and can’t get it right, because
Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (Jhn 3:3)
One would think that is plain enough for anyone to understand, but even Nicodemus, who was a teacher in Israel could not grasp what Jesus meant (Jn. 3:4, 10).

It is certainly plain enough for those of us who have been born again, but that is where the plainness stops.
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. (Jhn 3:3, 7)
John 3:16 is posted by folks seated in the end-zone seats of football games, but John 3:7 is posted all around town in people’s yards and attached to power poles.

It is usually seen as a verse telling people what they need to do.
In that place, I become as dumbfounded as Nicodemus:
Nicodemus said unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? (Jhn 3:4)
Good question, don’t you think?


I will take that up in the next installment.
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