Saturday, April 19, 2014

Inherit God’s kingdom

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Heb 2:8-10

Now when it says "all things," it means nothing is left out. But we have not yet seen all things put under their authority. 9 What we do see is Jesus, who was given a position "a little lower than the angels"; and because he suffered death for us, he is now "crowned with glory and honor." Yes, by God's grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone. 10 God, for whom and through whom everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory. And it was only right that he should make Jesus, through his suffering, a perfect leader, fit to bring them into their salvation.

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Jesus is our first born in the kingdom, He is our first brother, and He is the original heir of God’s kingdom and has made us joint heirs with him. We are not only to see the kingdom; God has given us the kingdom- for it is the Father’s good pleasure to give us the kingdom. Except a man is born of the spirit, He cannot inherit the kingdom of God.

Christianity is about the kingdom of God. God is real and tangible to those who are truly in His kingdom. He is not so to those who are without. Only those who are born of the spirit get to inherit the kingdom.

What then does it mean to be born of the spirit?

When a man is born of the spirit, one of the major evidences is that he walks in the spirit; his total being is now controlled from his spirit and no longer from his flesh. This means he now does things not because of the feelings of his flesh and mind but because of the leading of the spirit. Such a man walks by faith and not by sight or feelings (your faith is from your spirit). Because of this man’s spirit led life, he is a just man, and such a man lives by faith and faithfulness to God, for the just shall live by faith.

Being born of the spirit means you are born again and this is literal, it happened to your spirit. It begins by believing in Jesus Christ, that he rose up from the dead; that he rose up with a glorified body, the kind of body that you will someday have and walk on the earth as a SON of God, that he ascended to heaven bodily. You also accept Him as the lord of your life; this means your life now belongs to Him and you let Him rule it. When you do all this, you will be saved. When you live in the light of this truth daily, you will grow into a son and be led by the spirit. This is what it means to be born of the spirit.

Go into today knowing that you are not of this world but God has bought you with a price and you have been transformed into a new creature. Your light shines in darkness and darkness cannot comprehend it.

By SD Abraham

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