Experiencing The Kingdom of God
by Ramona Cook
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Experiencing the Reality of The Kingdom of God
Many facts have changed in the progression of Dispensational movement from the Old Covenant into the New Covenant. The obvious question is, "How could they have remained equal when God fulfilled the promises of the Old Covenant by the birth, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ?"
All of the First Covenant looked forward to the coming of Messiah. The rituals were given and practiced as a foreshadowing, or a looking forward to the time when Messiah would come and then set all things in order on the Earth.
Jesus did come, live, die, and resurrect from the dead. He has told us that the Kingdom of God is now among us. This is a statement that many consider to be not perceivable because it does not appear to be a truth in their reality, all things considered.
According to the report given in the 11th Chapter of Matthew's Gospel, verses 2-6 John the Baptizer, also needed to ask of Jesus if He was The Promised One in fact. It is interesting to me that Jesus did not answer with a simple "Yes."
Jesus told the Disciples of John to go back to the prison and to tell John what they were seeing: verses 4-6: v.5, "The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them."
John knew the Scriptures and he fully understood that the response of Jesus was a resounding "Yes, I AM the One who should come!" The things they saw was the proof of Who He was according the Scriptures prophesies.
That is great! However, for us today, apart from blind faith, how can we know that we are living in The Kingdom of God which Jesus has told us that He has already set up on this Earth? "The Kingdom of God is within you." Luke 17:21
There are many miraculous occurrences in our world. Don't depend on the public news to let you in on the miracles. No, the public press edits out every mention God and His works. I know that this is not a careless accusation, they do it because they consider it to be "politically correct." So, if you want to know about what is happening, it is a good idea to spend some news collecting time with the Christian Networks, and to go online to the Christian News Reports for what is happening in that sphere of today's news.
Jesus gave us a hint of how the Kingdom of God would come into Its full realization in the Earth. In the parable of the Mustard Seed Jesus says that the Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed that is planted and it grows without notice. There are no trumpet blasts, no fanfare, just quiet day to day maturing until it is completely grown. Matthew 13:31
Jesus told His Disciples that of those born of women that there was not a greater than John The Baptizer; however He said that the least person in the Kingdom of God is greater than John.
Things changed when Jesus resurrected from the dead and then sent the Holy Spirit to the Earth, with which He baptizes us. The Kingdom of God is "love, joy, peace and the Holy Spirit."
Jesus gave us information in verses 16 and 17 of Matthew regarding why we may not be experiencing the reality of "living in the Kingdom of God."
Jesus said, "To what shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the market place and calling to their fellows, and saying, We have piped (our flutes) and you have not danced; we have mourned unto you and you have not lamented." Jesus said to them, (and can it be true of us also?) that they were playing, pretending, going through the rituals, and finding no pleasure or satisfaction, or power in those practices.
It is not enough to pretend Church, because it is lacking in experiences of the Kingdom Life when we "Do" a set of routines. IF there is no overlapping of our routine proclamation that spills over into our lives, and saturating our every thought and deed with the Blessing and Presence and Power of the Holy Spirit; we then are doing nothing but going through routines and feeling bereft of the Kingdom Life we so desire to experience.
When each of us, the Church, develop the required personal relationship with Jesus, then through the Holy Spirit we will live in and experience The Kingdom of God wherein is love, joy, peace and the Holy Ghost, accompanied with all the miracles that Jesus does, those He did when He was on the Earth in His Flesh.
Some of the Church do live in this Kingdom today and experience the blessings of The Kingdom. The good news is that The Kingdom of God is in fact accessible to everyone of us.
We access The Kingdom of God by obedient living to His commands and by living holy lives in every way that God, in The Holy Bible, tells us to live.
But you know, you can nor I can know what those things are unless we read our Bibles and ask Jesus to reveal His truths to us. We don't know how this can occur, but He knows and He will reveal it to each one who asks with pure desire.
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