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Christ shall be magnified in my body
by Brian Lunsford
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What is the kingdom of God? It is living in Christ Jesus. When I got inside of the Gospels some years ago, I found that the kingdom of God is Jesus Christ. If you are living in Jesus Christ, you are in His kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. You are under His rule on earth as those in heaven are living by His authority. You know, as the Holy Spirit teaches you Jesus Christ, the knowledge of the kingdom continues to reveal itself in every detail. This is the single purpose of a Spirit driven life. Daily living in the Lord is possible for all.

The kingdom is not just some proper noun of this earth. It is not a church made of human hands, not any certain denomination invented by the minds of humans. Not any congregation. The kingdom is simply the expression of and manifestation of Jesus Christ within His saints. That is all and nothing more. You can (and have the God given ability) receive His kingdom in and through Jesus Christ, yet you walk this earth. But the world of today's so-called foundation of Christianity and other religions would have you believe otherwise.

I advocate the School of Christ is where we are to be found throughout our life on this earth. This is where the Holy Spirit is not teaching us about the things of this earth. Not Church doctrine. Not sanctification by earthly standards. Not about Seven Day Adventist and Baptists, or Catholicism. Not about Mormons or Methodists. Not Islam. No, not about any doctrines contrived from the dark minds of humankind. The Holy and Sanctified schoolmaster of God's salvation is teaching only about Jesus Christ and what it is to live in His grace and mercy. It is not about us, me or this writing, but about Him living in us. It's all about a spirit driven life. Christ can be magnified in your body if you are Holy Spirit driven. Let's say that again, "Holy Spirit Driven" ...not worldly spirit driven. A Holy Spirit driven life gives all answers for daily Living in His Word.

To truly magnify Jesus Christ in our body, we must decide if we are to continue permitting the dark puppet masters of this world to rule our lives or let the hand of God intervene. God gave all a free will since the dawn of His creation so that we could willingly with understanding love Him, each other, and not be ruled by earthly wisdom (the spirit of the world); or worse, puppets with God pulling the strings, the so-called predestined life. It is the "inheritance" that is predestined, not the individuals. God's plan of salvation is predestined to come true for the entire world in a time that is yet to come. The concept of predestined lives makes God less than perfect. If that be God's nature, then He would be of evil. If any part of the law is corrupt, the whole of the law is corrupt. My friends, there are some things God can not do because of who He is.

God is not the cause of evil, humankind is. God allows evil and there is a vast difference between "cause" and "allow." God did not cause Adam and Eve to sin. He allowed it. It is written that my Father created evil and so it is. He defined evil and as such, created it. Why would God permit evil to exist in our lives? By the very nature of who God is and His purpose for His creation. The only way to eliminate evil from this world would be to annihilate the human race. Which would suggest that God should not have created us in the first place. Is He not perfect? Did God error!

The human race was created in the image and likeness of God for the reflection of the very nature of God in every thought, word, and deed. He wants to dwell with us. Shall we say that God is also evil since we are created in His image and likeness? That's absurd! I'm speaking of the spirit, the soul, as described in Genesis.

Let us not forget that God is a Spirit and we are to worship Him in spirit. My Lord and God Almighty wants me to knowingly and willingly worship Him in all His glory. Not as some mindless predestined individual. God gave us a free will so that we could voluntarily love and fulfill God's purpose for His existence. Yes, that is right, we are to be part of His purpose for existence. Not our purpose in any stretch of the imagination.

Forced love always falls short of His glory and might. If you are to magnify Jesus Christ in your body, you must start with Jesus Christ. If you want a chocolate cake, you can not leave out the chocolate or substitute it with any other ingredient. It becomes a less than perfect chocolate cake. Yet that is exactly what the current foundation of Christianity and other worldly religions are baking with artificial ingredients. A less than perfect god to appease their own self-importance in their daily living. My Lord and Savior is a master craftsman of the heart. He is the potter and we are the clay (speaking of the spirit). Who is the controlling spirit of your soul and of your flesh? The spirit of the world or the Holy Spirit of God? I don't know about you, but I cannot serve two entities at once. The Lord is great and gives abundantly to His saints on earth! All praise and glory to His name in Jesus Christ!

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