Called Great In the Kingdom? – The Father’s House Church of Stockton

Posted on March 3, 2013

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Who would not want to be called great in the Kingdom of God? I think we all would truly desire to be blessed and feel like we did things right in God’s eyes. According to the Word of God, to be called great in the kingdom is to be one the follows the laws of God and teaches others to follow the law also.

Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

In the New Testament church today when nearly have the mantra “Under Grace” or “New Covenant” to totally reject the law. We say things like we are no longer under the law but under grace as if the ten commands or any other commandment of God does not exist today.  This is all pure foolishness and contradicts the words of Jesus here in Matthew five and other passages as well.  We have the blood of Jesus to cover our sins but we still have the law a guideline of living, just as Jesus said.

The law teaches us God’s heart concerning specific behaviors toward Him and toward others. God is the same yesterday today and forever.  If he was against murder, idolatry, and adultery in the Old Testament, then he is against those things today. The only difference today is that if we fail, we are able to be forgiven through the blood of Jesus. Therefore we must take serious every commandment and ordinance God has given us.

Matthew five not only recommends following God’s statutes but tells us that there is a blessing in teaching others to do so as well. I don’t believe any minister that ignores teaching about good godly values and pushes the hyper-grace message is condoning of bad behavior but the lack of promotion of God’s standards has produced a church in America that openly is living in a greater amount of sin with a lower amount of commitment to service toward God.

Most of us a not Jews and were not born into the Levitical life style and law.  Those ceremonial ordinances tell us much about God but are not for us gentile believers today.  These portions of the law are not for the church today and we have specific teaching such as in Galatians that we are not to follow these things. Paul even wrote the Galatians and said “who hath bewitched you with the law.” The law literally failed in one generation and God’s chosen people began walking away from the law unto idolatry and other sins. Grace had to come but God’s standards still remain. There is a balancing act between understanding the law to please the Lord and relying on grace when we fail.  Ignoring the laws and standards produces a life out of God’s balance.

We must begin studying the law and all of God’s word and absorbing it with the understanding that all standards God set for men in laws and commandments were a demonstration of his heart for our lives, do our best to walk it out, and rely on grace when we miss the mark.

Farris Baker

The Father’s House Church of Stockton

Flagship Apostolic Ministries

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