The Real Kingdom Message

Posted on December 7, 2014

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In recent years the “Kingdom Message” has become very popular in certain circles of believers as it has for periods of time since Jesus walked the earth.  Just the word popular should be a red flag in many cases. Often popularity is a sign that the flesh is being pleased more than the spirit of God. Not going to get into wrong teaching but share the good news as we were commanded to do.

John the Baptist the First Kingdom Teacher

First mention is so important, as first mention of a subject lays the foundation for a doctrine on which everything else is built on.  John the Baptist was the first to come preaching the kingdom so we must look at what John said and see how Jesus and His disciples continued the message.

Matthew 3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

 

Matthew 3:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew documents the arrival of Jesus into ministry within the same chapter three coming a doing exactly the same thing as John did, preaching a message of repentance and of the kingdom of God.  This is the foundation of the kingdom message.

What Did John Teach?

Repentance is pretty clear, those things we have knowledge of that are wrong we stop that behavior and turn from that action and or life style. John was asked for more detail from some and he gave them advice and instruction to live their lives more pleasing to God and man. When people ask questions that is a really great sign of hunger and sincerity.  Jesus shared parables and his disciples asked what they meant and Jesus expounded the truth to real disciples and never to the multitude.

Luke 3:10 And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? 11 He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. 12 Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do? 13 And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you. 14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.

Kingdom is About Modest Living and Lavish Giving

In Luke 3:11 John says if you have two coats give one away and if you have extra meat give it away. Living the kingdom life here on earth is not about massing wealth but living comfortable and giving to others that have need.  This seems simple but too often even in this simple message of being a giver there are excesses. Here in America you may have five or six coats and you give your old worn out one, one that is too small, or the one that is no longer in style to a charity and we feel good because we gave.  A well-meaning person tried to help The Father’s House out one time after some of our computers were stolen by directing me to a place where they rehabbed old computers as if old rehabbed computers were all a ministry would need. Kingdom giving and living is about blessing less fortunate believers with good things not left overs.

Acts 2: 44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

This passage above from the book of Acts as the church is being birthed describes communal living and sharing of possessions and property that was not essential was sold to help other believers out.  You don’t hear this message often, what you hear are messages on kingdom wealth, which basically has zero New Testament scripture or biblical example to back it up.

The Poor You Have Always

This saying about poverty always being present is in two of the gospels spoken by Jesus and in Deuteronomy 15:11.  As long as this world stands in present state there will be poverty in some places.  Kingdom living is about blessing anyone in need but the example of the New Testament is about pouring into believers with our abundance.  We must take care of our own first.

I Timothy 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

We can use this passage written to Timothy as applying to a personal household but it should be applied to the local house of God as well.  Provision for our needs is a faith walk, and this passage plainly tells us if you won’t take care of your own that you are acting in a faithless manner or as an unbeliever with actions that say, “I don’t believe God can meet my needs.”  Taking care of all our own is paramount to kingdom living. If we are feeding the unsaved homeless and have believers that we could invest the same time and resources into we are missing the mark.  A stronger family of believers is much more able to reach the lost!

Does this Match You Job?

John gave specific instruction to Publican(Tax Collectors) and soldiers. Publicans were said to have a minimum amount that they had to collect for the Roman government and anything else above that was for themselves and they often became very wealthy abusing their power to take the money of others. Kingdom living is not about abusing your position but about being fair and just to all, even if we have the power over others.  Likewise John told the soldiers, which also had power over people, to not abuse their power. John told the soldiers to not be physically abusive, be honest, and be content in your wages. There are jobs were employees are forced to sell inferior products and services or to be dishonest to make a deal so this same advice fits many in our culture. How opposite of the popular kingdom teaching about gaining wealth is the commandment, yes commandment, to be content with your wages. This is what separates believers of this world and the believers of the world to come.

Acts 17: 10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Search the Scriptures Yourself

Your responsibility is to search the scriptures to validate the teachings of this day and age. Each of us will be accountable for our diligence or lack thereof.  Many well-known ministers are majoring on minor doctrines or even twisted doctrines instead of concentrating on the basics, like taking care of one another.

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