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THE SPIRITUAL and PHYSICAL KINGDOM OF GOD
THE SPIRITUAL and PHYSICAL KINGDOM OF GOD
By: PASTOR ABRAHAM BASCON
Maybe some of you have experienced the things of the Spirit. If you are walking after the Spirit, you will go after the things of the Spirit; and, not the things of the flesh. Ep.2:8-9, I know we have covered this particular scripture many times, it is a very important scripture...but just in case you might have missed an important thing or two...v.8 and 9.. It' perfectly clear, that a person is saved by God's Grace through faith. Not faith in your own self. You don't have the ability to save yourself. Do you believe God and His Word? Do you believe the Good News that Jesus preached? So then, you DO believe the Gospel of the Kingdom of God! John the Baptist, had proclaimed: "Repent for the KOG is at hand." So, when Jesus came, He also made the same claim. Then, He teaches His disciples the things of the Kingdom of God. And, you will see, when Jesus resurrected from the dead, He met with over 500 of His disciples. And for His remaining time on earth, before He ascended into heaven, He taught His disciples the things of the KOG. One thing for sure is that these things were passed on to His disciples. His disciples went and preached these things. You really have to pay attention here. These were all things pertaining to the Kingdom. His disciples were first-hand witnesses of the things that Jesus taught concerning the Kingdom of God.
EPH.2:8,9-A person is saved through God's Grace, and that person having faith in God. Faith to believe that it is through the Lord Jesus Christ, we are able to go to that place where Jesus referred to as My Father’s House.
You are NOT saved by acts of kindness, showing love for others, being nice or friendly etc. The Word says, doing those nice things will NOT save you. You are NOT saved by good works. Now, don't misunderstand what the scriptures are saying, or what I am saying. You need God's Grace, and you need faith, then you are saved.
I'm not forgetting the other basic principles like: Repentance, Baptisms, receiving the HS and being Born Again. However getting saved, does not involve your good works. Way back, someone told me about God, and how I needed to know God, and they invited me to go to church. I said, I’m not perfect or holy yet. I'm still a sinner. I know that I don't deserve to go to heaven, because of the lifestyle that I have lived. I'm not ready yet. I have to make myself holy. Then, I will come to church. And, I will be like one of you folks, holy-rollers.
Now, I had the wrong perception of faith. I didn't know that Salvation depends entirely upon Him. Now, after hearing this, some might have the notion that you don't have to do anything else but: to have faith in God, and be Born-Again. Except to die. You can't wait to die, for death to
automatically take you to God's kingdom. That's the WRONG kind of thinking! I’ll tell you why. Better still, I'll let the Word tell you why.
In Gal.5:19-“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: adultery, fornication...etc. v.20..21..those who practice such things will NOT inherit the kingdom of God.” NKJV. v.21-those who do "such things," they will NOT inherit the KOG.” Now, this is Apostle Paul, he received his teachings directly from Jesus. You can trust Paul's Word. Now, he's talking about the Kingdom of God, a very important topic for believers of Jesus. He spoke about the KOG. Believe me, the one place that you would WANT to enter is God's Kingdom!
In John 3, Jesus said to Nicodemus, unless you are Born-Again, you cannot SEE the KOG. Unless you are born of water and the Spirit,you cannot ENTER the Kingdom of Heaven. In John 3, notice unless you're Born-Again, you cannot SEE, unless you are Born Again, you cannot ENTER the Kingdom of God. This will determine whether or not you will be able to enter God's Kingdom. There is a spiritual Kingdom of God, and there is a physical Kingdom of God. WE can't see the physical KOG, but it is there. The spiritual Kingdom of God is within you. You will see actual good changes in a person when they have truly been Born-Again. You will see good changes take place in a believer. Because they have the (spiritual) Kingdom of God within them. This is how you see that invisible Kingdom of God.
Now, if you don't see these fruits of the KOG, you better be on your guard for you could be facing a wolf in sheep's clothing! Don't believe that person! Jesus says, by their fruit, (their works) you shall know them. If you can't see any fruit of Jesus in that person's life and behavior, don't listen. For Satan can appear as an angel of light! Believers will produce the fruit of the Holy Spirit. In other words, if a person is filled with hatred, anger, arrogance etc...and they say that they are Born-Again, don't believe that person for they are not bearing the fruits of the Holy Spirit. You see, the invisible Kingdom which is in a believers heart and is reflected in their life. That (spiritual) Kingdom is being in that person's heart. They will not change 100% overnight. It will happen gradually. It occurs over time. It is called, "Experiential Sanctification." The end result that you should see, you should see a great change. You will see a great turn-around. I tell you this because, in order for a person to enter into the KOG, they would have to have, God's invisible Kingdom within them first. Here's where I want to make it as plain as possible for you. In Gal.5:18 and 19, that folks who are still having problems with sinful things, and are still participating in adultery, fornication, idolatry, drunkenness, partying...so that you still don't see changes...they will not enter the KOG. But, don't think that because you don't see any change in that person that they are not saved. God's Word says: If they are still doing acts of darkness, they will not ENTER the KOG. v.2 in EP.2, what does it say? v.10- now that you are a new creation in Christ, Born-Again through faith in God's Grace...v.10 says: this now, is your behavior. That GOD foreordained, preplanned a life of good deeds for you before the foundations of the world, how you should live a life of righteousness. Not a life of darkness. So there is NO excuse for us NOT to live a life of righteousness. Not only because we have the Lord Jesus Christ within us; but, that GOD had PREPLANNED a life of good deeds for US! This is the life of good deeds: You get saved first...then you live according to your new life of righteousness. Let it get developed for you, by your living this good life of righteousness. You live this life with Christ, and His Word within you. Now, the Kingdom is being developed within you.
Now, heaven forbid that you should die, and not live your life to the fullest; but because you have been living consistently in righteousness, you WILL ENTER the Kingdom. Look at Rev.22:3- And there shall be no more curse, but the Throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.
And, that Holy City, will descend from heaven to the new earth. Now go back to Rev.21:1- And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, ...v.2 Then I, John saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem...and v.3- I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold,the tabernacle of God is with men."
A lot of Christians, really aren't afraid of dying, and they all want to end up in heaven. But seems to me, that heaven will be empty, when the New Jerusalem descends from heaven to the New Earth. Where will God be at that time? He will be in the tabernacle of God. In the New Jerusalem on the new earth!
So, what is New Jerusalem like? Apostle John says: as gorgeous as a bride! V.4-says in the New Jerusalem, God will wipe away all tears from their eyes. No more death or pain, for the former things are passed away. What kind of place is this? No more tears, pain, death, no more sin, no more Satan...just God on His Throne in the New Jerusalem! And God and the Lamb are the temple there. God is the temple. And He will be visible for all believers!
Read further in Revelation, it describes having streets like gold, a golden cube! Like 1400 miles long, high and wide. It's like a cube. A lot of people there. It's foundations are made of precious jewels, and each door to the entrance of the Holy City. And, there is one thing that I noticed that was missing in the Holy City. It was empty of angels! You will not find angels in the New Jerusalem. It was filled with believers! And exclusive place for believers.
You see the Sandals commercial on TV...a vacation resort for those with money. They are treated real fine; but, don't get jealous over that....What awaits us, is no more sickness, no more pain, etc...God's light will shine upon each of us. God will provide His glorious light! You WANT to enter into God's Holy City!
What about the visible Kingdom of God? I already told you that the Throne of God will be in the midst of the Holy City. Where would the throne of a king be located here on earth? Where do you think God's Throne will be? It will be in His Kingdom! God will reign from His Throne. And, His Kingdom Rule and Reign will not only be over His people within the New Jerusalem; but, it will extend over ALL outside and beyond as well!
Now, remember what I said: You CANNOT enter the Kingdom of God if you are still involved with fornicators etc... Paul is saying; These are Christians; but they are still doing things of darkness. Don't think that just because one who is a Christian and is still involved with something of darkness, that they are not saved. For, what they must do is to repent, "to turn around" and ask God for forgiveness for their sinful behavior. As we are told in (1 John 1:9). And, they should desire the things of the Spirit, rather than the things of the flesh. God is the Creator, He says: "Be ye holy as I Am holy!" That's what we need to be! If one follows after the things of the flesh, they will NOT be able to ENTER the Kingdom of God. REV.22:12-"And behold, I come quickly, and My reward is with Me"
Now, I think it was Woody who asked: and was told by His sister that there are degrees of heaven. Yes, I believe there are degrees of heaven. You have various rewards. In Rev.22:12. So, he says: Rev.21:27, But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie; but, only those whose names are written in the Lambs Book of Life. Only if you are Born-again will you enter the KOG. Rev.21:27, Don’t think just because you said a few words, that they are going to save you; like, living the life of righteousness that GOD has PREPLANNED for you. A life of good deeds. God’s Word says: What does darkness have in common with light? The two are opposite each other.
Changes should take place right now! WE are responsible for our actions. Don't blame the devil for your sinful behavior. We choose to sin. Repent and ask for God’s forgiveness. (1 John 1:9). Receive His forgiveness, His cleansing from all unrighteousness, and thank Him for it! Praise God!