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7-21-2015 Is The Kingdom To Come?

Why do people listen to what God says at first, but not last? Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed a statue which God’s Prophet, Daniel, interpreted. Nebuchadnezzar was its head, history shows us Persians were next, then Greece, then Rome, which had many “kings.” “And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever” (Daniel 2:44 NKJV). Jesus came in Roman days, and is now “King of kings” (Revelation 17:14), Who “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love” (Colossians 1:13 NKJV). There is no kingdom yet to come!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#jesus-christ, #king-of-kings, #kingdom, #nebuchadnezzar

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6-3-2015 What Is YOUR “Truth?”

Jews delivered Jesus to Pilate as an “evildoer.” Jesus claimed His kingdom was “not of this world” and to “bear witness to the truth.” “Pilate said to Him, ‘What is truth?” (John 18:29-38). Pilate’s decision was, “I find no fault in Him at all.” Pilate’s decision was based upon “the truth.” “The truth” did not depend on whose heart it came from, but from absolute facts. “Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge, That I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth, That you may answer words of truth To those who send to you?” (Proverbs 22:20-21 NKJV). Each person does not determine their own “truth.” Don’t ask, “what is YOUR truth,” but ask, “have you learned “the truth?” Truth in, truth out.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#jesus, #kingdom, #pilate, #the-truth, #your-truth

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Psalm 72

Vs. 1-4 show that a king’s judgments should reflect the righteousness of God;

Vs. 5-11 describe the good influence inside and outside his kingdom;

Vs. 12-17 list blessings that will come to his people;

Vs. 18-19 remind us that the glory belongs to God.

Vs. 20 brings the prayers of David to a conclusion.

This is commonly attributed to Solomon, as are Psalms 127 and 132, although verse 20 appears to make it a prayer of David about the kingdom of Jesus Christ, which is the church of Christ (Acts 2:47; 8:12). There are several statements that more accurately describe Jesus Christ (verses 5-7, 11, 17) than Solomon.

Verses 1-4: Surely this section was behind Solomon’s proverb: “Take away the wicked from before the king, And his throne will be established in righteousness” (Proverbs 25:5). Jeremiah prophesied this for Jesus: “’Behold, the days are coming,’ says the LORD, ‘That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth’” (Jeremiah 23:5). The Apostle Peter told Gentile Cornelius that God “commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead” (Acts 10:42).

Verses 5-11: Solomon’s kingship did not last “throughout all generations (verse 5), “But to the Son [Jesus Christ ] He  [God] says: ‘Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your Kingdom’” (Hebrews 1:8). Solomon never “came down like rain” (verse 6) out of Heaven, Jesus did: “”For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me” (John 6:38). Solomon lost the righteousness (verse 7) of his kingship (1 Kings 11:9-11), but of Jesus: “Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men” (Romans 14:16-18). Though Solomon’s kingdom was extensive (verses 8-11), it has been exceeded by that of Jesus (Colossians 1:3-6). Truly “a greater than Solomon is here” (Matthew 12:42).

Verses 12-17: Solomon didn’t achieve with riches and military might (verses 12-14) like Jesus has through humane principles (Galatians 5:19-26). Verses 15-16 list blessings that accompany obedience to Jesus Christ: “gold,” “prayer,” “praise,” “abundance of grain,” fruitful trees, increasing numbers of followers. In verse 17, “His name shall” “endure” and “continue,” terms not for Solomon’s name, but “Christian” generates new followers for “as long as the sun,” which still works.

Verses 18-19: The God of Heaven and Earth “only does wondrous things” and alone should receive blessings for them.

Verse 20: This ends this Psalm, and a section of the Book of Psalms (chapters 42-72). A David about to die may have prayed this chapter, and Solomon recorded it. At any rate, Jesus Christ is woven throughout its fabric.

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #book-of-psalms, #daily-bible-reading, #jesus-christ, #kingdom

Praise God We Have Changed Kingdoms

Jesus is Coming back for us! This is a reality! Praise the Lord that He has called us out of a “dark world into the light of the Gospel.”

“For He has rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in who we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Col. 1:13-14)

Most of us, I’m sure, prefer light to darkness. Without Jesus all of us were in darkness, members, though we might not have known it, in the kingdom of Satan. Our Heavenly Father desires that we all come to a saving knowledge ans has provided the means through His Son, the Lord Jesus. We are glad that we can share in the inheritance He has for us (Col. 1:12)

The Word of God describes this transformation as changing kingdoms. We have been brought out of darkness into the marvelous light of the Gospel. The terminology used here by Paul is a military illustration. It pictures Rome going into a free country and as a result of waging a war and winning they subdue that nation and take them into captivity.

But in the spiritual realm, we are the ones in “bondage” and when we accept the Lord Jesus and obey the Gospel, we are “transferred’ (NASB) or “translated” (KJV) or are “conveyed” (NKJV) out of that bondage into the light of the Gospel. But it does not end there. Since we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins (Col. 1:14) we must put our new found faith to the test.

We have been called out of that dark kingdom, changed by the light of the Gospel and now have the privilege to go back into that kingdom, now empowered by the Holy Spirit and utilizing the Whole Armor of God (Eph. 6:10-20) to help others find their way out.

We can never work our way into Heaven, but upon salvation, we are to be the best workers the Lord has. So, my fellow believer, while we are waiting and watching for the Lord’s return, let’s be letting our light shine for Him! (I Peter 2:10)

 

 

#christian-living, #church, #holy-living, #kingdom, #redemption, #second-coming

Appreciation To My Many Christian Friends

As most of you know, today is another birthday for me. Actually, I’m celebrating the third anniversary of my 22nd year + 1. 🙂

There are many Facebook friends that I wrote personal notes to this morning, thanking them for their well-wishes for me on this day.

A person can never have too many friends. I pray that I’ll be a true and faithful friend in return.

Thank you TFR friends for your friendship as well. You are a bright light in an otherwise dark world. May God richly bless you and your work in the kingdom. I’m reminded of the encouraging words of the apostle Paul:

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Lovingly,

Mike Riley

#abound, #anniversary, #birthday, #bless, #facebook, #friend, #kingdom, #light, #note, #personal, #steadfast, #today, #well-wishes, #work, #world, #write

Daily Bible Study — Revelation 12 An Everlasting Kingdom

Those who crucified Jesus were probably certain they had prevented him from taking the kingdom of Israel for himself.

They stood before the cross mocking Jesus and saying, “He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God,” (Matthew 27:42-43).

Of course, the grave could not hold the Christ of God and he was resurrected from the dead. Christ is indeed “King of Kings and Lord of Lords,” as the prophets said. He and his purposes cannot be thwarted.

And, when Daniel wrote, “And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an ever-lasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed,” (Daniel 7:14) it came true.

The kingdom of God, also known as the church Jesus built (Matthew 16:18), can never be destroyed. It can be persecuted; it can be economically pressed, just as it was when John wrote the book of Revelation. It cannot, however, be destroyed because God’s plans and promises are always true. God’s promises always stand the test of time and truth.

The symbols of the woman with the crown of stars and the woman in the desert represent the continuing aspect of God’s rule in the world. How different are the commandments of God between the two covenants? Jesus repeated all but one of the Ten Commandments. Certainly the covenants are different, but God’s church has been referred to as the Israel of God by the Apostle Paul (Galatians 6:16).

The woman survives. God’s kingdom cannot be destroyed by Rome or any other entity. Meaning its members will always be blessed with a refuge, provided they remain faithful.

#book-of-revelation, #daily-bible-reading, #kingdom

What Catches My Ear At The Cross?

When the criminal that realized the Lord”s innocence stated:

“Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom” (Luke 23:42)

Our Lord stated to him:

“Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43).

This was a promise, not only to the criminal, but to us as followers of Christ. When we die, we will be carried by the angels to meet our Lord in Paradise (Abraham’s bosom – Luke 16:22). Won’t that be a great occasion? I’m looking forward to it.

#bosom, #criminal, #die, #followers, #innocence, #kingdom, #occasion, #paradise, #remember

Share a verse from your Bible reading to…

Share a verse from your Bible reading today: 1 Samuel 13:14; cf. Acts 13:21-22.

“But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”

The difference between David and Saul, was simply their attitude of heart – David’s heart was humble and contrite, whereas Saul’s heart was a self-centered heart, never thinking about anyone but self. We too can be a man or woman after God’s own heart, if we will display an humble and contrite heart, desirous of being fully obedient to His will (Psalm 51:17; Matthew 7:21).

#attitude, #commanded, #contrite, #heart, #humble, #kingdom, #obedient, #self-centered, #will

Building Up the Kingdom

Charle Box asks what we can do for the kingdom to make it better.  Too many people today have an attitude that everything must be brought to them and happen instantly. God’s kingdom doesn’t operate that way. He needs workers that are willing to work (1 Corinthians 3:9).

#church, #forthright, #kingdom

The Golden Opportunity

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh” (Hebrews 10:19-20).

F.F. Bruce has a great quote on these verses in his commentary on Hebrews [p. 249]:

“But those who have been cleansed within, consecrated and made perfect by the sacrifice of Christ, have received a free right of access into the holy presence; and our author urges his readers to avail themselves fully of this free right”

What a beautiful image! Why would we not accept this glorious opportunity? The door is open, come to the Lord (Acts 2:37-38; 1 John 1:7).

#baptism, #cleansed, #kingdom