Part 2: The Unshakeable Kingdom / The Unchanging Person

Apr 1, 2016 by

Part 2:  The Unshakeable Kingdom /     The Unchanging Person

The Unshakeable Kingdom
The Unchanging Person – Part 2

~ Notes from Message by Pastor Shelia Artt – Mar. 20, 2016 @ Cross Roads Ministries, Branson MO.

“Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matt.6:33)
  • If Jesus made the Kingdom of God the center of His message and the center of His endeavor, the GREATEST NEED OF MAN … is to rediscover the Kingdom of God.
  • Man needs an absolute! He knows everything about life – except how to live it! We need nothing so desperately as we need something to bring Life into … Meaning and Purpose. We are ripe for a rediscovery of the Kingdom of God!” ~ E.Stanley Jones.

The Nature and Meaning of the Kingdom

      In Jesus, the Kingdom became not an intimation – but an Incarnation the Word of the Kingdom became flesh in a Person. 
Even the Old Testament gave us only some limited “intimations.” Books have paralleled the Kingdom to a nation – Israel; others show the Kingdom in relationship to humanity – a “universal kingdom” The Kingdom was not given to Israel – because Israel refused to put it into operation – and they operated in something other than what Jesus revealed in His own Person. The Kingdom of God is in a Person – Jesus Christ!

“I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it.” (Matt.21:43) – [Read Matt.21:33-46 – The Parable of the Landowner.]

    The real test of possessing the Kingdom is to bring forth the fruits thereof! That removes the Kingdom from identification with any one “nation” – or any one “church” or movement – and places it in the hands of those who bring forth the fruit of the Kingdom!  It is offered to all, and yet identified with none – except those who bring forth the fruits of the Kingdom.

The “fruits” are the extension of His Life – His Kingdom! He used interchangeably – “for My sake” – and “the Kingdom’s sake.” Jesus IS THE KINGDOM – not merely expounded upon – but EXPOSED!  Men saw it and did not merely hear it! He is IT!

   

“The Kingdom of God is the most radical proposal ever proposed to the mind and allegiance of man! This is radicalism! Nobody and nothing is beyond its scope and redemption!”

This is the desire of the ages – if men only knew it!  All life, rational and subrational, is on tiptoe of expectancy for the Kingdom of God – if men only knew it!

“The creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the Sons of God.” (Rom.8:19)

Jesus Made the Kingdom of God His Message.

Jesus called it the Good News – the Gospel. That is what He called the Gospel: “He went out preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom!” (Matt.4:23)  Scriptures record more than 100x that He used the phrase “The Kingdom of God.” He was never misled by the marginal, the unimportant – He made the Kingdom of God the Center – the Heartbeat of His Message!

Jesus summed up His Life Purpose in these words: “I must preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God in other places too, because that is why I was sent.” (Luke.4:43)

If it is true that “As He is – so are we in this World” (1John.4:17)  – then it must be that my “life purpose” is to share the Good News of the Kingdom of God in “other places” too!
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Matt.13:52 – Jesus asked His disciples (and I’m asking you today) – “Are you starting to get a handle on these things?” ~ Shelia Hart Artt

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