The Unshakeable Kingdom / The Unchanging Person – Part 1

Mar 28, 2016 by

The Unshakeable Kingdom / The Unchanging Person – Part 1

The Unshakeable Kingdom
The Unchanging Person

Part 1   (Notes from Message shared by Pastor Shelia Artt on March 13, 2016.)

“Last Sunday I felt the Lord was saying: ‘What’s happening in this place is the overflow of the Kingdom (Conference). A people who have gotten serious about seeking the King and His Kingdom.'” (Bob Bone)

– Have you said “YES!” to the Kingdom?
– Do you want to be part of that Kingdom?
– Do you want to know more about the Kingdom (which you now embrace)?
– What price would you “pay” to know and experience the Kingdom of God – continually – in your life?
(Yes! I’m talking – Daily – moment-by-moment encounters of the Kingdom)

Papa Jack Taylor (www.JackRTaylor.com) says:

  • God is doing everything within His Power to bring you into Kingdom Life! (That we might LIVE in His Kingdom – fully experiencing Kingdom encounters in our daily living!)
  • The devil has no fear of a Kingdomless life – or a Kingdomless church!
  • The greatest truths – available to us today – lie just below the surface of what we thought we knew.
  • The Kingdom is IN the 3rd Person of the Trinity (i.e. Holy Spirit)! (see 1Thes.5:23-24 below)
  • The Whole is greater than the “sum of its parts”!
  • The Kingdom is the Treasure in the field! (see Matt.13:44 below)
  • The Kingdom of this world HAS BECOME the Kingdom of our Lord & His Christ! (see Rev.11:15 below)

 ▪  Matt.13:44 – “The Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”

  Matt.25:34 – “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.!”

▪  1 Thess.5:23–24 (NASB) – “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.”

▪  Rev.11:15 – “The seventh angel then blew [his] trumpet, and there were mighty voices in heaven, shouting, The dominion (Kingdom, sovereignty, rule) of the world has now come into the possession and become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ (the Messiah), and He shall reign forever and ever (for the eternities of the eternities)!” (Amp)

Two words dominate the New Testament:

(1) Basileia – Translated “Kingdom”140-times in N.T.
109X – Gospels / 8x in Acts / 14x in Paul’s Letters / 2x in Hebrews / 1x in James / 1x in 2 Peter / 5x in Revelation.
~ Basileia is a “Christly word” – Occurring predominately in the Gospels. Referred to as “Divine”. The Kingly element prevails – it is the Reign of God. ~ Basileia Christianity appears as a “spiritual organism” – “Righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit!” (Rom.14:17)

(2) Ecclesia – Translated “Church” – 111 Time in N.T.
3x in the First Gospel (Matt.) / 20x in Acts / 62x in Paul’s Letters / 2x in Hebrews / 1x in James / 3x in 3John / 20x in Revelation.
~ In the Ecclesia – The “Human or Social” element prevails – It is the congregation of Christians.
~ In Ecclesia – Christianity appears as an institutional organization – i.e. “The ecclesia which was in Jerusalem.”

You could say it this way:
Basileia (The Kingdom) is God’s End:  Ecclesia (The Church) is God’s Means!”

That is, Basileia (or Kingdom) is God’s Goal of Christianity! Ecclesia (or Church) is God’s Method of Christianity.

E.Stanley Jones author of The Unshakeable Kingdom / The Unchanging Person was accused of being “obsessed with the Kingdom of God.” And his reply was “Would to God that I were – for it would be a magnificent obsession! Jesus was obessed with it, and to be obsessed with His obsession is to be on safe ground. But I am also obsessed with the Person of Jesus – Jesus Christ!  They are both Absolutes – and they have taken absolute possession of me!

“If Jesus made the Kingdom of God the center of His Message – and His endeavors – our greatest need is to rediscover the Kingdom of God!” – E.Stanley Jones

Historian H.G. Wells – always in search of the relevant came across the fact of the Kingdom of God and was shocked (as an electric shock): “Why here is the most radical proposal ever presented to the mind of man, the proposal to replace the present world order with God’s order – The Kingdom of God!”

Matt.13:52 – Jesus – speaking to His Disciples about the Kingdom said:
“Are you starting to get a handle on all this?”
– So I’m asking you the same question?? ~ Shelia Hart Artt

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