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The Kingdom Online

Behold, The Kingdom Of God Is At Hand!

1 Peter 3:18 (KJV) For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.

How wonderful it is to know that God loved us so much that He sent Jesus, His precious Son, into the world to die for us and our sin! One Who has never sinned became sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God through His sacrifice on Calvary (2 Cor. 5:21). He now lives forevermore and is seated on the right hand of the Majesty on high (Heb. 1:3). It amazes me that something so simple could be so difficult to wrap my mind around. I would imagine that it is because an effort to intellectualize this life-changing event would be an effort in futility. So, as a result, God sends us His Spirit to live within us as a guarantee (or a lifetime warranty) to certify what has been accomplished within us through Jesus’ finished work on the Cross (Jn. 16:13-14; Acts 1:8). Paul says it in this manner:

Ephesians 1:3-14 (KJV) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13 In whom ye also trusted, after that, ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

The focus here is on verses 13 and 14 wherein Paul explains that after we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit is given to us to live within us as a seal to signify what has been done in our lives. The word, seal, comes from the Greek word, sphragizo, meaning “to stamp (with a signet or private mark) for security or preservation”. It originates from the Greek word, sphragis, which means “a fencing in or protecting from misappropriation.” It was a mark of genuineness. In other words, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to bear witness to us and the surrounding culture that we are now members of God’s family (Eph. 1:5). Paul further explains this phenomenon by saying:

Romans 8:14-17 (KJV) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

We are the children of the Most High God! This is an honor and a privilege that not all can proclaim. Yet while we rejoice in the wonder of it all, there is something else that takes place when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior: He gives us a renewed heart and spirit (Eze. 11:19-20). This means that our hearts should be aligned with the Kingdom’s agenda as we continue to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 3:18).

If this is the case, then we should also have a desire to see souls won for the Kingdom of God. It is what our Father desires (2 Pet. 3:9). As His children who have His indwelling Spirit, our desires should align with His Kingdom agenda as well. In other words, as we rejoice in so great a salvation that we have experienced through Christ, we should also have a desire for others to share in this experience as well. It changed our lives and we are so much the better for it. Let’s share this joy with someone else. Let them know Who Jesus is. Let them know what He has done in your life. Let them know that He can do the same thing for them as well. Something so simple can make someone else’s life so complete.

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