The Kingdom of God: It's a Topsy Tervy World

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Upside Down

If you have to turn your bulletin upside-down to read this, then you are beginning to get the point I want to get across. One of the things that makes the Bible so offensive to our perverted forms of humanity, or might I say, our inhumanness, is that its teachings are often absolutely contrary to the inclinations of the flesh. Paul warns us in Galatians that we cannot walk (live) according to the flesh and walk with the Spirit at the same time; so we have to choose. Jesus gave a similar teaching when He said that we cannot serve both God and mammon (things of this world). He taught that if we intend to enter into the kingdom of God we must be born again ... born of the Spirit. Paul continues that thought when he says that we must be renewed or transformed by the Spirit of God.

You May Have Life In His Name!

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Oh how I love the statement, "you may have life in His name." You see, in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, and He planted a Garden eastward in Eden. In that Garden along with all that a man could ever dream a paradise could be, God created a man and his wife, Adam and Eve. It is specifically stated that "God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." You know how the history goes: God told them how to maintain the life He gave them, Satan deceived them into believing otherwise, they lusted, they fell and, as the saying goes, the rest is history. But it's more than just their history, it is your history and mine, too.

"And You He Made Alive Who Were Dead."

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Did you catch that?

You, He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1). If you look up that word for dead in the Greek you find that dead is exactly the translation. One Greek dictionary that I consulted gave this: νεκρός: 1a) one that has breathed his last, lifeless 1b) deceased, departed, one whose soul is in heaven or hell 1c) destitute of life, without life, inanimate 2) metaph. 2a) spiritually dead 2a1) destitute of a life that recognizes and is devoted to God, because given up to trespasses and sins 2a2) inactive as respects doing right 2b) destitute of force or power, inactive, inoperative. [www.greekbible.com] In plain English, whoever he’s talking about is dead as a doornail and not "mostly dead" like the Dread Pirate Roberts.

But that’s not what I wanted you to catch …

What Will You Fight For?

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We fight for what we believe in. We fight for that which is important to us. The school boy may not fight you because you stole his dollar, but he will fight you if you speak ill of his mother. Politicians and governments fight over territory, oil rights, and often religion. Have you ever thought about what God would fight for? What is the most important thing to God? How would He fight for it? It’s really hard to answer some of these questions. To know absolutely, we would have to know the mind of God ... which we don’t, except for that which He has revealed to us in His Word.

Dry Bones Can Live!

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To my mind we have to keep asking, "Are we the church that Jesus intends us to be?" To make it more personal we should be asking, "Am I the Christian that Jesus intends me to be?" If we are all concerned about and dealing with the second question then the first one will take care of itself.

What does Jesus intend us to be? To some degree that is subjective.