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Comments and feedback from Doctrine of Last Things, Part 7 received on 2/12/2015:
This may be an interesting concept. Jesus said in Mark 1-14-15
Now after John was arrested and put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the good news (the Gospel) of the kingdom of God, And saying, The [appointed period of] time is fulfilled (completed), and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent (have a change of mind which issues in regret for past sins and in change of conduct for the better) and believe (trust in, rely on, and adhere to) the good news (the Gospel (Mk 1:14)
Jesus came to bring in the kingdom. “Teaching the kingdom of God” He also said “The appointed time is fulfilled”
Most of us are waiting on Jesus to come back. And we tend to discount the fact that he came already. He came to bring in the kingdom. Now this is not a physical kingdom as the future Jerusalem that he will bring when he comes the next time. Our kingdom is spiritual the kingdom lives in each one of us he put the spirit in us. We are to live “by faith” in that kingdom. Not by faith in what we see or feel. Most Christians live and observe like Thomas. We want the physical kingdom. If we see it we believe it. If we don’t see it we’re still waiting on it to come.
NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. (Heb 11:1)
Christ left us his kingdom threw His Spirit. Each one of us have “exceeding power.”threw Him. Only two drawbacks: 1. Believe (faith) 2. Act (“Faith without works is useless”)
And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength, Ephesians 1:20
The advantage the disciples had was observing Jesus and mentoring directly from him. They luckily were able to observe it from from him through their senses (sight). We now are required to have faith. He gave us the word to believe in spite of what we observe in the natural man.
Many times our biggest enemy is our mind. We are to be “transformed by renewing our mind” from our spirit. Our mind is to come into subjection to our spirit and what the word says. God is not a mind. He is spirit.
Any of you that has been involved in sharing the gospel laying your hands on the sick etc. Mark 16:18
When we become obedient to the word, the spirit and Jesus will reveal themselves to you in a dramatic way. Thank you Jesus!
Trust what the word says and act on it and it will set you free. In Jesus name.