Nation of Christ #1

First we must establish the basics.

What is the Kingdom of Christ?

Does it really matter what I think the Kingdom of Christ is?

Not really. No matter what our thoughts are regarding it, Christ’s Nation remains unchanged. We may prefer to think of it as democracy or an organization run by Santa Claus but that doesn’t change it one smidgen. No matter how many books are written by worldly (the enemy) theologians and no matter how many false prophets arise; Truth remains. We must seek truth and align ourselves to it rather than try to align truth to us.

The truth of the Kingdom is especially important because you are either in it or against it. Jesus said and meant it, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Mat 6:24

Both Jesus and John the Baptist spoke much of the approaching Kingdom. In fact, it was the most spoken of topic of Jesus. (The second most discussed topic is money but that will be for a future blog.) Repeatedly Jesus declared that the “Kingdom of heaven is at hand.” It was imminent; nearly upon their listeners. We know by some of the responses and behavior of the disciples and others that they were expecting a physical, earthly nation violently vanquishing their enemies. They were correct but their thinking was far too limited. While most Jews at the time of Christ were expecting a Savior to free their small nation from the tyranny of Rome, God was preparing a King that would free anyone who will across the entire globe from the tyranny of sin. While they were expecting to use swords and spears to conquer, God was establishing entirely new weapons and a new set of rules for engagement of the enemy that are far superior to any weapons of war that man can ever create. Perhaps our beliefs regarding the Nation of Christ are limited as well. Consider the following points:

  • The Kingdom of God is a real physical nation.
    • It is physical because you can see it and experience it.
    • It has laws regarding physical life and conduct.
    • It has an army of warriors.
    • It has unimaginably powerful weapons.
    • It has a righteous King.
    • It has citizens who pledge total allegiance to the King.
    • It has unlimited resources.
    • It has a currency that can be seen and experienced.
  • The Nation of Christ is in the world but not of this world.
    • It is not a geographical location and knows no borders. (Future post on this regarding the present nation of Israel.)
    • Citizens of Christ’s Nation are strangers and pilgrims in this world. They reject the carnal things as “earthly, sensual, devilish.” (James 3:15)
    • Its weapons are not carnal. Any citizen who utilizes a carnal weapon even in self defense is in clear violation of the Laws of King Jesus.
    • Its King is perfectly righteous unlike any earthly king or leader that ever existed or will exist.
    • Its King’s power extends far beyond the boundaries of the earth and will never fail.
    • Its enemies are spiritual powers not people.
    • Its currency (treasure) is beyond any earthly value and is never affected by calamities, wars, or decay.
    • It is eternal.
  • The Gospel (Good News) is a political statement and not a personal “get out of hell free” card.
  • The Sermon on the Mount is an exposition of the Kingdom’s laws and principles.
  • King Jesus is the perfect example for His subjects to imitate. “I am the Way…” (John 14:6)
    • He is the only Way so it behooves us to carefully study His life and Words and to live as He lived and taught. Living contrary to His Words and example indicates that we imposters. (Matthew 22:10-12)
  • The Kingdom is inside its citizens but is visible as a distinct nation through the Church.

There are more points but I will keep blog posts from getting too long.

Jesus said that we are to seek His Kingdom first.

How much of your life revolved around King Jesus and His Kingdom this past week?

 

 

 

The Call of the King

The Call of the Master

The Master [King] has come, and He calls us to follow
the track of the footprints He leaves on our way;
far over the mountain and through the deep hollow,
the path leads us on to the mansions of day;
the Master [King] has called us, the children who fear Him,
who march ‘neath Christ’s banner, His own little band;
we love Him and seek Him, we long to be near Him,
and rest in the light of His beautiful land.

The Master [King] has called us; the road may be dreary,
and dangers and sorrows are strewn on the track;
but God’s Holy Spirit shall comfort the weary;
we follow the Savior and cannot turn back.
The Master [King] has called us; though doubt and temptation
may compass our journey, we cheerfully sing:
“press onward, look upward,” thru much tribulation;
the children of Zion must follow their King.

The Master [King] has called us, in life’s early morning,
with spirits as fresh as the dew on the sod;
we turn from the world, with its smiles and its scorning
to cast in our lot with the people of God:
the Master [King] has called us, His sons and His daughters,
We plead for His blessing and trust in His love:
and thru the green pastures, beside the still waters,
He’ll lead us at last to His kingdom above.

-Sarah Doudney, 1871 (emphasis and added “King” mine)

This has recently been a new favorite hymn for our family. While singing it last evening during family devotions, the words leaped at me. I have been studying over the past several months the topic of Christ’s Kingdom and what it means to be a part of it. I read the song several times without its catchy Welsh melody and replaced “Master” with “King”.  It was both inspiring and troubling.

Do I truly follow my King and “march ‘neath Christ’s banner”?

Do I truly “love Him and seek Him, [and] long to be near Him“?

Do I “cheerfully sing: ‘press onward, look upward,’ thru much tribulation;”?

Do I truly “turn from the world, with its smiles and its scorning”?

King Jesus is calling for subjects for His Kingdom.

What does it mean to be a citizen of Christ’s Kingdom?

What is Christ’s Kingdom?

Am I a citizen? That is a life or death question so I definitely want to get it right.

The blog posts following, except for an occasional interruption for some “life in Alaska” photos, will be a series on this subject.

 

 

 

 

My Prayer for 2018

My prayer for 2018 is for revival.

Revival in the home.

Revival in the church.

Revival in me and you.

Revival of holiness.

Revival of righteousness.

Revival of the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit.

Revival of truth.

Revival of persistent prayer.

Revival of prophetic preaching.

Revival of hating the things that God hates.

Revival of separation from the world in thought and deed.

Revival of love.

Lord, send revival! Start with me!