According to the writer of Luke, at one point in his mission on Earth, Jesus sent his disciples out to proclaim the Kingdom of God. Not only were they to share the good news, but in doing so, they would also benefit the communities who accepted them.
“So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.” Luke 9:6NIV http://bible.com/111/luk.9.6.niv
According to Luke, they were effective. We see that same message affecting lives in many parts of the world even today. Sometimes it appears less effective right here in the United States, though.
After reading this passage, I can see some differences in the disciples’ methods and some of the U.S. Christian disciples’ approaches.
Before I examine the method, I see a difference in the message.
“and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God….” Luke 9:2 NIV http://bible.com/111/luk.9.2.niv
What is the kingdom of God? Jesus talked about the kingdom of God a lot during his Earthly life. Some of the New Testament writings discuss the kingdom of God. Often, the various scriptures about the kingdom of God appear to be contradictory or at the least mysterious or confusing only because it is spiritual and eternal and we are prone to think in terms of the physical and of time.
The best explanation for us Earthbound beings may be in the third chapter of the Gospel of John.
“Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.” John 3:5-6 http://bible.com/111/jhn.3.5-6.niv
So, we enter the kingdom of God by being reborn spiritually. If we are already born, how do we become reborn. We were born of flesh through one who was also flesh. We are born of spirit through One Who is also Spirit.
This Truth is the Truth. The part of the World that claims to be reborn often fails to proclaim the kingdom of God, but instead proclaims their idea of right and wrong. It isn’t so much about right and wrong as it is about the inability to relate with God Who is a spirit. We are all incapable until we are born of the Spirit.
But God devised a plan whereby we who are flesh could be born of the Spirit.
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” John 3:17-18 http://bible.com/111/jhn.3.17-18.niv
The way to enter into the kingdom of God is to be born of spirit. The way to be born of spirit is by believing in the Son of God. This is known as the Gospel.
You may be able to get in tune with your spiritual side by meditation, by religious practices, or trusting some other spirit. But you don’t enter into God’s kingdom unless you believe in God’s Son. Jesus proved that he was that Son by fulfilling every prophecy about that Son, except one which has not reached its time – the prophecy that one day Christ will set up his kingdom on the Earth.
What does it look like to believe in the Son? It is more than just believing he existed. It is the Gospel.
“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,”
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 NIV
If you have heard or perceived that you have to change anything to enter into God’s kingdom, forget that. If you have heard or perceived that once you enter into God’s kingdom, you’ll completely change, forget that. If you have heard that once you enter into God’s kingdom, your life will be everything you think it should be, forget it.
Entering the kingdom of God means you will be able to begin to understand God and love him. You will begin to find out who you are and how to truly love others. You will discover what it means to live the way God intended for you to live.
“But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. ”
Galatians 5:22 MSG
If this isn’t your perception of Christianity, forget what you’ve heard or perceived in the past. If that life sounds like something you’d want to experience, right now tell God you’re willing to make him King, Supreme being of your life. Confess your belief in the Gospel and enter into God’s kingdom.
If you have already confessed belief in the Gospel, but this is not exactly what your proclaiming with your voice or your life, confess it to God, your King.
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