Kingdom Inheritors

November 15, 2016

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Kingdom Inheritors

Romans 14:17-18 says, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.”  We are not inheriting a kingdom of flesh, but of Spirit.  God is making real to us who we are in Christ, that we are a spiritual and kingdom people being fashioned and transformed into His image and likeness.  It is just as important to know who we are not in Christ.  We are not what we used to be.  We are not what we came out of.  Those things have passed away and we are a new creature and creation in Christ Jesus.  God makes it clear that His kingdom is not made up of the thinking, ideology and behavior of this world.  Anyone that is still living and abiding in that paradigm in their thinking and living is not going to fit into the kingdom of God.  If we want God’s kingdom there is only one way and that is by being ‘washed, sanctified and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God’.  The blood of Jesus is the only thing that has the power to transform our lives from the world that is lost outside of Christ to those who are in Christ and become partakers of kingdom thinking, living and being.  

The Corinthians in this text were having a hard time transitioning their thinking and being to kingdom principles and kingdom ways.  The apostle Paul is telling them here that the former ways have no place in the kingdom.  They are enmity to it.  We live by a different standard and if we are not seeing the effectiveness and power of that kingdom, it may well be that things are not lining up in our thinking and living with kingdom principles and ways.  

We have a righteous King of glory, Jesus Christ the Righteous, who is establishing His kingdom within the hearts and the lives of His people.  If we consider ourselves His people then we need to find that place of complete submission to His Lordship.   Most all of us would agree that we want to go to heaven when we die, but how many of us are willing to go there while we live?  Ponder that question for a moment.  

You see living heaven on earth is a place we find first in our spirits.  Outwardly we still live in this world and as such we are faced with all of it trials and difficulties, as well as its pleasures, temptations and sins.  Heaven comes to earth when we are living and walking out the life of Christ and the principles of the kingdom in our earthly life and vessel.  We are the manifestation and expression of His kingdom in the earth.  When we mix the two realms of flesh and Spirit we get a muddy mess.  It is this muddy mess that defiles and taints the name of Jesus in the earth.  The world sees in us a people that proclaims and preaches one thing, but then tries to live it out with natural thinking and human ways.  No wonder they are put off by our hypocrisy.  God gives us some grace here.  We are growing and we are not fully matured yet, but it is important that our heart is after the kingdom of God and not the kingdoms of this world.  Already we see them passing away and more than ever we are impressed with the truth that we must lay hold of His kingdom in mind, word and deed.  Judgement is swiftly coming for the wicked, but our lives must stand as a testimony against all wickedness and perversity of men through the demonstration of righteous living and through the power of our love in Christ.  We stand as a testimony to God’s alternative to judgement.  We stand and walk with the light of hope and salvation for all that would believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and turn from their wicked ways.  Heaven is here, but it needs you as a vessel to reveal it and unveil it.  The kingdom of God has come, is come and is coming, but we are the revelation of its presence and reality in this world.  How will they know the King unless they see the reality of His kingdom in you and I?  We are where the rubber meets the road and where spiritual principles become practical reality in our daily living and actions.  If the wicked would see Jesus, they must see Him through us, not through our condemnation, but through our love and righteousness.  

A kingdom principle is, that our gain is often in our loss, and our life is found in our death. Paul reveals it this way in Philippians 3: 7-11, “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. 10I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”  This is a kingdom mentality and thinking.  It is how we transition into the kingdom of God.  We become the less that He might become the more, till He becomes our all in all. 

Blessings,

#kent

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