Summary: Kingdom Living is 1. RIGHETOUSNESS,- In a right relationship 2> PEACE - Freedom from struggle 3. JOY- Enjoyment of His benefits
Romans 14:17 (AV) — 17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
- We celebrate events with eating & drinking
- Ro. 14:17 Is not an event it is a place
- Where you live has a way of making certain demands on how you live
- I can't drive through stop signs nor can I drive at 65 mph down the street
- Street sweeper comes early Monday morning
- There must not be any cars on the street.
- Enforced by giving out tickets if you are caught when the sweeper comes by
- Late Thursday morning trash pickup
- If you don't get it out you are stuck with it for another week
Jesus said - Jn 18:36 - ... My kingdom is not of this world ....-
- Ro. 14:17 "...the kingdom of God ..."
- It's everything pertaining to God
- The reign of God
Psalm 24:3–4 (AV) — 3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? 4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, (-- NKJV - Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol--) nor sworn deceitfully (-- GNB - or make false promises--)
- The kingdom of God does not conform to the standards of this world
In Macbeth it's murder assassination, deceit, guilt, He said that even the ocean couldn't wash his hands clean of Duncan's blood; Lady Macbeth, who scorned him then, now finds the blood dyed into her conscience. The king and queen persist in imagining that physical actions can root out psychological demons, but the play is an exposition of how wrong they are
Romans 8:6 (AV)
— 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
- Carnal - Sensual - Given over to physical pleasures & appetites
- Pleasing my senses & passions
34% expect to buy the new iphone 6 on Tue
They all ready have one that is 2yr. or newer
Price $549 to $949
- We have gone from video to 3D now VR (virtual reality (Oculus Rift)
- Like wearing a welders helmet to put you into another world
- The Kingdom of God is exchanging the virtual reality to reality
It Is Not Meat & Drink
- It is not getting what you want
- Jesus did not come to earth to get us into heaven.
- Jesus came to earth to get heaven into us
Matthew 18:3 (AV)
— 3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Luke 17:21 (AV)
— ... behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
-Those who have entered the kingdom must live according to its values
Colossians 1:13 (AV)
— 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
Note the Order
RIGHTEOUSNESS First it's like Whewwww....
- To be in a right relationship
- Innocent - Free from guilt -
Tit 3:7 He declared us not guilty because of his grace....
PEACE - Next is a Ahhhh....
- Sigh, Relax
- Satisfaction, Contentment
- Free from struggle
JOY - Now it's WOW!!
- An experience
- A mood of exultation
- Brought into relationship with power, wealth, protection, freedom, love
- Deliverance - From hopelessness, fear,
In the Holy Spirit
John 14:16 (AV)
— 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
John 14:26 (AV)
— 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
- Jesus has promised the comforter
- It's all about the one who empowers
- Enablement for our lives
- How easy to forget