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Basic V – Needs and Deeds

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“For the pagans run after all these things, and your Heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”[1]

So, what is the Father’s Kingdom and the Father’s righteousness that we are to seek first?  And being the Father’s Kingdom, then surely Jesus was speaking about the Kingdom of God, and not the Kingdom of Heaven.  Because the Kingdom of Heaven is a destination, then all who seek to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven are primarily concerned only for their own welfare.  For, the purpose to gain entry into the Kingdom of Heaven benefits first the person who is seeking entry, just like a refugee seeking to escape from one country to another.  That person adds nothing to the value of the country, but rather, is a burden to the country in which they have sought refuge, until they are assimilated.  Whereas, those who seek the Kingdom of God because it is a destiny based on a relationship with another Person, then their very entry into the kingdom and their citizenship of that kingdom are to the benefit of the Person who owns the kingdom.

This is another basic difference between the two kingdoms —the Kingdom of Heaven benefits the one who seeks to enter it, and the Kingdom of God benefits the One who owns it.  As such, those entering the Kingdom of Heaven give no glory to God or bring no glory to God, for their final entry is by death and not by life, and death was never in the original plan of God.  That is why you have often heard me refer to souls in Heaven as refugees from Earth. 

It is also another reason why the souls of those who are slain because of their testimony for Jesus and the word of God are kept under the altar.[2]  John the apostle was shown this, because those who are of the Kingdom of God are of benefit to God, whereas those who are of the Kingdom of Heaven are first a burden, for they sought their own glory and their own eternity, rather than God’s glory first.  Thus, to repent because the Kingdom of Heaven is near,[3] works on a selfish motive of self-preservation and glorification, but to repent and believe because the Kingdom of God is near,[4] may begin with a motive of self-preservation and glorification, but because of the implicit relationship required, it will become plainly evident that the motive of the Owner of the kingdom is that He allowed you in for His glory.  As Jesus said, “I am not seeking glory for Myself; but there is One who seeks it, and He is the Judge.”[5] 

Therefore, these instructions are instructions that are basic for the citizens of the Kingdom of God and not for a believer or ‘Christian’ as it is conventionally known.  The hallmark of citizenship in the Kingdom of God is not just the presence of the Holy Spirit, for the Holy Spirit has been poured on all people,[6] but the presence of the power of the Holy Spirit, whereby you, the citizen, are the one who is doing the work, and not the Lord doing the work for you.

So then, be very clear as to whom these instructions apply to.  These are not instructions for the people of the Kingdom of Israel or the Kingdom of Heaven, for they have no validity for them; no more than Australian taxation laws are invalid for the citizens of the Republic of China.  Bear this in mind from here on, for these are basic teachings on the secrets of the Kingdom of God, and because they are basic, they are open.  The advanced teachings are reserved for those whom the Lord sees fit to catch up to the Third Heavens and those whom the Lord will privilege with hearing what the Seven Thunders have spoken, as well as the discretion of the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth to tell you the things that Jesus said, “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.”[7]

And for some of you, you will come to the place where those who know do not tell and those who tell do not know.  For as Moses said to Israel, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.”[8]  Likewise, we can take Moses’ advice as we follow all the words of the law that is set out for us, “Listen to Him,”[9] which is Jesus Law.

So then, what are the basic needs of a citizen of the Kingdom of God?  It cannot be food, water or clothing of the natural realm and not even of the spiritual realm, for even the spiritual food is already provided as part of your rights and social welfare of the Kingdom of God.  The water is provided so that you will never thirst again, and the food is provided so that you will never need it again, for Jesus said, “But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.”[10]  And, “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.  The work of God is this:  to believe in the One He has sent.”[11]  Whoever believes in Jesus and sees that belief as his work, not his faith, neither his religion nor his privilege, but his work, and then as his profession, will be given food by Jesus Himself, food that endures to eternal life.  That is, food that lasts for all your eternal life.  Thus you will never thirst again, so you will not need to drink from any other vessels, and if you have food that endures to eternal life, you will never need to look for food again either.

As such, the needs of the citizens of the Kingdom of God are never about water or food, which is why Jesus said, “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’”[12]  For us, it is not about physical food, but spiritual food, because we are a spiritual people.  Citizens of the kingdom have no need to run here and there for the latest anointed preaching, revelations or trend for all they need to eat and drink, for their spirit and soul are already provided for by Jesus through the Holy Spirit.  As such, when we fellowship, it is never so that we may get a newer revelation from someone else, but rather, it is to practise that which we have been given.  It is as if we are working off and working out the food and water we have eaten and drunk so that we may grow healthy and strong.  And when we have sufficient miraculous power, or rather when the need arises, the power we have will also provide physical food and drink for our physical bodies, which we currently inhabit, bodies that are not yet glorified, and as such still live within the imperfect (sin-tainted) natural laws of this world.

Neither are the citizens of the Kingdom of God concerned about what they would wear, “…or, ‘What shall we wear?’”[13] for the citizens of the Kingdom of God are clothed with Jesus Christ Himself, the Eternal One, in whom exists all things.  Now understand this —those citizens of the Kingdom of God who have died because of their testimony for Christ and the word of God, that is, the ones who are under the altar in Heaven, are given each a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed.[14]  They wear that white cloak because they are in Heaven, disinterred from their flesh, and the white cloak is to cover or ‘dress’ their souls.  And for the purpose of your understanding, those who are under the altar include those who had the power, but were killed, and those who did not have the power, but were killed for the sake of the testimony and the word of God.

However, those who are citizens of the Kingdom of God who are alive here on Earth and still inhabit their body of flesh in which the Law of Sin still affects the members of their flesh, are covered over and remain in Jesus, for Jesus said, “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in him.”[15]  And what is this flesh and blood that He provided for us?  Is it not the bread He broke and the wine He blessed while He was with the disciples, the same bread and wine that is available only in the material world of flesh?  So, as long as we who are alive on Earth continue to eat the bread and drink the wine with faith – complete belief in His words – better still, if we eat and drink the bread and wine taking Him at His word that it is His body and His blood, then we remain in Him and He in us, even as we remain interned within this body of flesh that is not yet glorified.  As such, we seek no spiritual clothing for ourselves, for we are already, as Paul wrote:  all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptised into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.[16]  And by that same faith, we also received the Spirit,[17] from whom the power comes, to be witnesses for Jesus as citizens of His kingdom.

And since we are clothed with Christ, being found in Him and He in us, then we are crucified as He is crucified and cursed as He is cursed according to the law, yet also justified and sanctified as He is justified and sanctified, for He is our righteousness.  And because we are clothed with Him, then no other righteousness is needed, indeed, no other means of righteousness is needed, for although Abraham was credited with righteousness because of his faith in God, we are credited with Christ’s righteousness because of His faith in God and our faith in Jesus when we believe His testimony about the Father and Himself.  You see, those who believe the testimony about the Father:  “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only begotten Son,”[18] will be saved, but those who believe Jesus’ testimony about Himself, “My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I, too, am working,”[19] not only “has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”[20]

Thus, our righteousness, though it is also through faith, is far greater than that of Abraham’s, for Abraham lived a life of faith without the power of the Kingdom of God, whereas we are to live a life of faith, of faith in God and His Son, with the power of the Spirit of God to confirm it.  Whereas Abraham was blessed by God, we are blessed by God to bless God by bringing glory to Him and His kingdom.  That is why we are citizens of the Kingdom of God even as we live on Earth, and Abraham was only looking for his citizenship.  That is this difference that Jesus Christ makes to a man of faith who believes God.

Thus, you can see it takes a very different mindset, a renewed mind at least and the mind of Christ.  The church that was not on the Mount of Transfiguration cannot understand this.  To them it is nonsense, for they have been introduced to the Holy Spirit as tongues of flames that settled on the disciples and caused them to praise God and speak in tongues.[21]  They did not see Him as the Lord who proceeds out from the Father,[22] whose power transfigured Jesus and then transfigured them also.  They saw, at best, tongues of flames rest on their flesh and then they spoke with new languages.  They did not see their own flesh become tongues of flames, and not only spoke new languages, but began to think as spiritual creatures whose minds are set on spiritual things.

For although Jesus was clothed with flesh, He remains first and always a Spiritual Being whose mind, heart and soul was always set on the agenda of the Spirit Himself, and the Kingdom of God is the kingdom of He who is Spirit.  Hence forth, right from the beginning, the eleven saw a different set of needs from what they should really have seen.

They saw the need to appoint a replacement for Judas when Jesus never ever mentioned a replacement.  If indeed a replacement was needed, would Jesus not have appointed one in the forty days He was with them personally?  Indeed, would not the Mount of Transfiguration have been the time for the appointment of the twelfth, what with the Father and the Spirit present?  And since it was not until Acts 2 that the Holy Spirit finally caught up with them, should they not have waited as Jesus said, “But wait for the gift My Father promised”[23]?

They continued to see needs that were not the pure needs of the Kingdom of God, but rather needs as they saw it through eyes that had not seen the glory of God that they were meant to see.  They saw the need for the restoration of the Kingdom of Israel, so they asked, “Lord, are You at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”[24] 

They saw the need to go up to the temple to pray, so as John and Peter were going there, the Lord stopped them with a miracle.[25]  That cripple was healed before they got to the temple, not after.  It was God’s way of showing them this is new, this is different; this is the Kingdom of God, where the temple is their body and where the prayer room is their heart, where prayer is offered continuously, unceasingly, by Jesus who dwells in them.[26]  They only need to go there to join Him and let it overflow out of their mouths with mighty “amens” and praise, even as the Holy Spirit declares what Jesus has prayed through their mouths with moans and groans in languages that no one understands except God.

I mean, what language were they going to pray in at the temple, which belongs to the Kingdom of Israel?  If they were to pray in Aramaic or Hebrew, how are they declaring that they are citizens of the Kingdom of God, aliens in this world?  If they were to pray in the languages of the Spirit (God), would they not have been thrown out?

They saw the need to feed the widows with food bought with money.

They saw the need to appoint others to serve the material food, whereas Jesus sent them to serve the material food at the feeding of the 5000 and the 4000, after He said, “You give them something to eat,” [27] not, “You buy them something to eat.”

They saw the need to make it easier for the Gentiles and to appease the believers who were zealous for the Law of Moses.  They saw needs, needs that were not the needs of the Kingdom of God, but the needs of the Kingdoms of Men and of Israel, and even the needs of the Kingdom of Heaven.  Jesus said concerning Mammon that we cannot serve two masters.  Likewise, we cannot serve two kingdoms, even though they may come to us with their needs.  For Jesus said to the Canaanite woman, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs,”[28] because the woman came from a different kingdom, and He was as He said, “sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”[29]  Had the woman not humbled herself and agreed with Jesus that she was a dog, then Jesus would have not met her needs, for He was on a mission to raise up the Kingdom of God first out of Israel, and then out of the Gentiles.  That was the order of battle, first the Jews and then the Gentiles.  So likewise, we must learn not to be distracted by the needs of those who come from other kingdoms, unless they are prepared to humble themselves and accept their position.  Jesus called the Canaanite woman a dog and she accepted it, then and only then was her need met.

Jesus only ever mentioned the church three times.  Once in Matthew 16:18 when He said, “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock[30] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it, (not prove stronger than it,) shall not prevail against it.”  And twice in Matthew 18:17:  “If he (your brother who sins against you[31]) refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.”

Yet He spoke of the Kingdom of Heaven 32 times in Matthew, and the Kingdom of God at least 47 times in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  Yes, Christ died for the church.  Christ loves the church, but do you not think that He had in mind something far more than the church, the Kingdom of Heaven, and more importantly, the Kingdom of God?

So, what of the church?  It is a collection, a fellowship of believers and disciples, a mixing of the Kingdoms of Heaven and of God, whose function is ultimately to act as an incubator, if you like, from which sons of God, who are co-heirs with Christ in the Kingdom of God, will walk this Earth to enforce the Kingdom of God that Christ was sent to establish.  That is why, when He taught us to pray, He said pray like this, “Our Father in Heaven… Your kingdom come, Your will be done.”[32]  Never, never once did Jesus ever pray, “Father, bless My church,” nor did He teach us to pray, “Our Father in Heaven, bless the church of Jesus Christ.”

So then, if you can bear it, destroy your idolatry of the church.  It is but a temporary instrument, not an eternal instrument that has been raised up to serve the purpose of God.  It has its time and place, just as Israel has its time and place, just as the Levitical Law has its time and place, but it will have its obsolescence.  That is why the Lord said the prostitute church is the one who says in her heart, “I sit as queen; I am not a widow, and I will never mourn.”[33]  And the Lord said, “You wanton creature… saying to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me.’”[34]

Paul made it clear that at the end of all things, then the end will come, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father after He has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.[35]  The church is the body of Christ according to Paul, not the Kingdom of God.  And if indeed, the church is the body, then should the body not be what the Head is, or rather, what Christ is, full of power, to enforce the Kingdom of God?  Thus, the body of Christ itself is subject to the Kingdom of God as it is also a ruler of the Kingdom of God if it has the power.  Hence, the church itself has elements of both the Kingdoms of Heaven and of God, but it is those, who are of the Kingdom of God who are in the church, who have the power to prevail, overcome and remain alive until He arrives.

It is painfully obvious that not the entire church, as we understand the church to be, will be raised up for the Millennium, but only those whose souls are under the altar.  If that is the case, then is the entire church the body of Christ, that is, those who are left in Heaven un-resurrected for the Millennium, are they also the body of Christ?  Does that mean Jesus is only returning with some of His body?  Or was Paul using the “body of Christ” terminology in a manner that is different from what we think?  Whatever it means, it matters little once you understand the kingdom principles, and focus on this matter of the needs of the Kingdom of God rather than the needs of the church.  You should also notice by now that Jesus mentioned the church in Matthew 18:15-17 when He was asked this question:  “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”[36]  Note also, the church is not mentioned by Jesus in the three gospels that mention only the Kingdom of God.  Enough for now that you see this, for what this means will become clear to those of you who mature in the Kingdom of God.  Remember, these are only the basic things, teachings and revelations of the Kingdom of God at best.

So then, are you ready to focus on the needs of the Kingdom of God first and only, just like Jesus was focussed on the Kingdom of God?  By the way, the deficiencies of the early apostles are merely to highlight to you the problems we face.  It is not meant in any way to denigrate them, for they are all citizens of the Kingdom of God because of the power they did display and their martyrdom.

It is also time for you to see that only the apostle Paul wrote clearly and precisely about the Kingdom of God, whereas Peter spoke of the eternal kingdom;[37] so that readers not familiar with Scripture might not see that it is the Kingdom of God.

What then are the needs of the Kingdom of God, which has no needs when it comes to food, water and clothes, and even righteousness?

It has a need to display its power and glory.  Its needs are situations and circumstances, even individuals through whom, with whom, and even against whom it can display its power and glory. To understand this, understand what God meant when He said to Pharaoh, “I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you My power and that My Name might be proclaimed in all the Earth.”[38]  And in the same way, Jesus said, “I am not seeking glory for Myself; but there is One who seeks it.”[39]  Basic needs of the Kingdom of God are situations, circumstances and purposes raised up so that the power of God can be displayed and His Name proclaimed.

So, what does the Kingdom of God need?  At the basic level, it needs people with power who can heal the sick, drive out demons, cause the blind to see, the lame to walk and so on, people who can do what Jesus is doing and greater things than these will they do.[40]  After the kingdom has such people, then the Kingdom of God needs raised up situations, circumstances and peoples, as well as nations, against which the power of God can be displayed.

When you understand this about the Kingdom of God, then you will see that the wars, earthquakes, famines and pestilences, which Jesus warned us about, are the situations, circumstances and peoples that have been permitted and purposed so that the citizens of the Kingdom of God can go forth and display the power of God with mighty miracles of healing and deliverance.

You see, Jesus showed us everything we need to do to overcome every earthquake, storm, famine, pestilence and war.  All we have to do is listen and practise.  And when we are ready, then He will permit them so that we may display the power of God and His mercy.  For the earthquakes, storms, famines, pestilences and wars are merely that which men should rightly reap for their evil and God forsaking ways.  It is the mercy of God that He would raise up humans filled with His power to supply the deliverance of other humans from their effects.

Had the early church not lost the plot, history would have been very different.  But now, the Lord will show the world what He had in mind all along through the church that listens to the Holy Spirit, and if they reject it as they will, then judgement can come and the Kingdom of God will come in its fullness.

We are merely the emission-aries of the Kingdom of God with a peace offering.  When we are rejected, then shall the full force of the Kingdom of God come upon the kingdoms of this world.  Now, what do you think are the basic needs of the Kingdom of God on Earth?


 

[1] Matthew 6:32-33

[2] Revelation 6:9

[3] Matthew 4:17

[4] Mark 1:15

[5] John 8:50

[6] Joel 2:28

[7] John 16:12

[8] Deuteronomy 29:29

[9] Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:5; Luke 9:35

[10] John 4:14

[11] John 6:27,29

[12] Matthew 6:31

[13] Matthew 6:31

[14] Revelation 6:11

[15] John 6:56

[16] Galatians 3:26-27

[17] Galatians 3:2

[18] John 3:16

[19] John 5:17

[20] John 5:24

[21] Acts 2:3-4

[22] John 15:26

[23] Acts 1:4

[24] Acts 1:6

[25] Acts 3:1-8

[26] John 6:56

[27] Mark 6:37

[28] Matthew 15:26

[29] Matthew 15:24

[30] Matthew 16:16 “You are the Christ (Messiah), the Son of the living God.”

[31] Matthew 18:15

[32] Matthew 6:9-10

[33] Revelation 18:7

[34] Isaiah 47:8

[35] 1 Corinthians 15:24

[36] Matthew 18:1

[37] 2 Peter 1:11

[38] Exodus 9:16

[39] John 8:50

[40] John 14:12

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