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“Believe the Good News!”[1]  It is with the Kingdom of God that Jesus said repentance and faith are needed, whereas repentance alone is sufficient for the Kingdom of Heaven.  The good news that we are to believe in is the Good News of the Kingdom of God.  As I have said before, the good news of any kingdom is that to the king, an heir has been born.  And the first person to hear that good news was the mother, Mary, to whom the angel Gabriel said, “You will be with child and give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the Name Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.  … So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God.”[2]

Thus, faith in the Kingdom of God is not just faith that saves, for the faith that saves comes to all who believe in Jesus and for those who will later call upon His Name.  Those who now have the opportunity to believe upon the Name of Jesus as the Gospel is preached whilst they still live, will be saved as they pass from life to death to await the resurrection.  However, that is only part of the Gospel of the Kingdom, part of the Good News.  However, there is the fullness of the message that needs to be preached, which was termed by the angel, “Go, stand in the temple courts and tell the people the full message of this new life.”[3]

The message of the Kingdom of God had been given in parts and pieces from the moment God said to Satan, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will crush your head, and you will strike His heel.”[4]  A message that was hidden through the ages as God revealed Himself to the patriarchs and Israel, and as He spoke through the prophets, all these were written in the Pentateuch, the Prophets and the Psalms.  Through Jesus Christ came the message clearly without a veil of God and of His Kingdom.  So clear is the message spoken by Jesus that anyone who takes Jesus at His word would be able to see it and experience it, just as the royal official who took Jesus at His word experienced it.[5]  However, it is also a message that has become veiled, clouded over and edited, because men prefer to listen to other men than to the Lord Jesus, and the church stopped listening to the Holy Spirit.

Now, the full message of the new life has been brought out again, just like Jonah finding the book of the Law in the time of the kings, just before Israel and Judah were destroyed.  So now, the life that comes from listening to Jesus and practising His words under the supervision of the Holy Spirit can be displayed in its fullness through one and ones who are the vanguard of the Kingdom of God on Earth to herald the impending arrival of Jesus Christ and His elect.

Thus, the point of entry into the Kingdom of God, which begins with repentance and faith, followed by baptism of water, fire and the Holy Spirit so that you are born again of water and the Spirit, requires a faith that is again slightly different from that of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Faith for the Kingdom of Heaven is the faith to believe that repentance will secure you a place in Heaven, repentance from sins as defined by the Law of Moses, and since Jesus also preached the same message as John the Baptist, anyone who “repents, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near,”[6] has also believed in Jesus enough that they will be saved.

But the faith that is needed for the Kingdom of God is faith that not only believes, but faith that obeys and serves.  It is also a faith that is prepared to believe Jesus, and to continue believing in Him, even when He says things that are hard to accept, much less believe.

Before Jesus spoke about His flesh and blood and taught His disciples, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His blood, you have no life in you,”[7] He was followed by disciples who had believed in the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven and the twelve who were prepared to believe and continued believing in Him, even when He taught things different to the Law of Moses, and even contrary to the Law of Moses, like the drinking of His blood and the eating of His flesh.  Thus the disciples who grumbled, “This is a hard teaching.  Who can accept it?” and turned back and no longer followed Him,[8] are the ones who had sufficient faith to believe to a point, but not enough to fully accept Jesus.  Anyone who does not have the faith to fully accept Jesus, will, by that faith, never experience fullness of the new life in this age.  It is only those who have the faith to fully accept all that Jesus is and all that He said, who will experience the full life the angel was speaking of in this age.  For as Jesus said, “According to your faith will it be done to you.”[9]  And one of the challenges of the Kingdom of God is learning to, as Paul wrote:  accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgement on disputable matters.  One man’s faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables.[10]

Thus, even as you, who seek to remain alive till Jesus arrives, learn and develop the required faith, so you should also learn to continue to love those whose faith cannot allow them to eat all of the flesh of Jesus and drink all of His blood.  That is, to believe and practise all of His words that are hard to accept and believe.  It is essential then to always remember that, although you are called to establish the Kingdom of God on Earth, the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love,[11] as the apostle Paul wrote.

For by your faith, the words of Jesus about these days of distress will be unleashed in details that are dictated by your faith.  For the exact details of these days of distress are unwritten, and therefore are subject to the spoken words and thoughts of those who have the power to speak into being things that are not as if they were, and to cause what they have in mind to happen.

So that if you look at the disciples of John 6, the ones who could not bring themselves to accept what Jesus said about His flesh and blood are like those whose faith only allowed them to eat vegetables.  And those who remained and said to Jesus, “Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life.  We believe and know that You are the Holy One of God,”[12] are like those who have the faith to eat meat.

Thus, the basic faith needed for the Kingdom of God is the faith that is prepared to accept the harder teachings of Jesus.  That is the basic, the minimum, entry level of faith.  Having believed, that faith must then be tempered, grown and prepared, with practice of the words believed, and purified, not with success, but with patient endurance.  Success glorifies, love purifies, for love is patient and always endures.  So it is no surprise that not one of us has yet succeeded in doing all the things that Jesus has been doing, even though we have practised in a manner.  It is only when you understand that only failures can produce patient endurance and not success, then you see why your practice of the words of Jesus is blessed with more failures than success.  The Lord gives you enough success to encourage you to keep practising, but it is the repeated unrelenting failures that bring out the proof of patient endurance, which is the proof of the presence of love.

It would be true to say that no one who is prepared to believe all of the words of Jesus will experience the new life in its fullness in this age, although many will come back in the next age, the Millennial Reign of Christ, to experience it then, for they were prepared to die for what little they did believe.  Except for the first eleven, few martyrs have ever experienced the power that belongs to the Kingdom of God as God intended for them to experience in this age.  Indeed, conventional thought is that one experiences the power in the age to come.  If that was so, then Jesus did not tell us the truth when He said, “Anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing[13] …you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses.”[14]

The difference of faith is that one takes Jesus’ words according to one’s understanding, and another takes Jesus’ words as they are, without his or her understanding.  The royal official took Jesus at His word without questioning how it could be.  Nicodemus questioned Jesus, “How can a man be born when he is old?  Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!”[15]  Nicodemus questioned Jesus’ words based on his understanding of birth, not God’s understanding of birth.  In the same way, you will find many will question how is it possible for those who live and believe to never die, when all men die.  Yet you know that it is not the truth that all men die —Elijah being the most notable exception, as well as the legendary Enoch.[16]

Thus, you have come to a place where you must test your faith, not to see if you have any faith or whether you placed it correctly, but whether it is of sufficient quality to allow the Kingdom of God to be formed in you, to overflow out of your mouth and be laid hold of by your hands.  It is an unflinching faith in the truth of all of Jesus’ words despite total failures in all your practice of them, until love is made complete in you.  And love is not complete until patience becomes endurance.

So that in the days to come, do not be surprised that there will be many who do turn away from what we have to offer and find it too hard, for indeed, in the days of distress that are coming, it is harder to stay alive than to die, for dying will seem a blessing, not living.

The faith to believe Jesus’ harder teachings is also the faith to obey the Father’s command to “Listen to Him!”[17]  Truth in the Kingdom of God then goes from fully believing all that Jesus said to practising all that Jesus said with patient endurance.  However, the key factor, and I mention it now as a warning, the one who has faith to believe all and practise all that Jesus said with patient endurance until he succeeds is not deemed faithful.  For faithfulness is determined by your faith to serve Him who is Lord, and not to usurp His Lordship.  The one who is condemned for eternal destruction will succeed in all that he does of Jesus’ words, but he will not use his success to serve Jesus, but rather, to oppose Jesus.

Since Jesus told us not only to preach the Good News of the Kingdom, but also to testify about Him, then it is only right that we not only preach or tell the people the full message of this new life, but also to testify about it.  That is, to be able to demonstrate this new life with our lives; and since it is not only a life of morality, but also a life of the miraculous, then it is essential that we are able to demonstrate the miraculous even as we uphold the morality.

Thus, the Kingdom of Heaven is also for those who have the faith to live a moral life, a life of repentance of sin and avoidance of sin.  But those who are of the Kingdom of God of this age will live a life not only of repentance from sin, but a life of the mastery of sin, that is, sin is not their master, but rather sin will be their slave, and without causing sin, for woe unto him through whom the sin comes.  Those who master sin will cause sin to be the very source of true life in Christ, in the same way as Jesus used the eating of His flesh and the drinking of His blood to bring us out of the righteousness of the Law of Moses, which justified no one, into the righteousness that is by faith, being at the same time cut off from the Law that binds once and for all.

Jesus said, “Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin!  Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come!”[18]  Did not Jesus teach His disciples to break Levitical Law when He taught us to eat His flesh and drink His blood?  Yes —and so sin came through Him in a way, for the breaking of any Levitical Law is a sin.  So, did woe come upon Jesus for breaking the bread and passing the cup to twelve men, saying, “Take and eat; this is My body.  Drink from it, all of you.  This is My blood of the New Covenant…”[19]?  Yes, for He was crucified on a Roman cross.  He lost not only His eyes, tongue or hands, but His whole life.

Now, here is a point:  We speak often of being justified by Jesus, and indeed in the previous chapter, you have learned how Jesus justifies us who obey Him to even eating His flesh and drinking His blood in direct contradiction to Levitical Law.  Now, how many of you justify Jesus for what He taught us? 

You see a witness not only testifies to what he saw and heard, but by their testimony, a witness can provide justification for the action of the one on trial.  Thus, you may witness a man killing another man; that is your witness of what you saw.  However, if you are also witness to the motive behind the killing, then you are a witness who provides justification.  For you may be witness that the one killed was in fact the one who was seeking to kill the other, that is, you did not just witness a killing, but you witnessed a killing in self defence.  So then, your testimony has provided a witness and a justification.

So then, Jesus needs witnesses who not only testify to the truth of who He is and that which He said is true, but also, witnesses who justify that which He said and did is righteous, especially when He taught us to eat the flesh and drink the blood of a Man.  Justice for Jesus means providing justification for Jesus.  And how can we provide that if we are not able to testify to the benefits we have experienced in obeying Jesus Christ, even when His words break Levitical Law?

No one who lives a pure moral life without miraculous power can fully justify to the world what Jesus did is righteous.   That person may live, die and be in Heaven, but he or she cannot testify to the world that by drinking the blood of Jesus and eating His flesh, he has arrived in Heaven.

Rather, it takes a person who, having committed the sin of eating flesh and drinking blood in accordance to the teachings of Jesus, then as a result of full faith in Christ lives a moral life full of miraculous power.   He or she can then testify on this Earth that Jesus was righteous in telling us to eat His flesh and drink His blood.  It is our testimony that the sin, which came through Jesus’ command to eat His flesh and drink His blood that had us cut off from the people as it is written, has opened a new way to a new life, a life not only of love, peace and joy, but of power.  It is our testimony that also justifies the Father for commanding us to listen to Jesus, and indeed, since Jesus was only saying what the Father showed Him to say, then the command to eat His flesh and drink His blood came from the Father.  So then, if you can accept it, it is God who told God to teach us to break the Law of God to Moses so that we may come under a higher, better, perfect law —the Law of Love that can only be expressed with these words —Jesus Law!

But unless after you have eaten the flesh and drunk the blood, you then go on to practise the words of Jesus, to practise healing the sick and raising the dead, and discover that since you put your faith in Jesus and had yourself cut off from God according to the Levitical Law, that you now come into a relationship with God far superior to the one offered by obedience to the Levitical Law, you cannot justify Jesus.  In fact, if you cannot even testify for Jesus, how can you justify Him?

The Holy Spirit is here to testify about Jesus as He said, “When the Counsellor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth who goes out from the Father, He will testify about Me.”[20]  So, how did the Holy Spirit testify about Jesus?  Did the Holy Spirit’s testimony about Jesus condemn Him to decay?  Or rather, did not the Holy Spirit testify for Jesus with His power, declaring Him to be Son of God by raising Him from the dead and so justifying Jesus for all His words and actions?  And if Jesus is justified, then the Father is justified, for it was the Father who sent His Son to save the world and commanded those He drew to Jesus to “listen to Him!”

Thus, the basic faith required of those who are in the Kingdom of God is the faith not only to believe, not only to persevere, obey, and even to serve, but it is the faith to justify that which God has said and done through His Son, Jesus Christ, is perfect, so that we can join in with the altar, as John the apostle recorded:  And I heard the altar respond:  “Yes, Lord God Almighty, true and just are Your judgements.” And what or who gives voice to the altar?  Is it not those who are under the altar, the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they maintained[21]? 

The greatest and truest of all God’s judgements, that is, His irrevocable decisions, is this:  “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.  Listen to Him!”[22]  For all who obey this decree and command are saved, and not only saved, but come to live the full life that God had always planned for men—both in this age and in the age to come.  So then, God is justified in doing what He has done, and does and will do because of Christ Jesus.

Now, when Jesus comes back, will He find faith, faith that justifies Him for what He said and did out of love for His Father and obedience to His command?  Will He find disciples who have displayed a foretaste of the Kingdom of God to those who live in this age, waiting for Him to arrive?  It is up to you to answer these questions, but let your “yes” be “yes” and your “no” be “no”, and have nothing to do with the evil one.  Whether it is the Kingdom of Heaven or the Kingdom of God that a person chooses to belong to, God is glorified.

But it is by the Kingdom of God that God is justified.  Amen

Paul wrote:  Those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified.[23]  Then is it not time for us to justify the One we call our Lord so that He is truly glorified?


 

[1] Mark 1:15

[2] Luke 1:31,35

[3] Acts 5:20

[4] Genesis 3:15

[5] John 4:50

[6] Matthew 4:17

[7] John 6:53

[8] John 6:60,66

[9] Matthew 9:29

[10] Romans 14:1-2

[11] Galatians 5:6

[12] John 6:68-69

[13] John 14:12

[14] Acts 1:8

[15] John 3:4

[16] 2 Kings 2:11; Genesis 5:24

[17] Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35

[18] Matthew 18:7

[19] Matthew 26:26-28

[20] John 15:26

[21] Revelation 6:9

[22] Matthew 17:5

[23] Romans 8:30

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