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The journey so far, elect, with the restoration of the command of the Father to disciples that they are to listen to Jesus, has taken you from knowing the first two works of Jesus – to save the world and to reveal the Father to those the Father has drawn to Him – now takes on the final stage of revealing and finishing the work that Jesus gave the disciples to do – to preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God to all creation, creatures and mankind; to make disciples from those who believe the gospel so that there are disciples for the Holy Spirit to do His work with; and finally, through the disciples, to establish the Kingdom of God that Jesus spoke of on Earth.

If you have encountered disinterest from those who call themselves ‘Christians’ within the ‘churches’, that is because the command to listen to Jesus was given not to believers, but to the disciples – Peter, John and James – after they had been with Jesus for more than a year.  As such, learn not to expect a believer, who is not suitable for discipleship, to rejoice and embrace the restoration of the command.  Rather, it is those who are suitable for discipleship who will embrace the command, and those who prove themselves as disciples who will not desert Jesus, like those of John 6.66, who will do the required work… the work of listening and practising the words of Jesus in holiness.  In truth, since the Holy Spirit was sent to the disciples [John 15.26] to remind them of what Jesus said and to convict unbelievers of sin and Satan of his condemnation, the work of the Holy Spirit in this matter, strictly speaking, is confirmed to disciples.

As such, you, the elect of the Holy Spirit, in your reappearance on Earth, have in fact ensured that there are also disciples of Jesus who once more walk this Earth, who know the command, who have obeyed the command knowingly, and who satisfy the written and prescribed word that the Holy Spirit chose to remind us of.

Is this a form of cultic exclusion that says we are the only ones?  Not at all, for we have faith that the Holy Spirit, in His omnipotence, has also raised others whom we have yet to meet.  However, in truth, we are the only ones we know of to whom the command has been restored and has been received with the enthusiasm and respect that is followed by the concerted effort to obey not only what is written, but that which the Holy Spirit has commanded, so that there now walks on this Earth men and women who not only know the words of Jesus, but have practised those words to know and not only believe that the words of Jesus are true, and they have the testimony which collaborates with the testimony of the Holy Spirit.

Unlike the council’s letter of Acts 15 where they claimed – It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality.  You will do well to avoid these things [Acts 15.28-19] – you now know the Holy Spirit well enough that He would never have condoned anything that went against any teaching of Jesus, not even the least syllable of what the Father gave Jesus to say.

However, to make such a claim would only create controversy, and it has and will continue to do so with much opposition, and that from the church itself in all its many denominational manifestations.  To argue to the point is about as productive as the argument the nine had at the foot of the Mount of Transfiguration with the crowd. [Mark 9.14] Had they been able to drive out the demon, there would have been no argument.

As such, what we say of what we know has no value unless we are able to produce the collaborating evidence of not only signs, wonders and miracles, but also the Kingdom of God Jesus spoke of from the moment Nicodemus visited Him to the day He ascended to the right hand of His Father.

We can pray, “Thy kingdom come…” [Matthew 6.10; Luke 11.2 KJV] all we want, but it will not come unless we ourselves make every effort for it to come.  For even though the Lord taught his disciples to pray “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in Earth, as it is in Heaven,” [Matthew 6.10 KJV] He also commanded the same disciples to “…seek first His kingdom…” [Matthew 6.33] that is, to see it and also to look after it after we have found it.  However, to see the Kingdom of God, a person must first be born again as Jesus testified, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the Kingdom of God unless he is born again (born from above),” [John 3.3 and its footnote] and that no one can enter the kingdom even if they see it unless, as He again testified, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.” [John 3.5] And a person who is born of the Spirit will never call Him, “It,” but indeed, will love and respect Him as one does his Father, for if indeed you are born again, born of the Spirit, then is He not the Father of your spirit?

And if you have not entered the kingdom, how can you seek it, that is, look after it and propagate its business?  However, being born of water and the Spirit are not the only two conditions of entry.  There is a third, which He taught in the final months, “I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” [Mark 10.15] There are many who are born again of the water and of the Spirit… but in refusing to receive it like a child, their entry is not complete, and as such, the fullness of the Kingdom of God cannot and does not begin to manifest.

If we were to compare this to an earthly kingdom, they are like travellers who have arrived in a city, saw the city as their plane landed and entered the city as far as the customs and immigration of the city… but have not been able to complete their entry into the city.  It is those who can receive the Kingdom of God like a little child who complete the entry into the Kingdom of God to enjoy its full benefits instead of being like someone who has seen and arrived, but has been detained from full entry… like a traveller detained at the airport.  You can see the city from the airport, you can even experience some of the things at the airport… but you are not free to explore and experience the entire city.

So who are those who would receive the Kingdom of God, the kingdom of power, like a child?  Your forerunners in the Old Testament were men like Moses who used a stick against the most powerful country on Earth, Elijah who poured water on an offering and waited for fire from Heaven, and Ezekiel who made a little model of Jerusalem and played a war game with it like a child… or a little boy who offered five barley loaves and two small fish to solve an adult’s problem of feeding 5,000 families… that’s who.

And the sign that the Kingdom of God has come to us and upon us, as Jesus said first in Matthew 12.28, is, “But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you,” and later when again He was accused of driving out demons by Beelzebub, He said, “But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the Kingdom of God has come to you.” [Luke 11.20]

For Jesus to say, “But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God…” means that He Himself was no longer driving them out.  For Jesus Himself was able to drive out demons without having to work through the Holy Spirit, for the demons testified about Him only without ever mentioning the Holy Spirit.  As such, the coming of the Kingdom of God upon us involves us doing things by the Holy Spirit also.  This is not the situation of a believer or a disciple who cannot do what Jesus has been doing, but prays and preaches so that the Holy Spirit will do the miracles on His behalf as he asks in Jesus’ Name… no!  For when Jesus said, “But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God…” that is a statement made by a Person who can drive out demons in His own right.  Likewise, it is only when those who can drive out demons, do miracles, in their own right because of the gifts they have learnt to master, who then let the Holy Spirit to do the same with them… that is when the Kingdom of God has come upon us.

How can this happen in the simplest way?

When those who can testify about Jesus allow the Holy Spirit to also testify, in the same way as Jesus, who could drive out demons, allowed the Holy Spirit to drive them out as well… that is, a co-worker with the Holy Spirit.  Jesus, One who can drive out demons, chose to drive out demons by the Holy Spirit rather than by Himself.  You who can testify about Jesus choose to let the Holy Spirit testify as well.  However, if you are only a believer, how can you do that?  You cannot.

As for His latter statement, “But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the Kingdom of God has come to you,” does not necessarily mean the Spirit of God… for the Spirit of God is the Spirit of God.  However, Jesus, who is also Himself God, by using His finger to drive out demons instead of a word, fulfils this statement.  A finger rather than a word is silence and demonstrates far more authority and power.  A person who can get things done by merely pointing a finger instead of saying a word is a person of greater power and authority.

The presence then of the Kingdom of God that is within you and has come to you, upon you to be amongst you, is when you have become persons of such power and authority that a finger movement from you can have demons driven out, and you are able to do things that you invite the Holy Spirit to do with you and for you, rather than being a person who can do nothing except rely on the Holy Spirit to do it for you.

For how else can the Kingdom of God be established, except by those and through those who are entrusted with the power and authority of the Kingdom of God, who can then do things the way only a citizen of the Kingdom of God can?  That is why I remind you again, elect… it is not whether you trust God, but whether God can trust you, and by the measure you can be trusted, so the authority and power are available to you.  If, however, you cannot be trusted with worldly wealth, who can trust you with real wealth?

If you find sitting and listening to Jesus burdensome, who can trust you with His secrets?  If you find doing things the kingdom way less congenial than doing it the way the world and mammon’s kingdom do it, why would anyone let you near the Kingdom of God’s power?  If you call the languages of the Kingdom of God ‘other languages’ and something that is not for you, as something foreign and even distasteful, something you do not need, want or would use, then who would invite you in or let you receive the kingdom whose language you will not use?  If the languages of the Kingdom of God are known to you only as the gift of tongues, but have never developed for you until the gift becomes your native language, that you are not ashamed of using it to express your thoughts and desires to God who is the King of the kingdom, then why should anyone give you or offer you citizenship?

So, elect, we know what we know and speak only what we know.  If our language seems strange and foreign to you, that is because you are not acquainted with the language and speech of a native of the Kingdom of God.  If our ways seem strange and foreign to you, that is because you are a stranger to the Kingdom of God, a tourist who has just arrived and has yet to understand the culture of the Kingdom of God, its customs, its laws and its values.  Certainly, like any tourist, what is native to us must seem foreign to you.  As foreign as a blind man seeing because mud was made from spit on the ground and placed on his eyes; or a dumb man speaking because he was spat on; or the sight of a Man from God being anointed by a sinful woman; or 5,000 families fed with five loaves and two fish; or water turned to good wine when man, you are already drunk; or a Man walking on water because there was no boat; or a Man asleep on a boat during a storm because He was tired; or the dead raised… need we say more?

And we will see much more than these as the Kingdom of God fulfils the parables spoken of it, and even now reappears in this world like the kernel of corn that becomes a plant reappears in the ear of the corn it bore as a 100 fold measure of kernels.

So, do you know how to see, enter and receive the Kingdom of God?  And more importantly, do you know how to remain in it, elect?

Now go ponder and consider what this means:  “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom,” [Matthew 24.7] “…you will be hated by all nations…” [Matthew 24.9] and “All men will hate you because of Me.” [Luke 21.17] For what nation, what kingdom, who amongst men would accept the Kingdom of God in their midst?

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