A Place Called “There” Kingdoms

Posted: January 17, 2011 in A Place Called "There"

Being “There” or “Here” could be like tomorrow… it never comes because when you get there it is today. There, may never arrive because when you get there it is here. Also the only way i see the grass as being greener on the other side is if i am on the KINGDOM OF THE WORLD side.

If you have not chosen the Kingdom of God first, it will in the end make no difference what you have chosen instead. There are marked differences between the two kingdoms.

KINGDOM OF GOD – God’s Ways: Isaiah 55:8,9  “ For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. 9 “ For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

 KINGDOM OF THE WORLD – Man’s Ways: Proverbs 14:12 12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

KINGDOM OF GOD – Jesus: Revelation 19:16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

KINGDOM OF THE WORLD – Satan: I John 5:19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.

KINGDOM OF GOD – Invisible/Supernatural: Colossians 1:16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

KINGDOM OF THE WORLD – Visible/Natural: 2 Corinthians 4:18 While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

KINGDOM OF GOD – Spoken Word of God: John 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

KINGDOM OF THE WORLD – Spoken words of man: Proverbs 18:20 A man’s [moral] self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words he must be satisfied [whether good or evil].

KINGDOM OF GOD – Holy Spirit: Luke 11:13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

KINGDOM OF THE WORLD – Natural Mind: Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

KINGDOM OF GOD – Angels of the kingdom of God: Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?

KINGDOM OF THE WORLD – Angels of the kingdom of the world: Jude 6 And angels who did not keep (care for, guard, and hold to) their own first place of power but abandoned their proper dwelling place—these He has reserved in custody in eternal chains (bonds) under the thick gloom of utter darkness until the judgment and doom of the great day.

KINGDOM OF GOD – Reborn Spirit: Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

KINGDOM OF THE WORLD – Unborn Spirit: Ephesians 2:1 AND YOU [He made alive], when you were dead (slain) by [your] trespasses and sins.

KINGDOM OF GOD – Believe: John 6:29 Jesus replied, This is the work (service) that God asks of you: that you believe in the One Whom He has sent [that you cleave to, trust, rely on, and have faith in His Messenger].

KINGDOM OF THE WORLD – Unbelief: James 1:12-15 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

KINGDOM OF GOD – Faith: 2 Corinthians 5:7 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.

KINGDOM OF THE WORLD – Fear: James 2:14-26 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

In closing i use two more comparisons of the two kingdoms.

KINGDOM OF GOD – “Followers of Jesus are to be different-different from both the nominal church and the secular world, different from both the religious and the irreligious. The Sermon on the Mount is the most complete delineation anywhere in the New Testament of the Christian value-system, ethical standard, religious devotion, attitude to money, ambition, life-style and network of relationships-all of which are totally at variance with those of the non-Christian world. And this Christian Counterculture is the life of the kingdom of God, a fully human life indeed but lived out under the divine rule.” John Stott

KINGDOM OF THE WORLD – “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, / Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, / Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
 
A person filled with the love of God, is not content with blessing himself alone, but races through the whole world, anxious to bless all whom he comes in contact with.
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    I think we all are looking for “THERE” where is the latest word. Where is the lastest move of the spirit.

    We are spending all of our time looking for “THERE” we are never content with where God has placed us and to look and see what God is doing around them.

    So maybe we should jsut look for what God is doing where you are. God has a work for you right where you are.

    Philippians 4:11-13 KJV

    Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

  2. mikedts2010 says:

    Nice post Ed. Saint Augustine in “The City Of God,” writes of this tension exhaustively. You would indeed be the closest person to Augustine that I know so that makes perfect sense… I totally disagree with what John Stott said in his quote about the Sermon on the Mount being, “most complete delineation anywhere in the New Testament of the Christian value-system, ethical standard, religious devotion, attitude to money, ambition, life-style and network of relationships-all of which are totally at variance with those of the non-Christian world.” I do however agree that Christians should strive to be all of those things he thinks that the Sermon is saying. Nevertheless, I hold that there is a single meaning to the Sermon that fits in to the larger narrative of the Book of Matthew and not a list of values, standards, attitudes etc. Peace Bro

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