More teachings about the Kingdom of Heaven
Like newborn babies,
thirst for the pure milk of the word
so that by it you may grow in your salvation.
Surely you have tasted that the Lord is good! 1 Peter 2:2,3
We are to pray for the kingdom to come.
He said to them, “When you pray, say:
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
The kingdom should be sought after, above all.
And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and you Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Luke 12:29-31
The kingdom of God is for the committed.
Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God. Luke 9:62
It is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom
Jesus looked at him and said, ‘How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.’ Luke 18:24,25
The kingdom of God belongs to the poor and poor in spirit.
Looking at his disciples, and said:
‘Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.’ Luke 6:20
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3
It would seem by Jesus’ teaching, and the teaching of the apostles that the poor in spirit (humble and broken spirit) and physically poor have a special blessing.
The ‘rich in spirit’ (proud and self confident) don’t see a need for God. With less distractionsof material possessions and a greater dependency on God for their provision, the poor are rich in faith.
Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised to those who love him? James 2:5
We must receive the kingdom like a child.
I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. Luke 18:17
What is a child like? A child has an uncorrupted mind ready for his father/mother to teach him what is right. A child looks up to his father/mother and tries to imitate them. A child accepts the wisdom and knowledge of their parents as the greatest there is. A child is learning day by day and continually growing. A child realises his or her parents are much greater than themselvs and they need their parents help to get them through life. A child cries out to his father/mother for help in times of trouble. A child is comforted in the arms of his or her parents. A child trusts their parents, a child has faith in their parents, a child loves their parents.
The kingdom of God is within you
..because the kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:21
You must be born again to enter
In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” John 3:3
What does it mean to be born again?
Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. you hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.’ John 3:5-8
There is a certain element of mystery to being born again, which Jesus likened to the wind blowing, and not knowing where it comes from.
Being born again is a spiritual experience. It results from word of God being heard and being planted in the heart like a seed.
The seed is mixed with faith and grows, producing a new creation – a new spiritual being that is within the body, and is a spirit born of God.