March 1, 2015

The Spiritual Kingdom – Morris Norman

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

In view of the fact that some in our world today are undoubtedly trying to advance their religious cause by vicious physical means and in view of the associated fact that at least one influential American has accused Christians of having been guilty of the same thing, I believe the following article is appropriate. (DRP)

“Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now my kingdom is not from here’” (John18:36)

In Jn. 18:33-38, Jesus had, from the chief priests, been accused to Pilate of being “king of the Jews.” Pilate understood better than many today that the kingdom of Christ is not a political or military force in competition with the kingdoms of this world (see Mt.26:35 to compare this to what He said to a disciple). This declaration to Pilate confirmed that His kingdom is a spiritual kingdom.

It is “not of this world”. Christ did not need the means and methods of earth kingdoms for its existence. It does not depend on economic support to succeed. It boasts no armed forces or other splendors of a material kingdom such as industries, schools, papers, building, cities and such. The political methods of man are denounced. The rulers among the Gentiles lord it over them; the great ones exercise authority. Not so among disciples. They were to be servants who desire first to be slaves as Christ did Matt.20:24-28. Christ took the way of sacrifice, service and perishing to perpetuate the kingdom. He and He alone rules by spiritual laws.

Truth is the conquering power of Christ’s kingdom.

“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believe Him, ‘If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’” (John 8:31-32)

Men are in bondage to sin and it is only truth that makes them free Jn.8:31-36. Christ is the truth Jn.14:6, we learn the truth that is only in Him, Eph.4:20,21, and man is sanctified by truth, Jn.17:17. The Spirit of truth carries the truth on in the apostles by the Holy Spirit, Jn.14:16-18; 16:7-14. Love of the truth is the true test of faithfulness, II Thess.2:10-12. It is by obeying truth that one is born of God, I Pet.1:22, 23 and has fellowship in the promises of God, Eph.3:1-8.

Christ’s kingdom is engaged in a spiritual warfare.

“If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would fight.”

Religious orders today are using material force in order to attain their ends. Note the religious wars of 2,000 years of what is called “Church History,” by those who call themselves “Christians”. They embrace all “this world’s means and methods.” Paul pled the Corinthians to speak the same things with no divisions, perfectly joined together in the same mind, the same judgment, I Cor.1:10. God’s wisdom is in the gospel; man’s wisdom produced the division in Corinth and the 2000 years of “Church History.”

Paul writes to the Ephesians:

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:10-12)

The whole armor is truth, righteousness, faith, the gospel of peace and salvation to be able to stand in the evil day against the wiles of the devil. Eph.6:10-18.

To the Corinthians he writes:

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” (II Corinthians 10:3-5).

Jesus tells us “the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21). He reigns by means of truth in our hearts.

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