IT WAS FINISHED AT THE CROSS Part 2
IS THE CHURCH THE KINGDOM?
It just dawned on me, this morning, how almost everyone that calls themselves a Christian, believes Jesus failed in His Mission to bring the Kingdom of God to this earth, and I was among them, until recently. Think about this for a moment. If we believe that it is some future Kingdom that God is telling us about, we believe Jesus failed at the Cross. If we believe that there is going to be a pre-trib rapture out of this world, before Jesus comes to establish this Kingdom, we are believing that Jesus (God) failed at the Cross. If we believe that Satan is unbound and has full reign of this world, we are believing that Jesus failed at the Cross.
I think you get my point. Would not these beliefs be the beliefs of the great majority of Christians? I had never looked at it this way before. I was blinded by what others were telling me about the Plan of God and how it all plays out. Yet, if we really examine what we are believing we are believing and preaching another Gospel. I am ashamed of myself for letting this continue for so many years!! How did I not see it? How did I not realize that by believing the Kingdom of God was somehow in the future, and this life was all about making it into the Kingdom, And all the while I was missing the Kingdom!
When I look back, to when I was born again from above, I remember knowing that the Kingdom of God was already here, and it is inside of each born again believer. I did sell everything I owned and went on the road, with a fellow believer, and lived on faith for 3 years. I was not a Bible scholar, but my connection to Jesus was strong and open and He worked through me, I had died to my “self”. What I am trying to say is, the connection was pure, not clouded by the doctrines of demons and mankind. It is in these end time lukewarm churches that we learn all these mistaken concepts, and actually believe them to the point of supporting and spreading them!!
How serious is it that most of us have been tricked into actually believing that Jesus failed at the Cross?!! This is big, this is sad, this needs to be fixed. He did not fail at anything, in anyway, shape or form, He accomplished ALL He came to do, for ALL time. And any other gospel, is saying that Jesus is still on that cross, and God’s Plan is still being worked out! How wrong is that? No wonder everyone that sees Him at His Second coming, WILL MOURN, for their continued belief, through this life, that He did not accomplish what the Bible plainly tells us He did, when He came and died for us! We continue to pierce Him, by believing this lie.
When this really sinks in, this lie that most of us have fallen for, we will findit has to be the Biggest Lie of the modern day church, and the mystery of iniquity that has been at work, since the Cross.
So today, I want to continue to prove, by using the Bible, how Jesus most definitely succeeded in all He came to do, and He did establish the Kingdom of God, and everyone who is born again, is living IN it.
Lets continue looking into the Old Testament and what prophecies were about this coming Kingdom, the Church. Keep in mind, always, that this Kingdom of God is established in His temple here on earth, our bodies, our minds and our hearts, that were given to Him when we were Born Again. This is a Spiritual Kingdom from which the Lord Jesus DOES rule this earth, and it is His Will being made manifest, in each believer.
Note that the last days are referring to the time after the Cross. It was finished at the Cross, so anything after what Jesus did, is called the latter days, or last days. Time, itself, was divided at the Cross, as the Old Covenant ended and the New Covenant began. Anything that happened before the Cross was former, and anything that happens after the Cross is now latter.
This revelation, in and of itself, should help clear up so much that has been misunderstood about these “Last Days”.
Isa 2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, [that] the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
Isa 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
Mic 4:1 ¶ But in the last days it shall come to pass, [that] the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
Mic 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
Now, how is this prophecy fulfilled in the New Testament? Let’s look at Acts 2, to see how this was all fulfilled at Pentecost when the Church was born.
Act 2:5 ¶ “And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.”
Act 2:14 ¶ But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all [ye] that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
Note that this fulfills the prophecy of the House of the Lord being established in Jerusalem. But, not only that, notice who is speaking here, as the representative of the Disciples…it is Peter, whom Jesus told he would be the rock on which He would build His Church. His Church is built on the foundation of Christ being the Son of the LIVING God.
Mat 16:16 “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Here is what Jesus also says about this Church He is building, that was begun at Pentecost.
Mat 16:18 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
The gates of hell shall not prevail against it because Satan was bound in the bottomless pit at the Cross, and the Age of Grace, the Age of the Kingdom of God on earth was at hand, being fulfilled at the formation of the Church at Pentecost.
Mat 16:19 “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”.
The keys to the Kingdom of Heaven were given to the Church, that they might spread the Good News of the Kingdom of God is right here on earth, indwelling each born again believer.
The pouring out of the Spirit at Pentecost are the last days that were spoken about in the Book of Joel. In Acts, Peter quotes from Joel to explain what is happening.
Act 2:17 “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
Act 2:18 “And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:”
Now let’s look at several other places where this message is expounded.
Hbr 1:2 “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by [his] Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;”
Hbr 1:3 “Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”
Jesus is seated at the Right Hand of His Father, and is King over the Kingdom of God on this earth.
Eph 2:11 ¶ Wherefore remember, that ye [being] in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
Eph 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
Eph 2:13 ” But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”
Eph 2:14 ¶ For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us];
Eph 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace;
Eph 2:16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
Eph 2:17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
Eph 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Eph 2:19 ¶ Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;”
Through the Holy Spirit we have access directly with God, here and now, and He rules this earth through His Church, His Body of born again believers. Oh what power we have missed if we have believed another Gospel!!!
Gal 3:27 ” For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”
Gal 3:28 ” There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Gal 3:29 “And if ye [be] Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
We are to put on Christ, and live in His Kingdom, now, not some future time!
Luk 24:44 ¶ And he said unto them, These [are] the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and [in] the prophets, and [in] the psalms, concerning me.”
Luk 24:45 “Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,”
Luk 24:46 “And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:”
Luk 24:47 “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”
Luk 24:48 “And ye are witnesses of these things.”
Luk 24:49 “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”
The Prophecies have been fulfilled. The Church, the House of God, began in Jerusalem, at Pentecost. What does the Risen Jesus have to say to His disciples about this Church of believers and what they are to do.
Mar 16:14 ¶ Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.”
Mar 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Jesus being King over the Temple of the Lord, is foretold in the Old Testament, concerning the BRANCH.
Zec 6:12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name [is] The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:
Zec 6:13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.
We, the born again believers are the temple of God, from which Christ rules and reigns through us.
1Cr 3:16 ” Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”
2Cr 6:16 “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
2Cr 6:17 “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you,
2Cr 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
Eph 2:18 “For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Eph 2:19 ¶ Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
Eph 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner [stone];
Eph 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
Eph 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”
That is all for today. As I write these things I am finding out about the REAL GOSPEL, as if for the very first time. I truly know now what Christ meant when He said we must have eyes to see and ears to hear, His Truth. I am learning at the same time that I am trying to teach this, and that feels good, because I know in my heart that He is directing me, and that is such an honor and privilege, that I do not want to in any way mess this up! I am as guilty as anyone, for misunderstanding this for so many years!! I am so happy to finally feel at peace, no longer searching for the answers in vain, but to truly be finding them.
Until next time.
Jesus is all and everything!!