“Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see all these things taking place, you can know that his return is very near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene before all these things take place. Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.
Those of us who are preaching and teaching this Kingdom message, must realize that this message is eternal and unchanging. It will save you from eternal judgment and damnation if you choose to embrace it and, first and foremost, our Lord Jesus the Christ. Remember, if you fail to learn the Kingdom gospel the Lord Jesus preached, and fail to preach and teach it, you will be held accountable for every word that you speak. In addition, the Father judges no one. Instead, he has given the Son absolute authority to judge, so that everyone will honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son is certainly not honoring the Father who sent him. I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life.....And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.
Keep in mind, the very one that you fail to listen to and apply His message, will be the one that will judge you on the day of judgment. It is very important that you honor the Son; for the Lord God has given Him all authority. The question is, how can you honor the Son? Through listening and obeying His Word. The Lord Jesus made this statement: If you love me, obey my commandments. The flip side to that statement is that if you don't obey His Word, you don't truly love Him. You will make excuses for not obeying and following His laws and principles. Remember, His Father God has given Him all authority. The Father has life in himself, and he has granted that same life-giving power to his Son. And he has given him authority to judge everyone because he is the Son of Man. His Words are eternal and they will come to light. Not one word of the King's law will fail. The Kingdom message is eternal and lasting. It is the last word before the coming of the King's return. The Lord Jesus never called us to preach or teach the message of prosperity or healing. If you become obedient to His Word, He will grant you those things to be a blessing to others in need; not for your self-gratification to gain riches or wealth.
King David had this to say concerning the Lord God's Word: You light a lamp for me. The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness. In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall. God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection. King David also had a word for the angels in his praise concerning His Word: The Lord has made the heavens his throne; from there he rules over everything. Praise the Lord, you angels, you mighty ones who carry out his plans, listening for each of his commands.
Do you want to know what keeps you in right-standing with the King? Well, obeying His Word. Remember what the Lord Jesus said concerning His Word: For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels. (NKJV) Also remember, the Lord God created this world by His Word. The Lord merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the Word, and all the stars were born. The only hope you have is in His Word. So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (NKJV) In essence, your faith comes through reading and hearing His Word. And remember that the Lord Jesus was God's Word in the flesh. So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
John testified about him when he shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’”
From His abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.
Your faith in Him is your greatest asset.
Mark 13:24-31 John 5:22-24; Matthew 12:36-37 John 14:15; 5:26-27
Psalm 18:28-30; 103:19-20 Luke 9:26 Psalm 33:6
Romans 10:17 John 1:14-18 all NLT except where noted
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