“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
The Kingdom is for all of those who choose to listen and obey His commands. Those who are in the Kingdom don't choose to make themselves great as many religious leaders I have seen and heard. Leaders in the Kingdom are here to serve and to teach. The Lord Jesus made this statement concerning the Kingdom: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.”... And again He said, “To what shall I liken the kingdom of God? It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.” Throughout all His recorded time while the Lord Jesus was here on earth, you will find His consistency to preach and teach the Kingdom Gospel. He never drifted off to do His own think. He made this statement while speaking of His future departure: "And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.” Later on, His Father God confirmed His obedience on the mountain where He was transfigured. Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” Now, notice that when Peter made that statement in essence to make Elijah and Moses equal with God's Son. But the Father God put His total approval for and with His Beloved Son, the Lord Jesus. "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!" You can't go wrong with that statement, but many have and still do. The Lord Jesus was consistent and persistent to preach and teach the Kingdom. Once again, He gave the comparison of what the Kingdom was like: “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
Now, I have stated in several articles that the Kingdom of God IS His principles and laws within you. The Lord Jesus made this statement, speaking to the religious Pharisees: Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” There are many leaders who preach Kingdom, who do not actually have a clue what it is, only that the word kingdom is popular and well-received. First of all, the Kingdom is to be taught, not preached. People have to learn what the Kingdom of God is. When the truth of the Kingdom gospel is taught, it offends, it cuts and it stirs up religious spirits. Keep this in mind, the one who introduced the King to the public (John the Baptist) preached and gave his introduction of the King, but the Lord Jesus began His introduction by teaching the Kingdom government. But to those that followed Him, He taught them the Kingdom concept and message, even after He had risen from the dead. The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
The Lord Jesus never at any time slowed down or stopped to deliver another message, such as prosperity, purpose, financial wealth, how to get your needs met or even how to prolong your life. Here is what He did say: “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
When are we going to get a clue? But, I know what the problem is! These leaders think that they need to deliver a new message every Sunday or whenever they preach. Without that it looks like they aren't doing their job. The Lord Jesus preached the same message to the public because it was needed. It was His focus. It was His mission. They were unfamiliar with the restoration of the Kingdom. And the same message applies to this generation. Even more so! Many in this generation embrace a religion or Christianity as the Kingdom. Kingdom doesn't fit in a comfortable familiar box and people don't understand. People have even thought we were Jehovah Witness because we say the word Kingdom! That is a good example of what I'm saying.
Remember, there are many who use some of the Kingdom principles, but aren't of the Kingdom mindset.
Matthew 13:44-46 Luke 13:20-21 John 8:29 Matthew 17:1-5;
Matthew 13:47-50 Luke 7:20-21 Acts 1:1-3 Matthew 6:25-34
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