Part 3 of 4, Chapter 4 in FOR HIS GLORY
And Then – –
As we diligently pursue Christ, the interests and appetites of the flesh will succumb to those of the Spirit. We will come to hate evil (Romans twelve, nine) because it creates distance in our intimacy with God, more than out of fear of being punished for being “bad.”
And we will determine if we have had a “good day” or a “bad day” by how well we have walked by the Spirit rather than by how our fleshly expectations have been met.
This Life of the Kingdom of God is surreal in a certain way. In fact, it is frequently called a mystery.
In Col. 1:26-27, Paul calls it “the mystery that has been hidden from the ages and from the generations, but now has been revealed to his saints, to whom God desired to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Oh – I love it!
Our English word “mystery,” from the Greek mustérion (Strong’s 3466), is used 28 times in the New Testament. The prophets of old knew that something better than their system of sacrifices was coming and they longed to see it (Mt. 13:17), but they couldn’t imagine what it could be.
Many err today by trying to understand it intellectually and defining it theologically, thus the powerless religion of our day. Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you concealed these things from the wise and discerning and revealed them to little children” (Mt. 11:25).
The Life of the Kingdom is for all who believe in Jesus like a child and invite Him to indwell them and rule their life.
Kidron, Ohio USA
April 14, 2022
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