The Kingdom Within
George Kirkpatrick
 


Vital Words to the Body of Christ

Proclaiming the Everlasting Gospel of God's Kingdom


Vital Words to the Body of Christ 
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From the beginning of time God had one desire and that was to walk and talk with His creation, man. He lost this opportunity in the garden, when man disobeyed and rebelled against His one commandment, "Do not partake of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil." Because of sin, God could no longer communicate with His creation. Only those who overcome their sin nature and walk again with God in the Spirit will talk with Him face to face. Desiring to know God on a personal basis has been the hearts cry of God's creation from the beginning of time. The Apostle Paul cried out in his epistle to the Philippians:

"That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death;" Philippians 3:10

It was Paul's whole desire to know Christ in a personal, intimate way. How was he to come into this knowledge? There is only one way, and that is through the Holy Spirit which is the power of His resurrection. Paul knew if he was going to attain to the high calling of Christ Jesus in his life, he had to be in close fellowship with Christ's sufferings, and be made conformable to His death. In Paul's last letter, he wrote to Timothy:

"For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing." II Timothy 4:6-8

Paul labored until his last day in his quest for God. Paul knew he had earned his crown of righteousness. He also knew he would not receive that crown until all those who loved Christ's appearing received their crown in the last day. The word appearing means "the brightness of His coming." Paul wrote much about the second coming of Christ Jesus. To the church at Thessalonica, he wrote:

"When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day." II Thessalonians 1:10

When will Christ return, and how will we know His second coming? Christ is going to return when He is glorified in His saints, those who have developed a personal relationship with Him. This will take place in that day when Paul, and all who love the brightness of His coming, receive their crowns of righteousness.

Many still look for Christ's physical return, but by His own words we know He finished the work His Father had given Him to do, John 12:4. Christ came to bring redemption to mankind. He did this by dying on the cross to afford all who would ask, forgiveness of sin. When this was completed He declared, "It is finished," John 19:30. All those who look for Christ's physical return want Him to return to make everything right and give them the Kingdom. He had already made everything right. All we need to do is walk into it. As for the Kingdom:

". . . when He was demanded of the Pharisees, when the Kingdom of God should come, He answered them and said, The Kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! Or, lo there! For, behold, the Kingdom of God is within you." Luke 17:20-21

By Jesus' own words we know the Kingdom of God is within us. And this only comes as we yield to the power of His resurrection, the Holy Spirit. The Kingdom of God will only come within as we yield ourselves to the changes the Holy Spirit wants to make in our lives.

The question could be asked, "How do we know what changes God wants to make in our lives?" There are many ways to know God's will. First, if our lives do not line up with His Word, then certainly God wants us to change. He may speak change through someone, or we could be convicted of change through a book someone has written. The biggest opportunity for change is when we want change and demand change from God.

When this process is complete, then truly, God will be glorified in His saints. Those who have the Kingdom of God within will rule and reign with Christ for the thousand year millennium. In order for us to become this new creation man in the earth, we must be grafted into the root which is Christ Jesus. Paul wrote to the church at Rome:

"For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:" Romans 11:13

The word Gentile means "aliens of God." Paul used the word Gentile to refer to those who were not of the tribes of Israel. Paul, himself, was of the tribe of Benjamin. Speaking of the Israelites, Paul stated:

"If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them." Romans 11:14

Those who were of Paul's flesh were Israelites, not Jews. You may ask, "Are not the Jew and the Israelite one and the same?" No! The Israelites were God's original people. In contrast, the Jews are not a nation of people, but a religious order, the same as all denominations are religious orders. You would not say this or that denomination is a nation of people. A denomination binds themselves together by religious doctrines, or the teachings of men. The Jews are no different. They have bound themselves together under the teachings of the Babylonian Talmud.

Paul stated, ". . . If by any means I may provoke to emulation (jealousy) those who are my own flesh (Israelites), and might save some of them." God's plan of salvation is extended to the Israelites and Jews, as it is to all of God's creation, but they must come the same way as anyone else. As Jesus stated:

". . . I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me." John 14:6

Paul continues:

"For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?" Romans 11:15

Paul stated, ". . .if the casting away of them. . .", the casting away of whom? It is the casting away of His ancient people, the Israelites. The phrase casting away means "rejection, repudiation, or to throw away." As Paul stated, when God receives them again, or when they accept the gift of salvation, it is life from the dead. The original states, "life from among the dead," or they would be resurrected to life from among those who are still waiting for their Messiah. God's Word states we were all dead in our sin. This means that without the life of Christ, there is only one way out of death; we must be resurrected. This is the first resurrection. Jesus revealed this first resurrection to John on the Isle of Patmos:

"But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years." Revelation 20:5-6

The first resurrection is when we are resurrected from our sin. We were all considered dead in our old, sin nature. When we were forgiven our sin, we were alive from the dead. There is only one way to come out of death, and that is through resurrection. Paul spoke of two men, Hymenaeus and Philetus:

"Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some." II Timothy 2:18

Paul continues his revelation to the church at Rome:

"And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;" Romans 11:17

The natural branches are Israel (the olive tree). Israel was broken off and the wild olive tree, the Gentiles, were grafted in among the olive tree. Notice we were not grafted into the olive tree, we were grafted in among, or along side the olive tree.

Many call Christianity, Judo-Christianity, as if we had come by or through Judaism. This is a misnomer and bad teaching. We were not grafted into the olive tree, we were grafted into the root of the olive tree which is Christ Jesus. As we begin to understand the grafting process, we find the root produces a stem or branch. The grafting is then made onto this stem or branch. The grafting does not draw its nourishment from the stem or branch, it receives its nourishment from the root, through the stem or branch.

The Bible is very clear. We were not grafted into anything that grows out of the root. We are grafted into the root itself. That which grows out of the root is a brand new entity, not depending on anything except the root. If we were grafted into that which was cast away we, too, would have been cast away. God has no special plan for His original people, Israel. If they are to be part of His Kingdom, then they too must be grafted again into the root the same as we have been grafted in. Paul continues:

"Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee." Romans 11:18

Our nourishment comes straight from the root, not by or through any affiliation or relationship with man's teaching.

"Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. Well, because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:" Romans 11:19-20

The natural branches were broken off because of unbelief. They were not broken off to make room for us. We can only be grafted in by faith; faith in whom God says He is. We are warned about being highminded because we are grafted into the root:

"For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest He also spare not thee." Romans 11:21

As we come to this understanding, the teachings on eternal security and "once-saved always-saved" go right out the window. Paul concludes with:

"Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in His goodness: otherwise thou also shall be cut off." Romans 11:22

We are to behold (perceive with open eyes), not only the goodness of God, but also the severity of our God. He is still a God of judgment who judges sin with all severity. Paul warns us by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, that if we do not continue in God's goodness, or remain in His will, we too shall be cut off. We know by the pen of Peter:

"The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." II Peter 3:9

God is not willing that any should perish, and He is not slack concerning His promises. He truly has been longsuffering toward all His people, but His promises state that if we do not continue in His goodness, we shall be cut off, just as He cut off ancient Israel because of their unbelief.

The Sermon on the Mount

Jesus gives us His Kingdom teachings to show us His perfect will for each of our lives. Many of these Kingdom teachings are found in His Sermon on the Mount. In this sermon, He did not say one word about being saved or baptized. The sermon He spoke was given for all His followers to learn and grow by, so they could have a close, intimate relationship with Him.

The Sermon on the Mount is also called the Beatitudes. The word beatitudes means "the highest form of happiness." When Jesus finished His sermon, He spoke to the multitude:

"But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33

The Sermon on the Mount is for those who are seeking God's Kingdom and His righteousness. Jesus began His sermon with the word Blessed. We know by God's Word that those who seek His Kingdom and His righteousness will be blessed, blessed, and blessed again.

Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:3

The word poor has many meanings. One meaning is "those who have readily given themselves up to Christ's teaching and proved themselves fitted to lay hold of the heavenly treasure." Those who are pressing into the Kingdom and are seeking God's righteousness have been promised God's richest blessings. Jesus continued:

Blessed are They That Mourn

"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted." Matthew 5:4

Jesus spoke of those who mourn because they witness what has become of the once powerful church when the presence of God was there. Isaiah prophesied:

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;" Isaiah 61:1

Those to whom the Spirit of God has revealed what the church was intended to be and what it has become are truly mourning. These try to bind up the broken-hearted who have been wounded by the denominational orders. These labor fervently to set the captives free. Isaiah also spoke of those who are held captive by their denominational orders:

"But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore." Isaiah 42:22

The message of restoration is no longer preached. The only hope the organized church system gives their people is dying and going to heaven. But God wants them to live in His presence, now. Yet they remain held in their prison houses by fear and threat. Because of this, the Spirit is grieved and the people mourn.

Blessed are the Meek

"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." Matthew 5:5

Meekness is a fruit of the Spirit. Only those who walk and live in the Spirit will inherit the Kingdom of God. Again Isaiah spoke of those who will inherit the earth:

"For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." Isaiah 57:15

Those who dwell in the high and holy place with God will inhabit eternity with Him. By God's Word we should know that heaven is not our inheritance. The renewed earth is the only inheritance God has promised His people:

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness

"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled." Matthew 5:6

Those who hunger and thirst after the righteousness of God will be filled (satisfied). Paul writes to the church at Rome concerning self-righteousness:

"For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. Romans 10:3

Those who seek after their own righteousness will not be satisfied, nor will they see the Kingdom of God.

Blessed are the merciful

"Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy." Matthew 5:7

All who come into the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ can expect mercy. How are we to obtain God's mercy? Very simple! By being merciful. God's mercy is guaranteed to the merciful.

Blessed are the pure in heart

"Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." Matthew 5:8

The heart is the mind. The pure in heart have a pure mind. Their thoughts are pure. Therefore their actions are pure. Paul wrote to Titus:

"Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled." Titus 1:15

To the pure, all things are pure. To the unbeliever, nothing is pure. All things are sordid and perverted because their conscience (the spirit of man) is defiled. Paul wrote to the Philippians:

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Philippians 4:8

Paul gives us this list to think upon so our hearts (minds) will be pure before God. When we think upon these things, we truly will be the pure in heart who will see God.

Blessed are the Peacemakers

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God." Matthew 5:9

Peace is another fruit of the Spirit. Thus, the peacemakers are walking in the Spirit. Only those who allow the Spirit to have total access to their lives will become the children of God. The word children should have been translated "sons." Only the peacemakers will be given the power (the Holy Spirit) to become the sons of God. Jesus revealed to John that the overcoming sons will be the inheritors of all things:

"He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son." Revelation 21:7

Blessed are They Who are Persecuted For Righteousness' Sake

"Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:10

We need to ask ourselves when we are persecuted, do we feel blessed or do we feel angry and depressed? Do we feel that people are being treated unfairly? Paul warned us in His second letter to Timothy:

"Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." II Timothy 3:12

This is an inspiring promise to all who live godly in Christ Jesus. Christ Jesus is the risen, all-powerful, and all glorious Christ. Peter, who was given the keys to the Kingdom, informs us:

"But and if ye suffer for righteousness sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled." I Peter 3:14

When we suffer persecution, are we happy about it, or do we hang our heads and hide in the corner? It is not natural to feel blessed and happy when we are suffering persecution. This is not natural, but supernatural. Only by the Holy Spirit do we have the power to overcome and gain the victory. When we suffer persecution we are no longer operating our lives by the world's standards, but by God's standards.

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you

"Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake." Matthew 5:11

When we are reviled and spoken evil against, do we take it as a blessing or as a cursing? When we take reviling and being evil spoken of as a blessing, our thinking has changed from carnal thinking to Spiritual thinking. When we take it as a curse, we are operating in natural, fleshly thinking. An unknown Psalmist proclaimed:

"Great peace have they which love Thy law: and nothing shall offend them." Psalm 119:165

When we become dead to self, and live our lives by the law of God (the Holy Bible), then nothing will offend us because we know we are only sojourners in this body. When we expect man's approval, we will only be disappointed and discouraged. Jesus informed us when we are evil spoken of, falsely accused, and reviled against we are to:

"Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." Matthew 5:12

We are to rejoice and be exceedingly glad. We are to get our eyes off self, and know our Father which is in heaven (the Spiritual realm). He has His eyes upon us to reward us greatly.

Ye are the Salt of the Earth

Jesus gave us many great promises in His Sermon on the Mount so we can have the highest form of happiness. But He also gives us many warnings:

"Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men." Matthew 5:13

Those who are seeking God's Kingdom and His righteousness are the salt of the earth. Salt is the symbol of incorruptibility. Salt preserves. In the Old Testament we read about the covenant of salt. This covenant was an eternal, unchanging covenant that could never be broken.

Then Jesus speaks about salt that loses its savor or saltiness. Salt represents our zeal for God. When we lose our zeal for God, then we are good for nothing, but to be cast out, and trampled under foot. This is the same warning God gave to the Laodicean church:

"So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth." Revelation 3:16

The word spue means "to vomit." We vomit something out when it makes us sick. It is safe to say our God is sick of the lukewarm church that has lost its saltiness. Those who are red hot for God are the salt of the earth, and will be preserved through His coming judgment. Jesus continued His revelation of Kingdom principles:

Ye are the Light of the World

"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid." Matthew 5:14

Those who are seeking God's Kingdom and His righteousness are lights in a darkened world. Those who are lights will make up the Holy City, New Jerusalem which is the Mount Zion of God. Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonica:

"Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness." I Thessalonians 5:5

The children of light are living by the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, II Corinthians 4:4. These have come out of the darkness of the world, and have become the light that shines in the world. Maybe we need to polish up our light. Nevertheless we are still the light. Jesus informs us:

"Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house." Matthew 5:15

We are the light of the world, but our light needs to also shine into all the household of God. Many who refuse to use the gifts God has given them have hid their light under a bushel. Paul admonished Timothy:

"Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of My hands." II Timothy 1:6

Some may need to get their light out from under the bushel, and stir up the gift God has given them. We are admonished by Jesus' words:

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:16

When we let our light shine, we are bringing glory to our Father, Christ Jesus. The figuartive meaning of the word light is "understanding." When we understand the way God expects us to live, and we display His way in our lives, then we are allowing others to witness the change God has made in our lives. Then we are letting our light shine before men, and are bringing glory to our Father. Many try to accomplish the will of God in the flesh. This was the mistake Israel made. As Paul proclaimed:

"For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin." Romans 7:14

Paul knew the law (God's Word) was Spiritual. He also knew that as long as he was in his carnality, he could not keep the law. Jesus gives us insight as to where we stand with the law of Moses:

"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil." Matthew 5:17

The law and the prophets refer to the Old Testament. Jesus did not come to destroy the writings of the Old Testament. He came to fulfill that which was prophesied about Himself. After Jesus' resurrection, He appeared to two of His disciples on the road to Emmaeus, and declared:

"Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself." Luke 24:26-27

Jesus declared all the Scriptures concerning Himself which He fulfilled in His fleshly existence. Jesus was the fulfillment of all the sacrifices and offerings Israel performed under the old covenant. He also wrote His new law on the fleshly tablets of their hearts. We now keep His law (the Holy Bible), not because it is cut in stone, but because we have a changed heart (mind).

Israel tried to keep the law in the flesh. They could not do this because the law is Spiritual:

"For we know that the law is Spiritual: . . ." Roman 7:14

Jesus did not destroy the law or the prophets, because the wicked will be judged by the Old Testament law:

"For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." Matthew 5:18

Once we understand we are not to keep the law, but we are to fulfill the law in each of our lives, how do we fulfill the law of Christ?

"For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." Galatians 5:14

Love is the fulfillment of all the law of God. Without agape love in our lives, we are still under the law, and will be judged by the law. Jesus continued His dissertation about the law:

"Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:19

Today we have those who teach we are to keep part of the Old Testament law. They would have us keep Saturday as our Sabbath and women's dress codes concerning slacks as being men's dress and other bondages. They have forgotten the words of the apostle James:

"For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." James 2:10

The law of Moses must be kept as a whole. You cannot keep part, without keeping it all. We must remember, there is no Saviour under the law. Paul called it the law of sin and death, Romans 8:2. Under the law, if you sin you die because there is no more sacrifice for sin, Hebrews 9:26. Paul informed all the churches in Galatia:

"Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace." Galatians 5:4

Those who teach we need to keep part of the old law, need to know Christ and what He did for them will have no effect in their lives. And because of this, they have fallen from the grace God promised. As Paul related:

"Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us into Christ, that we might be justified by faith." Galatians 3:24

The law is only our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. By the law we have the knowledge of sin, Romans 3:20. We need to know the law, so we can fulfill the law. When we fulfill the law, then we are under another law. James informs us:

"But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed." James 1:25

Fulfilling the law through love, we come into the perfect law of liberty. Paul came into this perfect law of liberty when he stated:

"All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not." I Corinthians 10:23

When we come into the perfect law of liberty, and our hearts are right before God, we will only do those things that are expedient (profitable to the body of Christ). Our every thought and action will edify the body of Christ. Jesus continues:

"For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the Kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:20

The scribes and Pharisees were a very self-righteous people. Isaiah informed us that our self-righteousness is as filthy rags before God, Isaiah 64:6. The only righteousness acceptable in the sight of God is His righteousness. Those who hunger and thirst after His righteousness are blessed by God.

The scribe's and Pharisee's righteousness was religious righteousness. Today those who believe they are righteous in the sight of God because they keep the precepts and doctrines of their religious order have no more righteousness then the scribes and Pharisees. [see "Release of the Spiritual Man" by G. Kirkpatrick]

Thou Shalt Not Kill

Continuing His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus quoted one of the Ten Commandments:

"Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:" Matthew 5:21

We all know it is morally and spiritually wrong to take another human's life, but Jesus did not say thou shall not kill humans. His commandment was, "Thou shalt not kill!", period. We all know Jesus as the Creator. He created everything on earth: the heavens and outer space. His commandment, not to kill, is inclusive of all His creation. Yet many well-meaning Christians have armed themselves for protection in the days ahead. These have overlooked Peter's admonition:

"But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters." I Peter 4:15

God considers the killing of any of His creation as murder. By Jesus' own words we know, "whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of judgment." Peter listed thieves, evildoers, and busybodies along with murderers.

Then should we not kill to eat? When Peter was in a trance God showed him a vision of a sheet:

"Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat." Acts 10:12-13

God gave us His whole creation for food. Killing for food is not murder. But killing for sport, or for the sake of killing is murder. Jesus continues:

"But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire." Matthew 5:22

Jesus' words were: "Whosoever is angry with his brother shall be in danger of the judgment." The phrase without a cause was not in the original. There is no cause wherein we should be angry with a brother.

Whoever shall say, "Raca!" to his brother shall be in danger of the council (the Sanhedrin). The Sanhedrin was a seventy-one membered court in Jerusalem, made up of the high priestly families and the High Priest. It was Israel's Supreme Court. The word raca means "empty-headed". It was a term of reproach. Those who say, "Thou fool (irreverent and disrespectful and godless) shall be in danger of hell fire (Gehenna)."

Gehenna was in the valley of Hinnom where the filth and dead animals were burned. So Jesus was saying if someone calls another a fool, judging that person to be godless, irreverent, or disrespectful, then he who says these things will be in danger of the destruction of the soul. [see "Hell, What is It, and What Goes There" by G. Kirkpatrick] Jesus continued:

Be Reconciled to thy Brother

"Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift." Matthew 5:23-24

We must not forget Jesus was speaking of Kingdom principles. The altar was where Israel sacrificed animals and other sacrifices to God. These sacrifices were to cover their sin until Jesus came and became the ultimate sacrifice for sin. What are the sacrifices we must make in our lives? Paul speaks of two sacrifices:

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." Romans 12:1

Our bodies and our lives are to be a living sacrifice to our God. This is our reasonable service to God.

"By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name." Hebrews 13:15

Our praise is to be a sacrifice. Our lips giving thanks continually is our sacrifice before God. Our lives and our praise cannot be a sacrifice before God if our brother or sister has hard feelings against us, or if we harbor hard feelings toward anyone. The Kingdom principle Jesus wants us to understand is that before the sacrifice of our lives and our praise can be acceptable before God, we must first be reconciled to each and every brother. Then our sacrifice will be acceptable before God. One may ask, "If my brother has hard feelings toward me, why must I go?" It is because his hard feelings toward you will hinder your walk, and your praise before God. Jesus continues His Kingdom teachings:

Agree With Thine Adversary Quickly

"Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing." Matthew 5:25-26

Jesus is warning us against going to man's court of law to settle our differences. He knew how the innocent would suffer at the hands of a corrupt, ungodly, justice system. We are not to allow the worldly justice system or the worldly government system to have control in our lives. We are to only stand before the judge of the whole earth. The common saying is, "When you go to court, both sides lose. The lawyers and the court end up with the money, and you end up with the bill." Jesus instructs us to come into agreement with our adversary before we put our affairs in the hands of man. Paul wrote to the church at Corinth:

"Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? Why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?" I Corinthians 6:7

It is better to be defrauded then to put yourself in the hands of man's system of injustice. Jesus continued:

Thou shalt not commit adultery

"Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." Matthew 5:27-28

Again Jesus referred to the Ten Commandments. Then He stated that if any look upon a woman to lust after her, then he is guilty of committing the act of adultery. Today fornication and adultery are running rampant. The prophet Jeremiah prophesied of our day when he wrote:

"They were as fed horses in the morning: every one neighed after his neighbour's wife." Jeremiah 5:8

Today machoism is the order of the day, where man thinks he has to have every woman, and the woman thinks she must get with every man. This is nothing more than uncontrolled and ungodly lust. The apostle James informs us:

"But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed." James 1:14

The most common attitude toward being tempted is "Satan caused us to do this." No! We fall into sin when we are drawn away by our own lust. Those who cannot control their lust are tempted, drawn away from God, and enticed (trapped).

Today we hear it said, "Sex is the most natural thing on earth." It may be, but uncontrolled lust is not natural. Every man and woman have the need to be fulfilled in this area. But God has set perimeters in fulfilling this need, and it is not through fornication (sex between the unmarried) or adultery (sex among the married, but not married to each other). Paul warned the church at Corinth:

"Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body." I Corinthians 6:18

Fornication is a sin against the body of the participants. Those who are guilty of such things will not enter into the Kingdom of God. Jesus warned the people to curb their uncontrolled lusts:

"And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast if from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell." Matthew 5:29-30

Jesus never meant that we should cripple ourselves. He was speaking of overcoming our old, sinful, lustful nature. What He stated was that it would be more profitable to lose one of our members, than not to allow the Kingdom to come within us. The word profitable means "expedient." Jesus was speaking of controlling our emotions. The Kingdom cannot come within us without observation unless our emotions and lust have been brought under control by and through the Spirit. Then Jesus brought up one of the most controversial issues of our day:

"It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery." Matthew 5:31-32

What Jesus spoke was His perfect law. Does this mean He makes no place for divorce? The church system has made divorce the one unforgivable sin. Jesus stated the only sin that would not be forgiven was blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. The church will look down their noses at someone who has failed in marriage, yet not say a word about two people living together with no commitment before God in their relationship. By the Holy Spirit, Paul disclosed to the church at Corinth:

"But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace." I Corinthians 7:15

If the unbelieving mate wants to leave the marriage, then the believer is under no bondage of the law in these cases. Jesus also gave a reason for divorce:

"And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery." Matthew 19:9

A man or woman can divorce if their mate has been committing fornication. It goes without saying that God hates divorce, but He has made allowances for it. Those who have failed in marriage need to be shown compassion, not condemnation. These truly need love and mercy.

Then Jesus gives us warning against making false promises:

Thou Shalt Not Forswear Falsely

"Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:" Matthew 5:33

The word forswear means "to swear falsely or to confirm a false statement." The prophet Ezekiel spoke about the false prophets of his day:

"They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The Lord saith: and the Lord hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word." Ezekiel 13:6

Today the same is true. We have the false prophets which the Lord has not sent, saying many things to deceive the people, with the hope the other false prophets will confirm the words they are speaking. Jesus warned us:

"But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: Nor by the earth; for it is His footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil." Matthew 5:34-37

We are not to try to swear by anything in heaven (the Spiritual realm), nor by the earth (the flesh realm), neither by our own abilities. By Jesus' words we know we can do nothing without Him. Our yea (yes) is to be yea (yes), and our nay (no) is to be nay (no). When we add to that, it becomes evil. The apostle James gives us further insight into this situation:

"But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea by yea: and your nay, nay: lest ye fall into condemnation." James 5:12

If our yea is not yea and our nay is not nay, then we will fall into condemnation. The word condemnation is the Greek word HUPOKRISIS. It was translated "hypocrisy or hypocrite (play actor, acting out a part, but not with a sincere heart). Play actors (hypocrites) will never witness the Kingdom of God. Jesus continues with His Kingdom principles:

Resist Evil

"Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also." Matthew 5:38-39

Jesus spoke of the old law which was:

"Breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tooth: as he hath caused a blemish in a man, so shall it be done to him again." Leviticus 24:20

The old law was a law of retaliation and retribution. As Jesus related, these are not Kingdom principles. Paul related to the church at Rome:

"Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord." Romans 12:19

Kingdom principles do not consist of a "get-even attitude." If there is to be any retribution or retaliation, then it must come from God. Vengeance is His and He will repay.

To resist evil takes a mentality whereby we have a change in our way of thinking. The most natural thing in our human makeup is to get even. This is why Kingdom thinking and Kingdom ways are not natural, but supernatural:

Give Thy Cloak

"And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away the coat, let him have thy cloak also." Matthew 5:40

Today we live in a world where everyone wants to sue everyone for everything, and as stated before, in the end everyone loses except the lawyers and the court. The Kingdom principle Jesus is trying to teach is that we are not to hold on to the things of this life. Because of greed, lust, and materialistic attitudes, God's people would rather cause grief and misery to others, then to forgive the wrong. Jesus continues:

Go the Extra Mile

"And whosoever shall compel thee go to a mile, go with him twain." Matthew 5:41

The word compel means "urge or prompt." Jesus is teaching that we should have a selfless attitude toward others. Our needs, wants, and desires should be secondary. When it comes to helping others, we should always be willing to do more than we are asked. Jesus continues:

Give To Him That Asketh Thee

"Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away." Matthew 5:42

Giving is always a way of showing our love for God. When we give, we should first check our attitude in giving. Do we give, expecting something in return, or do we give simply for the joy of giving? A giving heart will always be blessed. There are three areas of giving: tithes, offering, and alms.

Tithes are what we owe God, offerings are what we give to God from a willing heart, and alms are what we give to the poor. Jesus continues His revelation:

Love thy neighbor

"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." Matthew 5:43-44

To love our enemies, bless them who curse us, do good to those who hate us, and pray for those who persecute and despitefully use us are the most supernatural things God has commanded us to do. Peter, who was given the keys to the Kingdom, informed us that Jesus is our example, and that we are to follow in His steps, I Peter 2:21. Then Peter goes on to say:

"Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously:" I Peter 2:23

Jesus committed Himself to the one who judges righteously. The only one who judges without malice is the Father (the Holy Spirit). When we are maligned (slandered), our judgement is tainted with human feelings. As long as we are in this flesh, we must deal with, and overcome our human emotions. To love, bless, do good, and pray for those who have no understanding of God's ways, is truly supernatural Kingdom living. We can only do this when we have the Kingdom within. No man-made religious order can teach us this way of life. It must come by and through the Holy Spirit's anointing. Jesus asked the question:

"For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same?" Matthew 5:46

If we only love those who agree with us, what makes us different from the publicans (tax collectors)? The publicans were hated above all people in the time of Jesus. When we only show love to those who love us, we are no different then these hated, tax collectors.

"And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so?" Matthew 5:47

The word salute means "to greet or embrace." If we only greet or embrace our brethren, what do we do about all of God's other creation? If we do this, Jesus compares our actions with the Publicans. Jesus is trying to teach us we must overcome all fleshly motives and attitudes toward those outside the inner circle of believers. Then Jesus admonished:

Be Ye Therefore Perfect

"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Matthew 5:48

The word perfect does not mean we will never make a mistake. It means "to be full age, to be complete, to be mature." To be perfect is to grow up, no longer being babies. Babies cannot feed themselves. They must depend on others to tell them what to do, how to act, and be disciplined when they make mistakes. Adults can feed and take care of themselves. This is what Jesus is speaking of. We must grow up into the head which is Christ Jesus. We must become able to feed ourselves from the book of life (the Holy Bible) looking only to Him for our instructions. The beloved John informs us:

"But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him." I John 2:27

Christ Jesus (the Holy Spirit) is our teacher. We should not depend on man's teachings. It is the Holy Spirit who will lead us into all truth. He alone will bring us into perfection and completeness, to be made whole and mature. Jesus continues His Kingdom revelation:

Do Not Your Alms Before Men

"Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 6:1

Alms are what we give to the poor. The giving of alms is above our tithes, and beyond our giving. It is helping those who are less fortunate than ourselves. The all-wise Solomon informed us:

"He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again." Proverbs 19:17

When we give to the poor, we are lending to the Lord. This is how we lay up treasures in the Spiritual realm. When we lend to the Lord, He returns our giving in the form of blessings. They may not always be monetary. His blessings are much more valuable than mere money. Jesus informs us how we are to give:

"Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou does alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret Himself shall reward thee openly." Matthew 6:2-4

The hypocrites (play actors) only give to be seen of men. When alms are given to be seen of men, we are not laying up treasures in heaven. Our only reward will be the praise of men. We are not to let our left hand know what our right hand is doing. Jesus used this as an example of how secret our alms should be given. When we give alms in this way, then we have our Father's promise of being rewarded openly. Then Jesus addressed our prayer life:

Be Not as the Hypocrites When They Pray

"And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." Matthew 6:5-6

Our prayer life should be private. If we pray only to be seen of men, we are play actors (hypocrites). Those who pray only to be seen and heard by men will receive no reward, and their prayers will not be answered. When we pray, we are to enter into our closet. This does not mean a physical closet, but we are to enter into the closet of our mind. We are to shut out all outside interferences, having our minds totally upon the Lord. We are not only to make our requests known to God, but be willing and eager to receive instruction from Him. We have God's promise that when we communicate our prayers in secret, then He will answer our prayers, and our reward will be made manifest for all to see. Jesus continued His instruction in prayer:

"But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking." Matthew 6:7

The phrase vain repetition means "to repeat the same thing over and over." Yet many have rituals where they repeat the same things over and over. The Catholics do this with their "Hail Marys." Many repeat the Apostle's Creed at every meeting. Some even say what is called "The Lord's Prayer" as their only prayer to God. Many such things only become platitudes, having no special meaning to the speakers or the hearers. God wants us to pray from our hearts. We have a promise through the pen of Isaiah:

"And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear." Isaiah 65:24

This, too, is a Kingdom promise for God's people. God wants to answer our prayers, but He wants our prayers to be sincere and from the heart. The beloved John gave us another truth as to how our prayers will be answered:

"And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He heareth us:" I John 5:14

We can have confidence in our prayers if we ask according to His will. When we pray to fulfill our lusts, then God will not hear us. Jesus gives us His assurance:

". . . for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him." Matthew 6:8

Our Father knows our needs before we ever ask Him. He has promised to meet our needs according to His riches in glory, Philippians 4:19. He never promised to fulfill our lusts.

Then Jesus gave what has become known as the Lord's Prayer. In reality, it is a Kingdom prayer for all the saints who want to enter into God's Kingdom realm.

"After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed by Thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen." Matthew 6:9-13

Jesus prayed, "Thy Kingdom will come, and will be done in earth." This prayer is for those who desire the Kingdom to come within, without observation.

"Give us this day our daily bread." Matthew 6:11

We are to pray for our daily bread. We are not to only pray for physical bread, but for Spiritual bread also. When Jesus was confronted by the multitude, He showed them a miracle, explaining:

"Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but My Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world." John 6:32-33

Jesus is the bread of life. We should seek for this bread of life every day of our lives. When we truly come into Kingdom thinking, then our prayer will be to forgive our debts and debtors. We will not be led into temptation, and we will be delivered from all evil. When we realize Christ Jesus is the Kingdom, the power and the glory forever, then His will shall be accomplished in our earth. Our earth is our bodies. We are to attain His power and glory in our changed bodies. Jesus then informs us:

Forgive men their trespasses

"For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." Matthew 6:14-15

Forgiveness is a very important Kingdom principle. We are forgiven our sins by the shed blood of Jesus. The only way we can pay this debt is by forgiving others when they trespass against us. If we fail in this obligation toward God, then we will remain in our sin because we fail to forgive and show mercy to others.

When ye fast, be not as the hypocrites

Next, Jesus addresses fasting:

"Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly." Matthew 6:16-18

Fasting has become a lost art in the church system today. Jesus warned us about being a hypocrite when we fast. Those who fast to be seen of men are only play acting. Those who fast before the Father will be rewarded openly. [see God's Anointed Fast by G. Kirkpatrick]

True Wealth

Jesus gives us insight into our true wealth:

"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Matthew 6:19-21

There are many ways we can lay up treasures in heaven. Alms giving is only one of them. There are three other ways we can lay up our treasures in the Spiritual realm. This is by knowing, understanding, and doing the will of the Father. The only way we can do this is by His Word and through the Holy Spirit. Then Jesus informs us:

"The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!" Matthew 6:22-23

The light of the body is the eye. What we allow to come through our eyes determines if we are filled with light or darkness. If our eye be single, or we do not allow darkness to enter in through the eyes, then our whole body will be filled with light.

Today with television, movies, videos, and corrupt magazines and newspapers, it is hard to keep out the violence, the perverted sex, and rebellion that is so prevalent in the day in which we live. Job gave us insight as to how we can deal with this corruption:

"I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid." Job 31:1

We need to make a covenant with our eyes before God to allow no darkness to enter in through our eyes to pervert our thinking.

No man can serve two masters

Jesus gives us further insight into Kingdom living:

"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate one and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Matthew 6:24

Those who desire to walk into the Kingdom know they cannot serve two masters. Jesus referred to these as gods and mammon. Many believe mammon only refers to money. But mammon refers to anything that is opposed to God and His Kingdom. It could be job, position, recognition, or anything that replaces God in our lives. Mammon could also be referred to as an idol. Whatever idol we serve will eventually draw us away and make us despise God.

Take no thought for your life

Jesus concluded His message by informing us:

"Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?" Matthew 6:25

We are to take no thought for the things of this life: what we eat, what we drink, or what we wear. We are to look to Christ for our total existence. Then He gave us the crux of His whole sermon:

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness

"But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33

If we seek Christ's Kingdom and His righteousness as the first and foremost object in our lives, then all these Kingdom teachings will become realities in our lives. Jesus came the first time to prepare a Kingdom people. He gave Himself as our example so we would know how to live so we would be acceptable in the beloved. These teachings must become a reality if we are to rule and reign with Him for the thousand year millennium.

God's ways are not hard when we deal with the flesh and the fleshly desires. Jesus gave us the promise:

"He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be His God and He shall be My son." Revelation 21:7

Only the overcomers will inherit all things. This includes God's whole creation. When God put man in the garden, He told him to take dominion. Our inheritance is to have dominion over everything God created. Those who are overcome by the cares of this life will have no inheritance in Christ. As Paul related, the mystery among the Gentiles is "Christ in us, our hope of glory, Colossians 1:27.

Christ in us is the Kingdom within. There is no eternity in the flesh, only in the Spirit. The kingdom within is our eternal life. We need to be seeking the Kingdom and His righteousness on a daily basis if we are to enter in and posses the Kingdom.


Outline of Topics for Further Discussion
from the contents of this book:

The Beatitudes
The Sermon on the Mount
The Lord's Prayer
Suffering Persecution
The Lukewarm Church
The Law, Our Schoolmaster
The Perfect Law of Liberty
Divorce


Questions

1. Define the following terms:

Gentile            appearing                  casting away             beatitudes                     spue
raca                profitable                   forswear                   compel                         salute
perfect            vain repetition

2. The Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes perfectly lay out the pattern we are to follow to obtain God's and His .

3. How can we, as Paul, know Christ in a personal, intimate way, and the power of Christ's resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings?

4. How will God's Kingdom come within us?

5. Are not the Jew and the Israelite one and the same? Explain:

6. In Romans 11:15 who is being cast away?

7. Explain the process of being grafted into the root of the olive tree which is Christ Jesus, and not into the stem or branch, and why this is very important.

8. What will happen to us if we do not continue in God's goodness, or remain in His will?

9. "Blessed are they that mourn." Why are God's people mourning in our day?

10. What is the difference between being the salt of the earth and being lukewarm?

11. Is there any cause wherein we should be angry with a Christian brother? Matthew 5:22

12. Does satan cause us to sin? James 1:14

13. Does the Bible make place for divorce? Matthew 5:31-32

14. To resist evil takes what?

15. Describe the attributes of true, supernatural, Kingdom living?

16. We must grow beyond being babies. We must become able to , looking only to Christ Jesus for our instructions. I John 2:27

17. How do we lay up treasures in the Spiritual realm?

18. When can we have confidence in our prayers? I John 5:14

19. In reality, the Lord's Prayer has become what?

20. If we seek Christ's Kingdom and His righteousness as the first and foremost objective in our lives, then the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, and the Lord's prayer will become what?


Answer Key

1. Define the following terms:

Gentile aliens of God

appearing the brightness of His coming

casting away rejection, repudiation, or to throw away

beatitudes the highest form of happiness

spue to vomit

raca emptied headed

profitable expedient

forswear to swear falsely or to confirm a false statement

compel urge or prompt

salute greet or embrace

perfect to be full age, to be complete, to be mature

vain repetition to repeat the same thing over and over

2. The Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes perfectly lay out the pattern we are to follow to obtain God's and His .

God's Kingdom and His Righteousness

3. How can we, as Paul, know Christ in a personal, intimate way, and the power of Christ's resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings?

There is only one way, and that is through the Holy Spirit which is the power of Christ's resurrection.

4. How will God's Kingdom come within us?

The Kingdom of God will only come within us, as we yield ourselves to the changes the Holy Spirit wants to make in our lives.

5. Are not the Jew and the Israelite one and the same? Explain:

No. The Israelites were God's original people. In contrast, the Jews are not a nation of people, but a religious order.

6. In Romans 11:15 who is being cast away?

Israel, God's ancient people

7. Explain the process of being grafted into the root of the olive tree which is Christ Jesus, and not into the stem or branch, and why this is very important.

The root is the supplier that produces the stem or branch. The grafting is then made onto the stem or branch. The grafting does not draw its nourishment from the stem or branch, it receives its nourishment from the root. It is important that we understand that we are not grafted into anything that grows out of the root. We are grafted into the root itself. If we were grafted into the stem that was cast away, we too, would be cast away.

8. What will happen to us if we do not continue in God's goodness, or remain in His will?

We will experience the severity of God, and we too, shall be cut off.

9. "Blessed are they that mourn." Why are God's people mourning in our day?

Because they witness what has become of the once powerful church when the presence of God was there.

10. What is the difference between being the salt of the earth and being lukewarm?

The salt of the earth are those who are red hot for God. Those who are lukewarm have lost their saltiness.

11. Is there any cause wherein we should be angry with a Christian brother? Matthew 5:22

NO!

12. Does satan cause us to sin? James 1:14

No! We fall into sin when we are drawn away by our own lust.

13. Does the Bible make place for divorce? Matthew 5:31-32

Yes! If there is fornication or adultery, a husband or wife can be divorced.

14. To resist evil takes what?

A mentality whereby we have a change in our way of thinking.

15. Describe the attributes of true, supernatural, Kingdom living?

Loving, blessing, doing good, and praying for those who come against us is true, supernatural, Kingdom living because in the flesh our human feelings will want to get even when we are hurt. Only with the help of the Holy Spirit can we put forth the fruit of the Spirit.

16. We must grow beyond being babies. We must become able to , looking only to Christ Jesus for our instructions. I John 2:27

feed ourselves from the book of life (the Holy Bible)

17. How do we lay up treasures in the Spiritual realm?

When we give to the poor, we are lending to the Lord. When we lend to the Lord, He returns our giving in the form of blessings.

18. When can we have confidence in our prayers? I John 5:14

When we ask according to God's will.

19. In reality, the Lord's Prayer has become what?

The Lord's Prayer has become the Kingdom prayer for all saints who strive to enter into God's Kingdom.

20. If we seek Christ's Kingdom and His righteousness as the first and foremost object in our lives, then the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, and the Lord's prayer will become what? All these will become reality in our lives.


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