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Testing And Proving

Rom 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. (NAS)  The Kingdom of God is not made of things that give us life in our Forging Processnatural flesh. The Kingdom of God, true riches, are beyond the natural; that is why it is righteousness, peace and joy “in the Holy Spirit.” The presence and activity of the Holy Spirit in our lives is the only way for the display and function of those necessities which are beyond the natural. Yet it still remains from the principle of Scripture that there is some testing and proving going on to see if we might be trusted with true riches. There are those things in this present age which await transaction and that transaction can only come about with the Transacting Power of true riches. Testing and proving is a dynamic characteristic of the Kingdom of God for those who would “be about their Father’s business.”

(This is the tenth excerpt from Marty’s article “The Kingdom, The Process, The Benefit”)


LIVING KINGDOM PRINCIPLE — TRUE RICHES

LIVING KINGDOM PRINCIPLE — TRUE RICHES

treasureWe desire that the King be able to trust us with true riches. Lk 16:10-12 “Who will trust you with true riches?” In v.10 Jesus relates to us the principle that he who does not stay around long enough to be proven cannot be trusted.  V.11 speaks of the true riches which He desires to entrust to us. The “talents” or money in Mt 25:14-29 which the Master entrusts to His servants are only a measure and test because He so desires to endue the trustworthy with true riches for the purpose of great accomplishment for the Master’s plan. True riches are things that get done what money (“unrighteous mammon” -v.11) cannot get done. “TRUE”: Gk. alethinos — opposite to what is fictitious, counterfeit, imaginary, simulated or pretended; opposite to what is imperfect defective, frail, uncertain (Thayer). All of the above describes this age and its system—its means and results. Any means or results short of Holy Spirit’s doing are defective and imperfect. Those who operate in the Kingdom of God get things done with the enablement of true riches.

(This is the ninth excerpt from Marty’s article “The Kingdom, The Process, The Benefit”)
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“COMING” THROUGH TIME & TRIAL

“COMING” THROUGH TIME & TRIAL

hands on ropeThe process is worked in us and as we submit to the process and principles, the way God does things, we will get the kind of results Jesus got. It evidently is a “coming” through time and trial. From the message of Scripture (cf. Lk 16 in the following paragraph) it would appear that it is a both/and process: (1) men are aggressively taking hold of the Kingdom (Mt 11:12; Lk 16:16) and at the same time, (2) the Kingdom is processing them (Lk 16:10-12).

(This is the eigth excerpt from Marty’s article “The Kingdom, The Process, The Benefit”)


COMING THROUGH HUMAN AGENCY — PROCESS

COMING THROUGH HUMAN AGENCY — PROCESS

hands reachingAccording to the language Jesus used in Matthew, the coming of the Kingdom of God is a process. Mt 6:10 “Thy Kingdom come.” The word “come” in that verse means: to come forth, to find place or influence; to be established (Thayer). This is not a magical popping into existence. The Kingdom comes forth, finds place and influence and is established in and through human agency today just as it came through human agency in Lk 4:21, Mt 12:28, Lk 9:10, and Lk 11:20. It came through Jesus and through His disciples. (cf. Jn 14:12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater {works} than these shall he do; because I go to the Father. NAS)

(This is the seventh excerpt from Marty’s article “The Kingdom, The Process, The Benefit”)

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Jesus, The Message And The Kingdom

ray of lightThough Jesus used the term “kingdom” often, He nowhere defined what He meant by the phrase. George Eldon Ladd notes that we must therefore assume that (1) the content of the phrase was so commonly understood by the people as to need no definition or that (2) the meaning of Jesus’ proclamation is to be interpreted in terms of His total mission and conduct.

In Lk 4:21 Jesus proclaimed, “This day is this scripture fulfilled.”  The words and actions of Jesus are, therefore, the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is realized in the very ministry of Jesus. The key to the meaning of the Kingdom is Christology. Jesus not only utters the message of the Kingdom of God, He is Himself the message (J. Jeremias).

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April 2013 * Marty & Kathy’s Articles

Volume 17 Issue 2 cvrApril 2013
Marty & Kathy’s Articles

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Delegated Rule

The Kingdom of God came into the earth through the Person of Jesus. JESUS (1) comes to earth, (2) learns obedience as a servant, pleases the Father in His obedience and, in so doing, (3) brings the authority, the rule, the reign of the Father into history and (4) experiences victory in every confrontation with the kingdom of darkness.  God’s rule and citysunlightreign are today evidenced through delegated authority that proceeds out of JESUS’ all-inclusive authority (Mt 28:18). Just as God’s rule has entered the earth in history through the Person of Jesus, His rule enters the earth today as His authority flows through His sons who are being made in the image of JESUS. (Rom.8:29)

(This is the fifth excerpt from Marty’s article “The Kingdom, The Process, The Benefit”)

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