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Entering The Kingdom Of God.

Key Scripture:

Romans 14:17 (KJV)  For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

SUMMARY

This sermon deals with understanding the Kingdom of God. “Kingdom of God” have been much debated among the christian circles .From the Kingdom Culture series, we learn the many facets of the kingdom of God. We need to see the kingdom of God manifested in the Lord Jesus. By faith we need to enter into this kingdom and live as the kingdom of God mandates one to be.

SERMON POINTS

Are you in the Kingdom of God?

Luke 17:21 (KJV)  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

 Jesus Christ was the one who inaugurated the Kingdom of God on earth from the moment He was conceived in His mother’s womb. He brought the kingdom culture amongst the people. The cruel Roman regime was oppressing the Jews. They were tossed to and fro by different rulers and kings. They longed for the Messiah to come and change the affairs. Yet they missed the Messiah altogether because of the mentality they had.

Our Lord Jesus in a hostile situation did the work of the Lord. They was a revival and refreshing among the people He ministered. The blind saw, the deaf heard and the dumb spoke. This was all the sign of His Kingdom among the people. We must hope and look forward to the Kingdom of God. Entering God’s kingdom is a spiritual experience, ushered in by the Holy Spirit with righteousness, peace and joy.

Luke 16:16 (V)   The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.

The Kingdom of God is a present reality but also a future event. No one who has kept quiet has received anything. Let us also learn to take the kingdom of God by force and stand for the Kingdom in our generation.

 

Entering the Kingdom of God.

  1. Seeing the Kingdom of God.

 John 3:3 (KJV) Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God

To see the Kingdom of God, we need a new pair of eyes in our inner being. How we perceive the Lord Jesus determines how we appropriate the kingdom mandate. In our sin we cannot see Him. The Holy Spirit has to do a deep work in us and reveal the Lord Jesus inside our life. This is called as being born again. We are spiritually regenerated to see the Kingdom and experience the blessedness.

 

  1. Entering the Kingdom of God.

 John 3:5,6 (KJV)  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

 To actually enter the Kingdom of God, we need to born of water and the spirit. Seeing the Kingdom is different where as entering the Kingdom of God is completely different. Jesus while speaking to Nicodemus said that one had to be baptised of water and spirit, to enter into the kingdom of God. He has to completely be immersed in water and spirit to enter the Kingdom of God and that is when our life completely transforms . Being a disciple of the Lord Jesus and allowing His word to control our lives hold the key for it all.

  1. Living according to the Kingdom Culture.

 2 Corinthians 5:1-5 (KJV)   For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:  If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit

 Once we are born again and baptised in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, we are given the seal of the Holy Spirit as a guarantee for our entrance to the Kingdom of God. We long inside to be clothed by our eternal dwelling. Our mortality would be swallowed up of life As long as this earnest of the Holy Spirit is in us we would definitely be clothed with life. The Spirit of the Lord and His presence and work is the biggest factor that makes us united with the kingdom.

Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV)  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

 When the Holy Spirit takes over our lives, He produced the fruit in our lifestyle and we radiate the Kingdom purpose and mandate.

CONCLUSION.

The Kingdom of God is a present reality and a future event. To enter the Kingdom of God we must first see it and then enter it by our commitment and devotion to the Lord Jesus. Let us start giving importance to spiritual experiences and allow the Holy Spirit to usher us into the Kingdom culture, wherein our daily affairs are led by the Lord. Let us pray that His reign should come in our lives and that we become ambassadors for our King of kings, and the Lord of Lord-the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Jesus: The Name above all Names(Part I)

Key Scripture: Philippians 2:9 (KJV) Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

SUMMARY

Anything and everything that exists around the world are addressed and referred by ‘names.’ A name brings to our minds  their character, personality, nature and being. Names also bring out our emotions and attitude towards the same. In the Bible, we read that whoever had a quest to know God and His name led them to a great blessing! This sermon introduces us to the power revealed in the Name of Jesus. Call out His name now and His name has the power to save, heal and restore us today!

SERMON POINTS

Genesis 5: 2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.

As we look at the names of the people in the Bible we know that the first name was given by God. The first man Adam was created by God with a woman inside of him and was named by Him. God named people and sometimes renamed people based on the destiny they had. He had a special purpose for them.God renamed Abram to Abraham meaning ‘father of many nations’ and Sarai as Sarah meaning ‘princess’ because God had a purpose.

People however named their children on the basis of the situations they were in. For example we see ‘Jabez’ or ‘Ichabod’ according to their situations. So, whenever God has a divine purpose He would name and rename people.

God calls us by name!

Isaiah 43:1,2 (KJV) But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

How wonderful is it to know in this context that God calls us by our name. If He calls us by name our destiny and future is blessed.

Whoever wanted to know the name(His character,person,nature) of the Lord were blessed.

Genesis 32:29(KJV) And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.

Jacob was fighting a divine fight. As he struggled with God all night long but there was something happening inside of him. Jacob wanted to know more about the mysterious character with whom he had been contending and because he asked His name, he was blessed there. From henceforth, God renamed him and called him Israel. Therefore, let us struggle more with God today so that He can bless us. For it is better for us to struggle with God than to struggle with man and know His name!

Exodus 3:13,14(KJV) And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.

Moses the greatest of prophets in the Old Testament was sent by God to lead the Israelite’s. Moses like any other man was keen in knowing His name and was empowered to declare the name of the Great God by whom he was sent.

The Revelation of the Name:

Acts 9:5(KJV) And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

It was only in the New Testament that the long-anticipated answer of His name was revealed. Mary the virgin and her husband Joseph was directed by heavens to name the Son to be born in their house as “JESUS”(Yeshua-meaning salvation). Then Saul on the road to Damascus heard that blessed name of Jesus . God the Father bodily dwelt in Jesus Christ. St. Paul’s life was never the same again, he experienced the presence of God so closely and became the greatest apostle, writing the glorious spiritual experiences of his time.

The name that was sought for so many years was now unraveled to us. God revealed His Holy Name; Jesus the name that is exalted above every other name for us to experience, receive and live out His name!

Jesus: The Name

1) Represents His Person.

Luke 1:31-33 (KJV) And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

Jesus the name of God revealed before His birth to Mary represents His person. He was the Son of the Highest God manifested in flesh unto whom the throne was given to rule. A Saviour appointed and sent in person to save humanity; the scripture says that He shall rule forever and that His kingdom shall have no end. So, let us welcome and accept the person of Jesus in our life today. When we say “JESUS” we experience glorious experiences as determined by heavens!

2) Represents His Character.

Matthew 1:21 (KJV) And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

We might be surrounded with many names that bring anxiety, pain, fear and distress but blessed is the name of Jesus who being born two thousand years ago still brings in peace, love, joy and happiness in our lives. Jesus Christ was sent with an assignment that brought and still brings salvation from all our sins, healing from our sickness and a hope to an eternal life!

Acts 4:12 (KJV) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Nobody can pull Him down for He is highly exalted by God; there is no other name given to men under heaven other than the name of Jesus by which we can be saved.

3) Represents Our Destiny in Him.

Colossians 1:27,28 (KJV) To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

Colossians 2:9, 10 says “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:” In Jesus Christ we find the fulness of the God Head and only in Him are we complete.

God the Father bodily dwells in Jesus Christ. His name is greater and bigger than any other name. Do we have Jesus in our life? If we know Jesus than we are in the highest level, if not then in the lowest level. His name is the highest pursuit and serving in His name is the greatest privilege.There is no greater a knowledge one man could have than to experience and know that we are complete in Him. When the name Jesus comes  the fullness of God, the nature of God, the kindness of God and the love of God comes in to our life. So, are we ready to let Him in today?

CONCLUSION

With Jesus we are complete but without Him we are incomplete. If in the Old Testament, people were blessed by the pursuit of knowing His Name how much more will we be blessed to know and experience the Name Jesus! Therefore, come let us know Him in person  and His character as we become complete in Him and adore His Holy name.