Thursday 26 Apr 2018
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John 6:51

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread, he will live for ever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you

Mark 4:11 He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables.

This is an interesting disclosure which ought to arouse our curiosity about what is implied by our Lord. You see, that every born again believer is a citizen of the kingdom of God may not be an issue that we struggle to accept and even live with, but the struggle often starts when the so called citizens of the kingdom cannot comprehend the secrets of the kingdom which are held to them as principles,tenets and instructions.

 We often become troubled when it appears we are unable to access the promised blessings and peace, especially when confronted by trials and challenges of life and we find ourselves in dire need of these promises

Why is this an issue you may ask? Well how can such benefit from the blessings which they are meant to deliver to them, how can they enjoy the benefits due the citizens of the kingdom of which they have become citizens? You see, one of the things that grieves the heart of our loving Father in heaven is the fact that a number of those who are the citizens of his kingdom and whom he has carefully set out to bless, have been unable to tap fully into these blessings, while some have so far been excluded, not by the Father but simply because of certain ignorance which hinders them severely.

The truth is just we were delivered into the kingdom the process of being born again, there is also an established process or procedure that makes available to the citizens, the blessings of the kingdom. A family who migrates to live in another country can only begin to settle down and enjoy the new country they have become citizens of, only when they understand the laws of the land. They will prosper in their new country, only when they have mastered the way of life of the land by acquainting themselves with its laws and due processes, else the place will turn out to be one of nightmare and disappointment.

This is the position with coming into the kingdom of God and our Lord pointed out that for those who have made it into this kingdom, to them it has been given as a privilege to understand its secrets, to them it has been given to understand how to tap into the riches and promises it has to offer, to them it has been given to benefit from every blessing of the kingdom, to share in the inheritance of the saints and be joint heirs with Christ. Whether we believe it or not , whether we feel worthy or not, whether we even come into them or not does not negate this simple but irrefutable and profound truth. We are joint heirs of the kingdom, a candidate for every privilege and blessings that is in the kingdom....that is what God's salvation has willed unto us.

You speak with such assuredness on this , how can you be so sure? Well because the secrets for unlocking these privileges and coming into the blessings which they confer on its citizens our Lord declared has been given to every citizen of the Kingdom. Both the ones who daily and on a consistent basis bask in the fullness of these blessings and the one who struggles to come anywhere near them, both have equal access to the keys which unlocks these mysteries. However it is one thing to have the key , it is quite another to know how to use it.

This brings us to the next question, how is the key to this secret delievered to us, how am i sure i have this key? Well the man who received in abundance the mystery sorrounding the administration of the grace that is given to us in Christ comes to our rescue here while providing us with the insight of how God has delivered this key unto every citizen of the Kingdom.

 

1 Corinthians 2:12: What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.

 

Everyone who made it into the kingdom through the entrance door- by becoming born again, is a recipient of this spirit through the regenerative work of the Holy Spirit. Paul added that those who do not have the spirit cannot comprehend never mind come into the privileges which having the spirit of God delivers to the citizens of the kingdom. 
Now our Lord also made mention of those who though were heirs of the kingdom yet could not benefit from it..why? Well it is one thing to have the spirit , it another to walk or be led by it. The scripture however says, it is those who are led by the spirit that are true children of God, in other words they are the true heirs and beneficiaries of the kingdom (Romans 8:14).

Hence Paul speaking to the Church in Galatia added, if we are of the spirit, then let us also walk by or keep in step with the spirit! (Galatians 5:25). That is the least that is demanded of us, to walk always in the spirit.