Sunday 19 Nov 2017
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John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

The ball is in your court!

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Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.- Philippians 2:12

There is an important lesson which every citizen of the Kingdom must learn and follow closely and this lesson is passed on to us from the scripture verse above. The gift of salvation that we have come into through our Lord Jesus, the very gift that gave us passage into the Kingdom of God demands certain obligations from each one of us that have become the recipients of this precious gift. We need to do this if we are to reap the fully the benefits which the gift of salvation is meant to deliver to us.

You see, while this precious gift comes with so many promises which are guaranteed by the covenant that was sealed into effect by the blood of the Lamb (Jesus), it must be said that living in the kingdom does not guarantee that the recipients would automatically come into these promises. As a result I want you to know that there is a reason why it appears as if some believers benefit more from this gift than others, and it would appear as if some are only in the kingdom just to make up the numbers. There is a reason why it sometimes appears as if God favours some people more even when the bible clearly states that God is not partial in his dealings:

For God does not show favouritism.- (Romans 2:11).

Even though the scripture clearly makes this position of God obvious, many still would not hesitate to accuse God of being partial, after all believers have wondered aloud why unbelievers who are not citizens of the Kingdom, appear to be enjoying what appears to be the fruits of the kingdom conveniently forgetting what prompted Jesus to make this remark:

I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.- Mathew 8:11-12.

You see a couple of years ago , the Spirit of the Lord asked me what is the difference between those who actively give heed to the role of the Holy Spirit in their faith walk and those who simply rely on their strength in the course of the same walk. Would both make heaven he asked me? Before I could answer the question, he continued by making me understand that as long as both of them keep on professing Jesus as their Lord and saviour they would make it to heaven, but there are those who on getting to heaven but have over the course of their faith walk on earth compiled accusatory questions which they can’t wait to throw at God. The summary of these questions goes like this ‘Lord I did so much yet you favoured others more than you did me’. God has only one answer for these questions the spirit told me, ‘I am a righteous Judge and Father, what I made available to one, I made available to all’

I want you to know that as citizens of God’s Kingdom, we all, through our spiritual re-birth have become God’s children, as a result we all have have received the same gift of Salvation and the same privileges since the scriptures called us joint-heirs with Christ. it is this truth that delivered every believer into God’s Kingdom (John 3:3). As a result, this is the position of the bible with the regards to our standing and our welfare in the Kingdom.

And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. – Romans 8:17.

The scripture declared that together with Christ we are heirs of God, together with him (Jesus) we have the rights and have been given the privileges that bequeaths to us an inheritance in the Kingdom. The scripture further informed us that we are all the same in the eyes of God, there is no Jew or Gentile, no white or black, in his eyes we are all the same.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. – Galatians 3:28.

So what does this inheritance consist and how do we come into them? Well, I want you to know that there is a reason why Jesus gave this instruction to his would be disciples;

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. – Mathew 6:32-34

What our inheritance in the Kingdom consist of cannot be articulated all at once and I don’t think there is any man alive who is capable of doing that without the aid of the Holy Spirit. This simple truth is conveyed to us in Paul’s prayers;

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,- Ephesians 1:17-19.

We would require every spiritual wisdom and revelation that is available to even make the attempt at articulating what God has made available as our inheritance in his glorious Kingdom. But the scripture summed it all for us this way;

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. – 2 Peter 1: 3-4.

The scripture passage above summed it up nicely, by informing us that our inheritance consist of everything we would need for a godly life, everything that is needed to live a life that is free and different from the way the world lives, a life free from the cares and anxieties that is the portion of those who do things the way of the world, such that our lives can be used by God to serve as the shining light and as an enduring, seasoning salt to the rest of the world (Mathew 5:13-14 ).

Another way that we can look at what our inheritance consist of, is by re-visiting how God described the land of Canaan to Abraham, calling it a land flowing with milk and honey. You see, the Old Testament and all of the promises that it holds have been described as a shadow of what is to come, therefore if the shadow of the promise can be described as a land flowing with milk and honey, then one can only imagine what promises of the New Testament which is described as being premised on better promises would hold. But if we can see from the Old Testament how generous and precious his promises are, then we need to understand that these were described thus as a means of helping us to comprehend what the real promises looks like. i say so because no phrase or word can adequately articulate the spiritual reality of these promises for for us.

Not only do these promises await us but God through Jesus has also made available to us every help that we would need such that no citizen of His kingdom would be denied of their inheritance. While it is true that it would require spiritual wisdom to be able to see and articulate these promises, what is equally true is that God has given us his very own Spirit as a deposit of guarantee to this effect (Ephesians 1:13-14) .

What is the benefit of this you might ask? Immense and awesome would be my response, I would use the next couple of lines to point out the benefits to us;

  1. Having God’s spirit puts us in the position where we are able to know about our inheritance, we are able to know about what he has freely given to us. We are no longer ignorant of what has been rightfully declared ours by inheritance.
  2. Having God’s spirit equips us with the wisdom and the power to come into our inheritance. There is nothing that can stop or keep us away from our inheritance.
  3. Having his spirit and his nature equips us with the mindset to be able put to use our inheritance in such a way that would glorify God.

The important fact here is that everything we would need to come into the blessings promised us in the kingdom has been made available. Not only have we been promised everything that we would need pertaining to life, but in addition to these rich promises, we have also been equipped with all the help we would need to reap the promises. Sadly not all citizens avail of these benefits, not every citizen of the kingdom can be said to have benefited from the riches of the Kingdom and many more would still be victims. God said to Prophet Hosea ‘My people perish for lack of knowledge’. Sad to say, many of these citizens would be the ones accusing God of being unfair to them.

But this need not be our portion hence the reason why Paul instructed us as citizens of the kingdom to work on our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). What is implied by this? Well let us look at the same instruction from Peter in order to get more meaning;

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble – 2 Peter 1:10a

The message both men passed across is  a simple one. You see God’s salvation is a gift given to every citizen of the kingdom, it is ours to use it as we deem fit but we are in a much better position if we do everything to learn how we ought to put it to use. Addressing the Church at Colossae in his letter, Paul revealed how he prayed that they may be filled with the wisdom and spiritual understanding in order that they may be able to walk worthy of the Lord;

For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; - Colossians 1:9-10

While the package of salvation comes with everything meant to bless and prosper us, it is what we choose to make of it that would determine how much of blessings actually come our way. As a result we need both the heavenly wisdom and the spiritual understanding to be able to comprehend and put this gift to use in such a way that it would profit us. The only way that precious gift this would profit you and I is when we learn to walk in it according to the will of God.

As citizens of God’s kingdom we have an obligation, please do not confuse this with works, the scripture is not discounting grace neither am I, it is simply saying to us that we do have certain obligations when it comes to our salvation, grace delivered the most priceless gift to us, we have an obligation to make the best out of that gift.

 

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“[BOOK I Psalms 1?41] Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.”

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