I could only bow my knees to the father of mercies and pray that we all find grace to patiently read/print and share the following transcribed message that unveils the simple yet most elusive pathway to inheriting in 30, 60 or 100 fold, the kingdom called God.
Your delighted servant,
Non-Negotiable Counsels of God's Kingdom - Part 2
Scriptural Reading: John 3:3-5
Seeing the kingdom is different from Entering into the kingdom. To see the kingdom is to discern what the kingdom is and this doesn’t primarily take place by a vision. You can see visions and still remain be carnal.
You can use your thoughts to process natural things but not the dominion of God. But when your thoughts have been graced to participate in God’s jugement, then you are a different man.
Before we can know what the kingdom is all about, we have go into the archives into what Jesus said about the kingdom. Jesus said you have to be born again and then the eyes of your understanding would have to be enlightened to relate with the kingdom.
Jesus taught the Jews the kingdom through parables and the reason he did so was because they had no eternal life in them.
The Jews asked the question ‘WHO IS THE GREATEST IN THE KINGDOM’ because of the influence of a worldly dominion of the Gentiles which was resident in them (Matt. 18:1). Jesus came for God’s kingdom and Satan showed him another kingdom in Matt. 4:8-9
Apostle Peter described Jesus after resurrection in Act 4:30 as a HOLY CHILD because it takes A CHILD (Matt. 18:2) to SIT ON THE THRONE. Many people are too matured and elderly for the kingdom and need to be converted (Matt. 18:3/Matt. 13:15/Lk. 22:32)
Lk. 22:32 But I have prayed for thee (Peter), that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. (Conversion here is not being born again but by attaining the stature of kingdom childlikeness)
Matt. 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child (a lamb), the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
The gateway into the kingdom of God is by conforming to being children. The only person that has FULLY attained the lambic childlikeness of the kingdom is Jesus, therefore he set a little child in their midst.
Isa. 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
Rev 5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain…
If we are all gathered together, no matter how childlike we are, Jesus would be the most little among us. You would be baffled the day you see the Lord Jesus because you would see the most simple and childlike person ever in the universe! Our pride makes all of us higher than he is.
You would despise Jesus if he is suddenly revealed to you and if care is not taken, you may not worship him. That is why Peter could rebuke him because he looked ordinary to him, yet that is the dominion and the kingdom. If Jesus is like that, what about his Father whom Jn. 10:29 described as being greater than he? The world of the kingdom is the world of children.
Entrance into the kingdom is by childlikeness, so Christians need to be converted into children (Matt. 18:3). A child does not fight for himself. You are most protected when heaven realises you are truly helpless
Jn. 3:5 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.
It means that Birth by Water and Spirit is actually the Conversion that can quality you for the kingdom. Being born again IN YOUR SPIRIT qualifies you to go to heaven, but Being Born Again By The Incorruptible Seed (1Pet. 1:23) IN YOUR SOUL qualifies you to Enter The Kingdom
Someone that gets born again hasn’t been converted (Matt. 18:3/Lk. 22:32). Such a believer is not yet turned to righteousness (Dan. 12:3/Acts 26:18b). Such a believer’s spirit is regenerated but his soul needs to be saved/converted for the dominion of the kingdom. The hindrance to the dominion is in our souls
Matt. 19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, that a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
Somebody can be rich with different things other than gold or silver which is one of the least riches! Ideas, knowledge, wisdom of men or a good name (Prov. 22:1) are all worth more than silver or gold
The seed Jesus spoke about in Matt. 13:3-8 is not of any kind but The Seed of The Word of The Kingdom of God. The seed is the will of God and the bread of heaven (Jn. 6:51). The Israelites ate angel’s meal in the wilderness. It was rained down from heaven and wasn’t an earthly food. It’s far too superior!
Jn. 6:49-50 … Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. I AM THE LIVING BREAD which came down from heaven: if any man eats of this bread, he shall LIVE for ever…
We can see here that when the Lord is talking about The Bread, he is talking about The Will of God which is The Meat of Heaven.
Any preacher that handles the seed which Isa. 55:10-11 prophesied about is a minister that has been blessed with the seed of dominion of the kingdom (Matt. 13)
The heart described in Matt. 13:22 refused to deal with Legitimate Cares of This World. Satan has arranged cares here to choke the seed/word of dominion of the kingdom, so it would take violent people that can lay aside everything (Phil. 3:8c) to find entrance into the kingdom.
Matt. 5:29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it 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.
Jesus was not talking about our physical eyes or hands here but rather, about certain things that are closer to you than your hands, which can stand as a hindrance to entering into the kingdom.
Matt. 13:11-12 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Jesus told the Jews here that the kingdom was being given to them in the person of Christ and by refusing him, they were rejecting the actual dominion of the kingdom. They expected a messiah that would come like Solomon but Jesus came preaching so they kept questioning if he was the messiah.
The arrangement of Jesus was such that not only would Israel miss Jesus Christ but also Satan won’t discern him and therefore kill him. Such was a warfare against principalities and powers who fell to the trap of killing him to fulfill his destiny – 1Cor. 2:8
God was careful about Jesus coming into Christhood. Heaven’s wisdom was at work even through his profession as a carpenter where he was being hid. Heaven uses our natural arrangement to hid us
The issue of the kingdom breaks forth beyond the first hearing (Ps. 62:11), so you must hear well.
The eyes and ears that Jesus kept making reference to in the parables are the two apparatus for the entrance to the kingdom and this is reason for the prayers of Eph 1:18, for the enlightenment of the eyes of our understanding
Seeing and hearing are what cumulates into understanding or discerning. You cannot be converted into being childlike if your ears and your eyes have not been opened which leads to the remission of sins.
Mk. 4:12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven (remitted) them.
Our sins hinders our entrance into the kingdom and conversion here refers to the turning or salvation of the soul (1Pet. 1:9)
Col 1:13 declares that we have been delivered from the power of darkness but Gal. 5:21 also speaks of the working of darkness (works of the flesh among the believing Galatians like envying, reveling etc) that limited them from inheriting the kingdom of God. The former was what Christ did while the later confirms the need for our response to his finished work of Christ
Inheriting the kingdom is what Jesus referred to as entering the kingdom. Before inheritance can occur, there must be conversion which takes place after our eyes have been opened. Jesus already taught all that the Apostles wrote of in the epistle in his parables.
After Jesus left, the Apostles could not unveil the kingdom until the lord Jesus met with Paul and commissioned him to teach/open men’s eyes (Acts 26:18). Jesus taught them the concept of his dominion while on earth but they couldn’t understand. If they did, they would not have asked Jesus while he was about to leave the earth “Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel” (Act 1:6)
The purpose of the power (Holy Ghost) they received at Pentecost/his baptism (Acts 19:2/6) was to comprehend the dominion because the dominion is in the Holy Ghost. (Rom 14:17)
You can have the Holy Ghost and not give room for the expression of his ministry which would enable you enter into God’s dominion.
Forgiveness or remission of sins (Acts 26:18) doesn’t mean that Jesus held back anything against us as a result of our past sins but rather, these are your infirmities that promises to hinder you from entering God’s kingdom
There is a power (Acts 26:18) that is responsible for that infirmity and that power can actually be arrested by the seed of the dominion which comes to root infirmities away as it operates and opens the eyes of your heart.
When that lifestyle of darkness which we called our life (a dark program) has been remitted, you will then know the reason for living and would be able to apply your heart unto wisdom and seek him.
The day a man stops living for himself, such a man has found a new life, healing of the soul has taken place and measurements of entrance is starts being administered (2Pet. 1:11)
In the epistle of John, he used the word little children because he was addressing those that had entered the kingdom. (1Jn. 2:12)
1Jo 2:12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.
These little children in verse 12 are believers that have accessed a 30 fold (Matt. 13:8) entrance into the kingdom because their sins are forgiven (remitted)
You can be born again for decades and not know the Father. LITTLE CHILDREN here had a little knowledge of the Father. YOUNG MEN are those who were advanced in knowledge of the Father and thereby OVERCOME the enemy while those referred to as FATHERS had fully known the father. So John was addressing churches according to their kingdom arrangement, 30, 60 & 100 fold (Matt. 13:8)
Matt. 13:8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
The three stages in the parable of the sower are also found in John’s epistle; thirty fold = little children, sixty fold = young men and hundred fold = fathers.
Jesus won’t come until we arrange ourselves in the dominion of the kingdom called the Father and the measure you know him is the measure you have been cleansed of your sins (spots, wrinkles and blemishes).
We can flow in the region of men or condescend to that of children (1Cor. 14:20) but these are the days that the hearts of the fathers would be turned into being childlike in fulfillment of Mal. 4:6. A child can’t keep an account of sin or wrongdoing. A little child does not know what wrong his friend did to him yesterday.
The spirit and power of Elias is a working of God’s Spirit that turns the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just John was born (Lk. 1:17)
Rev. Kayode Oyegoke
The Pathway Into The Kingdom (Second half/Part 3b)
VGC Fortnight Lively Stones Fellowship
19th Jan. 2014
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