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Thine is the Kingdom #57   T. Austin Sparks

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From: PAULFROMNYS

Nov-30

   

THE FRUITS OF THE KINGDOM FOUND IN THE CHURCH

Now we come back to the first passage of Scripture that we read. Peter, in a moment of inspiration, said: "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." What did Jesus say? 'Oh, Simon, you are a blessed man! Flesh and blood did not reveal that to you. You did not get that in the schools, nor by going to the theological libraries. You did not get that by your own brain effort. Flesh and blood did not reveal that to you, but my Father in heaven.' You can go through the New Testament and you will find that phrase 'Flesh and blood' again and again, and wherever you find it you will see that it is under a veto. It says: "Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God" (1 Corinthians 15:50), and the first and second chapters of the first Corinthian letter are an enlargement of that fact. "The natural man" (which is only another word for flesh and blood) "receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God... HE CANNOT KNOW THEM" (1 Corinthians 1:14). Flesh and blood cannot know the things of the Spirit of God, for they are only known by the spirit.

Here is a transition. Peter had been receiving all the teaching of Jesus and had seen His wonderful works. He knew all of that - but it never saved him from denying his Lord! It never prevented him from being a contradiction to all the teaching, but later on, when Peter got his 'opened heaven', he was free from Peter. The great transition has been made. Now the teaching is alive. Before it was truth, words, but now it is alive. He has entered into the FRUIT of the Kingdom, and the fruit of the Kingdom is light. The old Israel went out in darkness. Jesus said to them: "The sons of the kingdom shall be cast forth into the outer darkness" (Matthew 8:12), and that is where they have been for nearly two thousand years - in the outer darkness with "the weeping and gnashing of teeth". The Kingdom was taken from them and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof, and Peter says that it is the Church that is the holy nation, so that it is in the Church that the fruits of the Kingdom are to be found.

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Nov-30

   Amen, the foundation of the church is not the person of any man AT ALL, it is the word of GOD alive and living in men through it's perfection and power = our Lord Jesus Christ.

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From: Fred (fnorthrup)

Nov-30

PAULFROMNYS said:

 Amen, the foundation of the church is not the person of any man AT ALL, it is the word of GOD alive and living in men through it's perfection and power = our Lord Jesus Christ.

Amen to you brother. If Peter needed a revelation from the Father to see that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and He was standing right before him, how much more do we need the eyes of our heart enlightened to see Him? We cannot know Him academically, we must receive revelation. When we turn our heart to the Lord, the veils are removed. Praise the Lord. 

When we see who He is, we see who and what we are. "And I say to you, you are building material for my Body, the church."

Later Peter wrote this:

1Peter 2:4 Coming to Him, a living stone, rejected by men but with God chosen and precious,

1Peter 2:5 You yourselves also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house into a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

We must see this. Christ is the prototype, and we are the mass production.

Rm 8:29 Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers;

It is our destiny to become the same as He is in life, nature, and constitution, but not in His Godhead and never an object of worship. This is the gospel in Romans. 

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