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True Reformation pt.8: Except a man be born of Water and Spirit, he cannot Enter...(Sabbath Bible Study 3-22(2018) (John 3:1-8)JS LOWTHER, July 5, 2018
Part of the True Reformation series, preached at a Sabbath service
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The Gospel of the Kingdom is
THE LORD GOD's TOTAL SOVEREIGNTY
Though before delving more into the Depths of God's Law as God's Holiness for His peoples Sanctification as started in Baptism, It is important to establish the Sovereignty of YHWH as True LORD of our Reformation, and As Christ as King of His Kingdom by His WORD.
So it is to this point of not establishing you in the Law of God to assure Faith, for we know that the Law is Not of Faith, Rather my goal here after is to establish the Kingdom of God, which is the foundation of all Biblical Law; to show an Epistemology and Systematic method of assuring our understanding by the Scriptures, so that our Faith may come by hearing the Word of God in truth, and not by our own self deriving. This is important because when we as Servants of Christ preach the Gospel of the Kingdom, and we reasonably preach the Law of God as the Law of that Kingdom and that the very Law of God given to Moses is the standard of Righteousness thereby our works are judged, and as such it is the reasonable service we hold to under grace through Faith, it is important to Establish that thoroughly.
When we consider the the key statements which in the conversation of Scripture surround 'the kingdom of God' we are obliged to refer to the Scripture as God's revealed revelation of His reality to ascertain the meaning of this Idea of Christ as King and Lord and that all things indeed are put under his feet.
In our modern time the Kingdom of God or of Heaven is loaded with spiritualism alone in it's limited dominion and a heavenly after life as it's focus, yet if the Kingdom were to be evaluated from a biblical context the Kingdom represents not only the abode of God in the spiritual realm of the heavens of heavens but that realm which YHWH God rules in his total creation.
Thus in this way we have a reality offered to those who consider this Truth as seen in the first statement of holy Scripture:
Gen_ 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Gen 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
as well this is sumerized including the finished work of creation thus:
Gen 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
and again Moses summarizes the creation of God's Kingdom in the 4th commandment:
Exo_20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is,
and by this we may plainly see that when Christ teaches us the Lord's prayer is saying:
Mat_6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Mat 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Here is were we can see the connection between the two synonomus terms 'kingdom of God' and 'kingdom of Heaven', that is that God is in Heaven and as such his kingdom is the kingdom of heaven. Yet this Kingdom afects our Earthly life:
Mat 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.
Mat 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Mat 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
This is the scope of the kingdom seen, is that God is the ruler of all. The heavenly and spiritual realm as well as the earthly and physical realm: fleshly, mortal, carnal, No matter what word we use to describe it, it is refering to that which is material and tangable as we physically see and feel it.
YHWH is thus totaly LORD in all things and has preeminance in all respects and aspects of life and death.
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1There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? 5Jesus 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. 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. (KJV)