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Text: Luke 9:11 “And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing.”
Theme: The kingdom of God is the reign of God in the universe and by extension, the reign of God in the believer’s heart.
Date: 08/05/2018 File name: TheChristianAndTheKingdomOfGod01.wpd
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Are you a kingdom person?
Is your relationship with Christ your first priority?
Is your personal conversion experience valid and vivid?
Do you enjoy regular private devotion and public worship?
Do you possess an unwavering, public commitment to Jesus as the only Lord and Savior of all?
These are not unimportant questions.
I have spent the past five months preaching on the parables.
We’ve spent a lot of time considering what the Kingdom of God is all about.
In His parable, Jesus spoke about the characteristics of the Kingdom, the characteristics of the God of the Kingdom, and the characteristics of the citizens of the Kingdom.
I’d like to follow up by contemplating a series of questions: 1) Do You Have a Kingdom Identity?
2) Do You Have Kingdom Character?
3) Do You Have Kingdom Priority?
4) Do You Have a Kingdom Family? 5) Do You Have a Kingdom Perspective?
and 6) Do You Have a Kingdom Calendar?
Jesus spoke of the kingdom of God as the most important reality in the world.
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It is the basis for repentance, (Matthew 4:17).
2. It is to be sought above all else, (Matthew 6:33).
3. It is to be treasured above all else, (Matthew 13:44).
4. It has priority over all relationships and possessions, (Luke 18:29-30).
5. Its mission is the most demanding and noble in which anyone can engage, (Luke 9:62).
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Its message was the theme for the twelve, (Matthew 10:7).
7. It is the purpose for which Jesus came, (Luke 4:43).
According to Jesus, the Kingdom of God should be the driving force in our lives.
His followers are to live and breathe in order to enter it, act as its citizens, and proclaim it.
God’s Kingdom should be our passion; and the full consummation of His coming kingdom should be our hope.
What is the kingdom of God? It's a Kingdom that is here, but it's also coming.
It's a Kingdom that is radical but not political.
It's a Kingdom that is invisible yet visible.
Clearly, the kingdom of God operates by a set of rules different from any earthly kingdom’s.
God 's kingdom has no geographical borders, no capital city, no parliament building, no royal trappings that you can see.
Its followers live right among their enemies, not separated from them by a border fence or a wall.
It lives, and grows, on the inside of human beings who have come to Christ.
Those of us who follow Jesus thus possess a kind of dual citizenship.
We live in an external kingdom of family and cities and nationhood, while at the same time belonging to the kingdom of God.
I want us to consider this evening what it means to have a Kingdom Identity.
I. DO YOU HAVE A KINGDOM IDENTITY?
1. what do I mean by that?
2. well, let me ask you some spiritual diagnostic questions this evening. . .
a. Is your relationship with Christ your first priority?
b.
Is your personal conversion experience valid and vivid?
c.
Do you enjoy regular private devotion and public worship?
d.
Do you possess an unwavering, public commitment to Jesus as the only Lord and Savior of all?
3. a true believer ought to be able to answer in the affirmative to all four of those questions
A. THE CHRISTIAN HAS A NEW IDENTIFICATION
“What shall we say, then?
Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means!
We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?”
(Romans 6:1–3, NIV84)
“For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—” (Romans 6:6, NIV84)
1. let me ask you a question this evening, “Who do children most readily identify themselves with?”
a. it’s mom and dad, isn’t it?
1) not only do they identify themselves with mom and dad, but they often look like mom and dad and sound like mom and dad and act like mom and dad
2) which can be a little frightening when you think about it
2. now, consider this, if you’re a child of God, who should you most closely identify with?
a. it’s your Heavenly Father, isn’t it?
“ ‘Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the LORD your God. 8 Keep my decrees and follow them.
I am the LORD, who makes you holy.” (Leviticus 20:7–8, NIV84)
“But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.””
(1 Peter 1:15–16, NIV84)
3. if you call yourself a Christian, then you ought look like Jesus, and sound like Jesus, and act like Jesus
a. it’s that simple
b. the good news of the Kingdom is that, by the grace of God, we’re not what we once were, and we’re not now what we’re gonna be
4. the life of faith, it turns out, is not merely being a decent person or paying tithes or showing up for church
a. nor is it simply a legal pardon before a holy God, which is how so many of us in the evangelical world understand it
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Jesus’ picture of the life of faith is this:
1) Kingdom citizens are to live a life of total devotion to their King ...
2) pledging an oath of allegiance to a new rule, we resolve to give the King the honor that is His due, and to subject every part of our lives to Him, and to be available every moment to do His bidding
c. can you say with all honesty that this describes your life in Christ?
B. THE CHRISTIAN’S NEW IDENTIFICATION IS PICTURED IN OUR BAPTISM
1. Paul’s doctrine of identification is that the believer is identified with Christ in His death and resurrection
a. if you are a born-again believer, you know that you were justified by the death of Jesus Christ on the cross — that your sins were washed away by His precious blood
b. but did you know that you died on the cross too?
2. in order to bring us into fellowship with Himself, and to break the power of sin in our life, there were two aspects of sin that God had to deal with
a. 1st was our sins themselves — the unrighteous thoughts, words and deeds that we have committed
b. 2nd, was the source of our sins, the sinful nature that we inherited from Adam
3. we had to be saved from the guilt of our sins, and we also had to be set free from our old sin nature and it‘s defilement
a. the only way that we could be separated from that sin nature is by death — our death in Christ on the cross
b. on the cross, the sins of believers were imputed to Jesus, so that in condemning Jesus, God condemned our sins in Christ, sparing us from the full brunt of the Father’s wrath
c. in turn, Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us through faith alone so that we can be declared righteous and acceptable in God’s sight
d. consequently, God is both just and the justifier of His children
4. the practical implications of this truth are tremendous — anyone who believes the gospel becomes alive spiritually
a. this new birth experience is a divine activity of pure grace as the Holy Spirit immerses us into the life of Savior
“for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”
(Galatians 3:27, NIV84)
b. our baptism into Christ is symbolized by our immersion in water, which we call baptism
5. from the moment we are brought up out of the waters of baptism, the believer’s goal is to constantly be conforming to the character of our Savior — the identify with Him more and more
II.
OUR OLD IDENTITY WAS WRAPPED UP IN ADAM AND SIN
“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned—” (Romans 5:12, NIV84)
1. Adam’s disobedience resulted in sin’s domination of man’s character
a. our minds, and our emotions, and our wills have all been thoroughly affected by sin
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