What Is The Kingdom Of God?
What is the kingdom of God? Where is it? Who is in the kingdom of God? Who is not in the kingdom of God? Jesus said a lot about the Kingdom of God, but most of what Jesus said about the Kingdom of God was in parables, so the person who wasn’t worthy, or did not have ears to hear, could not “see” in their understanding, the Kingdom of God.
The kingdom of Israel, in the Old Testament, was a type and shadow of the heavenly kingdom, but it too was hid from the minds of wise men, but was revealed to men of child-like nature, who had a pure heart.
To understand the Kingdom of God, a person must see what the Kingdom of God “is not”. As we study the book of Proverbs we see that when a subject is studied, the Proverbs always show us the subject and it’s opposite, for example:
Proverbs 14:16 A wise man, and a fool.
A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
10 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.
Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly
A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
God does this that we might see the good and the bad, and that we would be without excuse. Just as God gave us, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, to let us see what righteousness was through Jesus Christ, God also lets us see the opposite through letting us see things in ourselves, and in other people that is not like Jesus. God has also told us that He has used witty invention to write the Bible. What is witty invention? It is like a puzzle, or a riddle, or a word game. Just because we have wisdom, God says that if you don’t have understanding along with knowledge, wisdom alone will not get you truth. Wisdom must be applied to your life before witty invention can be understood. It takes wisdom, understanding, and knowledge in you to see truth. Truth only comes through the combined effect of wisdom, understanding, and knowledge revealed to you through the Holy Ghost in divine revelation.
12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
The gaining of wisdom, understanding, and knowledge is compared to building a house. The foundation is laid, the walls are put up, and then the roof, and once the house is build, all the rooms are filled with the things we need to live.
It tells us in this passage of scripture, Proverbs 24:3&4, that the foundation of our spiritual house is “understanding”. And by understanding it is established, or, proven, or, is our foundation on which the rest of the house is build.
In the parable of the sower, understanding is the think that allows us to “keep” the seed of God’s word in our heart so the devil cannot steal the Word.
(Of the four types of ground, this is the first! Jesus said, if you do not understand “this parable”, you will not understand the other parables!
13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? (Or, if you don’t understand “this parable”, you will not understand other parables!)
19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, “and understandeth it not”, then cometh the wicked one, (Satan!) and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
Jesus said, No man comes to me, unless the Father draw him, and no man is revealed the Father unless I reveal him to him.
44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.
27 “All things” are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (The rest of God, is the Holy Ghost! Isaiah 28:11 & 12)
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and “ye shall find “rest” unto your souls”.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Light is the knowledge of God through the Spirit! Or, divine revelation from God given unto you by the Holy Ghost, or the Spirit of Truth! The Comforter!)
The Kingdom of God “Is liken unto”?
But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, “then the kingdom of God is come unto you”. (This scripture tells us that part of the Kingdom of God casts out devils!)
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. ( This scripture tells us that to enter into the Kingdom of God, you cannot be rich!)
Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
(In the context of this scripture, Jesus is telling the scribes and Pharisees that the harlots and the publicans would enter into the Kingdom of God before the scribes and Pharisees because the publicans and the harlots repented when they heard the gospel, where the scribes and Pharisees would not repent but “justified themselves” before God instead of repenting!)
Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
(This scripture tells us that the Kingdom will be taken away from them that do not bring forth fruit, or love as God loves, and will be given to a nation that will bring forth the Love of God, and the fruits of the Spirit. Galatians 5:all.)
Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
(This scripture tells us that the things that Jesus taught, are the laws of the Kingdom of God!)
And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
(This scripture tells us we must believe “All the Gospel!”)
10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.
11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
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 them.
13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?
(This scripture tells us that there will be many that will not understand the parables of Jesus because they cannot “see” by the Spirit, and cannot “hear” by the Spirit, that their sins should be forgiven them. In Matthew 13:15 the scripture tells us when we turn to the Lord with all our heart, the Lord will “heal”us!
Mat 13:15 KJV
(15) For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, “and I should heal them.)
23 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.
25 For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.
26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;
27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.
28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.
29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.
30 And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?
31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:
32 But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.
33 And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it.
34 But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.
(This passage of scripture tells us, in verse 24, we reap what we sow. We are not to judge people according to our own understanding, If we don’t understand the purpose of all that God created, we will judge people not knowing why, or what, caused them to do what they do. The reason that Jesus told us to seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness is, there are things that God created that fit into His plan and effects our life. If we do not know about these things, we will bring the wrath of God down upon us because we did not know! My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge! Hosea 4:6.
This scripture tells us that the Kingdom of God is liken unto a grain of corn, and a mustard seed. First the seed of corn is sown, first the blade, than the stock, than the ear, and the fruit, than once the fruit comes, than the harvest.
The mustard seed is the smallest of all seeds, but once the plant is full size, it is a the biggest of all plants.)
And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power
(This scripture tells us that the Kingdom of God comes with “power”. Power to do what? Cast out devils, speak with new tongues, lay hands on the sick and they shall recover, if you drink any deadly thing it will not hurt you, pick up serpents! You must have the Holy Ghost to do these things! Paul the apostle told us that he did not come preaching the gospel with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in the “power of the Holy Ghost, so our faith would not be in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God!
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
2 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.)
And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire,
(This scripture tells us about things that stop us from entering into the Kingdom of God. It’s all about having our mind renewed, by the washing of the water of the Word of God.)
But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
(In the Kingdom of God, our way of thinking must put-off all lust and pride. The lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life are in our nature, as it was in Adam and Eve. To do this, we must know our Adam nature and put him on the cross, this is what Jesus taught us to do, once we ask Jesus into our heart and repent, and God gives us the “gift of the Holy Ghost,” we than must seek to know why we are sinners, and start the regeneration process. This includes bringing every through, word, and deed into obedience with the Word of God. Putting down all pride, lust, and rebellion, which is in our nature to do, and allow Jesus’ Spirit to live through us!
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to “become” the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 “Which were born”, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, “but of God”.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God “unto salvation” to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed “from faith to faith”: as it is written, “The just shall live by faith”.)
And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!
(This is another scripture that tells us that we cannot have riches and enter into the Kingdom of God. The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof!)
18 Then come unto him the Sadducees, which say there is no resurrection; and they asked him, saying,
19 Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man’s brother die, and leave his wife behind him, and leave no children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.
20 Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed.
21 And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed: and the third likewise.
22 And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also.
23 In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife.
24 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?
25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven. (Or, they are as children!)
26 And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?
27 He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.
(God is not the God of ”unbelievers”, but He is the God of them that have faith in the name of Jesus Christ! Do you remember Jesus saying to the man who’s father died? And the man wanted to bury his father before he followed Jesus? Jesus said to him, let the ”dead” bury the “dead”! Because the scriptures say, for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God tells us that all are in sin and darkness, and death, even little babies! The “glory of God” is Jesus Christ and that we all fall short of His glory. If we accept Jesus as our Savior, God accepts us because of Jesus Christ. The only thing we did was to believe “in His name” to save us from God’s wrath. At this point we have begin our journey into taking off the old man, and putting on the new man, Jesus Christ.
17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth “walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind”,
18 “””””Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart”””:
19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
20 But ye have not so learned Christ;
21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
22 That ye “put off” concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind”;
24 And that ye “put on” the new man, “which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness”.)
28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?
29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
32 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:
33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
34 And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.
35 And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the son of David?
36 For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.
37 David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly.
38 And he said unto them “in his doctrine”, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces,
39 And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts:
40 Which devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.
In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, “which is hypocrisy”.)
41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: “and many that were rich cast in much”.
42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.
(This is a key to how the Kingdom of God “works!” We must “sow” into the Kingdom to receive the increase of the Kingdom. Give and it shall be given unto you. If we don’t give as Jesus told us too, we will not receive back out of the Kingdom. Jesus said, lay up for yourselves in Heaven, for where your treasure is, “there your heart will be also!” The way we give, and to who we give our money too, is very important to God. We are not to give to the rich, but to the poor, widow and the fatherless. People who are down and out, and who need to receive “our love!” The way our system works today, oppresses the poor. It’s a bad system, but it’s made worth by people not living for Jesus Christ. The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked! The word wicked in this scripture means a person who sins, or does wrong. God’s people talk about God, but their heart is far from me!
He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.)
17 And in the evening he cometh with the twelve.
18 And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me.
19 And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, Is it I? and another said, Is it I?
20 And he answered and said unto them, It is one of the twelve, that dippeth with me in the dish.
21 The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born.
22 And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.
23 And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it.
24 And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.
25 Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.
26 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
27 And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.
28 But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee.
(Here we have a passage of scripture that tells us about the Heavenly Kingdom. (Verse 25) Jesus was eating and drinking with the disciples the night before His death, and telling the disciples that this was why He was born, to die for the sins of the world. It wasn’t only for the sins of the world, but for us to enter into the Kingdom of God, as Jesus did. Jesus not only gave commandments to us while He was here on earth, but it tells us in Acts chapter 1 that after He accented into the “cloud” He gave commandments to the disciples who He had chosen.
Acts 1:1 & 2
1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
(Why is this important? It is important because from the book of Acts to the book of Revelations there are commandments written by the apostles that can only be understood by “them that are faithful!” Commandments pertaining to “Building buildings, taking money, widows indeed, the poor, fasting, prayer, perfection through righteousness, holiness, speaking in tongues and prophesying, who to fellowship with, the New Jerusalem (The Kingdom of God) and on and on.
The Kingdom of God, Or the New Jerusalem, is made up of people who deaded in faith. It also includes us, who have received the Holy Ghost. We fellowship with the saints in the New Jerusalem today through the Holy Ghost.
1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; “but let it rather be healed”.
14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, “without which no man shall see the Lord”:
15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
18 For “ye are not come” unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
19 “And the sound of a trumpet”, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:”
20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:
21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)
22 But ye “are come” unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, “the heavenly Jerusalem”, and to an innumerable company of angels,
23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, “and to God the Judge of all”, “and to the spirits of just men made perfect”,
24 “And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant”, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more “shall not we escape”, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
26 Whose voice then shook the earth: “but now” he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
27 And this word, “Yet once more”, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken “may remain”.
28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom (The Kingdom Of God!) which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably “with reverence and godly fear”:
29 For our God is a consuming fire.
48 “Be ye therefore perfect”, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. (This is to be born of the Father!)
1 John 3:1-11
3 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him “purifieth himself”, even as he is pure. (Or, is perfect as God the Father is perfect! Without sin!)
4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
6 “Whosoever abideth “in him” “sinneth not”: whosoever sinneth “hath not seen him”, “neither known him”.
7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
8 He that committeth sin “”””is of the devil””””; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”
9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
(Whosoever is Born of God the Father LOVE does not commit sin for his seed (old nature of Adam the flesh) has been crucified with Christ! This person has been born again of the Holy Ghost “to see the Kingdom”, he has also been born again of the water of the Word (Jesus Christ!) and has been born again by the Spirit of the Father and he does not sin because he has been born of God.)
10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
1 Corinthians 12:3
3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking “by the Spirit of God” calleth Jesus accursed:
and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, “but by the Holy Ghost”.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, “who walk not after the flesh”, “but after the Spirit”.(Or, born of the Father!)
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. (If you are still sinning, you are still under the curse of the law!)
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, “condemned sin in the flesh”:
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, “who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit”.
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, “if so be that the “Spirit of God” dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, (The Spirit of God the Father) he that raised up Christ from the dead (God the Father!) shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
13 “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die”: “but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live”.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
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”.
1 Peter 1:1-25
1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, “through sanctification of the Spirit”, “unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ”: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 “To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you”,
5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (Now!)
6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: (Should come unto me and you!)
11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, “but unto us they did minister the things”, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, “so be ye holy in all manner of conversation”;
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, “from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers”;
19 “But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot”:
20 “Who verily was foreordained” “before the foundation of the world”, but was manifest in these last times “for you”,
21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your (My) faith and hope might be in God.
22 ‘Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren”, “see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently”:
23 Being born again, (Born again by the Spirit of the Father!) not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
25 “But the word of the Lord endureth for ever”. “And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you”.
World without end, Amen!
(I pray that you might understand as Paul the Apostle understands, in Jesus Name!)
6 Children, obey your parents “in the Lord”: for this is right.
2 Honour thy (Natural) father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;
3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;
6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:
8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.
9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit”, “and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication “for all saints”;
19 “And (Pray) for me”, “that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel”,
20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:
22 “Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose”, “that ye might know our affairs”, “and that he might comfort your hearts”.
23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.