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The Daily Word of Righteousness
A Description of the Kingdom of God, #25
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. (Revelation 20:6)
The first resurrection is the resurrection of God's royal priesthood. The first resurrection will take place when the Lord comes. There is no resurrection or ascension prior to the first resurrection.
Today the Lord God is perfecting our spirit, the spiritual dimension of our being. He will perfect our body when Jesus returns to earth.
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, (Hebrews 12:23)
The Lord Jesus has exhorted us and warned us to keep our material concerns to a minimum and to concentrate on seeking the Kingdom of God.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33)
When the Lord Jesus teaches us to seek first the Kingdom of God He means to seek first the realm of God's righteous spiritual Presence and power. No doubt the greatest mistake any believer in Christ can make is to walk "in the flesh" (occupying himself primarily with eating, sleeping, working, playing, and reproducing—the life of the animal).
When we walk in the flesh we miss the whole point of the Kingdom, the whole idea of what man is destined to be. Our flesh is dead in sin. When we allow our flesh to dominate our existence we reap only corruption.
Flesh and blood cannot enter the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is made up of creatures who are at once human and Divine. They began as living souls, but through the Substance and Nature of Christ in them they have become life-giving spirits—a different kind of creation.
They no longer can be classified as merely intelligent animals. They are like the angels in some ways; like human beings in other ways. They are a new creation of God. To continue to live in the flesh is to continue to live as an animal. Such neither can see nor enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
As we have stated previously, the Kingdom of God does not consist of people who only are forgiven. The Kingdom consists of transformed personalities. It is a new creation, not a forgiven old creation.
Being forgiven by grace means that God will allow our prayers to enter His Presence on the basis of the atoning authority of the blood of the righteous Jesus. However, we have been granted this grace wherein we stand in order that we may devote our time and energy to seeking the Kingdom, not to following the appetites and dictates of our dead flesh.
If we who are members of God's elect allow our flesh to rule us, God will send judgment on us even though we have professed belief in Christ. In this case we have received the grace of God in vain. We have turned again as a dog to its vomit.
The Scripture admonishes us to "walk in the Spirit." This means we are to seek the Lord Jesus, pray much, study the Scriptures, and obey the Spirit of God until we begin to experience the righteousness, peace, joy, and love of God's Presence.
To be continued.