From Fathers Heart To Yours
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Unlocking The Kingdom

UNLOCKING THE KINGDOM
 
--- of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, --- speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:1-3)
And Paul spake--- disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God. (Acts 19:8)
And Paul expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus---
And Paul received all that came unto him preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence---(Acts 28: 23; 30-31)
 
It is obvious from the scriptures above that both Jesus and Paul were interested in us knowing about the kingdom of God. This is the first thing that Jesus began to say when He started preaching, “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand” – and among the last things He said before leaving. In order to understand the significance of this we must know that there are two kingdoms- The kingdom of satan and the kingdom of God. (Luke 11:14-23)
Paul was sent to open their eyes and turn them from satan’s kingdom to God’s (Acts 26: 16-18) There must be a separation of the two. Too often people try to walk the fence and still some others think it’s all the same, not knowing that one is light, the other darkness- one is life, the other is death, one is satan’s and the other God’s. The Bible tells us clearly there are two and they don’t mix. “Come out from among them and touch not the unclean thing” (II Cor. 6:14-18)
If we are professing Christians then we read that we were darkness (satan’s) but know we are light (Christ’s), walk as children of light. (Christ) (Ephesians 5:8-14)
We are called the light of the world by Christ who is the light. Then Paul says we are to be light in a crooked and perverse nation. (Phil. 2:14-16) We are delivered from the power of darkness and translated into the kingdom of Christ! (Col. 1:13-13) Then we are called a holy nation by Peter. (I Peter 2:9-10)
There we have it! There are two kingdoms; the one is darkness- the other light. The one satan’s the other God’s. The two cannot mix. They are separate and people, all people belong to one or the other. Which do you belong to?
To unlock the kingdom of God we must be able to see the unseen. “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation (outward show)” (Luke 17:20) The Bible tells us that no man has ever seen God. Yet we have overwhelming proof that He is.
Therefore we believe the unseen until we can see Him in the person of Christ. Jesus said that we must be born again to see the kingdom of God. (John 3:3) So when we are or were in darkness we cannot see God’s kingdom nor know how to function in it. When we are born again by His spirit, our eyes are opened and we not only begin to see God’s Kingdom, we begin to see the devil as well. When we were his, he did not want us to know so he blinded our minds and kept us in darkness.
The kingdom of God is so precious and it is worth giving up everything in order to have it. Just look up and read some of the things Christ had to say about it. (Luke 12:31-34, Matt. 13:44-48)
It is the Father’s good pleasure to give us the kingdom because it is where we belong. It is the realm of life that God created man to live in and live by. By coming to know Jesus Christ as our personal savior and making Him Lord of our lives, we enter the kingdom and the kingdom enters us. Remember before when we showed that we were moved from one kingdom (satan’s) to another (Christ’s) when we receive Jesus into our hearts. (Col. 1:13)
At that same time we also receive the kingdom of God in our hearts. (Luke 17:31) This is not just for when we get to heaven, it is for living now in this present life and applying the laws and principles of God’s kingdom to the now! Jesus wants us to live the abundant life He said we could have. But we must see the completeness of Jesus’ work and our completeness in Him as well as His completeness in us! (Col. 2:9-10)
 
Every kingdom has laws that govern it and every citizen of that kingdom must live by those laws or else the citizen is lawless, a lawbreaker and must be dealt with accordingly. This is what the Law of Moses revealed. It showed the principles and laws of God’s kingdom that would bring the riches and blessings of life to the citizens. They would not operate by those laws very much and reaped destruction. When they observed to do as God said, they were very prosperous and blessed. Though they were God’s covenant people, the key to their living in safety, health, blessing and prosperity was dependant upon their keeping the law. The law is fulfilled in Christ and we are not under the Law of Moses, but we are under the Laws of the Kingdom and they have never changed. If we as God’s covenant people now are going to live in health, safety, peace, prosperity, we are going to have to live by the kingdom laws and to do that we must learn how to unlock the Kingdom.
A lock is something that is placed to keep something or someone out or in. Keys lock or unlock. The kingdom of God has been locked up to men because of sin. It’s called mysteries in the Bible. The things God had locked away from men is revealed way back in Genesis when God said that man could not get to the tree of life in the state of sin or he would live that forever that way. (Genesis 3:22-24)
So we see it was the tree of life that was locked away. The things that pertain to the Kingdom of God are not locked away so we can never have them. They were locked away for us, to keep them for us when we became born again. Then we could use these things and experience the benefits.
Jesus said that He had given us the keys to the kingdom so we could unlock the rich treasures that had been reserved for us who are born again. (Matthew 16:19, Matthew 13:10-13& I Cor. 2:6-16)
Let us now look at some important keys that will unlock the kingdom of God for us and reveal the things that God so freely gives us through Jesus Christ. And they are given to richly enjoy! (I Timothy 6:17)
The first key is faithfulness. Yes, we must begin with faithfulness after we are born again. Our commitment to Christ and His Kingdom must be genuine to the point that we are determined to stay with it no matter what. (See Mark 4:24-32 & Luke 16:10-13) There have been many that have made a profession of faith in Christ expecting to get quick fixes and fast payback on their investment. When this didn’t happen, they fell away and departed from the faith. When we come to know Christ as our personal Savior we are required to become learners- disciples first. We must be taught and serve. We have to learn humility and trust in the lord Jesus and get to know our Father God as well as the new family we are now a part of, the church. Unless we get this started off right and stay with it, we will have many disappointments and illusions in our Christian faith. We will never see the kingdom of God open up to us but will rather become more tightly closed because we can not see with Spirit eyes and understand with a heart that is full of the Spirit, God is a Spirit! His kingdom can only be unlocked with truly faithful keys.
 
Three Golden Keys
 
In the church, we have grown accustomed to placing emphasis on certain things, depending on what group you’re in, and let other things just hang around the edges or just fall off all together. One group may dwell on being born again, but not go any further into the kingdom. Another may focus on healing but not on deliverance. Still another may focus on spiritual gifts but leave off many other things. What God wants for is that we see all of the above but also much more! He wants us to see the entire Kingdom! The Kingdom will come into clear view as we put the right things first.
We begin by obtaining knowledge. Knowledge, is knowing something. Knowledge is what puts some people in the forefront when others just lag behind. To have the “know how” about something will open up doors and bring worth to the one who has the knowledge. Peter said to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (II Peter 3:18)
When we come into the Kingdom, most of us know Jesus as Savior of the soul only. But as we study and learn we begin to see Him as much, much more! Then we continue on to see the unsearchable riches of Christ that are made available to us through knowledge.
Knowledge of what is your inheritance in Christ is will compel you to claim your rights and privileges as a child of God. Disciple means a learner. That is what we become when entering the Kingdom of God. If we don’t, we just stay at the entrance while others go right on past to the obtaining of knowledge and the opening of the Kingdom. You may watch from the sideline, and many do, wondering, while you watch others enter the abundant life and can’t seem to grasp how they did it. It is the obtaining of knowledge and then putting knowledge to use in one’s life that cause you to live in His abundant life. That’s the will of God! “Grace and Peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus Christ our Lord. According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain to life and godliness; through the knowledge of Him who hath called us to glory and virtue. (II Peter 1:2-3)
In Hosea 4:6 Holy Spirit says that my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge! Jesus said that the lawyers took away the key of knowledge! (Luke 11:52) If they could hide that key then, that key must be one that threatened them. Jesus demanded the release of the key and gave it to us! Little by little, line upon line, precept upon precept. Knowledge comes, truth comes, freedom comes, vision comes! (Isaiah 28:9-10, John 8:31-32)
If we have knowledge, but not understanding, we will not know how to use what we know properly and will not get the best results from it. For example, you may know that your car must have gasoline in the tank in order to run, but not understands how it runs. You may know how to put the key in the ignition switch and turn it to start, but not understand what makes it start. You have a key, you know how to use the key, but you just remembered that you don’t know how to drive nor do you understand the rules of driving or the traffic laws. You see, your knowledge can only take you so far without understanding.
In Psalm 119 the Psalmist cries out for understanding! He sees how important it is. Jesus knew the disciples had knowledge of Scripture, but He also knew He must open their understanding. (Luke 24:45) So it is to us, we must not be children in understanding, but we have to get it! (I Cor. 14:20) Paul said the unsaved have the understanding darkened. (Ephesians 4:18) Many read the Bible but do not understand it.
Understanding is what makes all the different parts fit together and work to make the desired end come to pass. Cry out for understanding!
We can have knowledge but not understand what we know or how to use it. We can have understanding of what we know but not have the wisdom to conduct ourselves with discretion, integrity and honor and not be worthy ambassadors of Christ , but rather hinder the Kingdom and do damage instead of good.
Please read the following scriptures:
Ephesians 1:15-23, Proverbs 1:1-8;20-33, Proverbs 2:1-13, Proverbs 3:13-26, Proverbs 8, Proverbs 4:5-13, Proverbs 7:4-5, Colossians 1:9-13
All of these scriptures and more speak of the importance of having knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. They also contain many promises for us if we will seek for them and obtain them. “Through wisdom is an house builded: and by understanding it is established: and by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.” (Proverbs 24:3-4)
So we can easily see how the kingdom is to be unlocked to us by these keys all working together. If we ask for wisdom the Word of God promises that God will freely give to us. (James 1:5-8)
These precious keys will not just fall into you like rain on our heads. But they will come as we continue to seek them. We will see these promises being manifest in our lives day by day!
Now throughout this teaching we have studied four powerful keys to the kingdom of God. Let’s look at three more necessary keys, for without these, the other keys will not work properly for us: “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”(I Cor. 13:13) This reminds us of those verses of scripture like John 3:16 that we memorize as children or we were taught as young believers, but we are not told how important or powerful these three are!
The Bible tells us that we must have faith to please God. (Hebrews 11:6) Can you imagine being able to unlock God’s kingdom without the slightest concern about pleasing Him? No, we must begin with faith. Our very salvation begins with faith. What is faith? Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) We have other studies that go into detail about faith that you can get on the web-site or contact us for copies. Faiths simply put means to believe what God has said and base our likes on it even if we have never seen it, touched it, or felt it. That’s what we did when we were born again! So faith will please God and faith will unlock things for us that have been previously shut up.
It is impossible to have faith without having hope. Hope is not wishing. Hope is not thinking it might happen or maybe God will decide in your favor this time. No! Hope is looking for excited expectation of what faith has believed. It is the expecting it to be manifested all the time from when faith believed till it is. Hope keeps it in view when our flesh, the devil and the world say it is hopeless. Hope sees it coming because faith has already possessed it and our mouth confesses it, calling those things that be not as though they were. (I Peter 1:3-9, Romans 8: 24-25, Romans 4)
Then there is the charity key which is talked about a lot but few really live it. This word charity is often interchanged with the word love. However, it is not exactly the same thing. The word charity means the living out the love that is in our hearts by the Holy Ghost. It is not just possessing it- it is the reality of it through action because of it. Charity is the emptying out of self for the sake of others. It’s fulfilling the royal command. It’s living like Jesus lived. It’s going the extra mile. It’s what would rather give than to receive. It doesn’t wait to be called on; it is ready for action as a way of life.
Just study I Cor. 13 and think of charity in light of living in the kingdom of God. You’ll see it’s much deeper than just saying we have love for others, it’s the proof of the love. (Phil. 2:3-21, I John 2:9-11, 4:20-21, I Peter 4:8)
Now throughout this study we have looked at seven keys that will unlock the kingdom of God for us. They are: Faithfulness, Knowledge, Understanding, wisdom, Faith, Hope, and Charity.
Now, what are you going to do in light of this knowledge? If you do nothing, you won’t taste of the unsearchable riches of Christ. But if you possess the keys and use them, you will tap into the divine nature and fulfill His purpose for you in the Kingdom now and for all eternity! It’s up to you and me! (Read II Peter 1:1-11)