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“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.” — Jesus (Mark 9:1)

Some point to this verse to say Jesus expected his return to be in the lifetime of his followers. The reasoning goes, then, that since he was wrong about that, maybe he was wrong about other things, too.

What is wrong is thinking he’s talking about his second coming, taking his statements out of context with the events that followed.

About his second coming Jesus actually told his disciples

“The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.” (Luke 17:22)

So who saw the Kingdom of God come with power? The answer is in the very next verse where Jesus takes Peter, James, and John for prayer and his appearance changes. They see him in his glory and it gives them such a shock they don’t know what to say!

That “Coming of the Kingdom of God with power” was also seen the day of Pentecost where the Holy Spirit filled the disciples hearts and they were awestruck!

And the “Coming of the Kingdom of God with power” is seen, today, where men or women, young or old, decide to let Jesus be their boss — holding nothing back.

“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” (John 1:12)

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me…” (Acts 1:8)

“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive:” (John 7:38)

I don’t think Jesus was wrong, he knew exactly what he was talking about.

— fritz

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Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. — Matthew 13:47-50

Parables each have only a single lesson — and this one’s about a coming judgment.

Some think a God of love couldn’t possibly send poor defenceless creatures to a place of wailing and teeth gnashing. It’s clear Jesus did not think that way, he constantly warned judgment was coming. He often used examples of “good fish” and “bad fish”, “sheep” and “goats”, “wheat” and “weeds”.

His purpose was to encourage us to prepare while there is still time. We can be changed from bad fish to good, from goats to sheep, from weeds to wheat — he is in the life changing business!

The Bible gives a long list of the kinds of people that won’t make it to heaven,1 then adds

“And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” — 1st Corinthians 6:11

— fritz@langgang.com
1. 1st Corinthians 6:9-11

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Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. — Matthew 13:47-50

Heaven’s kingdom has quite a draw. So many want and expect to go there — just not yet, and not the way the Bible instructs.

Some are like Mr. Formalist and Mr. Hypocrisy in John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. Unlike true followers, they climb over the wall instead of entering by the gate. They saw no need to do things God’s way, theirs was easier. But they received no scroll and knew nothing of God’s path so eventually fell away.

But all those who come to Christ with a true heart of repentance have nothing to fear. Jesus said,

“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. – John 6:37

— fritz@langgang.com

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Pearl Merchant

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.” — Jesus (Matthew 13:45-46)

One parable has Jesus saying Heaven’s kingdom is like a treasure1 then, in the very next verse, he says it’s also like a Merchant who sells everything he has to buy a valuable pearl! To understand the message it’s essential to get the characters right.

If Heaven is the Merchant, who is the pearl and what is the currency?

There is no money in heaven; the only thing of value is God, himself. And the pearl? Why, it is you (and me)!

God considers us of such value he spent his most precious treasure, Jesus, to obtain us forever.

— fritz@langgang.com
See Also: “Heaven Is Like … Buried Treasure” – August 1, 2010

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Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. — Matthew 13:44

No one finds buried treasure without looking, AND looking in the right place.

The yearning for more in life is God’s gift and finding Christ is God’s answer.

— fritz@langgang.com
See also: “Hidden Treasure” – December 31, 2009
See also: “A Secret Society Anyone Can Join” – March 12, 2010

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Mat 13:33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. – Jesus (Matthew 13:33)

Parables are like grapes, small contained packages bursting with flavor when you bite. They usually have one main point so Jesus sometimes told them in bunches.

Here Jesus tells his audience the Kingdom of Heaven is like yeast. Yeast is symbolical throughout the Bible of several things, some good and some bad, but here Jesus points to one thing it is noted for — its ability to permeate.

God’s Kingdom is infectious. This may be one reason Jesus leaves most of his people within their society. Put a believer, who really loves Jesus, inside a company or a family and the Kingdom eventually touches everyone. They may not all accept Christ but they won’t be the same — either he/she has to change or they do.

— fritz@langgang.com

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Mustard

 

Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. –Matthew 13:31-32

Jesus told parables to both illuminate and obfuscate at the same time — enlightening to those willing to listen, confusing to those without time or inclination to care.

Here, Jesus emphasizes the importance of small beginnings. God isn’t interested in starting big but in continuous growth. It may not seem like much at first, but that’s ok. Start with a little understanding, a little step of faith, a little consistent time of praying, a little Bible reading — and do it faithfully. Soon it will grow and provide shade not only for yourself but others, too.

— fritz@langgang.com
See also: Learning to Pray – June 25, 2011

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