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Kingdom of God

People have their own thoughts on what it actually means when we say “Kingdom of God”.

But what does it mean? If we just start with the face value of the statement, we should get a pretty clear view of what it is. Let’s start with the first word, Kingdom. What does ‘kingdom’ mean? Dictionary defines it as “(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a territory, state, people, or community ruled or reigned over by a king or queen”. This by definition is what we are talking about when we discuss the things of the old testament and the new testament.

In the old testament, the paradigm of a kingdom was that of the gentiles was the ruling military or political party that controlled the land by setting the laws and ideals for everyone. It was different for the Jewish people of Israel, their Kingdom was that of a ‘City’ Kingdom with their God as their King and their ways were of their God. It was like a microcosm of a larger model of the whole earth.

It was a reproduction of shadow from times past, one from the beginning of time, ‘Garden of Eden. It was a time of innocence and beauty of the creator and his creation. It was the paradigm of God’s ultimate eternal purpose.

Now, for the second word, God. Kingdom of God, this is possessive phrase of someone’s possession, a Kingdom. Kingdom of God, a kingdom which God rules, with His paradigm of rule. It is his right, by the mere fact of his creating the said world and putting all things below him. God’s desire for a people to be His people that would be of Him, and He in them. It is the true fulfilling of Love and Life.

Where should this lead us?

It is the acclamation of God’s creation. How then should we be doing or saying or living because of this? What is it that we should do? If we are to be apart of this ‘Kingdom’ we shall be apart of it. We shall be apart of it thru the ‘being’ which created it in his image of all things made of Love and Life.

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How does one discern God?

For me it is a couple of things, Studying the word, and Studying other people or groups that are discerning God.

Now, when I am studying for myself I am eclectic in my ways, I do not have(yet) a proven methodology of just doing one thing at a time. I am doing probably 10 things at a time, which I seem to like, because I haven’t changed much over the years. I have curiosities of different subjects on my mind at all times it seems so I am trying to tackle all of them at the same time. I am curious. This should be every christian in their walk with God. Never going without that everlasting water to feed us God.

Those that do not feel that they only need to spoon fed a drop of water on a certain day, seems to be just asking for it. How can one be ‘satisfied’ all week long, with just a spoonful? As was Paul when He was a pharisee was a zealous pharisee. He was a 100% pharisee. It was also the case when He became a disciple of Christ, He was fully enveloped into being one with Christ. Paul says so in multiple verses in his letters to this fact. He knew the scrolls, but he more importantly knew what they meant when God and Jesus were orchestrating things on earth and his people to know.

As in the beginning of the 1st century, there was multiple understandings of what God or Jesus was all about. The first issue that had to be worked out was, who Jesus was. Was he a man, was he a prophet, was he imposter,was he devil, was he a god, or was he all of the above? There is time where there is indecision for man to work out the paradigm that was just starting with Jesus on the scene. What did it mean. For the gentiles it was plethora of answers, for their world was wide open to anything. It is for the Jews that it was in their back of their heads, “Was this the ‘Messiah’ that we had been promised?”, How can we tell? People were giving all kinds of answers to these questions. It wasn’t until Jesus started to ask his own disciples(seems weird asking these men that had been following you around for months,who do you think I am?) who do you think I am? It was Peter that said “You are the Messiah”.

Some people believe that it is detrimental to get your hands dirty in ‘knowing’ other peoples mindset to a question or a belief, or a religion, but the significance of this is very important in my mind is that how does one minister to someone without ‘knowing’ them and their viewpoints. I am a believer in knowledge of the other christian beliefs to be able to ‘know’ what is out there to see what you are contending with.

I read. I don’t read just the things that I like. I have multiple books on things I need clarification on,new things, subject matters, people of the bible, history, prophecy,spiritual realm, authors,reference material, outside materials such as apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha , and some other inter-testimonial books. I watch sermons,talks,lectures, debates, and bible studies. It is cool just to listen to things outside the box of my beliefs that it strengthens my standing in my faith, but it also challenges it too. I have to ask myself, why do I believe this or that.

One thing that I have been coming across with people that I talk to in various discussions is the ‘concreteness’ of their stand that it is solidified in stone that this stand is and was the final statement that mankind was to believe in. My question to them is ‘if this was so, then it would of been seen as the ‘way’ for “everyone” in a instance. I believe that ‘we’ are getting close to that point but not yet.

I challenge people to do not sit on your tufit, waiting for you to be spoon fed that teaspoon of water, but to dig into it with a fork and a knife, to not only get the juice but the thick meat and vegetables of that hearty stew of God.

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Is it just me, or…..

I’m a reader,I study, I research, I explore possibilities, I never leave a stone untouched.

I ask questions, I always ask “Why”, I will look at your side, I will look at mine too.

But I never quit for the knowledge of God.

This will be a rambling of things that have gone on in the world of Christianity and it’s process that is led us to today.

Let’s start with, way back in the olden’ days, I mean When it was Just God,Son, and the Holy Spirit. Now this ring of three circle we cannot enter into, for a variety of reasons, but we can just guess. Just by the outcome of their decisions. God,Jesus, Holy Spirit were a very tight and unique unit of Holiness. It was after all, The three of eternity and beyond.

God wanted to expand his influence and purpose by creating a Universe with an representative in it. It was to become an Temple to itself. It would have a paradise of a world with all the things to sustain it with a circle of life. It would have administrator for a continued success for eternity and beyond. It would be perfect.

This world would be different than the paradigm of God tho, it would have the tainted influence of Man in a human form with the flesh to struggle with. It was the paradigm of God that was different in that it was a realm of Holiness and Love. It is this realm that we must be mindful of in the story of mankind. Holiness is a strange reality when we are looking from the outside in. But God will soon show us a way into this reality.

Where I want to go now, from this foundation of the storyline is that the thing that we are confused on in the journey to get to this Holiness, is we are trying to achieve it thru human or fleshly actions. It doesn’t work, won’t work,never will,can’t be done. Did I say that there is no hope in fleshly ways?

God, in his Son, while walking on this earth was giving us a blueprint, tips, subtle hints, out of this world picture words, or even things that we would have to imagine in our minds to perceive his ways. But one thing should(but doesn’t) all these things are not of this world! They are all from the World of God. They are Holy. They are righteous. They are of Him.

God works thru His Heavenly Realm.

God lays it out there for us to ‘See’ in His Realm.

God thru all ‘time’ has used this method of transparency for ‘US’ to ‘See’ Him.

I am a firm believer that we must ‘see’ him starting with before time started. How can we do that you say? God has worked thru mysterious ways thru time.

If God is working thru mankind, he will use man to reach itself thru the outstretched hands of God.

This will be my initial point, God uses everything that He has touched or is going to touch to let us see Him. This is where I say that mankind or even just Christianity has failed in the obvious reality that God has laid things out for us to see and to understand God even better.

God has used history of man to be used in his quest for man to know Him, but also to live it, to be the example to the world. Man has written down the stories and visions of God thru his special people throughout time. It is for this reason we have not used everything to our advantage. I believe that we are on the cusp of really being able to ‘SEE’ God for who He really is, and especially who He is to US.

I am a Preachers Kid. I have been in this Paradigm for most of my life. I have been in the circle of multiple preachers thru the years of my fathers ministry, I have been in contact with alot of the preachers kids also to continue the story. It is when I was on the other side of ‘Ministry’ that it dawned on me that this ‘ministry’ didn’t have the whole story, it was telling a story that was not complete. If you know the background of Religion you know that it has had multiple divisions along the way for the sake of the ‘right one’ being pushed. But as you can tell, these are of the human interest way of telling things, not of God. They are all like this, no exceptions.

But where did it go wrong?

In my opinion, we didn’t look at the whole picture, the whole story!

It’s like we started our story of God, in the middle of God’s story.

alas, confusing!

God has given us some new and exciting things to see and read in the last 100 years with new and old things being found in the biblical world thru archaeology. By not using these things as apart of the blueprint of God’s road map to him, would make us go down the wrong path, as I fear it already has.

I am currently reading Josephus,Apocrypha, and the Pseudepigrapha, which I fear that our predecessors have not used in their material of the blueprint to God. I am amazed at the insight it could and will give us in our journey to ‘Know’ God. I pray that you will join me in ‘Knowing’ God by knowing His life in the History of mankind.

Happy Reading!

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Spiritual Paradigm

The law was of a fleshly realm for mankind. Two things on this. It was designed for a mankind in the flesh. Mankind was human. This is the world that He lived in, it could be no other way, for him to exist, or do. It was an attempt to do right by laws for man, how ever he perceive them to be, good or bad. God made them actually pretty simple and dirext to the point.

It is in this paradigm that mankind was to live and flourish, only to follow those ten laws. Why then, were there problems? Were the ten laws to hard to follow, to many, or just not for man? What was going to be man’s laws if he didn’t follow God’s laws? Why would man not follow the Creator’s laws, considering He created everything in it and knew how creation should work together? But it was man’s misunderstanding that without Man to follow thru with his part of being the facilitator of all things created, it wasn’t going to work. All things work for the glory of the Lord.

This was the scenario of human paradigm. But it is the New Paradigm that we are in, that is different in all ways. This is because we are not in the paradigm of man, or humans. We are “in Christ”, as it says in Romans 8.2 “For the law of the Spirit of life ‘in Christ’ Jesus made me free from the law of Sin and of Death. Being ‘In Christ’ makes us different than what we were before,flesh. God’s design for us was ‘to be different’ in the world, but it was not attainable thru the ‘law’.

We were ‘flesh’.

We are now, in the ‘Spiritual Paradigm’. It is of God and His realm. To ‘know’ what this Paradigm means or is, is to ‘know’ God. Who He is, What He is,Why He is what He is. God is Eternal. God’s world is His. Not ours. He created it long time ago in the Garden of Eden, which man was not satisfied with God’s way and said ‘I’ can do better. (We know how that went, right)

We first need to understand Genesis 1-2. Understand chapter 3, on why we went down the wrong road. Compare Genesis 1-2 with Revelation 21-22 to see the picture in both of these illustrations and see that we ‘will’ get back there,soon!

Let’s go back to the first of the discussion that we talked about the ‘law’. The Law that we talk about can be the actual ten words that God gave Moses on Mt. Sinai for the nation of Israel, for which we seemed to have continued this ‘paradigm’ of doing ‘works’ to satisfy God to be righteous. Even in this ‘New Covenant’ that we as christians seem to say that we are ‘in’, we still seem to be following the ways of the old covenant and its ‘laws’.

Just think on this without condemning the statement. Print out the Ten Commandments on a piece of paper(or write them down), Now go thru this list of ‘laws’ are we ‘trying’ to do in our personal or your corporate life (church,synagogue,Mass),Rules,sacraments, bylaws, traditions, institutions, remembrances, and any other thing that would be an institutional regulation. Do any of these fit into the New Covenant or Spiritual Paradigm?

It is actually a hindrance to us by doing any of these to actually ‘Be in Christ’! We cannot serve two masters!

We are now ‘IN CHRIST’, we should be ‘being’ different, not as man did before. We should be proclaiming from the rooftops, that we are “in Christ”, and the ‘world’ cannot beat us, God will be Triumphant in the end! It is God working thru us that will establish his Kingdom. Not any other way!

Romans 15.29 “And I know that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of Christ”

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It’s not working folks!

*This is something that has been on my heart for awhile, I just had to speak out on it! Let me know what you think!?

I am a PK. A Preachers kid. My father has left this life, to be with God. He was a Great Man,Father, and Pastor, He was a teaching pastor. I grew up in the faith, the ‘church’ with a good experience thru my childhood. It was a life that I knew that was the thing that I just went along with no reservations.

My remembrance of anything that was detrimental or catastrophic in my journey as a PK is nil. Grant you all I was doing it seems was just soaking everything that my father and mother were preaching, my opinion was still being formed in my mind. It wasn’t until a little later, that I have formed my opinions and my theology.

This is going to really sound like a scathing report on christianity or the ‘church’, and it is. But there are reasons for this.

Let me start by saying that some things have led to my ‘report’ on the ‘church’ as we know it. It has been some personal things over the last 15-20 years that I have been noticing with the failure of the church, in not of an individual church but of the church itself.

*When I talk about the ‘church’, I am talking about the institution of the ‘church’*

I have said that I have ‘lived’ the ‘church’ for over 50 years in the way that people do now. It was when I started to question of ‘Doing the things that they say that they do’. In the New Covenant there is only two ‘laws’ Love your God,Love your neighbor. The first relates to the second and second relates to the first. It is ‘all in all’. There is a disconnect between the actions of the believer and the rest of the believers in their actions.

What I am trying to say is, If we are a child of God it is a natural instinct of God’s people to sense or ‘to know’ when or what is wrong with our fellow believers. Our needs,hurts, desires, loves or loneliness. It is the Spirit that dwells within us that speaks to us when we can’t speak for us or for others. It is ‘not’ the so called institutional group of the ‘pastor’,leader, or committee to find out a need that we have to get a group together to ‘fix’ the issue. This is not the instructions that we have received from God, It is God in us that gives that ‘natural’ being of doing the job of need.

The ‘church’ has long established the need for people to take care of each other when in need,for anything! For people of the church, and for a special circumstance people of interest or locally. When we fail at doing this at the personal level, of knowing people from the ‘church’, and still not taking care of the ones we ‘socialize’ with or our so called fellowship that we talk about, doesn’t work itself into the actual result of actions. When we fail to do this in the early stages of a church and continue to fail to do this, this results in a plethora of failures with God’s servants that are left alone or hurt.

I have personal experiences in this tragedy that goes on a regular basis in churches. It is the always reiterated to me that it isn’t this way, that the ‘church’ always takes care of ‘needs’ when they are told of such things. But it is the more intimate ones that are falling thru the cracks that are not taken care, because it is not ‘seen’ or ‘felt’ or ‘heard’ from the more intimate relationship that one has when they are in more close knit community of people that bound by a daily and closeness life.

The failure of not ‘seeing’ the need in the older people with pain in their lives,let alone the needs of the people all around us in our neighborhoods and communities. I have been ‘preaching'(voicing my concern for this), which has meant that it isn’t that the ‘church’ just doesn’t care or doesn’t have the ‘program’, or they have the ‘programs’ but it is to far removed from the problem that it just doesn’t work. I have personally seen this in my years of being the ‘PK’ and also being in the pews or from being on a boards of churches. It just doesn’t work!

This is why I have searched and re-read the scriptures and Listened to the Lord to see what God’s Eternal Purpose Is!

God came to his people, forgave them, gave them ‘A New Life’ of Holiness in and thru the Messiah for All His Creation! It is in the paradigm, that the ‘church’ is to be different, different in the world, not to of the world but in the world to be that ‘differentness’ that the world will smile and say that is for me! It will be the difference maker that will bring the nations to God to bow down on their knees to proclaim that God is King, and King of All.

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‘To See’=’The Church’

This blog will be my only writing of the ‘state of the church’ looking from the outside. Otherwise I will be always writing within the realm of the Church.

This view of the world, is from personal experience of the looking for the influencing factor of christianity in my world.

It is coming from this perspective that you will be amazed on what you actually ‘see’ or don’t ‘see’. If we use as our baseline of what a christian is,christianity is, or being Christ like, as told in Matthew as Jesus tells us. You see that it encompasses alot of things in life, from your daily life, your work life, and just your being in God’s realm.

The bubble that we seem to have used in defining this life has been the brick and mortar ‘church’, with a spokesman that has led us to the place that we are now. But what is the telltale sign of its redeeming value in God’s Kingdom. What qualities should we be seeing in the world, our neighbors,our friends or our family? What does it look like? Who is apart of it.?

The litmus test is the daily life of our Christ like being that will tell us if we are doing God’s work. I have over the last few years been in a environment where there is alot of interaction of a plethora of people from various backgrounds interacting in informal ways to just tend to business of life. Alot of people, alot of interaction. Just life. It is nothing new. It is the same old thing that has has gone on for centuries. Has anything changed? Should it? Does it need to change? What influence would make it change, on how we act from last century to this century?

So, If the christianity influence in the world has been the ‘ideal’ situation of telling the ‘Gospel’ to them, it should be showing the results in our daily lives, in yours and mine. But how? and by who.

I’ll be honest, I don’t ‘see’ it. I don’t.

What does it look like? Who’s being ‘different’? What are they doing?

I guess it means that I don’t ‘see’ Christ.

I don’t see individuals just being Christ daily.

Why?

Is it the system, the church, the pastor, the people, the message, the paradigm?

What’s wrong?

Something has to change, but what is it.

What if there was something that were missing in the storyline of the Bible?

Is it a different paradigm that we need to look at or see?

Do we need to look past the surface of the text to see what God is saying and doing?

I believe that we must! It cannot continue to go this way in our world to continue to go down the path of nowhere.

I will continue this train of thought in the next blog that will expand on the subject.

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Idols

They have been around ever since man has been alive.

In fact, we made ourselves one.

Man has needed to give glory to something to which it never was meant to be given. If I was to give a full list of things that we have given Idol status we would need a full day to write them down. But let’s just list a few to understand where we are going.

There is always the big three that is always mentioned in conversations: Money,Power and Sex. Now let first set the stage with some context for this, the paramaters for this is for our context, this is for the United States. The stage will be different for other places, or other area’s of the world for various reasons.

Now I think that we could if we wanted to really delve into the very deep perspective on how and why we got to these things, but we will keep it shallow for now. If we use just the three that have been mentioned, We must understand that where we are coming from using these three.

All these are coming from the perspective of humanness, where do these things to survive in our human world, without them we would be irrelevant. So we would believe. These are the things that we believe that without them there is no existence. For this is all we can see to do to survive.

Mankind is looking within it’s self to solve the paradigm of man in charge. It was when adam and eve decided to go out on their own to be the King and Queen of their own realm, that we set the stage for all these issues. Our failure to see that mankind is still considered ‘good’ in God’s eyes we are still flawed. God made us this way, for a reason. We were to realize that we needed Him, to be whole. To be relevant to be in his Kingdom, we have to be a citizen of the Kingdom itself, one of the realm, the paradigm.

The story of the Garden of Eden in the scriptures was the storyline of all the issues that we are talking about today. It seems that for the most part, what is always talked about in this storyline is the last part of the story, until recently that some people have been bringing up the first part of the story. In fact, my blog’s title “Eternal Purpose”, points to this very thing. It’s the story that never really gets talked about.

It’s the story of God’s design for us. It’s the story of God’s design for us. Let this sink in. God had/has a plan. It was/is for us. To be with God. For God to prepare a place for us. To plan the way of life for God and his creation’s. The world, the environment, the way of life, the Kingdom.

It was the paradigm.

But mankind had other idea’s.(we know where this goes)

God is in control, and now beginning to re-take shape into the one that God originally designed. God’s Kingdom is now being re-made with man and Himself being the way that He had in the Garden of Eden.

God will be worshipped, no more idols will be worshipped. Only God.

Heaven and Earth will be joined together again! It’s coming!

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New covenant

I see three instances in the scriptures that show a covenant with God’s people, with the first one not realized at all, and the third one reverting back to the first. The second is the one that is always remembered.

Say what? Let me point out that this is not talking about the usual covenants with certain people that God used throughout the bible to use as a benchmark for his people but an underlying covenant that God uses for us to use as His eternal purpose.

God, without saying a thing, set the stage on how and why He designed the world for his people. The garden of Eden was the world in which man was created for, all the dynamics were set, the world was man’s to enjoy and to enjoy with the Creator, God. This was the bond, or covenant that God had designed and created for man and himself. It was an eternal purpose.

The second is the most obvious one, with Abraham it was a big deal, it was a very pronounced ordeal with God having Abraham come to his abode to talk to him about a covenant between His people and Him. The top of Mt. Sinai being God’s abode, and the intersection of man’s world being the physical location of the top of the mountain itself. This was the only identity of God’s relationship with his creation at a very precise location and spot.( as opposed to the whole of the earth, in the Garden of Eden) This is what it became because of the selfishness of man to want to rule God’s world. God distanced himself from his creation, and let him run his course to let him exasperate himself to his own ways, to no avail.

Mankind has continued this journey over the centuries to rule this world, with many turmoils and heartaches, which we are always saying that we can do it better, thru different plans, different programs and even different paradigms. (does this sound very familiar? your church, the church.) The world’s ways have bled over to the institutional church for their excuses for failure on why we can’t run the world or be the church. Matthew 16:18.

The covenant, which is said in a less traditional way by telling us to be a new creation, which by reasoning we have to revert to the original creation’s format of God and man living intertwined with each other in their home. What we can also deduce is that in this creation, God has created a world which contains a surprising four things. God,Holy Spirit,Mankind, and Jesus.

Another, aha moment. God being the creator of course is represented, with the Holy Spirit being there with the mention in the very first verses,mankind(adam and eve) and of course, Jesus. Jesus is represented thru Himself and man thru the woman(eve,and the second eve, the church). This is something that we fail to see in the whole picture of God’s storyline.

What is absent in is picture of the beginning of God’s world, is a vision statement(something we of the “church”, think we must have) God’s intention was just ‘to be’, to be with his creation, it was a one in one experience. God in us, us in God. If we can understand this concept we can see the design of God’s people that He wants. We have to ‘see’ this, because you see God could of made all of mankind together, all millions at the sametime and we would associate this as ‘us’ and being the important part of the picture, the millions being the catalyst for being the focus of God’s world. But it isn’t, it is the ‘man ‘being the image of himself, not the comradery of millions of people together. It is the meeting of God and man, not man and man.

This is a paradigm that we must change. It is not biblical.

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God

The scriptures are ‘God’s story’ of himself,his people and his world/kingdom. All things mentioned in the scriptures are from God’s desires and creation of his kingdom. God’s perspective of his people being of his creation are of his plan to be in and of  His creation.

This is very important to remember in our reading and understanding the theme of the bible, the whole bible, not books,not verses, not testament’s but the ‘whole storyline’. To many times we use a phrase, a verse, a story to dictate the whole bible’s meaning. This is a very bad mistake that people make, it let’s them to fill in everything around this verse or story to make their whole storyline of the bible. Wrong!

The ‘Storyline’, or ‘Theme’ or ‘Paradigm’ of the Bible is only ‘seen’ if we take into account the whole bible and it’s flow of God’s direction of message to his people.  There are multiple stories, passages and topics that have made the ‘whole’ bible’s intent, when we use it as a subplot, or at the most an incident!  It will be a “OMG” moment when you take inconsideration the whole message of the bible and it’s connection of all the things that God has placed in the scriptures together that have made up the script of God and his people and his circumstances that has given us the real ‘true’ storyline.

Read larger chunk’s of the bible at a time starting with ‘the beginning’ of the story so your understanding will not be subverted on something small, that you make big. Reading 1 or 2 chapters at a time will allow you to see a bigger picture, then piecing the next 1 or 2 chapters to continuing this plan.

Go now and ‘SEE’ the big picture of God!

 

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Kingdom Theology

Is this what has been missing in the theme(paradigm) of understanding the scriptures of Christianity?

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