With all the bible variants and the warning that “wicked men and impostors will grow worse and worse deceiving and being deceived”. We must therefor be all the more diligent to watch and to “be on guard”, a word that means something needs special attention, and in this case it is The Word of God.
And if wicked men and impostors abound, this should cause us to covet earlier renditions of Gods words to limit the amount of contamination’s along the way. Yes some may have good intentions to try and simplify Gods word and modify it to modern nomenclature. But if they were having trouble with understanding the earlier renditions, then maybe they were not the ones to try and fix it.
And the truth be told, no one was ever commissioned by God to put together an approved set of texts. No one was authorized to canonize (encapsulate) scripture. And even with King James a civil servant and tyrant?
It is for each one of us individually on our own to arrive at the truth, and just understand that we were warned that “wicked men and impostors would grow worse and worse deceiving and being deceived”. So as to add credence to earlier renditions of what is called scripture. And because Christ spoke that “I no longer call you servants because servants don’t know what their master is doing. However as sons and offspring begotten by word and spirit, sanctified and set apart, we are more than qualified even over the Law and The Prophets whose day has come and gone, expired and counted as history. (His Story) We have this permission from Christ Himself who said “ For I say to you, among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”
So for those of us who have responded to the invitation to “the Kingdom of God at hand’ as being the replacement of the gospel of the coming of Christ according to the Old Covenant, we are the “least in the Kingdom” Christ referred to.
We can use “scripture” to support a belief system or denomination and even have our favorite books and verses. This is why we have the parable of fishing for “fishers of men” meaning people. That “the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind”. But for the seekers of truth, we get behind the authors intent of “bringing many sons (and daughters) to glory”, as the purpose of scripture. Even as Scripture opens up with “let us make man in our image and likeness”. To also realize that “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption” But we know that the re-scripted and re-spirited mind of faith does, as it pertains to godliness, which means, god-like-ness. That “God is spirit and truth and seeketh such”. So you may also find great truths for this life too in scripture, but Gods words go way beyond this life. As Christ said “my words are spirit and they are life”, meaning eternal. And the life it is for is “not of this age”, as having to do with the concerns of religions at large that try to make people good and not necessarily godly or godlike. For if just being a good person was the qualification then Christ gave His life in vain.
That “God so loved the (people) of the world that He sent His only begotten that whosoever believes in Him (from any tribe, language, or nation) shall not perish but have ever lasting life” as living the Eternal life we experience through the gospel where we find our tools for “renewing the spirit of your mind” to do so. That through it “we are being transfigured from (the) glory to (the) glory as by the spirit”. And whereas there is “the letter of the law” and “the spirit of the law”. The spirit and the intent is our focus. And now with the fulfillment and expiration of the Old Testament, Christ was the first to preach that “The Kingdom of God is at hand”, as something different and new. Meaning within reach and attainable throughout the New Testament era that culminates, as Peter puts it “the (final) day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up”, As a testimony to the temporality of creation as we experience it in the flesh, has the intended goal of producing citizens of those borne of the spirit, our new composition. This is the will of the Father and the purpose of all the will of God and not end times, a second coming Jesus or another era for the Jews. These are the distractions, food and fodder for the tares and not the wheat. This is how they both get their sustenance from the same field.
So we do, and so say we again that ,“If anyone wants to do Gods will, they shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on my own authority
This verse was given because there are many ways to contort the intent of scripture. Even just to try to meld them all together so that thery agree is impossible because the gospel in meant to be progressive. How ever if you don’t believe that then you try to defend your denomination, you are protecting just a particular stage in the progression and have likely settled for a lessor gospel. So that if you believe that you are in limbo waiting for another work of God for your completion, you have only believed in part and quite likely reject verses having to do with “The Kingdom of God is at hand” as having to have nothing to do with manifesting physically in creation itself. For even if you have a future hope of another physical kingdom with a physical Jesus? You have just equated yourself with the Old Testament believers who were condemned for doing exactly that. So much so in fact Christ said “Oh Jerusalem how I morn for you. Now this destruction is upon you for you knew not your time of visitation”, who commenced with the new message of His Kingdom at hand, as being the replacement of the old. As He said when He was on trial, “you have correctly said I am King, however My Kingdom is not from here” and with these words He divorced Himself from the Jews to enter into the gentile era and fulfill the promise to Abraham, the father of many nations but not the Jews, for “we know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.”
This is the result of the closure of the Old as ineffective, to then open up a New Gospel to all the peoples of the earth with the dispensation of the Apostles who after they abandoned that Jerusalem, were instructed to “go ye therefor to the ends of the earth and of the ages, “preaching and teaching everything I have commanded you” which was and is “The Kingdom of God at hand”, having expired and superseded the old covenant with all its places, persons, fixtures and features.
We know His Kingdom as the one made up of living stones of those of us “wherever two or more are gathered in My name”, These are progenitors of those who are born according to the Spirit. This is “The Kingdom of God at hand” and the single most important message from scripture.
Yes there are plenty of neighborly niceties in Scripture too, but so do all the dominant religions. And we will add that if that is what you expect and believe, then we are quite likely done here. This is not for you. However if you are “reaching out to lay hold of why Christ laid hold of you”, That you are seeking to attain to the upward call of God (displayed) in Christ, then without understanding some of the apparent discrepancies and understanding the will of God. That The Kingdom is preached and the violent take it by force”. That we must be all the more alert, astute, awake and aware to do so. That there are carefully placed re-directs in scripture intended to “send out another way” the spies with selfish or ill intended with Gods Word. Just as Rahab turned the spies out another way when whom they were seeking were above them in the highest spot just out of view of human perception.
So then the intended redirects, all work out to separate the goats from the sheep, the spies from those who are still asleep. Hence, if anyone wants to do the will of God, they shall know”. And they shall know because the Holy Spirit is their guide and not a commentary or seminary instructor or even a preacher or a teacher.
Flat out, if your understanding of the gospel does not provide a completion for you in this age before your body expires, it does not have its intended purpose of reversing the fall of Adam called the resurrection, passed on to all of us, to then ascend to our new potential of godliness in the here and now. This is central to what scriptural Christianity is about and why we are called to receive Christs resurrection by faith first. We say by faith because that is the gift of God given to all of humanity, to be credited to them without works. That “to as many as received Him, to them He gave the power to be called His children, even to those who believe in His name, who were born not by the will (or impetus of) man but by the will (and impetus) of God. In this way we become the recipient”, by way of the resurrection first as erasing our Adamic sinful predisposition of being ground bound and looking down still waiting for a work from the Father when “TODAY is the day of salvation”, to then have your sites set on the prize as having to do with the ascension? Yes, the upward call of God in Christ is the ascension that Adam and Eve were suppose to participate and grow into before their fall. That Adam and Eve were to lay hold of the same truths that pertain to godliness. Meaning, God-Like-Ness. This is the real purpose of scripture in two parts. The first is a reversal of that fall by way of a resurrection, then on to completion through the ascension, to be seated in Heavenly places in Christ. And it is required for you to do so because “there remains a rest to the people of God. For those who have entered their rest, have ceased from their works as God did from His”. And so we do. Have you done that yet?
As we read here in Philippians 3, with Paul still on his journey for his completion, said “ Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, in order to lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. (AS AN OBTAINABLE GOAL) 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind (BEING EARTH BOUN EXPECTATIONS) and reaching forward to those things which are ahead (MEANING ABOVE), 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
And he further explains here “15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained (OUR OWN FULLNESS), let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.
Who also said “17 Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. 18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things. And not the ascension.
It is the will of the Father to duplicate His Son in us. For us to be “full and complete in Him lacking nothing”.
His will is our acceptance into His Kingdom as a completed version imaged like them. That “we have been given everything that pertains to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who has called us by glory and virtue. That by (believing,) receiving (and implementing) these precious promises, we become partakers of the divine nature having escaped the corruption that is in the world”. How? By Gods Holy Writ re-scripting your mind and Gods Holy Spirit, the Teacher, comforter and Helper” there for your cause. Having all the promises of God as understandable and attainable during our life journey as being “pilgrims and sojourners”. Our journey is to obtain our spiritual posture, and our residency in “The Kingdom of God at hand”. This is the focus and not the ten commands or neighborly niceties or a rapture or a second coming Jesus or another establishment of another Israel from those “who say they are Jews and are not but of the synagogue of satan. But it is Gods will for you and the intent of Gods words that keep us focused on our journey as having to do with acquiring, obtaining, owning, putting on and using “the gift of God accord to godliness”, which once again is not a piety but an ability to know and interact with our Heavenly Father on His terms of faith as, with His tools given to us as having to do with the new you. That you having put off the old body/man/person, of the sins of the flesh and not the very flesh itself, but the old mindset that leave you wanting. God didn’t leave you there.
Remember, it was the religious order of the Jews that was the demarcation line between them and the creator who gave them The Law to condemn them, to have them turn the other way to the right doing of faith. That is why to repent simply means to turn the other way. To do an about face. The is why the law of works is opposite the law of faith and why the Father gave the Mosaic law first, was to bring you to your failure to seek the cure. For how many from the law were made righteous? “None, no not one. Their mouths were open scepelcres spewing out dead things. This was the demise of the Jews and The Law Culture.
So then we can conclude that any other kingdom or any other saving or any other coming of Christ, would be in competition with the saving and “the Kingdom at hand” that Christ proclaimed first, and they were even His last instructions to His disciples before He was lifted out of human view. We know Him now as the “lo I am with you always, even throughout the ages even the end of the world.” This verse here should dissuade you from being a second coming seeker as the deliverer of the goods of God because The Father already sent Him to do so. To be found “in Christ” is to be found “in the promise land” and “in the new creation” from God. You are either there “in Christ” or “in the world” according to Adam. For “you are (called to be) a new creation in Christ, old things having (already) past away. Behold all things have (already) become new and all things are from God” from Heaven. Even as the Revelation describes Heavenly Jerusalem as coming down out of Heaven as the original all others compete with. To no longer be bound by your Adamic weaknesses and fears. This is the true gospel. “For if anyone one is in Christ they are a new creation, old things having passed away, behold all things have become new and all things are from God”, and not of earthen elements. For not if, but since we have been re-imaged like Christ through the Word of God. That as we put off flesh and put on Word in the loins of our minds, you put on the new you now and have no need for a rapture or a second coming one, or the end of the age to get on with your new you like Christ. Not the man, for that was Him becoming one of us to expire that notion, to make us a new creation.
In truth man is the crown of creation. What we call creation is really nothing but our old support system. But now we have Gods Holy Word and Gods Holy Spirit to validate your new you, your dependency on the gods and powers of this age should be put off. This however takes faith because the Father only rewards those with faith. And faith is walking into the unknown. That you may not even see the ground to step on only to find it as your foot hits the ground. This one pleases God and receives from God. And this type of walk takes you past all your previous surrogates and previous dependencies, providing you canceled your terms and conditions as being tethers with weights on your invisible soul that The Father is interested in having free access to. Warning!! There are carefully placed re-directs from the gods of the day that seek to detain you for their empowerment by keeping you from your own empowerment by you employing the Gospel. For this you must step outside your religion, look back into the faith and remove the carefully placed redirects sown in from the enemy. Even as stated in the gospel saying “Lord, did you not sow good seed in your field? And He said, yes, but while men slept (from their responsibility) the enemy came along, sowed his seed and went his way”. Who then said Master shall we pull out the weeds? and the Master said, no, let them grow together and at harvest time we will first bundle (in terms and conditions and all sorts of binding clauses) the weeds to burn, then put the wheat in My barn” (of those of us who have put them off as just works of the flesh), showing us the reality of the enemies seed in our field, our place of spiritual sustenance called the Word of God. Yes the word has “everything that pertains to life and godliness”, but also has enough redirects to wreak havoc on the the spies, the enemies and the ill intended. That is why we are called to test all things and hold fast to what is good” with nothing but His word, yourself alone, and His Holy Spirit, to come forth and stand seemingly alone on our outside but empowered beyond human understanding on our inside. This one has put on the image given as such a great price. This one has their intel inside without the need of the external serogets.
The Kingdom of God is at hand, in this way ONLY. If you are waiting for another form of completion, you have been sorely misinformed. And we will finish with this quote from the end of the Book Of The Revelation of Jesus Christ.
“8 Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things. 9 Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”
As we have said, your completion can be accomplished before your expiration of your carnal body, as we’ve just shown a perfected saint as the fulfillment of the work of the gospel in you and not a fulfillment associated with time itself. Eternity has no limitations. That’s the Gospel. And the gospel still is “The Kingdom of God is at hand” for yet a little while. But then the saying will be true that the same glorified saint said that “Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. [a]For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” 10 And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. 11 He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him [b]be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.”
And this is the bad news. The gospel ends with your opportunity to fully convert. “let them be holy still.” That is, if you are getting this.