FOUNDATIONS

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I Corinthians 3:11“For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is    JESUS CHRIST  

All articles are written using the NKJV, unless otherwise noted! All articles are written by David Hicks, unless specified otherwise.

 

THE BODY OF CHRIST

ADDITIONAL DESIGNATIONS FOR THE BODY OF CHRIST – ESTABLISHED KINGDOM vs. PREMILLENNIALISM – LESSON FIVE.

What Jesus said about the kingdom!

In a comprehensive study in Luke, The Lord has stated with great emphasis that the conclusion of all the events leading up to His suffering victory in the resurrection from the dead, is everything that has been spoken by Moses, the prophets, and the Psalms concerning Him. He has commanded His chosen to remain now in Jerusalem until they receive the promise of the Father that they have heard from Him (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4). This is just before His ascension and at the conclusion of His presenting Himself alive by many infallible proofs for forty days “and speaking to them concerning the [kingdom of God](Acts 1:3).

The kingdom of God has been that which the Lord has spoken to His chosen while He was among them during His ministry in the three, to three and a half years before His death and resurrection. As He taught His disciples while He was with them, He spoke to them in prophetic instruction concerning the coming of the kingdom. That some that were among them would “not taste death till they see the kingdom of God come with power” Mark 9:1.

His disciples were to wait in Jerusalem until they were “endued with power from on high” Luke 24:49. They were then to preach repentance and remission of sins starting in Jerusalem – Luke 24:47. They were to literally be witnesses of Him starting in Jerusalem, then Judea, then Samaria, and finally the end of the earth – Acts 1:8.

This would constitute the powerful beginning of the kingdom of God.

What we want to do is go back and look at our study in the inspired words of Luke and note all the occasions that we have been introduced in prophecy to the kingdom of God!


 Luke 1:32-33 Mary's child to sit on the throne of David forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.

Luke 2:25-35 – Simeon prophesied that the child Jesus was the Lord's Christ (Anointed One – as in the Anointed to rule, of being King), the salvation of Israel and the light of the Gentiles.

Luke 4:42-44 – Jesus preached the kingdom of God (at hand – Mark 1:14-15).

Luke 6:20 – Jesus taught that only those with a contrite heart would inherit the kingdom of God (Matthew 5:3).

Luke 7:28 – Jesus taught that the least in the kingdom of God would be greater than John the Baptist.

Luke 8:10 – Jesus told His disciples, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God” .

Luke 9:20 – Peter would confess that Jesus is “The Christ of God” (Anointed One).

Luke 9:27 – Jesus taught His disciples that they would not taste death till they saw the kingdom of God.

Luke 9:60, 62 – Jesus would teach all who wanted to be His disciples that they were to forsake all and preach the kingdom of God.

Luke 10:9-11 – Jesus would send out His disciples to preach repentance for “the kingdom of God has come near you” ; and “Blessed are the eyes which see the things that you see” Luke 10:23.

Luke 11:2 – Jesus taught His disciples to pray “Your kingdom come” (the Father's kingdom).

Luke 11:20 – Jesus would teach the Pharisees and scribes that if He cast out demons by the power of God, the kingdom has come upon them.

Luke 12:31 - Jesus taught that seeking the kingdom of God was the most vital thing in this life!

Luke 13:18-19 – Jesus would teach the first parable concerning the nature of the kingdom of God (What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it?"). A mustard seed is the smallest seed of note to the residents of Palestine, which became a mighty tree.

Luke 13:20-21 – The second parable concerning the kingdom of God; teaching the quickness, quietness, thoroughness, and sureness of the spread of the kingdom of God.

Luke 13:22-29 – Jesus taught that only the faithful of Israel, along with many others who would come from every corner of the world would enter the narrow gate and sit down in the kingdom of God.

Luke 13:30 – Jesus would use one of His favorite maxims to describe that the least (most humble) in this life would be first in the kingdom of God – Matthew 19:30; 20:16; 21:28-32.

Luke 14:15- 24 – Jesus dispels the Jewish notion that the kingdom would be ushered in by great pomp and circumstance.

Luke 16:16 – Jesus teaches that the kingdom of God has been preached since John the Baptist and many are pressing into it (or towards it).

Luke 17:20 – When asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus would answer that it would not come with observation, as it would be within the hearts of those who comprised it, in the hearts of its citizens (vs. 21).

Luke 18:16 – The kingdom of God is to be made up of those who have the nature of little children (humble, pure, and dependent on God).

Luke 18:17 – Unless one becomes like a little child, they will by no means enter in (corresponds with 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 as contrast to the wisdom of this age or world).

Luke 18:24-25 – Jesus would teach of the difficulty for the rich to enter the kingdom of God (using hyperbole).

Luke 18:29-30 – Jesus would teach that no one who has left all for the kingdom of God, who will not, after persecution, receive much more (quite a contrast to the gospel of prosperity being preached by many today!!!).

Luke 19:11-27 – Jesus taught a parable because many thought the kingdom would appear immediately. The parable denotes time before the receipt of a kingdom and that there were those who did not want Him to be their King.

Luke 19:28-40 – The triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem that would fulfill the prophecies of Psalms 118:26 – the rejected stone becoming the chief corner stone, coming in the name of the Lord; Zechariah 9:9 “Behold your King is coming” ; this triumphant entry is also found in all the other gospels (Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; John 12:12-19).

Luke 22:14-23 – As Jesus teaches in prophecy concerning the memorial of His sacrifice, He would not participate in it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.

Luke 22:24-30 – Jesus taught His disciples that only when they learned the concept of servant leadership by His own example, would they sit at His table in His kingdom.

Luke 22:69 – In facing the inquisition of the leadership of the Jews, after His arrest, Jesus would state; Hereafter the Son of Man will sit at the right hand of the power of God.

Luke 23:3 – As Jesus now defends Himself against Pilate's questions; Pilate would ask Him, “Are you the King of the Jews”. He would answer, “It is as you say”(see – Romans 2:28-29 - Add this to the statement of the Lord in John 18:36,My kingdom is not of this world).

Luke 24:26 – Jesus taught the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, that the Christ should have suffered the things they related to Him, so He could enter His glory.

Luke 24:44-49 – This brings us full circle back to the Lord now preparing His chosen, Just before His ascension to the Father. They are commanded to wait in Jerusalem until they receive the promised power. In Jerusalem they will begin their work of testimony concerning Him as Christ and entrance into the kingdom.


As Luke's gospel is an orderly account of the life, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus the Christ of God, prior to the coming of the kingdom; Acts then becomes the continued link to these events, but now in fulfillment of all that has been introduced concerning the coming of the kingdom of God.

It should be easy to see that Jesus as the Son of God, if it were even possible for God to fail, would have amended His teaching concerning the kingdom; however, that is not the case because of the fact that it came just as it was spoken of!!!

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