When we were born again, we become citizens of Heaven. Salvation was when we entered and began to live in the Kingdom of God, while still living here on Earth. That tension between our citizenship in Heaven, and our stay here on Earth is what so much of the New Testament is written about.
There are three truths that will transform how we look at our calling here on Earth as believers. These three truths we all need to know if we are to master the discipline of disciple-making. Here are those truths:
1. Jesus Taught that Salvation was Coming Under God’s Kingdom & Rule
2. The Apostles Taught that Salvation was Coming Under God’s Kingdom & Rule
3. Disciple-makers Understand that Salvation was Coming Under God’s Kingdom & Rule
This description of salvation unites the Four Gospels with the Book of Acts & the Epistles through the repeated message about the Kingdom of God. In the pages of Acts, salvation was presented to people living in the Roman Empire (which happens to be everywhere the New Testament was written from and to) as entering a new kingdom: God’s; and becoming the subject of a new king: Jesus; and living under a whole new way of life, which could be called: Kingdom Living.
JESUS TAUGHT THAT SALVATION WAS COMING UNDER GOD’S KINGDOM & RULE
Today, join me starting in Acts 1:1-3; and as we walk through this passage we will learn another dimension of disciple-making, which is: “Seeing, Understanding, Entering, Living & Seeking the Kingdom of God”.
Acts 1:1-3 (NKJV) The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, 3 to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
It seems that the theme and content of what Jesus Christ asked His disciples to go out and share was a continuation of just what He had already taught and explained in His teachings about the Kingdom of God (the term used by Mark, Luke, John) & the Kingdom of Heaven (the same thing only described with a Jewish term by Matthew).]
THE APOSTLES TAUGHT THAT SALVATION WAS COMING UNDER GOD’S KINGDOM & RULE
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