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The Word of the Kingdom

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Introduction

Isaiah 40:6–8 ESV
A voice says, “Cry!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the Lord blows on it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.
Luke 16:16–17 ESV
“The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone forces his way into it. But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void.
PRAYER

Promise of the Kingdom

The Law and the Prophets - The Law and the Prophets refers to the Old Testament Scriptures. The Hebrews used several phrases as shorthand talking about their Scriptures.
Luke 24:44 ESV
Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”
Were until John - Jesus is telling them that John the Baptist’s person and ministry are a turning point in redemptive history. What is the turning point? The Law and the Prophets were preparatory in the fact that they pointed to Christ in types and shadows. In reality, the nation of Israel received the promise of the Messiah.
Since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached -
1 Peter 1:10–12 ESV
Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.
However, John the Baptist’s ministry was that of a forerunner. He prepared the way of the Messiah, not in promise, but in declaration and announcement and identification. The Old Testament stated that the King is coming, but the ministry of John the Baptist said that King is here, look at him.
However, John the Baptist’s ministry was that of a forerunner. He prepared the way of the Messiah, not in promise, but in declaration and announcement and identification. The Old Testament stated that the King is coming, but the ministry of John the Baptist said that King is here, look at him.
John 1:29 ESV
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

Practical Application:

Since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached -
Praise God for that he keeps his promises in Christ!
2 Corinthians 1:20 ESV
For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.

Preaching of the Kingdom

Preaching of the Kingdom

Since then - The beginning of the time of John the Baptist’s ministry. The good news of the kingdom of God is preached - The arrival of the King meant the declaration of the the kingdom’s arrival. John began this stunningly clear proclamation of the rule and reign of God’s true and rightful King. Both John and Jesus preached a specific response to the coming of God’s King.
Since then - The beginning of the time of John the Baptist’s ministry. The good news of the kingdom of God is preached - The arrival of the King meant the declaration of the the kingdom’s arrival. John began this stunningly clear proclamation of the rule and reign of God’s true and rightful King. Both John and Jesus preached a specific response to the coming of God’s King.
The good news of the kingdom of God is preached - The arrival of the King meant the declaration of the the kingdom’s arrival. John began this stunningly clear proclamation of the rule and reign of God’s true and rightful King. Both John and Jesus preached a specific response to the coming of God’s King.
1 Peter 1:10–12 ESV
Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.
Matthew 3:2–3 ESV
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.’ ”
Mark 1:14–15 ESV
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
These verses lead us appropriately to the next phrase.
And everyone forces his way into it - the person that enters into the kingdom of God will do so with struggling and intense energy. Why?

Practical Application:

We should embrace and experience the good news of the kingdom of God.
1 Timothy 1:15 ESV
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.

Pressing into the Kingdom

Pressing into the Kingdom

Forces his way into it - the person that enters into the kingdom of God will do so with struggling and intense trying. Why?
And everyone forces his way into it - the person that enters into the kingdom of God will do so with struggling and intense energy. Why?
There is a resistance on the part of Satan, demons and Jesus’ opponents to anyone entering the kingdom of God. Stein, “This emphasizes the “violent” decision one must make in order to enter the kingdom. R.C.H. Lenski writes about this phrase, “energy, that decisiveness which is wrought by the preaching of the kingdom of kingdom in all who accept it.” Matthew Henry writes, “and therefore every man that is convinced he has a soul to save, and an eternity to provide for, thrusts to get in, lest he should come short by trifling and complimenting.”
Luke 9:23–27 ESV
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.”
Luke 9:23-2
Luke 14:25–35 ESV
Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Practical Application:

We should practice repentance from the beginning of the Christian life to the end.
Acts 3:19–21 ESV
Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.
Acts 3:20-
But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void -

Perpetuity of the Kingdom

Perpetuity of the Kingdom

But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void - It is simpler for the entire creation to cease to exist than the smallest portion of God’s Word not to be fulfilled. Jesus is saying that the mass of creation in all of its magnitude is more likely to pass away, disappear, vanish instantaneously (in a poof) than the smallest stroke mark that one makes with a pen that makes an “F” and “E”. Not one tittle of God’s Word will be of non-effect.
It is simpler for the entire creation to cease to exist than the smallest portion of God’s Word not to be fulfilled. Jesus is saying that the mass of creation in all of its magnitude is more likely to pass away, disappear, vanish instantaneously than the small stroke mark that one makes with a pen that makes an “F” and “E”. Not one tittle of God’s Word will be of non-effect.
There no possibility for the Word of God to become not authoritative, to be altered, to be made null.
Matthew 5:18 ESV
For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
•Jesus is not making a direct statement about the differences between the old covenant and the new covenant ways the people live for God.
The sense here is that God’s character revealed in the Old Testament does not change and God’s promises in the Old Testament do not change. They are fixed and final. Many commentators acts as if Jesus is on the defense here, but it seems to be that he is on the offensive and attacking the way of the Pharisees. They were public-justifiers of themselves and he has already told them that their ways were an abomination to God. He continues by affirming and confirming to them that God’s Word will stand. Jesus is also telling them that their man-made modifications and additions to the Law are not valid. In short, if they continue to reject him and try to interfere int he King, it will not modify the promise and the plan of God that are being fulfilled in his person and ministry. God’s King and kingdom will stand, because they stand on the Word.
•We know that the Old Testament does not apply to our lives in the same way that it did to the Israelites. So what exactly is Jesus getting at in this phrase?
•The sense here is that God’s character revealed in the Old Testament does not change and God’s promises in the Old Testament do not change. They are fixed and final.
•Jesus is also telling them that their man-made modifications and additions to the Law are not valid. If they continue to reject him and try to interfere with the King, it will not modify the promise of God. He is not primarily making a defense as much as he is attacking the false ideas of his religious opponents. He is telling them that their entire approach to God and a relationship with him is void to the very core. They have missed the message of the Scriptures when they reject him as Israel’s Messiah.
•God’s King and kingdom will stand, because they stand on the Word. There is no possibility for the Word of God to be changed or made ineffective. The Word cannot be made null and cannot fail.

Practical Application:

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing: For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe; His craft and pow’r are great, and, armed with cruel hate, On earth is not his equal. Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing, Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He; Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same, And He must win the battle. And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us;
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him; His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure, One little word shall fell him. That word above all earthly pow’rs, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth; Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also; The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still, His kingdom is forever.
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