When Jesus came to earth as the human body of the Son of God, He did so for one reason and that was to expand the kingdom of God on earth one person at a time. God’s plan for the expansion of His kingdom among mankind hasn’t changed since the day Jesus began His ministry. Jesus came to die for the sins of man and to give new life to the dead human spirit in them; we call that new life experience, the new birth. In fact, we are born into the kingdom of God on the day we confess our sins to God and ask the Lord Jesus Christ to become the Lord of our life. This is the method God uses to expand His earthly kingdom and this method will continue in use until every last human being on earth that will be saved is saved. When the last person that will be saved has said, “Save me, Lord,” the wrath of God will begin to be poured out in ever-increasing amounts upon rebellious man until he begs for mercy, but there will be none because the days of mercy have passed and the days of judgment have come upon them.
The Christians are the kingdom expanders of today and we expand God’s kingdom the same way Jesus did; one person at a time. Over the past several days I have written a series of blogs on what it means to be a Christian and how we can tell the difference between the phonies and the real deals. I began the eight message series with “Where are the Watchmen” and continued the next day with “Do Unto Other…” followed by, “Defiling A Thing of Beauty,” then, “God Does Not Play Favorites,” followed by “Arise, Do Not Be Afraid,” followed by “As He Is, So Are We To Be” then “Are You Ashamed of Jesus,” and yesterday’s blog, “Witnessing To The Unbeliever.” In each of these messages you will find a particular role or aspect of the Christian Life that sets us apart from the religious individuals who do more harm than good to the kingdom of God. When Jesus was on the earth they fought Him tooth and nail to prevent Him from fulfilling His call. As I posted the above messages over the eight-day period, I received mostly generous comments, but there were some that weren’t so kind which I didn’t bother to post on this site. This is to be expected because it let’s us know we are on the right track. If what we say doesn’t cause a positive or negative reaction in people, then what we have said wasn’t worth the time it took to write it, or speak it. Everywhere Jesus went He caused controversy. He forced people to face themselves and the possibility that there was more to life than what they were experiencing, and this is the work of the kingdom expanders of today. Jesus didn’t come to be a people pleaser; He came to save them from their sin. If we, as Christians, are to make a difference in the world, we, too, will have to get past the idea that people are going to be happy with us for upsetting their lives and forcing them to think that just maybe God expects more out of them than the religious church does.
God doesn’t approve of sin; He hates it with a passion because it is a killer and Satan is the author of it. Therefore, I challenge you to find one place in the New Testament Gospels where Jesus said it was okay for people to live in sin. You won’t find one, and, as a matter of fact, on more than one occasion He rebuked the religious leaders for their teachings that were contrary to God’s Word. They were doing what our religious leaders are doing today. They were twisting the Word of God to achieve their ends, and Jesus rebuked them quite openly for doing so. God’s Word means what it says, “For God so loved the world, that whosoever believes on Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believes on Him is not condemned: but he that does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light lest his deeds should be examined or reproved. But he that does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest or openly seen, that they are of God.” [John 3:16-21] Here in five verses of scripture Jesus tells us why some people will be saved, and others won’t repent of their sins. So let us as kingdom expanders not be disappointed if we do not win the whole world for Christ, but let us go from person to person giving them the opportunity to make that decision for themselves. Even though people twist the Word of God to justify their sin, there are people who know the truth when they hear it. As Jesus said, “He that does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are of God.” When Jesus spoke these words, there wasn’t any born again believers, so He was speaking of men who would accept God’s Word as truth and come to the light. There are still many people on the earth today who want God to change their lives; these are the people God is sending us to find and bring into His kingdom. Some of them will be thieves, and murderers, liars and good guys, but they will all have one things in common; they are looking for something to anchor their soul to, and we have that person living in us. As we go and tell them the truth, they will hear and come to believe that Jesus is the Lord. Amen. DThrash