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What did Jesus mean when he talked about the kingdom? (part 1)

Here in Florida speaking to a missions group and thinking about how Jesus was always talking about the kingdom of God. What did he mean by that? Maybe this will help: Take this True/False quiz: I don’t seek credit for the work I’ve done. …
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes

Here in Florida speaking to a missions group and thinking about how Jesus was always talking about the kingdom of God. What did he mean by that? Maybe this will help:

Take this True/False quiz:

  1. I
    don’t seek credit for the work I’ve done.
  2. I hold
    my career lightly and allow God to guide me.
  3. I periodically
    submit my life plans to a group of accountability partners who in turn ask
    me tough questions.
  4. I volunteer or minister often, and enjoy giving my time.
  5. I
    allow God to direct my giving, often in surprising and sacrificial ways.

How did you do? Your
little corner of reality may at times seem small, but you are a part of a battle between good and evil that is raging all over the world.
In places like India
and China,
where a third of the world’s people live, the fighting is particularly fierce
and the gospel is spreading fastest. A
ministry dollar goes far in these places.

The kingdom
of God is expanding as
people are waking up to its reality. They
see that God is at work and they want to join him.

When it got to the subject of the kingdom of God,
Jesus loved analogies. In one chapter
(13) of Matthew alone he used no less than seven metaphors to describe the

Usually you use a metaphor to describe something that’s
abstract, that’s hard to grasp. So when
Jesus talks about it being like a pearl, a seed, or a net, he’s talking about
its value and its potential to grow.

The kingdom is invisible – it’s the spiritual world that
exists almost like a parallel universe with the material world. Concepts like forgiveness and unfettered
giving make complete sense in the kingdom, but are confusing to those of us who
have never been introduced to it.

Thus it is that the process of discipleship really is about
introducing people over time to their identity and role in the kingdom. We disciple others as we wake them up to the kingdom and help them see what God is up to and how to join him.

You don’t have to go to China or India – why not join him in what he’s doing today in your own community and circle of influence?

I’ll say more about this in tomorrow’s blog.

Comments (8)

  • hmmm.. #3 hit me… Good outline. I need to do that soon! 🙂 Any suggested format for “submitting” these plans to my accountability folks (beyond the standard conversations)?

  • Now I don’t read the bible or go to church so what is writen in the bible on the Kingdom of God could be different. My view of the Kingdom of God is this. In the Kingdom, God owns everything. God has real estate. I have no idea what this real estate looks like. God is going to divide and give what he wants to give me. Its all his Land. Some people get nothing. Now I see myself getting a small parcel that I get to work. I have a job but God is not going to be my boss and I can make whatever I want out of my small parcel. I can be creative. So the Kingdom of God for me is a good day. I have work that I enjoy and I can be creative. I don’t get to retire and live in a big mansion yet I am happy in what I get because some people are getting nothing. Something is better than sitting in a room with nothing to do. Now this is all symbolic. I don’t think there is Land in Heaven. So what I get in Heaven is good but not fantastic. I am happy with that. What is really good for me is that I don’t get judged harshly, God actually is telling me to forgive him for some of the hard times I have had in my life. I forgive God for all the bad times in my life. Everything is fine. That is the best part, cause some people are going to just want to die on Judgment Day. Now God has also told me that I am going to be on his Left side. I don’t know what that means so I guess I will find out when I get there. No one else knows either whos on the left. You maybe saying “What”? Well God told me these things in a Dream. I hope what he told me in the dream is true. I don’t think God lies. I don’t lie either. My Father talked to me, my name is Melanie Stephan. Thank you for letting me write on your site.

  • Another thing that God told me was the meaning of First is Last. This came up a number of times in the series of dreams from God. What he told me is this: In the morning I go to Heaven. In the afternoon I live my life. In the evening I die, death. In other words Birth is Last. Or Last is First. This is what God told me, the meaning of First is Last and Last is First as it is writen in Revelation. Now this may not make sense at first, but stop and think about the order of events as told my God. It makes sense to me that in the evening after death you would sleep. When you wake in the morning you go to Heaven. There is more that God told me but it is very long. I will write more later. Another thing if you didn’t get it yet is that God talked to me. Jesus talked to me and so did the Holy Ghost. I could be the only person on Earth right now that the Holy Spirit is talking to. I can also prove everything that I wrote here above. Can anyone else on Earth do that, Prove that there is a God?

  • Seth, I read what you wrote above. My thought was that it was very good. I agree with what you wrote. Not only do I write on other peoples sites, I also read what they have to say too. Another thing that I wrote above about that I could be the only one that God is talking to. I think that is wrong now. God talked to me about cars. I think God also talked to the Pope about cars. I was watching the news on TV one night and there was a story about how the Vatican has come up with the ten commandments about cars. The first commandment was: Do not Kill. It is my view that there are a number of people driving around in their big fancy cars talking on their cells phone thinking that they are important, killing everything in their path. Melanie Stephan

  • Melanie, You asked me the following on another blog while it was open: “Now I have a question for you Stephen. No one else has had any interest in what God and Jesus told me. Why have you shown interest?”

    The answer is that you are the only person I have ever encountered who claims to have had direct revelations from God. Would you consider emailing me the notes you typed? My email address is [email protected]. Thanks, Stephen Miller

  • In the Spring of 2006 God sent a message. The message is about the meaning of First is Last and Last is First. The message is this:

    In the morning I go to Heaven. In the afternoon I live my life. In the evening I die, death.

    What does this mean? It means that Birth is Last and Birth is First. God also gives an example so that you can understand this better. Example: Mike Douglas died on his birthday. (Note: Mike Douglas and Michael Douglas are two different people.)

  • God sees everything, doesn’t he?

    This is one small piece of proof that God talked to me:

    Like I said earlier, the Holy Spirit talked to me, besides his message about First is Last and Last is First, he had something to say about “Who Killed JFK”. Christ tells me that the man who shot JFK is a policeman. He also tells me the name of the shooter, but it is in a jumbled word. The word is “Fritters”. I see the name F. Ritter right off so I think that is the name of the killer. Now God has lots of other messages for me to figure out, so I put “who Killed JFK” on the back burner for over a year. A year or more later , just recently, I have more time to look for F. Ritter. I can’t find a policeman with that name who lived in Dallas, Texas in 1963. So I am searching for information about who killed JFK and there is a picture of a policeman by the name of J D Tippit. Now Tippit kind of looks like Ritter. Now I unjumble the letters of Ritter to get TIRRET. Now TIRRET looks more like TIPPIT. Now I make the R’s stand at attention, I get TIPPET. One problem is that the I and the E are not the same. So I do some research on the family name TIPPIT. Turns out that in the late 1800’s JD Tippit’s grandfather changed their name from Tippett to Tippit. So the next step I change the E to I. So Tippet is now Tippit.
    Now I have FS Tippit and JD Tippit. The first two initials are not the same. Next I go to Wikipedia, there I find; “Some thought that J D stood for “Jefferson Davis” however JD does not stand for anything”. That means his name is just J D. So the initials F S , do not stand for anything. I just have two initials that do not stand for anything. Are you following me?

    Next what does “FRITTERS” mean. If your following my thinking here, God is going to tell you what happened to JD Tippit after he was shot. Fritters is a dough that is deep fried. Bread also means body, like in the last super Christ takes the bread and says this is my body. Look in the dictionary, PIT means HELL. TIP means money paid, gratuity. There are other meanings to. These meanings tell a story.

    JD Tippits body (dough) is placed in the deep fryer (lake of fire). Now I think this clue (Fritters) was ingenius. After all God came up with it. I think he does have a sense of humor too. Kids now have a new game to play. They can play God. Pilsbury dough boy fry’s in the lake of fire. You get HELL! fry baby fry!

    If you think this is just crazy. Remember I am just the messenger. Jesus is the one that had to talk about JFK. So he had a reason for doing that. Only God knows who the killer is. This is proof that Christ talked to me and that is the reason he told me “Who killed JFK”. It is proof. I had forgotten about the case years ago. This is a cold case now, it been 45 years since the shooting.

    I also read the part about giving false prophesy. God says false prophets go to Hell or something like that. I only repeat what God told me. Now what I wrote above is from God. He told me who killed JFK in 2006. The above is not a lie or a joke and I am going to HEAVEN without fear.

    Before I forget. Gods messages usually have more than one meaning. F S could also stand for “Fence Shooter”.

    Who are the co-conspirators? Turns out that there are two policemen named Tippit, and one Tippett working in the Dallas police Department that same year(1963). Back to the clue word Fritters. That is plural, you know about plural. We have two fritters. The co-conspirators name is Gayle M. Tippit.

    Now the Dallas Police Departtment obviously covered up and framed Oswald. He was the Patsy. They did it cause it is very possible that one of the other police officers rushing to the scene saw Tippet fleeing the scene carrying a rifle. They covered it up because of the embarrassment of one of their own was the man that killed JFK? And the Warren commission must have also figured that out so they stuck with the Dallas Dept. story saying that it was Oswald. It could have been a National embarrassment. Now if you look at the evidence like I did. It is easy to see that the DAllas Police Dept tampered with the evidence over and over again. And they did a very bad job of it too.

    Now this is my opinion, not Gods. I think God is behind the creation of the Internet. I could never have been able to figure out a lot of his messages without the use of the Internet. People on the Net have been a big help to me. God talks to other people too, they just don’t know it. God let me know it was him.

    Now I just made solving the case of “Who shot JFK?”, look easy. I also gave you proof here. Did you see it? You ask where’s the proof. The proof is that it is impossible for anyone to repeat what I just did above. I mean try it. And I do that over and over again in all of God’s messages.
    See if you can make up a word that is a fried food (like fritters). Unjumble the letters to reveal the name of the killer (Tippit). Then divide the word Tippit into words that describe what happened. Tip- means that JD Tippit was paid for the job and the presidency was over turned. Pit – means that he went to Hell for what he did. Pit means the worst Hell.

    See if you can prove me wrong. Show me how easy it is to make up a name like “Fritters” that solves the crime. This clue is ingenious. God came up with the name “FRITTERS”. God is a genius, not me. I am only the messenger.

    Then the two remaining letters F. S. stands for Fence Shooter. It’s INGENIUS!

    Then on top of that it just so happens that there are two Tippit’s working in the Dallas Police Department in 1963. Fritters (plural) means we have more than one Fritter going in the deep fryer . The other shooter is Gayle M. Tippit. He goes to Hell too. Now I did some research on Gayle M Tippit. There is very little information on him unlike JD Tippit. In my search I found two Gayle Tippit’s still in Dallas. One died in 1967 and the other is married and still lives in Texas. So the other conspirator could still be alive and has managed to avoid detection.

    This is where it gets intesting. Does Gayle M. Tippit come forward and ask God to forgive him? I think he also has to ask the American people to forgive him for his part in the murder of the president or he gets the worst Hell just like JD did. God told me that waiting until the 11th hour is too late. God is forgiving, but you can’t wait until your on your death bed to ask to be forgiven.

    Now if Gayle M. Tippit wants to save himself from the deep fryer. (This could be a long fry, not a quick dip.) He has to come forward and ask to be forgiven. He still gets death or Hell but it won’t be the worst Hell. Just like the worst death is being crucified. The Dallas Police Department also has to answer to God for their part in the cover-up and the arrest of an innocent man.

  • Matt 25:41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

    In answer to your question about what the left means…demons are speaking to you, not God…I would beg you to go to the Bible, don’t rely on your dreams.

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