God is Dividing the People

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There are two kinds of people in this world and God knows each one of us. I know, you think there is a lot more than two kinds of people. But from God’s view there are only two.

Look at the world around you with an open object mindset and you will see the division. It is obvious. This division has grown in the last decade or more. Violence, hatred, cruel and bitter criticism abounds. The left is even talking now of purging or cleansing the right and putting their kids in reprogramming camps. The left considers the right as a scourge (people who cause great trouble or suffering) who should be cleansed from the earth or put in reprogramming camps.

The right considers the left as those who want to promote the elite few and wealthy while enslaving the masses. They oppose much of the social standards, using race as a weapon, and using racial and sexual identity as the primary qualification for living. As well as the lies and deception as a means to an end, cancel culture, and silencing and persecution of any opposing views

There are two realities today. It seems
those in each reality cannot see the others views as real. They each say the other are liars as much or all of what they say is false.

Jesus told us this would happen. As we get close to the end of this age, the deception will grow stronger. I am not saying the left is one and the right or another, but the stark division of people is a live demonstration of how distinctly people can be divided. God also has made a choice between His two kinds of people.

Jesus illustrated this in a parable. A parable is an illustration or allegory. It says one thing to illustrate another and it’s a story that contains a hidden meaning.

Jesus said he used parables to speak to both kinds of people, one will understand the hidden meaning and the other will not understand it. Why? Because he said the truth conveyed in the parable must be spiritually discerned. Here is what He said,

“Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’.”  – Mt 13: 24-26 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Kingdom of Heaven is the subject of this parable. He says the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who had a field where he sowed wheat, but when it came up the wheat was among tares. The most common tare in the Holy Land is bearded darnel. It mimics wheat. When the two come up it is difficult to tell which is wheat and which is tares. The difference only becomes apparent after the grain of the wheat has sprouted. Then the difference is quite visible.

When the field workers went to the field to prepare for harvest, they discovered the tares and then went to the owner and asked him what happened. Why do you have tares when you sow wheat? The owner revealed that an enemy had corrupted his crop.

Jesus is using the field, wheat, and tares to illustrate the Kingdom of God. Jesus discussed the parable with his disciples. Here is the hidden meaning. Jesus is the owner of the field and the wheat and tares are two kinds of people. The field is the world of people on this earth.

Here is the blunt message so far in this parable. Here is how Jesus put it.

“He answered and said to them: ‘He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one.  The enemy who sowed them is the devil’.” Mt13:26-28 – New King James Version (NKJV)

There are authentic people of the Kingdom of God and people who are in the kingdom of Satan. Jesus said there are no other places to be. You are either wheat or tares.

They Have Two Different Destinations

So, there is a problem, the field is corrupt. There is the good wheat and there are the poisonous tares. The servants asked if they should pull the tares to prepare the field for harvest. Jesus instructed them:

“Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.  Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.’” – Mt 13:28-30 New King James Version (NKJV)

Jesus said let both the good and the bad grow together until the harvest. Then Jesus will separate the wheat from the tares. The wheat will go to the barn and the tares will be burned. Again, Jesus explains the meaning:

“The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.  Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear! Mt 13: 39-43 New King James Version (NKJV)

Jesus tells us there is an end of this age, not the end of the world, but this age of the world. There is a final judgement that will precede a new age. One of the two people will go into this new age and the other will not. Jesus calls them the righteous. The Greek word used for righteous here means the innocent or holy. In contrast tares are those who offend, and practice lawlessness. They will be incinerated.

Which are you? The wheat or the tares. Are you in sync with God, or are you in sync with evil and the devil? It’s your choice. I urge you to make it wisely.

“He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” – Jesus

 

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

 

What Is The Kingdom of God

What Is the Kingdom of God

 What Is the Kingdom of God?

As Christians we hear much about the Kingdom of God. But what exactly is it? It is not unrelated to what we think of as a kingdom in the world. A kingdom is defined as a base of power administered by a king or a sovereign of royal power. It usually has palaces and courts.

A kingdom is composed of people within the sphere of the king’s rule.  It has laws and rules by which the people must live by like our government of the United States has. Our founders chose not to have a king like England from where they came. But we still call it a sovereign nation. A democracy has the people as its sovereign.  As a republic, the people of the United States elect representatives who then create the laws and enforce them. Hopefully, but not always, according to what the people as a whole want.

Is the Kingdom of God Different Than A Ruling Government?

Yes, there is a difference. It is the most unique kingdom on earth. I say on earth because God’s Kingdom is available right where we live now.

God’s law works from a different view than man’s law. In scripture the word law means a teaching rather than a rule. God’s law is instruction on how to live on this earth. It is a personal way of living that is in union with God spiritually as well as physically.

God’s law tells us how to live in a spiritual world. Man’s law gives you the rules you must live by in this world. God’s law teaches us how to become the person we were created to be.

It is voluntary!

That’s right. You can choose to obey the laws of the Kingdom of God or ignore them altogether. You can choose to be a citizen in the Kingdom of God or or remain on foreign soil.  It is our choice to make. But the choices come with repercussions. Some more severe than you would like.

When God created man, He expected man would naturally live by His laws. But it did not happen. Man rebelled and chose not to take instruction. Israel asked for a king because they thought they needed an earthly authority like other nations to keep them in God’s way. We have had kings over us to this day.

In the U.S. we claim a democracy run by the people, but is it? As was then it is today, many of our leaders and kings tend to be susceptible to corruption. Even so is the will of the people the will of God?

God tried something else again unique. God birthed a royal son into human flesh. This son, Jesus, lived a sinless life. That means He never lived a moment, took a breath, outside God’s desires for Him. He never had a thought of disobedience. He came as the final king. Man rejected him as king and sentenced him to death.

But God had a backup plan. He would maintain His kingdom. He raised Jesus from the grave and gave him a new spiritual body. Jesus walked the earth in that body and gave instructions to the few that had put their faith in him before his death.

What Was Jesus’ Instructions?

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And love your neighbor as yourself.”

He said if you do those two things all of the law, the instructive will of God, will fall in place. That sounds simple, but as we know it is not so easy. Life gets in the way. But here is a secret to God’s kingdom. If we fail, we have someone to stand up in court for us. Jesus did not die because He failed the test. He died because we did.

Jesus is our king if we choose to accept him as our king. These are the ones who participate in the Kingdom of God. Even now on this earth, we can live in the Kingdom of God. It is a kingdom with an unlimited abundance of resources available to every member just for the asking.

“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.” – Jn 17:3

Where Is the Kingdom of God?

Most kingdoms have borders and fiercely protect those borders. The Kingdom of God is universal. It is everywhere. It is where you are right now. Jesus put it this way:

And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” – Lk 17:20-21

The Pharisees had asked Jesus about the future. When will the kingdom come? Jesus said it is not future, it is already here. You can enter the kingdom any time you choose to seek and find it. It all around you, even within you, but you do not see it.

The Kingdom of God began on earth in the Garden of Eden. It has never not been here.  But it is a spiritual kingdom not a physical one. It cannot be seen with physical eyes, but only can be discerned by the spirit. It will always be a spiritual kingdom and its entrance requirement will never change – faith in the person of Jesus Christ.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” The only way we can approach Jesus or the Kingdom is spiritually.

How do we do that? First we recognize we are physical beings in a physical world living by our own desires, training, and the influences of the world around us. Secondly, we recognize there is someone much higher on the life ladder than we on this earth. Third, we take a step of faith…

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” – Eph 2:8

You see, membership in the Kingdom of God is a gift. But it is a gift you can ask for.  Only then are you able to follow Jesus’ instuction to love God and love your neighbor as yourself. It is up to you.