Jesus’ Kingdom Activity
John the Baptist preached “Turn from your sins and turn to God, because the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”(Matthew 3:2). When Jesus came that was when the Kingdom of God came. The kingdom of God isn’t a physical place. It’s what Christians become a part of when they accept salvation and are born again. Jesus’ teachings teach us about the Kingdom and what it takes to be a part of it.
Matthew 5-7 recorded the teachings Jesus gave in the Sermon on the Mount. There are several teachings that give us insight to how the Kingdom of God functions and how to act accordingly to be a part of it. The first teaching He gives is the Beatitudes. The beatitudes give us a standard way to live once we accept salvation and become part of the Kingdom.
The first beatitude is “God blesses those who realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is given to them.” (Matthew 5:3). This shows us we cannot enter the Kingdom of God by our own pride, but only through truly realizing our need for God. The beatitudes give us a contrast of Kingdom ways and worldly ways. If we live our lives matching the values of the Kingdom we will have eternal life. But if we live our lives as if they are our own with worldly values our happiness is temporary as well as our lives. The beatitudes teach us about be blessed by living by the Kingdom\s standards. If we live by the worlds standards, which are self pleasing; our gains will come at a high price. The beatitudes teaching show several important features of the Kingdom of God.
Jesus’ Kingdom 3
The example of salt and Light Jesus use to describe us also teaches us about the kingdom. It teaches us about the Kingdom because Jesus to the world to spread the Kingdoms teaches and He uses us to do that. In his teaching about Salt and Light He tells us we are the salt of the earth. We need to not lose our flavor but season those around us. Christians are to affect the world they live in not become so...