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Two Kingdoms – One Choice   arrow


It was heralded in the repeated words of the one who came to pave the way for Jesus. It was the first and oft preached message of Jesus Himself, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” When Jesus Christ came to this earth, He came for one purpose that overshadowed all others. His appearance was to herald it, His life with us was to reveal it, and His death and resurrection were to open it forever to us. That purpose was to bring the literal, palpable, real and tangible kingdom of heaven to earth! You will not find the concept of the kingdom of heaven on earth in the Hebrew Testament, because until the embodiment of it came to us in the form of flesh it didn’t exist. Once it did, the temple veil was torn in two because there no longer was a separation between man and God. The kingdom of heaven had come to earth, and Jesus had opened a portal between God and man that could never be shut down, not even by the gates of hell.

So real was this kingdom, and so open was heaven now made to earth and earth to heaven that Jesus proclaimed, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven” (Matt 16:19). God actually made Himself and the entire throne room of heaven vulnerable to what His flawed children did on earth, for that is what His love demanded not only of them, but of Him! Perhaps this is why one day the “heavens will pass away with a roar…and the earth and its works will be burned up” (2 Pet. 3:10). Just as our good works cause the heavens to rejoice, so also our sin stains heaven. This is just how real and powerful the kingdom of heaven on earth is, and why it is the Pearl of Great Price for any disciple truly wishing all God has for him.

For the Christian man, there is only one true choice to make. Once he makes that choice it determines everything he perceives, the way he believes, the way he lives, and his destiny when he passes from this earth. It is the difference between the awakened Christian man and the sleeping convert. It is the difference between disciples and mere pretenders. It is the difference between kingdom saints and everyone else. That singular choice is the one a man must make between living in and for the kingdom of man or the kingdom of heaven on earth.

Michael’s son once said to him, “Insofar as man is concerned, God does not have a sin problem. Jesus came to take care of that. No, insofar as man is concerned God has a perception problem.” Wise son. “Truth” is defined simply as “that which is – that which exists.” This is why when Moses asked God who He wanted Moses to say was the One who sent him God replied, “Tell them the Great I AM sent you.” God is. God existed before anything else that was created, and that is what makes Him the ultimate truth. Jesus followed up by claiming to be the “way, the truth, and the life.” Jesus also existed as God before time, and came to bring that truth to man in a very real and tangible way.

Truth is not the problem. God is not the problem. It is our perception of God that is the problem. If a man is not engaged in the awakened, great adventure of following Jesus in this life it is not a God problem. It is a “him” problem. It is because he holds misperceptions of God that must be transformed. This is why Paul said, after “Do not be conformed to this world [the kingdom of man], be transformed [through new perceptions in to the kingdom of heaven on earth] by the renewing of your mind” (Rom. 12:2). It is the battle within the soul of man that determines whether or not he walks according to the promptings of the Spirit within his spirit, or according to his flesh, or sinful nature. The kingdom of heaven on earth represents the former, and the kingdom of man the latter.

RECONNECTIONS exists to awaken and reconnect the sleeping sons of Adam with the kingdom of heaven on earth, by transforming the wrong perceptions the perfect storm of life here in Laodicea has deceived them with. That transformation comes not through the accumulation of knowledge, but through the revelation of the Spirit within the obedient disciple of Christ. One cannot walk in the kingdom of heaven on earth unless he walks in the Spirit, and “babes” are not given such gifts.