(Part 6 of 12)
KINGDOM CONVERSION UNLIMITED… A large proportion of the problems of the world revolves around the problems of race. The solution is simple… it is contained in two verses. Colossians 3:9-15 reads, “Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful” (KJV). In the kingdom of God there is no room for the issues that divide the people of the world.
Galatians 3:27-29… “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (KJV). There is only one basic humanity. All humanity came from Adam, and Christ came to redeem all. Out of the Jew and the Gentiles, Christ made one new man (nation), the church (Ephesians 2:13-22). Under the impact of the kingdom, the nobodies became somebodies. The Sanhedrin sneered in Acts 4:7-10… “And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this? Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.” That’s the kingdom of God in action. The NEB says, “By what name such men as you have done this.” The contempt of the ages was in the sneer, “Such men as you.” But, when they saw the miracle, they could say nothing. They were astonished to see uncultured Peter so bold and so anointed with kingdom authority.
With the coming of the Spirit, a new system of humanity emerged in which class or status meant nothing. Racial tension was dissolved in Christ. Both Joel and Peter taught that the Holy Spirit came upon all flesh. Paul puts it in 1 Corinthians 2:1-5, “And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” That’s the kingdom in action.
The kingdom message settled the circumcision differences. Just as racism was prohibited, so also was judging people based on their adherence to religious rites. The only thing that counts, Paul taught, was the new creation. Circumcision is nothing. Galatians 6:15 reads, “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing nor uncircumcision, but a new creature” (KJV). Paul exhorted the saints to glory in the cross of Christ. Another thing the kingdom of God settled was cultural differences. All of these are people for whom Christ died. The kingdom is culture blind, and it has no room for snobbery. Today in our nation economics determine status–rich versus poor. People who seek status become greedy and snobbish. Jesus said in Matthew 6:27, “Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?” People do try; this is seen in the prominent display of homes, in dress, and in social climbing. There is no higher status than being made in the likeness of Christ. In the kingdom there is no room for inferior or superior status based on heredity or human circumstances.
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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