Matthew 13:52… “Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old” (KJV). The Amplified Bible uses the words “instructed about and trained for” for the kingdom of heaven. I want to talk briefly about being trained for the Kingdom of God. The word “kingdom” is used 150 times in the New Testament. Jesus preached the Kingdom of God. It was the heart of His message. If this is so, then we need to be more aware of it.
Trained for the Kingdom… When I was in the army in WWII, the army had to train out of me the things that did not fit into the army’s mentality, and train into me the things that did fit. That is what Jesus expects of us. The Holy Spirit, through the ministry listed in Ephesians 4:11, trains out of us the things that are not part of, and do not fit into, the Kingdom of God. The Holy Spirit trains into us the mentality and purposes of the Kingdom of God. We do not build up the Kingdom of God. We receive it (Hebrews 12:28). Jesus said in Luke 12:32 that it is the Father’s good pleasure to give us the Kingdom. The first training in the kingdom is receptivity; i.e, learning to hear and obey, and learning to assimilate into our lives the word of the Kingdom so that we are able to do the works of the Kingdom.
I read a quote that said, “The consuming illness of our times is our immaturity and our refusal to grow up and to be trained.” Our society has on its hands problems that only the trained and the mature can solve. Many people who handle power are immature and untrained. Many leaders find themselves in situations that demand maturity. There is havoc everywhere, and churches are not excluded. People are growing up under the leadership of half-grown people. Most Bible colleges do not train those in ministry for the Kingdom of God. They are trained to be Methodists, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, and so on, but they are not trained for the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom’s message is not put into them; if anything, the message of the Kingdom is trained out of them. Our prayer daily should include, “Lord, train out of me everything that does not fit the Kingdom of God and train into me the things that do fit so that I can maturely do the works of the Kingdom.”
Our text says, “Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.” This verse is a miracle, because ordinarily the scribe was a copyist. He mostly copied the past, but these dry-as-dust scribes (preachers), if they can get ahold of the message of the Kingdom and be trained in Kingdom truths, will be able to not only bring old truths and make people alive again, but fresh truths that feed the soul. In Acts 2:1-4, it was the fire and the flame that changed the 120. We need that fire today. There’s no training as effective as the Word that comes with the power of the Holy Spirit. The Kingdom of God is bigger than anything that this planet has. Plan not to fall short of what God has for you.
Pastor George Belobaba
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