The Golden Nugget of the Kingdom of God

golden nugget
How much religious effort today is done in the name of Christ and the
church for personal gain, for personal profit, and for personal status.
Greed has hit the religious organizations in America like it has hit big
business and government.  Many man-made religious organizations
clamor for your recognition, support, and allegiance, but the good news is that you can join the kingdom of God quite independent of them.  In fact, that is the way it was originally set up by God through Christ.  The effort of this blog and series on the kingdom is dedicated to “the one” not in the fold of the kingdom of God.  (Matthew 18:10-14)  

You might call the existing kingdom of God on
earth an “underground” organism, not exactly an organization like so
many other organizations for which Americans have the knack.  Even as
during the time of the Prophet Elijah, unknown to Elijah and the official
religious organization of his day, and according to God Himself, He had
reserved 7,000 to Himself for His own kingdom of that time, “who had
not bowed down the knee to Baal” (I Kings 19:18). While local churches
and denominations struggle to be like the “general assembly {church} of
the firstborn who are registered in heaven” (Hebrews 12:23), it is this
underground kingdom of Christ that comes closer to being like the church
written in heaven.  Christ in His original teachings had far more to say
about the kingdom of God than of “church”, and there are many good
reasons for that.  Also there are many good reasons why today the
opposite is true:  you hear far more about church, churches, and
denominations than you do about the kingdom of God and of heaven.
Yet our goal is not to fight battles with those man-made churches and
denominations except to the extent that we must in order to win more
allegiance for the kingdom of Christ and God, in order to reach that one
of the seven thousand.

“If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does
he not leave the ninety-nine and to the mountains to seek the one
that is straying?”  (Matthew 18:12)

GIST:  To present for your consideration the Golden Nugget “of
things pertaining to the kingdom of God”. (Acts 1:3)

GOLDEN NUGGET is an upgrade to CUP OF WATER.  CUP had the
expressed goal to “extend the influence of Christ”, while the nugget goes
beyond Christ as the gate into the kingdom of God {and this is stated
respectfully with full awareness that “at the name of Christ every knee
should bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of
God of the Father”}, getting beyond sentimental, soft, superficial, and
subverted Christologies {images of Christ rather than the real Christ as
the narrow gate to God the Father and the kingdom}, to that God and the
kingdom that He established.  In your reading of the Bible, did you miss
in Daniel 2:44 that “the God of heaven will set up a kingdom”?

“And in the days of these kings {kings of the Roman Empire} the
God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be
destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall
break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand
forever.”  (Daniel 2:44)

IF YOU DESIRE TO BE PART OF ETERNAL HISTORY THAT
STARTS RIGHT NOW AND ON THIS EARTH IN THE NOW, THEN
YOU MUST AT ALL COST FIND AND SECURE “THE GOLDEN
NUGGET” OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD, and that nugget is also a seed
of faith, like the mocking bird with 17 different songs, there are  many
possible seeds of faith.  We will in this study of the book of Mark try to
find your golden nugget, that single seed of faith that will get the hook of
God inside your soul to begin your own personal journey into the kingdom of God, a journey that can start today and which has the assurance to last for eternity; and the bonus, WITH GOD.  

Since it is God’s kingdom {and by the way not just any “God”, but the God of heaven}, as your golden nugget is attained you not only get God but also the kingdom of God.  In fact, from this study to come of the Gospel of Mark, you will find that God and the kingdom are inseparable.
Like the many songs of the mocking bird, and like the many seeds of faith
that can create in you kingdom citizenship, many approaches to faith in Christ as the gate to God and the kingdom, will be tried for compatibility with you, knowing that even as these approaches like Christianity itself have been tested and proven with time, you may find one that particularly suits your preference.  There is:  the Christian philosophy approach like from Elton Truebood; there is the Christian apologetic approach like from Bernard Ramm in THE CHRISTIAN VIEW OF SCIENCE AND RELIGION; there is the Christian evidences approach like from Simon Greenleaf, former dean of the Harvard Law School and noted authority on legal evidence {who stated that the testimony of the four evangelists–
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John–would stand up in any court of law}, and
Irwin Linton, and a host of others; there is the WHY IS CHRISTIANITY
TRUE approach of E. Y. Mullins; there is the EVOLUTION IN SCIENCE
AND RELIGION approach of R. A. Millikan, Noble prize winning physicist
for proving that there is a discrete particle called the electron; there is the
classical approach of Christian evidences which starts with proofs for the
Bible as the Word of God–divine in origin, absolute in authority, and
sufficient in message, like in McClendon Days THE WONDER OF THE
WORD, or proofs for God like from 40 believing scientists in EVIDENCE
OF GOD IN AN EXPANDING UNIVERSE, a further development of the
even more classical “all this minute design of the universe for the benefit
of man demand a Great Designer” {one of my favorites}, or thirdly in the
classical tenor of the evidences is the proofs that Jesus is the Christ, the
Son of God.


The Gospel writers started this last classical approach to prove to the
world that Jesus was, and is, the Promised Messiah of the Old
Testament, the Greek word for which is “Christ”; and that indeed this very
Jesus of Nazareth born in the first century and in the part of the Roman
Empire called Palestine, working His ministry and leaving many indelible
marks on history, is the very Son of God.  It was, according to the
Prophet Daniel, this very Lord Jesus Christ {later we will want to discuss
the meanings of each of these three names as Mark does in his Gospel,
and the other evangelists in their own concurring testimonies}, that God
used in the first century of the Roman Empire to from “heaven” to set up
His own kingdom that would start very small like a “gain of mustard seed”
then grow into a much larger and most importantly, an everlasting
kingdom.
Perhaps in your searches for just the right nugget of faith, you have
overlooked the fact that the Gospel writers started this classical approach
of evidence in order to engender faith in Jesus of Nazareth as the Christ,
the Messiah, and as the Lord of this kingdom of and from the God of
heaven; and even that these four Evangelists {actually six as we must
include the efforts by Paul and Peter as recorded in the Bible to engender faith that “faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen” and “holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit”} learned like so many other things about the kingdom andGod from the Christ Jesus Himself.


1.  Christ while on earth and among men of Palestine and of
sophisticated religion sought nuggets of faith in Himself as the Son of
God via Evidences.  Jesus like is recorded in John 5:31-47 made the
classical evidential appeal to four witness:  that of John the Baptist (5:
33); the works, signs, and miracles that God the Father gave Jesus to do
and perform on this earth (5:36); God the Father Himself testified that
Jesus is His Son with the words of “This is My beloved Son, listen to
Him” {John 5:37 on the fourfold witness and Mark 1:11 at the baptism of
Jesus by John the Baptist and Mark 9:7 at the Mount of Transfiguration};
and the Old Testament Scriptures, that these same sophisticated
religious had in their possession and which was their basis for
expectations of “eternal life”, these same Scriptures often and in many
ways, generally and in great detail, testified or witnessed to Jesus as the
Christ, the Son of God (John 5:39).

“You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal
life; and these are they which testify of Me.”  (John 5:39)

NOTE:  do not let your search of Bible, Old and New Testament, lead
you into false expectation of eternal life apart from the Lord Jesus
Christ as the gate to God and the kingdom.  In short, there are a lot
of pearls or nuggets that glisten and glow, that historical like with the majority of these religious Jews, lead men down other broad paths that lead to destruction rather than through the narrow gate of Jesus into the kingdom and the eternal presence of God.  {In this study of Mark plus–you will find much more than Mark here, starting with much from Daniel and II Timothy–we must consider from Daniel and from other Old Testament Scriptures, the prediction that most of the Jews of Jesus’ day and the “day of desolation” of Daniel, called the very day of desolation because the majority of this nation of God’s people would not and could not believe in Christ as the means provided by God; and further from Mark how the majority never find the way to Christ, only a few go the narrow way that leads to life everlasting.}


2.  The Apostle John near the end of the first century and having in his
possession the testimony of the other evangelists, as well as all the other
22 books of the New Testament {John wrote the last five books of the 27
books of the New Testament}, carefully chose 7 miracles to make a very
evidential approach to prove that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; but
not for academic and theoretical reason in order to justify Christianity, but
rather in order that men might (1) believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God (John 20:31a); and (2) that “believing” with continuous faith might have everlasting life in His name (John 20:31b)   {Another step in a fuller definition of Jesus as the gate into the kingdom and into the presence of God the Father.}


3.  Dr. Luke makes evident in the two books he wrote {by the way also
based on manuscripts and influence left by the Apostle Paul as was also
the case of John Mark and the Gospel of Mark, in particular the many Old Testament quotes which we will look at in this condensed study of Mark}, Luke and Acts, that “witnesses”, evidence, and proofs were a stated goal of writing.
(1).  Introduction to the Gospel of Luke (Luke 1:1-4).
“Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of
those things which have been fulfilled among us, just as those who
from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word
delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having had perfect
understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an
orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the
certainty of those things in which you were instructed.”  (Luke 1:1-4)
(2).  Introduction to the book of Acts (Acts 1:1-3).
“The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began
both to do and teaching, until the day in which He was taken up,
after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the
apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself
alive after His sufferings by many infallible proofs, being seen by
them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the
kingdom of God.”  (Acts 1:1-3)
NOTE:  Did you notice what Jesus spoke to His disciples about
during those last critical 40 days on earth?  “pertaining to the
kingdom of God”.


4.  Mark, well Mark the shortest and therefore the most terse and
condensed version of the Gospel, well Mark just told the story of Jesus;
and maybe you will like it best as we begin the search for you nugget of
faith.  However, although Mark as at the forefront in this Bible study,
behind Mark and referenced often is the rest of the 66 books of the Word
of God, the Bible. John Mark…you will enjoy his narrative, sort of like a layman like you and me.  A city boy from Jerusalem, but related to Simon Peter, and one who as a youth admired the fisherman and followed in his boats, “boat” found significantly in the Gospel of Mark and “Peter”, not an Apostle but a disciple of Jesus who both followed after Jesus even in the Garden where during the arrest of Jesus he fled naked, one influenced by Paul in an aborted missionary journey and yet who Paul found “profitable to me for the ministry”, leaving to John Mark several manuscripts for the writing of the Gospel of Mark, a list of Old Testament quotes and the testimony of Simon Peter to Christ.


                         Why not consider the Kingdom of God?
Church or classical Christianity does not interest you!  However you do
have some interest in God and the Bible, it is now presented for your
personal consideration THE KINGDOM OF GOD as originally set up by
Christ in the first century.  
{not to be confused with those pests that
come to your door periodically to discuss watchtower, Jehovah
without a Christ, and the kingdom hall, perhaps that is one reason
that modern preachers are so reluctant to talk about the kingdom.}
It was not so in the beginning of Christianity.  Granted according to some
of the first words of the first chapter of Mark, that historical point which
marks the beginning of Christ’s ministry in Galilee, Jesus came
“preaching the gospel” like most preachers preach today in one form or
another; but unlike today, Jesus started His ministry by “preaching the
gospel of the kingdom”. (Mark 1:14)  Of course preachers today could
not preach exactly the same message of the kingdom as Jesus did, “The
time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15) because
that time of history, the first century, has been fulfilled for almost two
thousand years; and the kingdom of God about to be established on
earth during that thirtieth year of the life of Christ, and the first year of His
ministry, has been established on earth and in heaven for that same
almost two thousand years.


Have we lost our interest in the “kingdom of God” with Christ as the
gateway in favor of churches, denominations, and something very vague
called Christianity?  Certainly our pulpit messages no longer sound like
Jesus on the kingdom or the Apostles of Christ like Peter, James, and
John.  That very critical 40 days when Jesus had already completed His
mission of salvation for the world through the crucifixion and resurrection,
Dr. Luke in the introduction to the history in the book of Acts tells us that
the prime subject He spoke to the Apostles during that important and last
40 days was “of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God”  (Acts 1:3).
How about a revival with a new twist, one that is as old as the ministry of
Christ, one “OF THINGS PERTAINING TO THE KINGDOM OF GOD”.
Prayerfully in this introduction to the GOLDEN NUGGET, you have
generated some interest in these “things pertaining to the kingdom of
God”, what these THINGS are.  

Surely you realize that you haven’t heard them before; for there was no one there to present them to you like Jesus
and the Apostles did, and if you did not hear a comparable emphasis
from Christians and preachers on the kingdom, then certainly you did not
also hear about those THINGS that pertain to the kingdom of God and of
Christ.  Take 40 days to catch up on what Jesus taught the Apostles on
these THINGS pertaining to the kingdom of God, which you must do
naturally by looking into what these Apostles taught since Dr. Luke does
not literally record those specific things in Acts 1 about those 40 day
teachings of Jesus on the kingdom; and then take 9 months to let God
work the new birth in your life.  Please during that 40 days consider Mark
and this GOLDEN NUGGET book as a focus on “things pertaining to the
kingdom of God”.  (Acts 1:3)  
And during the process, we will explain to
you how Mark and Luke, not Apostles of Christ, fell under the guidance of
the Apostle Paul, chief editor of the New Testament, in the writing of 3 books of the New Testament.

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“Carried by Angels”

And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried…” (Luke 16:22)

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Let us not mess with the so called Bible scholars that make everything seem complicated and impersonal, just take the words of Jesus at face value:  believers that die IN CHRIST, really SHALL NEVER DIE, and are taken immediately by angels, escorted as a place of honor at the side of Abraham, the original father of faith.  Like Dr. Wolber of Ouachita Baptist in Bible classes would say, “Just let the Bible say what it is trying to say”; and hearing here in Luke 16:22 Jesus is trying to say…

{not trying to say with Jesus who never tried to prove what He was saying since He came from heaven and knew the mind and heart of God the Father}

…that persons like Ann and the humble beggar are escorted immediately upon death to the side of Abraham while in contrast to make the angels stand out, “the rich man also died, and was buried…”  In the photo above, unfortunately the angels are not seen; and often when loved ones like Ann and mother die, we are inclined to look for both the soul and angels floating upward.  Yet this is the world of the unseen, much greater than the world of the seen, and we do not see what is really happening in our very presence.  No music, no sound, no spectacular light; just the powerful messenger angels of God escorting the dead Person to a place they have never been and do not even know the way although like Annie, they know it is to be a banquet with Jesus…and at the side of Abraham, the original man of faith and father of faith among God’s people.

Ann, who love the Bible and reveled in it, loved to be at the side of Abraham and at a banquet with Jesus.  I think Ann would want me to share what happened a night before her passing on August 24, 2016.  Wish it had been possible to hear the whole prayer that interrupted my daughter and me in the night, a surprise since it had become so hard for Ann to talk.  However, it is best left as a secret prayer between Ann and her Heavenly Father.  And when we came into her room, in the always nature of Ann for the concern of others, her words changed from prayer to the Father through Jesus, to concern for us, starting with, “don’t worry about me, I will be okay for I am going to a banquet…”  Then getting a breath while she was questioned about the banquet, where and who, she replied “a banquet with Jesus.

Ann never wasted her words of personal faith, and she had in mind specifics of a banquet with Jesus, and knowing her love of the writings of John MacArthur and the MacArthur Bible…

NOTE:  Someday it can be found in the many Bibles and books that she wrote in.

…the following from John MacArthur was found online and in an article entitled Abraham’s Bosom, Paradise, and Heaven:

” Luke 16:22 Abraham’s bosom. This same expression (found only here in Scripture) was used in the Talmud as a figure for heaven. The idea was that Lazarus was given a place of high honor, reclining next to Abraham at the heavenly banquet.” 

http://www.gty.org/resources/bible-qna/BQ021113/abrahams-bosom-paradise-and-heaven

                       Simple exegesis of Luke 16:22,

                   the straightforward words of Jesus:

First the Teaching of Jesus in

Luke 16:22-26:

And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into
Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
23
And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his
bosom.
24
And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the
tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
25
But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise
Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
26
And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

We have gotten so confused about the Person after death. {Jesus used the personal name of Lazarus, although the rich man was just a rich man.} First, it is clear from the clear teachings of Jesus that:
1. The actual real person, in this case a beggar named Lazarus, but one respeted and loved by God was taken by the angels in Abraham’s bosom.
2. The rich man just died and was found in hell, looking across a great gulf saw (1) Abraham, and (2) Abraham’s bosom.
3. The angels at death immediately escort the real Person to the location of Abraham’s bosom.
4. Abraham’s bosom is the key to understanding the location of where Ann is now!

NOTE:  This post will start a series of Posts on Abraham’s Bosom, heaven and hell

 

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More Good News
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THE APOSTOLIC
PREACHING OF THE
CROSS was written back
in 1955, but like the Bible
and the “faith once for all
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related are exactly from
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Cross.
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II.  Covenant.
III.  The Blood.
IV.  Propitiation (1)
V.  Propitiation (2)
VI.  Reconciliation.
VII.  Justification  (1).
VIII.  Justification  (2).
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