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Jesus' first message. Repent for the Kingdom of God is near or has arrived.

 

Jesus is the beginning of the revival of the prophets of old, he begins by announcing the Kingdom of God

 

God's Kingdom is essential for Jesus' teaching. It is mentioned 50 times in Matthew alone.

 

A kingdom is a place where a King rules with authority. 

 

God's space is where God rules. Jesus came to preach repentance as God was doing something new, the earth is a place where God is meant to rule.

 

Jesus said The rule of God has arrived. God is now in charge.

 

The beginning of John’s Gospel: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”

What John is doing in that passage — hooking up with what he does in his story of Jesus’ resurrection – is to tell the story of Jesus as the story of a new Genesis, a new beginning. 

Genesis is all about the creation and about God’s beautiful world, and the story John tells in his Gospel from begin­ning to end is not about Jesus telling people to leave the world behind and go somewhere else, but a story about how in and through Jesus, the one God of creation is rescuing creation and enabling his people to live as new-creation people.

How did all this begin.

Gen 1

 

“Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”

Genesis 1:26-28 NRSV

 

Point 1 Image of God 

 

All humans were made to be like God to rule as kings and priests. 

 

The image of God was a name used for the kings in the ancient world.

 

Psalm 8

 

“Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor. You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet,”

Psalms 8:5-6 NRSV

 

The meaning of the image of God means that we are representing God in ruling. 

 

Humans are the way that God rules.

 

We are meant to rule with God.

 

Something went wrong

 

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.’ ” for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate.”

Genesis 3:1-3, 5-6 NRSV

 

3 temptations meant the relationship with God was broken.

 

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world—the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches—comes not from the Father but from the world. And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever.”

1 John 2:15-17 NRSV

 

Lust of flesh 

Lust of the eye

Pride of life

 

Adam lost the battle with temptation 

 

Jesus won battle 

 

Matt 4

 

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor; and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’ ” Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him. From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

Matthew 4:1-11, 17 NRSV

 

Power of the Spirit 

 

Luke tells the same story 

 

“Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country.”

Luke 4:14 NRSV

 

What this means 

 

Authority over the enemy and our self.

 

The power of the enemy is to accuse us.

 

But The fullness of God lives in Christ and Christ is in you.

 

You are complete in him and complete in his authority 

 

Compete is Same word used to filled with the spirit of God.

 

Here we see we are complete in the one (Christ) who rules over powers.

 

We need to know if our struggle is in our own flesh or there is some other power at work, the power of the enemy can be seen at work in those who are disobedience.

 

we read about Jesus’ ultimate power over all other powers: “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” Colossians 2:15. 

 

In keeping with all things, the powers are created by Christ and therefore under His control. They are not to be feared, for they have been disarmed by the cross. 

 

The Savior, by His death, took dominion from them, and took back what they had captured. Satan and his legions had invaded the earth and drawn mankind into captivity, subjecting them to their evil reign. But Christ, by His death, subdued the invaders and recaptured those who had been vanquished. Colossians 2:14 speaks of Jesus being nailed to the cross along with the written charges against us. The record of our wrongdoing, with which Satan accuses us before God, is nailed with Christ to the cross. It is thereby destroyed, and the powers can no longer accuse us; we are innocent in the eyes of God. Hence, they are disarmed.

 

The enemy has no power to accuse us as we are no longer in his his camp under his power.

 

Ephesians 3:10–11 presents different principalities and powers—those of the heavenly realms:

 

His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

Here we see the angelic hosts being shown the wisdom and purpose of God in the plan of salvation through Christ. Angels, both holy and unholy, witness the glory of God and the preeminence of Christ above all creatures in the church, those who are saved and preserved by His power

 

Next verse.

 

Also in Christ you had a different kind of circumcision, a circumcision not done by hands. It was through Christ’s circumcision, that is, his death, that you were made free from the power of your sinful self.

 

Circumcision is cutting away to remove its not hacking away but a quick sharp cut, job done.

 

We know our old self was crucified with Christ 

 

Cut away our flesh that we may live in the spiritual 

 

What are the works of the flesh?

 

Galatians 5:19–21 speaks of the works of the flesh, saying they are "evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these."

 

Paul then warns “that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” The works of the flesh are the things human beings naturally tend toward that are contrary to God’s design for us. Those who pursue lifestyles characterised by immorality, anger, divisiveness, drunkenness, etc., are giving evidence that they are walking according to their flesh their un saved self.

 

When the Bible speaks of the “flesh,” it is often referring to our natural sin tendencies. We are all born with a sin nature (Romans 5:12). Our natural predilection is to please ourselves any way we see fit. We can be trained to behave in more socially acceptable ways and even find enjoyment in being kind to others. However, without the power of God, we remain self-centered. 

 

At salvation, the Holy Spirit moves into the changed heart, making it possible for us to make choices that are of the Spirit, rather than the flesh 

 

We are to consider ourselves “crucified with Christ” and our old sin nature dead, but we are human and have earthly urges and our flesh does not die easily. A battle still rages within even the most dedicated follower of Christ. 

 

The apostle Paul wrote of this battle in Romans 7. Verses 21–23 say, “So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me.”

 

Works of the flesh are not always as obvious as the ones listed above. Where do we find our self-worth under the guise of serving Christ?

 

Trying to please God from selfish motivation leads to unhealthy competition, slander, bitterness, and eventual burnout 

 

Galatians 1:10

 

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

 

The works of the flesh are in total contrast with the fruit of the Spirit. 

 

What pleases the Lord in our lives is not a “work” but a “fruit” that the Spirit alone can produce. We can avoid works of the flesh by staying continually submitted to the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to direct every aspect of our lives 

 

In our baptism we die to self and raised with Christ.

 

This is why we have an event, something memorable like Getting baptised   

 

Colossians 2 

 

“When you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and you were raised up with him through your faith in God’s power that was shown when he raised Christ from the dead.”

Colossians 2:12 NCV

 

This is more than just a ritual but a demonstration of the change happened on this inside.

 

Close with our final verse.

 

“When you were spiritually dead because of your sins and because you were not free from the power of your sinful self, God made you alive with Christ, and he forgave all our sins. He canceled the debt, which listed all the rules we failed to follow. He took away that record with its rules and nailed it to the cross. God stripped the spiritual rulers and powers of their authority. With the cross, he won the victory and showed the world that they were powerless.”

Colossians 2:13-15 NCV

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