In the next chapter of the Kingdom, as well as building boundaries I had to set limits on friendships. Who could enter my Kingdom? I had to pick and choose who would be admitted into my life from then on. I chose the words to Psalm 101 for my rebuilt Kingdom because God wanted it to be intentional. I had not been discriminating enough between good and evil.
For now the Kingdom of God is hidden. Jesus reigns in the lives of His followers, in that we are a new creation who believe in Him and voluntarily obey Him. We try to implement His will on Earth as it is in Heaven. One day He will return to Earth and rule as its rightful King, when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that he his Lord. (Philippians 2:9-11) When will He return? I don’t know, no man knows the day or the hour (Matthew 24:36) , but the Judge is standing at the door. (James 5:9)
The first thing He will do after sitting on the world’s throne is judge.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. 2 Corinthians 5:10
God has boundaries too. He doesn’t smile and wink at sin as the liberals would have us believe. Does he discriminate? He has set out in His word who will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
“Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 2 Peter 3.
I’m not having a go at anyone. I fell into one of those categories myself once. This verse doesn’t mean that anybody who has ever committed one of these sins will be denied entrance to the Kingdom of God. It means we have to struggle out of all of that, and with God’s help leave it behind us. Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/not-inherit-kingdom-God.html#ixzz2cgpsUg7k
I have posted about this because a law has just come into effect in my country which enshrines one of these sins. Our government’s immoral laws will lead many to hell, and I don’t want it to happen. The King doesn’t want it to happen. He said “over my dead (crucified) body” and He really meant it.
Sin needs to be struggled against and overcome, not celebrated and enshrined into law.
So who may inherit the Kingdom of God? Jesus said “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3) Poor in spirit in that they recognise they’re sinners who have messed up, in need of a saviour, and like the thief on the cross, they have asked Jesus for salvation. For theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
One of the criminals who hung there (on the cross) hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:40-43