Few Chosen, A Kingdom ComeJesus used a particular phrase to describe Kingdom of God: "Many are called, but few chosen." These famous words have been used across the Christian world to prove the doctrine of eternal torment. It doesn't sound much like good news does it? Not too promising that "many are called and few are chosen?" Yet, Jesus Christ, Paul, Peter, John, Stephen and many others went around doing good and preaching the "Gospel (good news) of The Kingdom" (Matthew 4:23). But, could this really be good news for the whole world?
What does that mean to be chosen? What is God's purpose for the chosen? According to the pulpit, the good news can seem more like a condemning threat, than the liberating power the angels proclaimed: "good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people." (Luke 2:10) Hellfire sermons across the world, throughout the ages, have kindled more fear than great joy. Was that God's plan, to send His son to be murdered for the sins of the world, so that only few could make it?
In this article, we will Scripturally examine
In most bible translations, the Greek word entos is translated as within. But, the New Living Translation (NLT) and the NASB translate it as among you and in your midst respectively. They all mean the same thing. In the Greek language, when used in union with a plural noun, entos means among or in the midst of. So, in this scripture, we see entos used with a plural form of you, a crowd of Pharisees. "The Kingdom of God is among you" is the accurate translation. Consider this example: if you have many black marbles, and you add one white marble, you now have one white marble within the black ones.
Certainly, the Kingdom of God was not within the hearts of the same Pharisees who Christ also called hypocrites and vipers. Jesus was confirming that the kingdom is not in outer-space or beyond the big blue sky. Jesus Christ was among them, and soon He would be living in his followers. It is by His spirit alone that the Kingdom exists, because the kingdom consists of a people who, because of the Holy Spirit, are in the world but not of the world.
He was declaring that the meek, the poor, and those who hungered and thirsted after righteousness, them who the religious teachers disdained, were among them ready to be made into a majestic people. Blessed are they, as Christ said, for they shall inherit the earth. And it was them - the despised - who would be risen up that they may inherit the earth. This is what Christ and John the Baptist meant when they said "Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand." (Mark 1:15, Matthew 3:1-2) When something is "at hand," it is close and immediate. The kingdom was at their doorstep.
And, as we will see in scripture, some qualities of the Kingdom are as follows: It can be added to and grow. It can be entered into. Some people can be barred from it both now, and in the ages to come, and how one behaves is directly related to that (Galatians 5:21, Ephesians 5:5). It consists of a royal priesthood living in the earth (1 Peter 2:9). It is not a physical state, but is a family of believers bound by the Spirit, bearing its fruit (Romans 14:17-19).
The Kingdom is the Bride
Take a look at a Biblical fact regarding the Kingdom of God: Jesus' followers are married (one with) Jesus Christ by the spirit:
So, we may understand Christ and His followers are like a husband and his bride. According to God, marriage is oneness with another person, to be united with them. The Holy Spirit unites us to God, and through that we are one with Him. Scripture testifies:
A Royal Marriage
Bearing in mind that we are espoused as one to Christ by Spirit, and we are the bride of Christ by virtue of this union, let's take a look at some parables pertaining to this Kingdom that Christ was about to establish through His imminent death and resurrection:
Do you think it is a coincidence that Christ's church is married to Christ as His bride, who are a royal priesthood, who are one with him by Spirit, and that Christ parallels the kingdom to a wedding in which God has called many, yet few are chosen? Of course not. The parables are about the kingdom, and the kingdom is among us right now.
The above parables are not being fulfilled in the future exclusively, but also today as not all people come to the wedding to be united with Christ by the Spirit. For example, knowing these parables to be spiritual allegories, what might this illustrate: "See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready." Does God put down slavery to a carnal instinct when we enter into union with Jesus Christ? Isn't the beast within us brought into reign as we die to sin in this kingdom today? Or are we always anticipating the future to put down carnality, to consider ourselves dead to sin? (Romans 6:11, Romans 8:6)
Again, what is it that makes us wedded to Christ? Remember His promise?
By Spirit, we are united with the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:17-18 ). Christ is IN us, and he is IN the Father. It is what makes us the bride of Christ. Those who do not have unity, who do not believe in Christ, or follow His words to love their brothers and sisters, are in the outer darkness. So is it any wonder that Christ said that many are called and few are chosen? Just take a look around at the world today.
In Peter we see this: But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
And in John: But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. (1 John 2:11)
From Paul: For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves" (Colossians 1:13)
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light. (Ephesians 5:8)
The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. (Romans 13:12)
The King in Shackles ("crucify him")
The Pharisees were interrogating Christ about the kingdom because they - like all Israelites - were eagerly anticipating a Messiah. They were waiting for the manifestation of the Holy One who would emancipate them from Roman rule and make Israel a great nation, and a dominating kingdom on earth. So, here emerges this famous prophet raised in Nazareth, called Jesus, who can heal the sick, restore sight to the blind, even raise the dead. He was a man of impressive ability and spirit. His admirers were so sizable the Pharisees later had to bribe Judas to betray Him - because the people frightened them.
This is commonly called Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem when he reached the City as their king having worked such astonishing physical miracles before their very eyes. This is the same Jerusalem mob who just days later turned on Him:
What happened? Why did the citizens of Jerusalem encounter Jesus with such joy and exaltation, only later to call for His crucifixion? This was surely a king who could command the weather, heal the sick, and even raise the dead. Here He was, now powerless to deliver himself from death? This was the king the crowds thought they had in Jesus, the great messiah? In reality, Jesus was not doing what they assumed he would do, He was not setting up His kingdom in a way they believed He would.
The kingdom Christ was about to assemble - that He symbolized in parables before this fundamental moment - would indeed come, but it would be by His Spirit within His followers. Christ was about to give His life, but the Israelites did not understand this. To them, the man who called himself king stood before them in shackles, deserted and meek. They had no idea that what was arising before their eyes was indeed the birth of a new kingdom, but an empire not of this world, not pinpointed on a map. No doubt, the kingdom was, and is, at hand right now according to the Spirit that unites both Jew and Gentile, and man and woman in the Body of Christ.
Take careful note, however, that while the Kingdom of God is in the earth today, it does not yet appear in its full glory. Please observe the difference:
What does scripture teach
1) Jesus Christ's followers are called His Bride, in that:
2) They are made one, through the Spirit, with the King's Son (Matt 22:1-14). Therefore,
3) They are the kingdom of God. And,
4) Those who believe and are faithful are called Sons of God (and daughters too), so that
5) Through the Spirit, Christ may live in us, and do good through us, and that not of our own power (Philippians 2:13).
6) Eventual separation must come when when the Lord judges this Kingdom from within, to root out those who practice evil (Matt 7:21-23, Matt 18:21-35, Matt 24:24-51). You may be surprised at how many admonitions from Christ throughout the New Testament are leveled against "wicked servants." In the end, while many are called, only few are chosen.
7) The small kingdom to remain, stripped clean of "wicked servants," is like a small pearl consisting of followers who love Jesus and follow His commands. They abandon wickedness, practicing forgiveness, humility long-suffering, patience and gentleness and all the fruits of the spirit: a priceless kingdom. (Matt 13:45-46)
What does this mean for creation as a whole? Are we to conclude that Jesus Christ was beaten, humiliated, spit upon, and ultimately murdered so only a handful of people could be saved? Is God's intent, in refining the Kingdom this way, to ultimately consign his remaining creation to infinite torture and ultimate failure? Will God forgive His enemies? Just what is the purpose of this Kingdom? Out of the many, what are "the few" chosen for?
If "many are called and few are chosen," what do we make of parables like this:
From these parables it seems as though the Kingdom will blossom to a considerable size. Other parables characterize the kingdom as a treasure that when discovered, a man buys the whole field to have it. What is going on here? How can the kingdom be a collected few, yet also grow to a great size?
The key is that, though all parables illustrate the Kingdom, they do not all illustrate the same aspect of it at the same time. To understand this, let's take a look at how God will use this now small and priceless Kingdom. In this way, we can discover how these parables fit together to illustrate the perfection and glory of God's plan.
God and His Word
Most Christians would agree that God is powerful. Most would agree that God is all knowing. Most would agree that God is able to fulfill his promises. Most would agree that God's words are true and cannot be broken. Most would agree that God is rich in compassion. Most would agree with that, but deep inside, due to the doctrines they were taught as children, do they really believe it with all their hearts?
Isaiah 55:7-11As the scripture says, if the unrighteous turn from their ways "let him return to the Lord and He will have mercy." But what happens if the wicked do not return to the Lord? Does God have a problem? Obviously God wants to pardon the wicked, but the condition attached, (let him forsake his way) seems to limit God to an unfulfilled desire. But as we see God "devises means so that his banished ones are not expelled from Him." (2 Samuel 14:14)
That is why God has a Word in order to accomplish a purpose. This is the standard: let the wicked forsake his way to receive pardon. But, God cannot be stumped; knowing that the wicked are as lost sheep, unable to return of their own will due to sin, God created a Shepherd to go out and find them.
Therefore, "as the rain comes down and does not return but waters the earth," so also, God claims, his Word "SHALL accomplish what God pleases; and it SHALL prosper in the thing it was sent for." This is God's own promise and sending his Word forth, is something God did not fail to do:
John 1:1,14This Word, this living Word, is God's own Son Jesus Christ. God sent his Word forth, made flesh, into the world. Here is the "thing whereto God sent it" here is what the Word will "not return to God void but shall prosper" unto:
1 John 4:14These are the facts: 1) God sent his Word to be the savior of the whole world. 2) In the same manner that judgment came upon all men due to one man Adam, so also the free gift came upon the same lot, all men. 3) God desires all men to be saved. 3) He sent his word to be a propitiation for the sins of the whole world, not just our own sins, and 4) Jesus is the savior of all men, especially (ie not exclusively, but especially) those that believe. Those are the scriptural facts and I am just repeating them to you.
Now let us return to God's own statement: "So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall NOT return unto me void, but it SHALL accomplish that which I please, and it SHALL prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
The question is, do you believe that? Do you believe that the living Word will return to God void in saving all that God meant for him to save? Will Jesus Christ return void to his Father without prospering in the thing He was sent for, saving everyone that God wants saved? If your answer is "no," your issue is with God. If your answer is "yes" congratulations, you agree with Him.
Inheriting the Kingdom of God
As Paul said to Timothy: "Jesus Christ is the savior of all men, especially those who believe." Typically you will hear some verbal acrobatics from certain people, who will twist that statement into saying that Jesus is not the savior of anyone who does not believe. They do turn those wheels don't they? There are two groups of people in the world those who do not believe, and those who do. Jesus is the savior of both groups, as he is the savior all men as it clearly states. However, what about the "especially" part? Is there something reserved special for those who believe?
The scripture is clear about something very important. Yes, the Word was sent by His Father, to save the world. The scripture also says "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God" (John 1:12). Not everyone received him, obviously, because some killed him. God is giving whoever receives Jesus Christ the power to be "Sons of God."
Before moving on, let's get one thing straight: not everyone will inherit the kingdom of God (In Greek: basileus Theos, or the "reign of God") and not everyone has been given the power to become Sons of God. This is "especially" for believers, and only for them.
Galatians 5:21It cannot get more clear than that. If someone says that everyone will inherit the kingdom of God, they are wrong. The reign of God is only inherited by Sons of God through faith in Jesus Christ. Those who have faith in Him, according to scripture, are called Sons of God. Inheritances are given to children, to followers, those who are born of the Spirit. From this faith flows the fruit of the Spirit as it is given by the Lord: patience, inner peace and strength, self control, and (take a deep breath) love for one's enemies.
As we know some people do not have faith (without which nothing pleases God) and do not produce the fruit of the Spirit, we therefore know that some will have no inheritance in God's reign. In fact, Jesus was quite clear that only few people would inherit the Kingdom and that He will only give reign to them who overcome:
1 John 5:5Did you catch that? He that overcomes will be given power over the nations! He that overcomes will reign with the Lord over the nations of the earth! IF Christ's followers suffer, take comfort, they shall also reign. Now that we have come to understand that not everyone will inherit this reign - let us discover how Jesus will use this kingdom of followers "to prosper" in the thing Jesus "was sent for." Let us discover exactly what this reign will accomplish among the nations, among the whole world. Let us discover how Jesus is the savior of ALL MEN, especially them that believe.
Chosen for? The prize: a "high calling"
Let's take a look at just what God's plan for His precious Kingdom will be, for those who are faithful to Him. Paul spoke about a prize he hoped to receive:
What is this prize? Is it a cash sum? Is it carnal gain? And, why is it so necessary to believe in, and be faithful to Jesus Christ, to receive it?
Notice: The "high calling" is the prize. The prize, the reward, the inheritance, is the "high calling." The prize is not a new gold harp on cloud nine. It is not the biggest new mansion next door to Jesus. It is a high calling. And it lies not in these present wicked times, but is something Paul "pressed toward the mark" for in the glory of the coming ages. It is this high calling that Paul waits so eagerly for with great expectation and hope for the future. Notice how the apostles were of one mind about just what that high calling is:
Now, that is indeed a high calling. Inheriting the reign of God means to doing the work of God on the earth, not to sit back and twiddle our thumbs in Heaven where every carnal whim of man is satisfied, while billions of people are tortured mercilessly. We see here that the very purpose of the small kingdom chosen by God (the Sons of God) is expressly this: to be revealed to all creation and to judge it, so that it may be delivered into glorious freedom from corruption! The kingdom's objective is to do a work for the Lord, to receive creation into their glorious liberty from death and outer darkness.
(More info: 1 Thess 2:12, Titus 2:13, 2 Tim 2:20-21, Rom 5:2, Rom 8:17, Rom 11:30-31, 1 Cor 15:43, 1 John 5:2-5).
Look again at what Paul says in Romans 8:18-24
"Us" = Sons of God, who are not yet revealed - which are a chosen few - given power and glory through Christ.
"The Creation" = All else who, through judgment, shall be delivered from bondage into the glorious liberty of the children of God, when it is revealed to them just who these Sons of God are.
We see here an excited apostle looking to the outcome, to a time when God reveals His glory in the saints, and engages His kingdom to set creation free. Paul recognized that God's judgment leads to good fruit. He knew that God's children would not simply stand by in Heaven staring without compassion while billions of helpless souls suffered endlessly, or were mercilessly exterminated forever.
God is looking for a few good "Poimen"
Paul recognized that the future would be a revelation of his Lord's fiery justice, perfect love, temperance, persistence, and ultimate forgiveness through Christ and His body. To him, as with the other apostles, this was good news worth suffering, enduring and dying for, that through the separation, and division, and judgment not one soul would be irreclaimable.
This rule, received by "the overcomer" the one who is faithful to Christ is very important to the world. In fact, if it was not for the inheritors of God's reign, the world would not be eventually saved. This is because God has chosen them to be the vessel by through which he works. With a rod of iron they will break the nations.
Are you ready for an amazing truth? God is raising up the few that He chooses, for an awesome purpose. Take a look at the words below as defined by Strong's Dictionary:
Of uncertain affinity; a shepherd (literally or figuratively): - shepherd, pastor.
From G4166; to tend as a shepherd (or figuratively superviser): - feed (cattle), rule.
Act 20:28Many Christians are already aware of the duties given to the church's pastors. A pastor's duty is to feed and nurture Christ's followers as a shepherd would. In fact, the word "pastor" comes from the Greek word "poimen" which means "shepherd." And interestingly, the English word "pastor" itself has Latin roots in the word "pasture" which makes perfect sense as a pasture is where shepherds do their work. That's their office.
But this pastoring, this nurturing and feeding duty, to the Body of Christ is actually training for an even bigger more awesome "high calling" to come:
Revelation 2:26-27Did you know Jesus was "broken to shivers" by his Father? And as Jesus was "broken to shivers" by His Father, the nations will be "broken to shivers" by Christ's followers. The Father gave the rod to the Good Shepherd (Jesus) to guide and break his "few chosen" into humility. Jesus then gives this shepherd's rod to those overcomers, that they may break the nations.
The word "poimano" means to rule...but as a shepherd rules over a flock, a shepherd who feeds them. The duty of "poimano" given to the church (in pastoring the Body of Christ) is the same "poimano" given to the overcomer over the nations.
Did you realize that God is choosing very few people, who have been faithful to the end, to inherit His reign for the purpose of becoming PASTORS to the entire world? Just as God chooses shepherds (pastors) in the Body of Christ, God is will be using the Kingdom through His Son to be SHEPHERDS under Christ over all Creation who are groaning to be "delivered into the glorious freedom of the Children of God." Remember: "the saints shall judge the world." They will do that with the purpose to break them all down, so they can receive the food of humility.
This scripture is saying this: the overcomer shall shepherd/feed/rule/pastor the nations with a rod of iron.
There it is in the Bible, but when have you ever heard it preached? Think about why most people become Christians. There are wide varieties of reasons. The most prevalent, most popular, and most utilized reason is to escape torment. It is enough for most people to just narrowly escape God's judgment by entering the church, so they can wipe their brow, breath a sigh of relief, go to Heaven, and be happy as clams. Because of such false, watered-down doctrines like that, many people are completely unaware of the real weight and magnitude in the responsibility God gives to them that overcome. The FEW CHOSEN are called to have power over the nations, to break them down with a rod of iron.
They are called to be Jesus Christ's instruments of judgment and healing as the Spirit operates though the body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:5-6It is God that works to administer to others, by working His power through His collective body, the head of which is Jesus Himself, by the anointing of the Spirit. We must understand that Jesus does all things through His body. Where the head goes, so goes the body. Jesus is the head, and His followers are His body. He is the vine, and they are the branches. He is the operator; His saints are His operatives. Jesus will judge the world.
Will His body be with Him when He does it? Of course, because as Paul said, the saints will judge the world, and Jesus will judge the world. He will do it through them. Every gift and power Jesus has, He freely gives to them. As the Peter said, the radiating glory of God will be displayed to the world; this will happen from within (because "Christ in us is the hope of glory" - Col 1:27), and through the saints. When that happens, through judgment, when all creation will be "delivered into the glorious liberty of the children of God," who will they be delivered into? Jesus Christ! Because HE is ONE with HIS BODY.
Subjected to the Kingdom of God
As the Bible has established, few will inherit the reign of God. They that inherit will do so by faith. But, when Jesus Christ is revealed to all creation through the Sons of God, it will not be a matter of faith, but sight. Who, then, will be subjected to the kingdom when the Lord appears with His brothers and sisters to judge the world? Ask yourself this: how many knees will bow and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord? Take a look at what must be when that time comes:
The Greek word hupotasso (Strong's G5293) appears six times in the original Greek text between verse 24 & 28 alone! That's alot of hupotassos! Do you think such driving consistency warrants our attention? Among other places, this word is translated in the Bible as: "put under," "subdued unto," "put all things under (his feet)," and "subject."
Here is the definition of hupotasso according to Strong's Concordant:
To subordinate; reflexively to obey: - be under obedience (obedient), put under, subdue unto, (be, make) subject (to, unto), be (put) in subjection (to, under), submit self unto."
The word "hupotasso" appears within 32 verses of the Bible and it is never, not even once, translated to mean anything other than being placed under obedience to greater will. In this case it refers to the wills of God's enemies becoming conformed - being placed under obedience - to His will. In other words, Paul's bold statement above is declaring God's plan to put all His enemies under His rule and kingdom, not to torture them in a terrorist hellhole of pagan mythology.
(See how this word is used in other contexts: James 4:7, 1 Pet 5:5 , 1 Cor 14:32, 1 Cor 16:16, 1 Pet 3:22.)
Paul gives us a glimpse at the very end, after Jesus has come for His followers (His body will appear with him in glory revealed to creation - Colossians 3:4). But praise be unto the Lord, it is not the same result evangelized today in churches around the world. Now it is time for Jesus to deliver the Kingdom to His Father in Heaven. But, does the Savior of the world mean to deliver a thin few to His Father, only a tiny harvest through His enormous sacrifice? Of course not! Haven't you heard the good news? God sent His Son to be the savior of the whole world!
He wants results, and He does not fail. That is why God's Kingdom of followers will become poimen/pastors with rods of iron to BREAK THE NATIONS INTO CONFORMITY to the Son of God. So, when the end comes, Jesus Christ will demolish all rule, authority, and dominion of men. Few inherit God's reign, but all people will be made subordinates to Him by that reign, so that God will be all in all at the moment the Son hands the kingdom to His Father. What does a broken down subordinate do? He obeys without resistance.
What happens when an enemy becomes subjected to a king? He becomes a subject! He becomes a subject of His Kingdom! The former enemy becomes conformed to the will of Jesus Christ (submitted to God), and is accordingly liberated from sin and death! This is exactly how, as the scripture declares, the last enemy - death - will be destroyed! And, after Jesus has put all His enemies under His command, He then hands the Kingdom over to God. When this is executed, with His commission achieved as God ordained, the Son, who had been given all authority in heaven and earth to put all things under His feet, subjects Himself to His Father. The result according to the scripture? God is all in all!
The very purpose of all this subduing and subjecting is so that Jesus may hand over the fullness of creation so that God may have a perfect increase, that His plan may fulfill His purpose. Jesus Christ is revealed as the One who was reliable to subdue all things to Himself and that His sacrifice was outright triumphant without loss. Yes, the gospel is good news. The Bible declares it, but who believes?
What is the extraordinary product of Jesus judging the world with His kingdom of a few chosen to serve? It is all creation being delivered out of corruption into their glorious liberty, and we see the Kingdom burgeoning from the slightness of a mustard seed (few chosen), to the magnitude of a giant all in all tree. We see death destroyed. Is death separation from God? Destroyed. Done away with. We see Jesus - who died to bring salvation to all who believe - fashioning a kingdom of precious soldiers who walk according to His will and model. Then, we see Christ dispatching His soldiers by delivering rest of the world out of corruption through them. What an undeserved gift. We see a Lord who has overcome the world! The eternal torment doctrine doesn't have a semblance of "good news" to it, considering a radiant hope like that.
Paul compared the Christian walk according to the Spirit to a marathon race (2 Timothy 4:6-8), something through which we endure both hardship and joy to reach the goal. Christ's final victory might be compared to the Super Bowl Championship. His victory - in accomplishing the purpose of the cross to be the savior of the world - will be so overwhelming to His opponents, so decisive, so awe-inspiring, so massive, it will be downright embarrassing.
As the old saying goes, to the victor go the spoils. And lost human beings are Jesus Christ's prize. As Abraham Lincoln once said: Do I not destroy my enemies when I make friends with them? Make no mistake about this: the victory is not accomplished by men, but in Jesus Christ. Men either serve Him in His victory, or if they oppose, their opposition will be put down soon enough. Either way, Jesus will emerge the victor over all things. He is the Lamb who has overcome the world. It happened on the cross and will be made manifest to all men in due time.
The moment the Messiah sacrificed Himself for the world, that was it. It was finished. Nothing can stop Jesus; nothing can contain or sway Him. His followers are not attempting to make Jesus Christ victorious. They are seeking to share in the victory that He already secured. They want to be used by the Lord in those powerful ages to come. That is what it means to wear a crown and to be Lord, savior, and heir of all things through the power of the blood by which He purchased the world.
And, that is how Jesus is "the savior of all men, especially them that believe."
Something to look forward to (the hope of the powerful ages to come)
The time is coming, and may the Lord touch the church - which teaches the world to believe that (1) God is Love, and (2) that He also will torture people forever and ultimately abandon his creation for justice to be done! Why? Because He is backed into a corner? The mighty and supreme God has His hands tied on this one, right? Unfortunately, the very idea that the Savior of the world may, in reality, (gasp) save the world tends to turn many stomachs upside-down. The mere suggestion flares tempers. They teach another Jesus, one who will allow human failure to overcome His sacrifice.
The Gospel is not one of confusion, darkness, or contradiction. No matter how much we try to twist logic with silver-tongued wording, it will never make sense to say that God loves sinners, and that He will also torture them forever. This is common sense stuff. The eternal torment doctrine is rank cynicism to the highest degree. It is not gospel truth, nor is it a revelation of love. Yet, the church is completely sold on it. They are sold on their traditions. According to (1 John 3) love is an action, not a feeling. John says "Let us not say we love eachother, let us show it by our actions. It is by our actions we know we are living in the truth."
Now, if a man were to torture another man with fire to death, for hours, would he be loving or hating his enemy by his actions? According to our own laws, he would go to death row or be imprisoned for life. But, the very traits we certainly abhor in ourselves (like torture or mass extermination of human beings) we without question credit to God, because we are historically taught it is the only way to comprehend scripture.
Doesn't loving an enemy mean doing good to them and for them? Isn't that what the Bible edifies?
Something stinks like a lie here.
Question: If God has created a fiery torture chamber, and is standing by, allowing people to wander haplessly into it trapping them there for eternity as they beg for mercy, is God hating or loving his enemies by action? Yet, what they envision and what they preach does not change reality: God is a redeemer. Does love fail? Does God fail? No. He does not fail. He is able to accomplish anything He wishes according to His purpose. Through judgment, He will subdue His enemies and draw them to Himself and His love. When all knees bow and all tongues confess Christ to be Lord, He will be their Lord! Christ will make them into servants. They will become his subjects. He is a powerful Lord and the church slanders Him with their false, defeatist creeds from man's depraved imagination.
Here is how we (and from Who we) receive the power to fulfill the commission given to the Sons of God:
Be blessed in your walk with God
If you would like to see more scripture pertaining to the good news of the Kingdom of God please read " A Time of Realization ." Be blessed and God be with you, bringing peace in every moment of your life.
If we are of Him we are turning from sin and running for the prize. This inherited prize of reigning with, and serving Jesus Christ in full glory the coming ages, may be attained by anyone who has faith in Jesus Christ and obeys His word. The first step is simply wanting the prize, desiring the word of God as a priceless gift, and sharing in fruit of our labor: the full harvest of mankind into our glorious liberty.
As Christ said: "blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled." Righteousness is the fruit of the Spirit: patience, gentleness, purity, being slow to anger and bounteous in mercy, and turning away from carnality. Simply desire these things and they will be given to you freely in great abundance by Christ in you. Why will God remove wicked servants from his own Kingdom so that only few are chosen? Because those who do not bear fruit are not suited for the work ahead.
The Kingdom is indeed at hand, and it is indeed among us. And, there is a kingdom to come: that which is our inheritance. That kingdom is not composed of wicked servants for they will have been removed. So, we run with confidence, humility, and joy pressing forward to the mark of the high calling of God. We are not required to be flawless, but faithful, not perfect, but loving and mature. We must simply have faith that the mountains within us can be moved, and if we believe, then the Lord will give us all that we ask for in spades and more so when our time comes, we may echo Paul's words:
May God bless you and keep your heart in peace. Amen.