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Joy in the kingdom of God comes by Godís
grace helping us walk in the light as He is in the light. God our
Father makes it possible for us to walk in the light. He has cleansed us
by the blood of Jesus to make us right with Himself. Shortly after He
raised Jesus from the dead and seated Him at His right in heaven, God
poured out the Holy Spirit. Then, He delivered us from the power of
darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of His Son.
Posted: 12/31/2016 at 5:50am
reigns over His kingdom through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the
earnest of our inheritance, which is the kingdom of God. Just as we are
saved and will be saved, we are in the kingdom that is and will be in
the kingdom that is to come. Jesus must reign as king until all enemies
are destroyed. The last enemy is death. When death is destroyed, Jesus
will hand over His kingdom to God our Father and God will live with us
in the new heaven and new earth.
moment we believed in Jesus, God cleansed us, saved us and made us new
creatures created in Christ Jesus, indwelt by the Holy Spirit. We follow
Jesus in the Holy Spirit. Thus, we are able to walk in the light as God
is in the light.
For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness [right conduct], peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. Whoever serves Christ in this way is acceptable to God and approved by men. Ro 14:17-18 HCSB
serve Christ by walking in right conduct, peace and joy in the Holy
Spirit. As the Spirit helps us get to know Messiah Jesus better, we
become more and more like Him. By sharing His noble life with us, He
helps us spend our lives being useful and productive in Godís service.
We often ignore or otherwise quench His promptings, but they keep coming
up from deep within from the Holy Spirit to our spirit.
then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence
only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with
fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will
and to work for His good pleasure. Php 2:12-13 NASB
is because of God that you are in union with the Messiah Jesus, who for
us has become wisdom from God, as well as our righteousness,
sanctification, and redemption. 1 Cor 1, 30 ISV
Right conduct in the kingdom of God
Let the righteous person continue to do what is right. And let the holy person continue to be holy. Rev 22:11 ISV
The Holy Spirit helps us walk in right conduct. Our right conduct is
demonstrated by how we relate with God, one another and unbelievers.
Christ our king leads us to walk as He walked on this earth. He leads by
love saying, ďIf you love Me, you will keep My commandsĒ (Jn 14:15 HCSB).. He does not rule by the Law, for He brought grace and truth (Jn 1:17).
In Ephesians 4; Paul gives us the big picture of how Messiah Jesus leads us to conduct ourselves in contrast to people of the world.
I say this and testify in the Lord: You should no longer walk as the
Gentiles walk, in the futility of their thoughts. They are darkened in
their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the
ignorance that is in them and because of the hardness of their hearts.
They became callous and gave themselves over to promiscuity for the
practice of every kind of impurity with a desire for more and more.
that is not how you learned about the Messiah, assuming you heard about
Him and were taught by Him, because the truth is in Jesus. You took off
your former way of life, the old self that is corrupted by deceitful
desires; you are being renewed in the spirit of your minds; you put on
the new self, the one created according to Godís likeness in
righteousness and purity of the truth.
you put away lying, Speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, because
we are members of one another. Be angry and do not sin. Donít let the
sun go down on your anger, and donít give the Devil an opportunity. The
thief must no longer steal. Instead, he must do honest work with his own
hands, so that he has something to share with anyone in need. No foul
language is to come from your mouth, but only what is good for building
up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear. And donít
grieve Godís Holy Spirit. You
were sealed by Him for the day of redemption. All bitterness, anger and
wrath, shouting and slander must be removed from you, along with all
malice. And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one
another, just as God also forgave you in Christ. Eph 417-32 HCSB CF 1 Peter 2:11-12; Php 21-4
Living up to that would do much for our relationships with one another. Especially:
took off your former way of life, the old self that is corrupted by
deceitful desires; you are being renewed in the spirit of your minds;
you put on the new self, the one created according to Godís likeness in
righteousness and purity of the truth.
Peace in the kingdom of God
Right conduct leads to peace. Peace with one another is the environment of Godís kingdom in which we thrive.
The Holy Spirit produces virtues in us that are the stuff of peace. Paul puts them in stark contrast to the works of the flesh (Gal 5:16-25).
the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, meekness, self-control; against such there is no
law. And they that are of Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with
the passions and the lusts thereof.
we live by the Spirit, by the Spirit let us also walk. Let us not
become vainglorious, provoking one another, envying one another. Gal 5:22-25 ASV
ďIf we live by the Spirit, by the Spirit let us also walk.Ē We walk by the Spirit, in love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, self-control. This makes for deep, fulfilling relationships filled with joy.
let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth
is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for
God is love. 1 Jn 4:7-8 KJV
We thrive in love one another relationships that are described by words derived from the Greek koin, meaning common. We share in common. Koinonia is translated communion, community, communication, distribution, fellowship, and partnership. Our actions are identified with koinoneo, translated share, communicate, distributing and be partaker. Koinonos means a companion, partner and partaker.
Those words describe our kindred relationships in Christ. They are the result of God working through us all to ďlive as people whom God has called should live.Ē
I, a prisoner in the Lord, urge you to live as people whom God has
called should live. Be humble and gentle in every way, be patient and
lovingly bear with one another. Do your best to keep the oneness of the
Spirit by living together in peace/shalom: one body and one Spiritóeven
as you have been called to share one hopeóone Lord, one faith, one
baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over us all, works through
us all, and lives in us all. Eph 4:1-6 AAT
The oneness of the Spirit brings mutual concord among us. When we live ďas people whom God has called should live,Ē our right conduct helps develop peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. And, we get to live in that kingdom environment as we look for the kingdom that is to come (Rev 21-22; Heb 13:14).
That walk is ordained of God.
by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves,
it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may
boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good
works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Eph 2:8-10 NASB
Joy in the kingdom of God
Remember, ďWhoever serves Christ in this way is acceptable to God and approved by men.Ē Here, our focus is on joy and rejoicing in one another relationships. We are filled with joy for harmonious fellowship with those who walk in right conduct and peace in the Holy Spirit.
Notice joy follows love in the fruit of the Spirit. When we put our love into action and make it real, joy comes forth.
This how we learned what love is: He gave His life for us. We too should give
our lives for our fellow Christians. If anyone has this worldís goods
and sees his fellow Christian is in need but shuts his heart against
him, how can he still be loving God? Children, let us not love only in
words or in talk but let us put our love into action and make it real. 1 Jn 3:16-18 AAT
is patient. Love is kind. Love isnít jealous. It doesnít brag or get
conceited. It isnít indecent. It isnít selfish. It doesnít get angry. It
doesnít plan to hurt anyone. It doesnít delight in evil but is happy
with the truth. It bears everything, believes everything, hopes for
everything, endures everything. 1 Cor 13:4-7 AAT
you were called to be free, brothers; only donít use this freedom as an
opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love. Gal 5:13 HCSB
has put the body together, giving greater honor to the less honorable,
so that there would be no divisions in the body, but that the members
would have the same concern for each other. So if one member suffers,
all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the
members rejoice with it. Now you are the body of Christ,t and individual
members of it. 1 Co 12:24-37 HCSB
serve Christ when we love one another in such ways. This brings forth
joy, beginning in our homes and extending to those in His church.
When we do works of service, joy wells up in our hearts and in the hearts of the recipients.
When we edify one another joy wells up in our hearts and spirits.
So then, we must pursue what promotes peace and what builds up [edifies] one another. Ro 14:19 HCSB
Paul found great joy in those who God put in his care. We can rejoice for similar things we find in one another.
In addition to our comfort, we rejoiced even more over the joy Titus had, because his spirit was refreshed by all of you. 2 Co 7:13b HCSB
I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. Phl 1:3-4 HCSB
then there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love,
if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, sharing the same feelings, focusing on one goal. Phl 2:1-2 HCSB
then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my
presence, but now even more in my absence, work out your own salvation
with fear and trembling. For it is God who is working in you, enabling
you both to desire and to work out His good purpose. Do everything
without grumbling and arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure,
children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation,
among whom you shine like stars in
the world. Hold firmly to the message of life. Then I can boast in the
day of Christ that I didnít run or labor for nothing. But even if I am
poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your
faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. In the same way you should also be glad and rejoice with me. Phl 2:12-18 HCSB
So then, my brothers, you are dearly loved and longed for ó my joy and crown. In this manner stand firm in the Lord, dear friends. Phl 4:1 HCSB
For who is our hope or joy or crown of boasting in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? Is it not you? For you are our glory and joy! 1 Th 2:20 CSB
To Timothy. I
thank God, whom I serve with a clear consciencee as my ancestors did,
when I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day. Remembering
your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy, clearly
recalling your sincere faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois,
then in your mother Eunice, and that I am convinced is in you also.2 Ti 1:3-5 CSB
To Philemon. I
always thank my God when I mention you in my prayers, because I hear of
your love and faith toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints. I
pray that your participation in the faith may become effective through
knowing every good thing that is in us for the glory of Christ. For I have great joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother. Phm 1:4-7 HCSB
Though I have many things to write to you, I donít want to do so with paper and ink. Instead, I hope to be with you and talk face to face so that our joy may be complete. 2 Jo 1:12 CSB
I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 Jo 1:4 CSB
In Hebrews, we are exhorted: ďRemember
your leaders who have spoken Godís word to you. As you carefully
observe the outcome of their lives, imitate their faithĒ (Heb 13:7 HCSB).
We would do well to imitate Paulís faith. He clearly shows joy does not rely on circumstances.
give no opportunity for stumbling to anyone, so that the ministry will
not be blamed. But as Godís ministers, we commend ourselves in
- by great endurance, by afflictions,
- by hardship, by difficulties,
- by beatings, by imprisonments,
- by riots, by labors,
- by sleepless nights, by times of hunger,
- by purity, by knowledge,
- by patience, by kindness,
- by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love,
- by the message of truth,
- by the power of God;
- through weapons of righteousness
- on the right hand and the left,
- through glory and dishonor,
- through slander and good report;
- as deceivers yet true;
- as unknown yet recognized;
- as dying and look ó we live;
- as being disciplined yet not killed;
- grieving yet always rejoicing;
- as poor yet enriching many;
- as having nothing yet possessing everything. 2 Co 6:3-10 HCSB
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account, so that they can do this with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you. Heb 13:17 HCSB
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