Kingdom of Heaven – Part2

Matthew 5:
27. You have heard it said; Do not commit adultery.
28. But I tell you that everyone seeing a woman with a view to desire her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
29. So if your right eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and cast it away; for it is more expedient for you that one of your members perish than for all of you to be cast into gehenna (hell).
30. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and cast it away; for it is more expedient for you that one of your members perish than for all of you to be cast into gehenna and all of your body to be lost.

The continuation of the principle of the heart’s intent is again brought out in the words of the king, Jesus. It is not only the act; but, the thoughts of men that bring them into their own judgement. We cannot guard our every thought. We need power from above to aid us in the reality of Jesus and what He is giving us. Our understanding of this need of power must wait, for in time He will tell us. Let the want of further understanding, be upon our hearts, as we continue to study together.

Jesus is not asking us to amputate limbs; but, to cut off from our hearts the roots of any desires that would bring us into condemnation. It is far better to be crippled than to loose all in the final judgement. However, note Jesus repeated the condition of this surgery twice. Do not be confused, for He is saying we may need to cut more than once. Personally it seems that my own evil nature has caused very little of me to still exist. I find myself continually cutting off some other part of me, to reduce my sinful nature. Strangely enough it seems as if by my own hand I have become less and less; and, Jesus is becoming more and more. Praise God! The king is so wise.

Matthew 5:
31. And it has been said: Whosoever dismisses his wife, let him give her a bill of divorce.
32. But I tell you that everyone dismissing his wife from himself for no other reason than fornication is the cause of her to commit adultery. And whoever marries a dismissed woman, commits adultery.

The word of the Lord is plain, we can but acknowledge it in our hearts and obey His will. The Jews had taken the law and made it into tradition. Jesus is but revealing the fulfillment of that law before the hearts of men. The law has not ended but is being completed in purpose; let it fill you within and eternally know the need of the Lord.

I have contained myself but now the restraining is let. There is a movement of the antichrist within the body of the Lord in the country of America. This evil is being led by the clergy. They have been blinded by the evil one into falsely culturalizing the scripture; even the very words spoken by the Lord.

Romans 1:
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in themf; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. (KJV)

These words of Jesus through the Apostle Paul are the fortification of the law to protect the covenant of marriage. The blessed relationship found in marriage; when two are made as one flesh.

Genesis 2:
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. (KJV)

Marriage is but the reflection of the covenant that God has given to mankind, now fulfilled in the Lord Jesus Christ. A bond culminated in the final collection of the body of believers – The King’s bride. The entire scripture is but a history of that courtship and developing love. Marriage is a physical relationship that was created in the image of God’s covenant toward us. This is a major event that Satan has chosen to destroy. He started at the garden of Eden and has continued throughout history to this day. Satan is jealous of our love for God. He wants to be like God; and, covets our devotion. Look at the reasons for Satan’s choice and how he has sought to destroy: Abraham – with the promise of God, David – with the sin of the heart, Herod – to try and destroy the offspring of Israel. Do I say more? The decay of the moral fiber of man in any society is the sign of Satan’s desires to remove the promises of God from coming into the hearts of men. Do not let anyone come to you and try to justify a cultural immmoral use of sex in the presence of scripture. Those of us whom have lived and dealt in divorce and re-marriage before and after the moment of our salvation, must need get into the word of God for His answers! Study please. If I were to teach my thoughts I would be usurping the Holy Spirit. Let Him instruct you.

Proverbs 18:22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.(KJV)

1 Timothy 5:14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 6:
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.
15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
7:1 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.
4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.
5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.
6 But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.
7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.
8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.
9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.
10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband:
11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.
12 But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.
13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.
14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.
15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.
16 For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?
17 But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.
18 Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised.
19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.
20 Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.
21 Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.
22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant.
23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.
24 Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.
25 Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful.
26 I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be.
27 Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife.
28 But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you.
29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;
30 And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not;
31 And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.
32 But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:
33 But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.
34 There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
35 And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.
36 But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry.
37 Nevertheless he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin, doeth well.
38 So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better.
39 The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.
40 But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God. (KJV)

Much has been said of what these verses mean.

Matthew 5:
33. Again you have heard it said of the ancients: You should not perjure, but unto the Lord you shall repay your oaths.
34. But I tell you not to swear at all; neither by the heaven, because it is the throne of
35. God; nor by the earth, for it is the footrest; not by Jerusalem, because it is the city of the great King;
36. nor by your heads swear, because you cannot make one hair white or black.
37. But let the words of you be simple, yes, yes; or no, no; for in excess of these is evil.

I just do not know how one could make an interpretation of these verses to apply to all men in all situations. For example, the oath of truth in a court of law. This must be met by each one as they see, by the Spirit, for themselves. However, one point is plain. A simple yes or no is all that is required to be sufficient! Adding more to what we say to God by promise or oath is evil. The reasons are not for us to know, but the Lord has given us a warning. He has told us that a simple answer is enough. Look at this as a parent. If we ask a child to do something or not to do something, is not yes or no sufficient? To make them add a promise to their answer is only going to bind them into failure. The Lord has only asked us to live each day at a time. To bind ourselves by oath or a promise, above a simple yes or no, is to put the problems of tomorrow on those of today. Jesus does not want us living yesterday or tomorrow but now. Let us therefore heed the king’s warning and keep ourselves from harm.

Matthew 5:
38. You have heard that it was said: An eye in behalf of an eye and a tooth in behalf of a tooth.
39. But I tell you not to oppose evil; but to the one who strikes you on your right cheek, turn and give him the other one;
40. and to the one who wishes to judge you and take your clothes, allow him and give him your coat also;
41. and to the one who shall impress you a mile’s distance, go two with him.
42. Give to him that asks, and do not turn away the one wishing to borrow from you.

If we have known the Lord; who are we? Who is the judge of the world’s intent? Who is to be our judge? Are we able to judge? These questions are all answered. If we have known the Lord we know we are no judges; we are the fruit of our sorrow reborn and nothing more. Jesus is our judge. Jesus is the judge of the evil upon us. He did not say oppose the movement of evil upon you. Have we forgotten? Rejoice when you have been blessed with persecution for the sake of my name in righteousness. Jesus is commanding us to remain under His judgement and wait upon Him. Why else are we to answer plainly yes or no. He alone will restore your coat. Let the king lead your heart through the presence of evil; not around evil. The blessing of the Lord God will abound in your heart and in the hearts of those who persecute you, unto their repentance or unto their judgement.

Have we become so callus that we have forgotten the giver, and kept the gift? How can we but give and give to those that ask us, when we have been given all; and, have deserved nothing. I pray God will be with us and in us. Let the spirit flow over us that we may know only but to continually give in Jesus’ name.

You could justly reply, “That sounds all well and good but, how can I do this?” I would say as well myself, that what the Lord has asked us to do seems impossible. For if some evil so-and-so did that to me, well I would . . . And the Lord says go the second mile, turn the cheek. How? I have tried so hard, but it is so difficult. Yes, it is very difficult. Even the Lord himself sweat blood in deep distress of a second mile with God – let alone with an unbeliever. Yet Jesus has prevailed. The only conclusion is but to lean harder upon the resources of the spirit of God within; and, less and less upon our own nature. We must grow up concerning the ways of God. We must mature under His instruction. We must press on to the higher calling.

Matthew 5:
43. You have heard that it was said; You are to love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
44. But I say to you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; so
45. that you may become the sons of the Father in the heavens, because He makes the sun to rise on both evil and good men and rains on the just and the unjust.
46. For if you but love the ones loving you, what reward have you? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same?
47. and, if you only greet your brothers, what excess do you have? Don’t even the Gentiles do the same?
48. Be therefore perfect as even your heavenly Father is perfect.
6.1. Take heed not to do righteousness in front of men with thought of being seen by them; otherwise, you will not have a reward with your Father in the heavens.
2. Therefore, when you do alms, do not sound a trumpet in front of you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogue and in the streets, so that they may be glorified by men; truthfully I tell you, they will have their reward.
3. But when you do alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand does.
4. so that your alms may be seen in secret; and your Father, the one seeing in secret, will repay you.

Did we envision that the Lord made us only to receive? No, the king has spoken and we must move according to His will. Love given to the lover is not worthy of a reward, it is it’s own reward by being given. We must love at all cost or we are lost; for, if we do not love all men, we are not the sons and daughters of God. Without a love that has no boundaries, we have failed to learn what the peace of God is. How can we refer to ourselves as the sons of God and not know or be the witness of His peace? How can one call himself a son of God and not love those whom the Lord has shown His love to? He died for all men, not just the ones we care about. Rain does fall on the just and on the unjust. Love from above must also reign in our hearts and issue as a river on the just and on the unjust.

Hear God humbly; if we do not love those who persecute us we do not know the true fellowship of the spirit in our hearts. He is not asking us to kindle false love nor to confuse love with affection for someone. Just love. Don’t be confused, Jesus said love, not like. There is a difference; and, most of us by our common sense know the difference. Love from the king flowing through us is automatic, learning or having to like someone is a matter of our choice. Praise the Lord! He does reign within us and we do know the fellowship of His spirit. We can feel the tug of His reign with power. Live and love and let the will of the Father be done. We are called to be perfect as the Father is also perfect. How can we, unless we too have the same spirit and share the same glory and the same power; yes the same power.

If your God is too small or not very powerful, if you find yourself not very dependant upon Him; then He is not very perfect and neither will you be. The power of the almighty God is available to all who call upon His name and obey His will in faith and love. Our love must be shown in secret to give the glory to the Father. We were not made manifested in His love by the sounding of our trumpets in the streets, but by the Lord Jesus descending alone into the depths of hell for three days. If we do blow our horns we will receive the reward of our arrogance. Live humbly before the spirit of the Living God within your heart in awe and praise.

Kenneth D. Davis

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