The Kingdom Within
|"Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you." Luke 17:21|
|"For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost." Romans 14:17|
|In the world there is confusion about faith because there is a lack of knowledge. "For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one [is] given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely." Jeremiah 6:13|
|This, of course, is why the whole world is back in the bondage of Egypt, back in The mire.|
|The only way out is to repent, which is to think a different way about the daily ministration to your neighbor. That way is to come together in a voluntary society supported by freewill offerings/charity to form an Intentional Community according to The Way of the Early Church as Christ commanded.|
|The taxation for the government of God is only imposed upon our hearts and minds by God for the servants of the kingdom of God can only serve. Matthew 23:11 "But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant."|
|Everyone struggling to repent and seek the kingdom would be striving to out forgive, out give, outserve everyone else in the network.|
|1 Peter 3:16 "Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. 17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. 18 ¶ For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:"|
|We should cultivate voluntarism, charity, forgiveness in ourselves and in our local communities at every opportunity and cast our bread upon the waters of the whole network of congregations. All this while we meditate upon our own hearts and mind cleaning out our personal Temples of the Holy Spirit of all unrighteousness, selfishness and unfogiveness.|
|Knowing that trials and tribulations will come what should we be learning and teaching and doing?|
|How do I become a part of a network of congregations of charity and hope like the early Church?|
|What is the One purse warning about?|
The Kingdom Within
If God was truly in the hearts of the people they would make the right choices, not based on the accumulated knowledge in their own minds, but upon the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Even the highest servant of the kingdom was not to rule over the people, nor return them to Egypt, nor make agreements or treaties for them. Each man would choose who would be their primary minister. There could be no voter fraud, no special interest take over. Each leader was known intimately by ten men already chosen by ten men because of the trust and virtue and service found in him. Any corruption found at any level was directly accessible. Any coveting or taking from a neighbor was fundamentally forbidden. Protection and love of neighbor was as important as protection and love of self. There was no compelled tax, but voluntary charity only. It was courage and virtue that maintained the bulwarks of the kingdom.
There was no central treasury to rob, no high office of power to make deals or to be corrupted. Each individual had to accept responsibility for themselves, their family and their neighbors. This was Christianity. This is and was the Kingdom of God, a kingdom based on the faith, hope, and charity of individual free people who have come together under the precepts of God the Father. As people sought righteousness and did the will of the Father in Heaven, the kingdom was edified in them and about them. Men of honor and virtue flock to such a system and men of sloth and avarice, greedy for power, and control have no place in it.
This ancient system, preached anew by Christ and His disciples divided the sheep from the goats, and turned the authoritarian rule of the world upside down and made straight the way of the LORD.
During times of grave trials and great tribulation, it is not distant dictators, hypothetical philosophies, or detached doctrines, nor divided denominations that cultivate loyalty, courage, and sacrifice in men, but it is the personal sacrifice of brotherhood that nurtures the virtuous spirit within the soul of society. It is the shared bread in hunger, the bestowed cover against cold and the freely given sweat, blood and even life that teaches love and patience, virtue and fortitude, and binds souls together as one body, one nation, a peculiar people, in the name of God - in this world and the next. It is the daily sacrifice of self for the rights of others that brings man to the willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice to live or die in service to the Lord of Lords.
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
A nation bound together in such brotherhood cannot be broken. Jesus knew that a nation built on force, control and compliance will falter and fail as it fosters power and pride, fear and anger. When love fades in men, men fail. When love and charity is not exercised, virtue dies. When faith does not accrue, allegiance is abated. Without the praxis of honor their is no home in us for the Holy Spirit.
Those who studied the histories of Israel understood that the bloody sacrifice and burnt offerings of the Pharisees were nothing more than a travesty if not heresy itself. Those who had sought to learn the ancient mysteries of the Kingdom knew that the altars of Abraham and Moses were built of men, not of dead stone. These unregulated [unhewn] individuals of noble conscience were men of grace to whom contributions of charity were granted by the freewill of the people. Their purpose was to care for the needy and needs of the community and to feed the sheep of the kingdom. They realized that these altars were a form of unregulated social insurance that strengthened the receiver as much as those who gave. It was this system that brought the whole nation together in a living network of brotherhood and love in the name or character of the Father.
No man could take from or injure an Israelite without injuring the whole nation. No one could conquer such a nation unless they conquered every man and women in it. The more you fought them the stronger and more resolved they became. There seems a great power in hate and fear, lust and greed, but faith and love overcomes all.
This venerable system was designed to keep the nation strong and free in the face of its adversity. The feasts were ceremonial rituals, but their practical purpose was to keep the nation together as one people. They were designed to strengthen community by bringing families and congregations of families together into a national community of individual marriages, family alliances and a loyal brotherhood.
The people knew the family was the foundation of all society and there was no wisdom in weakening it unless your hope was tyranny. Sons and Daughters look to their Father and Mother to teach them the lessons of life. The community was an extended family and it fused into one body under the perfect law of liberty and love. Each successive generation knew that they had to care for their own parents as well as the needy of society. Those who were without family support were cared for as a matter of custom and a common assurance of hope and faith. In a system of charity there is no entitlement, but only grace and the hope of it.
Any king or ruler ordained of God would know that to rule over the conscience of the people is to kill liberty and love. Jesus would not appoint rulers over the people, neither would he rule over them. His archetype was Gideon who said:
“And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you.” Judges 8:23
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The Free Church Report presents a unique path for the modern Church according the nature of the first century Church by explaining the duty and purposes of that institution appointed by Christ. While Rome declined under runaway inflation, corrupt government, martial law, and endless threats of war, the Christians found an alternative to the men who “called themselves benefactors but exercised authority one over the other.”
The early Christian knew rights and responsibilities were indivisible. They sought the right to be ruled by God by taking back their responsibility, through the service of “called out” ministers who lived in the world, but were not of it. Their government benefits came through a divine network instituted in their hearts and minds by faith, hope, and charity under the perfect law of liberty as their Qorban of the unrighteous mammon failed the Roman society. Order
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