Matthew 19:29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.
What does this mean? Sure there was some physical separation, but the main separation was in world view. Belief drives action, as well as reaction from others. Remaining firm in ones belief and acting upon it brings an emotional battle and ultimate separation or reunion, even with family members. For they too can become believers. But what if they don’t?
Matthew 16:24-27 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross (in Luke He says: that this is a daily thing), and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.
This is the blessed hope, but there is evidence of this hope in the present.
Luke 9:26-27 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.”
Many become confused by these words, but Jesus is not saying here that the Millennial kingdom will come before some of these standing here would die. As we will later see. This kingdom of God is very near us.
We have to understand that to gain the Millennial Kingdom involves a future physical resurrection. Whereas the kingdom of God is a present Spiritual rebirth, and is a present possession.
Matthew 26:29 I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” So when did this happen?
Luke 17:20-21 Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”
Luke 24:41-43 While they still could not believe it because of their joy and amazement, He said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave Him a piece of a broiled fish; and He took it and ate it before them.
Jesus, ate with them in God’s kingdom, which He established with the New Covenant in their presence as He had stated.
You and I today who are in the kingdom of God can be similar to the prophets such as Jeremiah of old. We have the Spirit of knowledge and wisdom within us. We know things that the world does not know, and our mission is to impart those things to the world — even if they will not listen. BDoing that will cause us to be hated by those in the world who refuse to repent.
When we see Jeremiah and the other prophets suffering for the Word of God, we should expect that that may be our lot as well.
John 15:20-21 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me.
John 15:23-24 He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well.
We’re these words intended just for the understanding of the disciples? They were sent to make disciples. Are you a disciple? Then it is reasonable to think that our Lord is talking to everyone who commits to follow Him.
John 15:26-27 “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me, and you will testify also, because you have been with Me from the beginning.
Are you a witness of the Christ who is in you?
John 16:1-3 “These things I have spoken to you so that you may be kept from stumbling. They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God. These things they will do because they have not known the Father or Me.
John 16:13 But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.
Throughout history there have been hours when men do kill His followers in various parts of the globe. In China, in the Middle East, in Africa, there are those once again experiencing His words.
The Holy Spirit’s mission is outlined here. He was and is to guide us into all truth; and that is to include the truth of what is to come. To guide into truth is a process. We enter into a learning mode. We are teachable. We do not think of ourselves more highly than we are. We are humble servants, disciples of the Lord. We understand the cost.
John 16:25-28 “These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; an hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but will tell you plainly of the Father. In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I will request of the Father on your behalf; for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came forth from the Father. I came forth from the Father and have come into the world; I am leaving the world again and going to the Father.”
John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
Was this promise and prophetic word just to the Disciples? We seem willing to claim parts of it, but not all of it for ourselves. There is persecution and tribulation in various parts of the world. Perhaps it is not here, yet, because we have yet to act as though we are His disciples.
1 Peter 1:6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: (KJV)
The promise of the Spirit is to every believer. It is not without testing. You can read more about these things on this blog and in the book
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