Receiving the Kingdom

16  But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 17 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Luke 18:16 

The Dispensational Futurist have a great deal of trouble explaining these verses. They become very obscure as they puzzle about what appears to them to be an enigmatic statement. This is because their Kingdom is future and literal. Yet neither John the Baptists of Messiah presented the Kingdom as anything but present or in their words “at hand.”

The Kingdom is a spiritual one, with a spiritual temple. We were given just two spiritual sacred sacraments of spiritual communion and a spiritual baptism.

This is why the Kingdom is hidden, lost, full of weeds or full of bad fish. Only those who seek can find it. Only those who listen can hear it.

The Kingdom is present and spiritual but only if one has eyes to see and ears to hear.

Little children have no trouble with the concept that God is here and there,  everywhere in time and space. It is only when one becomes an adult with preconceived notions and grand expectations does the truth become clouded and mysterious.

We need to sit down open our hearts and receive the Kingdom as it is, and not what we want or expect.

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