The Nature of Christ's Kingdom
Lesson 26

Christ did not come into the world to originate truth. It was already originated. Neither did He come to set aside that which had been spoken by patriarchs and prophets; for He Himself was the originator of the truths spoken through these men. Every jewel of truth came from Christ. Men, however, had taken these priceless gems, using them to adorn tradition and superstition, thereby placing them in false settings. Their precious light had been made to support error. Christ came to take them out of the false settings of error, putting them again into the framework of truth.

When Jesus began His ministry, the popular conception of the Messiah and His work was such as to leave the people totally unprepared to receive Him. The Jews were not waiting in expectation of a Saviour from sin, but of a great prince who would bring them national honor, delivering them from their enemies. It was for this reason, that much of Christ’s teaching dealt with the nature of His kingdom and what it meant to become a part of it.

The parable of the sower had raised many questions in the people’s minds. From it, many concluded that Christ was not to establish an earthly kingdom. This caused them much perplexity. In order to answer these questions, Christ set about to turn their thoughts from the hope of a worldly kingdom and earthly glory, to the work of God’s grace in the heart.

1. To what material object did Christ liken His kingdom?

Matthew 13:44
Matthew 13:44

Note: In ancient times, because of theft and robberies, as well as the unstable political system, it was customary for men to hide their treasures in the earth. Often, however, the treasure was forgotten, or death claimed the owner, and the wealth which he had taken such pains to preserve, was left for the fortunate finder.

2. How much of his possessions did the man have to part with in order to obtain the desired treasure?

Matthew 13:44
Matthew 13:44

3. In giving up all, are we to fear material loss?

Matthew 6:31–33
Matthew 6:31–33

Note: Christians should not allow themselves to be troubled with anxious care as to the necessities of life. If men love and obey God, and do their part, God will provide for all their needs. All heaven was poured out to us in Christ, and He that spared not His own Son will not withhold any good thing from those who walk uprightly.

4. From whom is the gospel hidden?

2 Corinthians 4:3–4
2 Corinthians 4:3–4

Note: When iniquity is cherished, men do not feel the necessity of making diligent effort with prayer and reflection, to understand that which they must know or lose heaven. They have so long been under the shadow of the enemy that they view truth as men behold objects through a smoked and imperfect glass; for all things are dark and perverted in their eyes.

5. Where are all the treasures of knowledge and wisdom hid?

Colossians 2:2–3
Colossians 2:2–3

Note: All that can satisfy the needs and longings of the human heart, for this world and for the world to come, is found in Jesus.

6. How does the natural man view spiritual truth?

1 Corinthians 1:18
1 Corinthians 1:18

7. What is the natural heart’s attitude towards God’s authority?

Romans 8:7
Romans 8:7

8. What may followers of Christ expect to receive from the world?

John 15:19
John 15:19

Note: The light from heaven brings condemnation on all who refuse to walk in it. When rebuked by the example of those who hate sin, those who choose not to follow truth will become agents of Satan to harass and persecute the faithful.

9. How did Christ describe the way that leads to eternal life?

Matthew 7:13–14
Matthew 7:13–14

Note: If men could have the world and Christ also, many would readily accept Him, but between the world and the followers of Christ, there is to be a clear and decided distinction.

10. Why cannot the natural man receive the things of God?

1 Corinthians 2:14
1 Corinthians 2:14

Note: Christ saw that men were absorbed in getting gain, and were losing sight of eternal realities. Their minds were filled with selfish, ambitious thoughts. They had not the faith and from them the treasures of God’s Word were hidden.

11. What must take place before we can comprehend Spiritual truth?

John 3:3
John 3:3

12. It is apparent that this change is not a physical one; to what is it referring?

Ephesians 4:21–24
Ephesians 4:21–24

13. What two things are closely related to this rebirth?

John 3:5
John 3:5

Note: See also Titus 3:5.

14. Through what rite do we “put on Christ”?

Galatians 3:27
Galatians 3:27

15. Those who are baptized into Christ, share what experience?

Romans 6:3
Romans 6:3

16. How is such a baptism described?

Romans 6:4
Romans 6:4

Note: Baptism is a gospel ordinance commemorating the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. In baptism, public testimony is given to the effect that the one baptized has been crucified with Christ, buried with Him (put under the water), and raised with Him (brought up from the water) to walk in newness of life.

17. In what manner was Christ baptized?

Mark 1:9–10
Mark 1:9–10

Note: Only one mode of baptism can rightly represent all these facts of experience, and that is immersion—the mode followed by Christ and the ancient church.

18. At Pentecost, what did Peter instruct his hearers who had repented, to do?

Acts 2:38
Acts 2:38

19. After being united with Christ in the likeness of His death and resurrection, what should the believer do?

Colossians 3:1–3
Colossians 3:1–2

20. Who is then said to be living in the believer?

Galatians 2:20
Galatians 2:20

21. What was Jesus last commission to the disciples?

Matthew 28:18–20
Matthew 28:18–20

22. On one occasion, what did Paul do to those who had been baptized before learning all of the gospel?

Acts 19:3–5
Acts 19:3–5

23. While baptism is necessary, can baptism have any value without faith?

Mark 16:16
Mark 16:16

Note: Baptizing infants is meaningless because they have no faith. An infant can be dedicated to the Lord, as Jesus was as a baby (see Luke 2:22), but baptism is meaningful only when it expresses the believer’s faith. See Hebrews 11:6.

24. If we expect Jesus to acknowledge us before His Father in heaven, what is expected of us here?

Matthew 10:32
Matthew 10:32

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