Relationships – Restoring Relationships

When people pray what is called the Lord’s prayer part of that prayer says “thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven”. A fascinating study is to study the different kingdoms. But my focus today is helping people understand the reason Jesus was willing to go to the cross.

Remember, when the people asked Jesus to teach them to pray, Jesus taught them to address their prayers to Our Father which art in heaven meaning, we address our prayers to our Heavenly Father. But Jesus also said, thy kingdom come and then Jesus prayed for provisions and other things. You can read the prayer Matthew 6:9-13.

Think about the kingdom. Jesus did not come to earth to stay on earth. Jesus even said, John 18:36 KJV  “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.”

Jesus came to earth to do something. He had to take care of a problem, an issue. The issue is sin. Why? Because God is holy. Remember when Adam sinned God told him he would die? Adam’s spirit man having a close relationship with God died. Adam died spiritually. That proves God made us to be alive spiritually. God’s intent was we have God the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit would be an inner light to us, an inner guide. God intended we be governed from heaven by sending the Holy Spirit from heaven to live inside us and the Holy Spirit would lead and guide us in all our decisions. The Holy Spirit is the government of God. When Adam sinned, the Holy Spirit could no longer live inside us. That is why we see the Holy Spirit would come and go in the Old Testament.

Jesus explains this governing of the Holy Spirit in John 16:13-14 KJV
  “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
[14] He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”

Jesus later, then said the kingdom was at hand. Jesus gave his life willingly on the cross to pay the penalty for all sin so the kingdom could come.   Luke 17:20-21 KJV  “And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
[21] Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”

Another words, the Holy Spirit that lived in Jesus could not co-habitate in man because of sin. So the sin problem had to be taken care of. Scripture says Jesus took our sin and nailed it to his cross. Hebrews 10:9-19 KJV  “Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
[10] By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all .
[11] And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
[12] But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
[13] From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
[14] For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
[15] Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,
[16] This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
[17] And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
[18] Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
[19] Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,”

When Jesus hung on that cross about 2000 years ago, he paid the sin debt forever, for all eternity. Including your’s and my sin debt 2000 years later. Jesus nailed sin to his cross. Once you believe that in your heart not just your head, and you receive Jesus as your Redeemer and Saviour, you believe on Jesus’ finished work on the cross in your heart, and you confess that with your mouth, you are saved. Then the Holy Spirit can come and live inside you like he did with Adam before Adam sinned. Paul explains it this way, Ephesians 1:13-14 KJV
” In whom ye also trusted , after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
[14] Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”

Once you believe on you are quickened.
Ephesians 2:1-10 KJV  “And you hath he quickened , who were dead in trespasses and sins;
[2] Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
[3] Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
[4] But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
[5] Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
[6] And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
[7] That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
[8] For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
[9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.
[10] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

It is all about restoring a relationship with God. It does not matter if Jew or Gentile, rich or poor or what ethnic background you have. It is about believing on who Jesus is and what he did on the cross and receiving him. Then the relationship with God can be restored.

So Jesus pays the sin debt and once we believe and receive him, the Holy Spirit comes to live inside us. The previous tenant, sin, is evicted, thrown out. Yes, the flesh will want to sin but sin no longer reigns and rules inside, the Holy Spirit does.

Jesus came to earth to accomplish a purpose. To reconcile God and mankind. Jesus accomplished this by taking all sin and taking it upon himself nailing it to his cross. Once that was accomplished, the kingdom of God could come as Jesus explained in Luke 17:20, 21. In the Old Testament the Holy Spirit would come and go. But once Jesus took care of the sin problem, the Holy Spirit could come and live inside true believers bringing in the kingdom of God. Jesus explains in John 14:16-17 KJV. “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
[17] Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”

Once you believe and ask the Lord to save you, then what? That is where we will pick it up next time. We will look at how the kingdom of God works in us and through us. Until next time.

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