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" Sons of the Kingdom "
    "And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of Heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Mt8:11-12)
This is the account of the Roman centurion who came to Jesus requesting healing for his servant, and Jesus initially says, "I will come and heal him" (vs7) but the centurion shows his faith by NOT wanting Jesus to come, but to just "speak a word". (vs8) In the political climate of that day any Roman in the military was "in charge" and a "ruler" at whatever local level, based on whatever their relative rank was. In keeping with His exhortation to render to Caesar and to God their respective dues (Mt22:21), even though being the Son of God, Jesus did not 'cling' to His own God-hood (Php2:6), but bowed to the societal conventions. In offering to 'come' and heal the servant, Jesus was exhibiting the 'servant' attitude. But the Centurion was exhibiting his -faith- in 'Who' Jesus was. In society of that day a Centurion was higher than -anybody- in Israel; but was exhibiting his faith that Jesus was ABOVE ALL.

This is something that the rank-and-file of Israel was -NOT- accepting. The Israeli rulers (the religious elite) did not accept. As Paul says,

    "for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory" (1Co2:8)
But Israel then was like the 'church' today. Israel thought they had a "place" that was irrevocable. (Jn11:48) In the wilderness they -all- came through great miracles and wonders. They all saw the dead bodies of the Egyptians as they were 'baptized' through the Red Sea. They all ate the manna. They all participated in the sacrifices. They all saw God's glory at the tabernacle. But what?
    "But with most of them God was not well pleased, for they were scattered in the wilderness." (1Co10:5)
By the time of Elijah, for however many million the population of Israel was, God told him that there were yet 7000 who had not bowed to Baal. (1Ki19:18) All the rest... Israel... the sons of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob... claiming affinity to the "Law" of God and the Kingdom... were NOT. Jesus proclaimed their judgment in the outer darkness, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. But the (despised) gentile was finding banquet in God's fellowship.

So, what was a prime feature of the Israel of Jesus' day?

    "When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed everyone who was sick" (Mt8:16)

    "And when He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way." (Mt8:28)

Other references that mention demon possession. (Mt4:24, 9:32, 12:22, 15:22)

HOW COULD THIS BE? A nation that is "called by God's name" (2Ch7:14, Jer7:11,14) having so many who are demon-possessed? Did they know God, or did they not?

Today, what is the entity that calls itself by God's name? They call themselves CHRIST-ians. Many of them say they are "building God's kingdom". They want to get the churches and christians to "stand together" for God and "make an impact" for Jesus Christ. And who, exactly, is standing together? Catholics, Mormons, Muslims, Baptists, Assemblies of God, Calvary Chapel, along with various eastern religions. One worships the Queen of Heaven, the next says that Jesus and Lucifer are brothers, the next is in a campaign to get rid of True Bible-believing Christians, and various ones are busy 'worshiping' and becoming "spirit-filled" (with demons). If Jesus was here (physically) today He would be casting demons out of "christians" from the "church".

That being the case, is it any wonder that those today who know the Lord speak of demonic oppression all around us. If demons inhabit the "church" (in Jesus' day the "synagogue/temple"), what does that say for the world that makes no "claims for Christ"?

And it is time for truth. The "church" today IS NOT. If God was "not well pleased" with "most" of Israel, that means that "most" of Israel was not "saved"; what does that say for the church? Most of the "church" is not saved. God is "not well pleased" with that which calls itself "church". They are not "saved".

What is a Christian?

    "And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch." (Ac11:26b)
A "disciple" is one who 'follows' and 'obeys' Jesus Christ and His teachings and doctrine. John says
    "He who says, I know Him, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him." (1Jn2:4)
If the truth is not in him, and Jesus calls Himself the "Truth" (Jn14:6); BY DEFINITON (no ifs, ands or buts) such a person does not have Jesus Christ. He is not able to claim "Christ in you the hope of glory" (Col1:27)

Such a person is NOT a "Christian".

Such a person, by Jesus' definition to the Centurion, will NOT "sit down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob" but will be in the "outer darkness" Such a person is NOT a "son of the Kingdom".

Such a person has been used to saying,

    "Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many works of power (miracles) in Your name? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who work out lawlessness!" (Mt7:22-23)
Such a person speaks of winning complete nations at-a-time to the kingdom. They fill up their stadiums with thousands of people where the people flock forward and fall on the ground 'slain', and they proclaim: A Great Outpouring. Revival has come. God is saving His poeple. But they are NOT 'His' people. Get away from Me, you impostor...I don't know you.

We keep repeating lately, but it is not sinking in for some people. How do people get into God's Kingdom?

    "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many entering in through it. Because narrow is the gate and distressing is the way which leads unto life, and there are few who find it." (Mt7:13-14)
And these are Jesus' own words. You can take it to the bank. It is sure. If somebody comes along and tells you something else, beware...!
    "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves." (Mt7:15)
They come along claiming to have wisdom and to proclaim the word of the Lord...but they are false.
    "The prophets prophesy lies in My name; I did not send them, nor have I commanded them, nor did I speak to them. They prophesy to you a false vision and a worthless divination, and a thing of no value, and the deceit of their heart." (Jer14:14)
Their word is THEIR OWN, NOT GOD's. They are NOT sons of God's Kingdom! They are merely sons of the [k]ingdom (of their own making). They are merely of the [c]hurch...they are not the Church of Jesus Christ.


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