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The Kingdom of God

Romans 5:1-10, Romans 14:16-18, Andrew Love, January 28, 2018


Sermon Notes:

Introduction

  • Reading v16-18
  • Opening Remarks
    • This person serves Christ and is approved by men
  • Looking at v17 this evening
    • This one verse brings us to the heart of the gospel
    • We need to focus on the central things
    • We must not wrangle over secondary issues
  • The kingdom of God is not food and drink (i.e. Little laws about what you can eat and drink)
    • The disciples of John the Baptist often refrained from different foods and fasted
    • John the Baptist had a rarefied diet - he ate just wild honey and locusts
    • Jesus came eating & drinking and brought the word of God
    • Jesus' disciples were often criticised because they did not fast
    • Jesus did fast at times and went without food at other times
  • The kingdom of God can never be defined by eating and drinking
    • It cannot be defined by outward or physical things - examples
    • The kingdom of God is within us
    • The Reign of Christ with the hearts of His people
    • This kingdom continues today
    • People enter into this kingdom by being born again
    • People are removed from the kingdom of Satan and placed into the kingdom of His Son
    • This kingdom cannot be seen (though we can tell believers by their fruit)
  • The kingdom of God is characterised by three things:
    • Righteousness
    • Joy
    • Peace
  • The kingdom of God is not to be defined by:
    • Jewish festivals
    • Things you can and cannot eat
    • Ritual or ceremony
    • Where you worship
  • The kingdom of God is defined by God's word
  • We must be careful not to get sidetracked by the building, the weekly program, our dress, our hairstyles, the communion wine & bread
    • We must focus on the gospel of Christ
  • Overview:
    • What the Kingdom of God isn't
    • What the Kingdom of God is

What the Kingdom of God isn't

  • Religion:
    • Eating and drinking is about festivals
    • Paul has said the things of the Old Covenant were passing away
      • Food law, ceremonial law, civil law
      • Ratified in the blood of Jesus Christ
    • People are not to be taken up with external things
      • Circumcision, clothing
      • It is about sacrifice of heart
    • Not true religion
      • Only about form, ceremonies and church tradition
      • Did Jesus Christ die for this?
    • Example of a church in the United States
  • Morality:
    • If the kingdom of God is principly about how you live, why did Jesus Christ need to come in the first place?
    • It is not about do's and don'ts
      • It is not about restrictions
      • Example of a pastor and his children
    • God is interested in our hearts and changing us on the inside
      • We should make decisions based on our heart being right before God
      • Not what parents tell us
  • Denominations:
    • Forming different denominations is a travesty of the gospel
    • The only flag we fly at Tabor Baptist Church is that we are a bible believing church
    • We have our creeds but it is about the bible
  • My satisfaction:
    • People enjoyed eating meat
      • Paul put himself in the position of the strong
      • v14 - he grew up with food laws but God changed his mind
    • Example of Esau
  • The Kingdom of God is about:
    • Righteousness, peace and joy ... in the Holy Spirit
    • This is what Christian living is about
    • Our paradise is not sensual but about being present with the
      living God

What the Kingdom of God is

  • Something very big
    • We should not be nit-picky, like the pharisees
    • We should be concerned with the big issues
  • Righteousness:
    • God is righteous
      • God's anger is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness
        • Rom 1:28-32 – God gives people over to a debased mind
      • Mankind is sinful and wicked
    • Righteousness imputed
      • Jesus died in our place to bring us to God
        • Explanation
      • That His righteousness might be put to our account
    • Righteousness imparted
      • God gives us a new nature and writes His law on our hearts
      • He gives us His Holy Spirit
      • A cleansing without and a cleansing within
  • Peace:
    • Rom 5:1 - if we know this peace of God we are reconciled to God
    • We have perfect peace, everlasting peace
      • We can enjoy this peace independently of our circumstances
        • We learn to be peaceable people (v19)
      • Not conflict, debate and strife
        • Though we will defend the faith
      • Example of Abraham and Lot
    • We do all we can to have peace with men
      • A work of the Holy Spirit
  • Joy:
    • Legalism leads to miserable Christians and a critical spirit
      • Legalism leads to keeping up appearances
    • What is happiness?
      • It is not about worldly pursuits
        • All of this is thrown into disarray with a difficult circumstance
      • Paul knew the Joy of Jesus Christ after being beaten and whipped
        • We can know joy each day
    • We have peace with God (Rom 5:1)
      • We glory in our tribulation (Rom 5:3)
      • This tribulation produces fruit, a stronger Christian, a more God-like character
    • The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit
  • Words of Jesus Christ

Closing Remarks

  • Rom 15:13

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church


Sermon Passage:

Romans 5:1-10

1Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. 6For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. (KJV)

Romans 14:16-18

16Let not then your good be evil spoken of: 17For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. 18For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. (KJV)


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