John 3:5 ‘You can’t see the kingdom of God except you be born of water and the spirit.’
Entrance into the Kingdom of God requires a new birth. Without that New Birth, you cannot claim the privileges of citizenship. Just as with citizenship in any nation, you must follow the laws of the kingdom. It is through submission that you get to keep your citizenship, but you also get to enjoy the blessings that come through your submission to those laws.
You must be born again. You must be born of water and the spirit in order to be born into the kingdom. Acts 2:38 tells how to gain entrance. The rest of the Bible tells how to stay saved.
Romans 8:5-6 “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”
Rom 8:11 “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”
1Co 2:12-13 “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”
There is a difference between what you can see and what you cannot. Just because you cannot see it, doesn’t mean it does not exist.
Four things about children you need to have if you want to enter the Kingdom
- Trust. They have confidence in Daddy. They don’t worry about meals throughout the day. ‘Sure you can, you’re Daddy, you can do anything!’ “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
- Be Humble. We need to be honest, pure hearted. Children don’t care what they look like. They don’t care what other people think of them.
- Forgiving. Children don’t hold grudges for very long. They forgive over and over and over.
- Teachability. Children don’t know the things that adults know. They are inquisitive and constantly learning. They ask questions. We need to have this attitude toward our Lord and ask for understanding and wisdom from Him. There is nothing wrong with going to the Lord and ask Him questions.
Membership has its privileges. 5 Privileges of Membership:
- Forgiveness/Remission of sins. No shame, no guilt, no regrets left in your life. I’ve played with the devil and the kingdom of heaven is better. The Light is better than the dark.
- Sons of God. We are adopted into God’s family. John 1:12, I John 3:1, John 14:13. We are the children of God. My Dad owns all the cattle on a thousand hills. He owns the stars and planets. I am a child of the Most High God.
- Righteousness that Jesus Christ Had. That means we’ve been given a robe that enables us to do right. This is a gift given to someone else’s account. The righteousness that Jesus had is imputed onto our account. Any good thing that we do is because of Him.
- Eternal Life. John 5:24
- New Creation. We are a new creature and He is the Lord of all in our lives. He doesn’t boss us around. He provides for us and heals us and fulfills our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs.
Excerpted from a sermon by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.