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Churches can be considered kingdoms. Really small kingdoms; but, when they’re all lumped together in the end; wouldn’t this be Christ’s church? The one He speaks about calling to himself. Thinking along this line Romans 14:17 makes sense. This section talks about what the kingdom of God is and is not like. It is a roadmap for Christians.
Jesus talked a lot about the kingdom of heaven and gave plenty of examples about how to get there. Bro. Josh gave an example of a great battle being waged. He went on to state that many people sit on the sidelines and watch the battle. These people appear to be indifferent to the outcome. They are spectators. Others are participants and care about what happens.
Such is the story of the tares in Matthew 13:24-30, 38-40. Churches are where people go to be included in the kingdom of heaven. Many of them are the good seed that will flourish. Others are the tares that have wound up there because the devil has put them there. It’s hard to tell the wheat from the weeds when it first sprouts up. Jesus says to let the weeds and wheat alone until it is time to be harvested. He also says that the reapers will do the harvesting and man is not a reaper. It’s not man’s job to decide what the inward motives of a person may be. That can only be done by God. It makes sense, too, because HE is the one who created our hearts. An old rhyme says: There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it hardly becomes any of us to talk about the rest of us.
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