The Whole Counsel of the Kingdom of God Coalition
below is the text of the 16 pp. Gospel tract booklet>> On Being a “Whole Counsel of the Kingdom” Christian: What does it mean to follow Jesus?
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On Being a “Whole Counsel of the Kingdom” Christian: What does it mean to follow Jesus? by Frank N. Mitchell
This little booklet answers the question:
What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus in all one does with Christ in your heart and in fellowship with the Creator of the universe and everything in it as Abba Father?
Whole Counsel of the Kingdom
of God Christianity
Whole Counsel of the Kingdom workis proclaiming the Good News of the Gospel (that Jesus died for our sins and rose again so that we may have new spiritual Life in Him and go to Heaven when we die), and it is doing and promoting Justice and Righteousness in all areas of human life, culture, and society. The question then becomes what does it mean to be a follower of Jesus in all one does with Christ in your heart and in Abba Father fellowship with the Creator of the universe and everything in it?
Coming to God as Abba FatherThe Bible teaches in order to “come to God” one must believe that He exists and that He is a Rewarder of those who diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6) This coming to God is for personal spiritual or true mystical experience in one's inner person. This creates a personal fellowship in our hearts with God as Abba (Papa) Father. (Galatians 4:6) This God is the Creator of the universe and everything in it. (Genesis 1:1)
This personal Abba Father relationship or fellowship is impossible to have by natural man. Why? The Bible teaches that all have sinned or done wrong and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) And each of us know this by our natural conscience (given to us by God). This means in man's natural fallen condition, a person can sense there is a God and even try to serve Him in Right living, but there can be no personal fellowship, as such, with God.
The Atoning Work of Jesus
In order to have personal intimate spiritual fellowship with the Creator of the universe and all that is in it, one must personally accept the sacrificial death of Jesus on the Cross for one's sins. One must accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of one's life, no more to it than that.
In a real sense, personally accepting this atoning work of Christ on the Cross for our sins is no big deal because it costs us nothing. And it is easy to do; simply pray the following prayer: “Lord Jesus, I believe you died on the Cross for my sins and I accept that death for myself and turn from any sin in my life. I commit to follow you as Lord all the days of my life; come into my heart today, come into my heart to stay. Amen”
Technically when one prays this prayer the Person of Holy Spirit literally comes into one's heart to dwell and He gives a fellowship in one's heart with both Jesus Christ and God the Father as now, Abba Father. (1 John 1:3)
New heart and new spiritual Life
More than this, when the Holy Spirit comes in to dwell in our hearts, He gives us a new heart to God. This is sometimes called being born again or made regenerate (from our fallen human condition in Adam), and it is here we enter into new spiritual Life in Christ.
So, what's the catch? There is no catch unless one does not want to sign on to be a follower of Christ, then there is a big catch. Why? Because faith without works is dead. We are saved “unto good works.” One cannot be a true Christian (follower of Jesus) without really being a Christian follower of Jesus.
Essentially, when one says “I do” in a covenant vow for the reconciling work of Christ on the Cross for one's sins (as in the above prayer), one is signing on to follow, just as one gets married simply by saying an “I do” covenant vow, but at the same time, one promises to be faithful to one's married partner. This is no different than promising to be a faithful Covenant follower of the Way of Christ in all that one does as one says “I do” to personally accepting the atoning work of Christ for one's self.
Personally accepting the atoning work of Christ for one’s self is known specifically as Evangelical Christianity. So, the big question becomes: What does it mean to be a faithful follower of Christ in all that one does?
The Two Great Commandments
The answer to that question is surprisingly simple because Jesus said all the Law and Prophets can be summed up by the Two Great Commandments of “Love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)
The Second Great Commandment of “love your neighbor as yourself” is generally associated with the Golden Rule of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
The Golden Rule is generally associated with doing no wrong or harm to others and with helping those in need as you would want to be helped if you were in their situation of need. This is also the agape love of the Bible says Paul in Romans 13:9-10, and it is not continuously doing a selfless sacrificial service helping the least among us, though it can no doubt entail such helping others at times.
Seeing agape love as supposedly only selfless service to others or to the collective is a fallacy of the heresy called neo-orthodoxy associated with the infamous apostates Karl Barth and Reinhold Niebuhr. Neo-orthodoxy rejects the moral virtue of the Golden Rule as the point of Christianity and replaces it with an amoral and utopian selfless service to the socialist collective as supposedly the only “moral” good or virtue, where there is no legitimate moral or mutual self-interest.
Loving one's neighbor as as one's self (which one does as a faithful follower of Christ) is primarily about the moral reciprocity (of moral or mutual self-interest) and treating others as one wishes to be treated. Simple enough. The key take away is the (morally) Right living of the Second Great Commandment is the Golden Rule, and it is the Moral Good Life of Solomon and Socrates lived in Wisdom or Right Reason. (Basically in life one serves God or one serves self.)
However, for the born-again Christian with Christ in his heart, Right living is a matter of doing the Two Great Commandments in a (Holy) Spirit-filled and Spirit-led life that is well-pleasing to God and that only comes for those who have personally accepted Christ's atoning work for themselves. These people have not just Christ in their hearts but also the peace that passes all understanding from being in Christ and being “saved” from the Final Judgment and condemnation of God. (Philippians 4:7)
Besides Spirit-filled and Wise morally right living in all that we do in order to be faithful followers of Christ, the Christian has direct access to God in prayer without the need of an earthly priest because Christ is now our High Priest, and we can in the realm of the Spirit of God go directly to God the Father through Christ, who is God the Son.
The Lord's Prayer is this:“Our Father, who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.” (Matthew 6:9-13)
The Kingdom of God
The Kingdom of God is wherever the Spirit of God reigns. The Kingdom of God came on earth in the realm of the spirit at Pentecost for all true believers in Christ. The totality of these people is called the Church, and it is called the City of God by the great Saint Augustine, while he calls the lost and unregenerate rest of mankind the City of Man (of humanism and of the godless and the devil).
The much prophesied Kingdom of God in a larger political sense began in substance to emerge in a major way beyond simply having a Christian monarch with the British Glorious Revolution of 1688 based on the teachings of John Locke, and then in a more explicit way with the American Revolution of 1776 also based on the teachings of Locke and Blackstone stated as the moral “Laws of Nature and of Nature's God” by Jefferson and the American Founders.
The moral Laws of Nature and of Nature's God are the truths of the Natural Revelation of the Greco-Roman tradition interfacing with the truths of the Special Revelation of the Bible in the Judeo-Christian tradition.
Governments based on the moral Laws of Nature and of Nature's God are of the Spirit of Christ. Governments not based on the moral Laws of Nature and of Nature's God are implicitly and overtly lawless and are, therefore, of the spirit of anti-Christ because lawlessness is the spirit of anti-Christ. (e.g. Matthew7:23, 2 Thess. 2:1-14)
Christians who are faithful followers of Christ are to be working and praying for the Kingdom of God to come on earth both in Christian evangelism to expand the Kingdom of God spiritually and in Just government as such opportunities present themselves. This is very easy to remember because the major theme of the New Testament is Justification (that is, salvation in Christ), and the major theme of the Old Testament is doing Justice and Righteousness.
Justice is where the state does the (common good) right thing for the whole body of the commonwealth, and Righteousness is where the individual does the morally right thing personally, and both are based on the moral Laws of Nature and of Nature's God done in the Spirit of Christ, not anti-Christ.
Classical Justice not Social Justice
The most common error and demonic deception here is that Christians are to do Social Justice and not classical Justice. Social Justice is a false Socialist “Justice” or, that is, socialism, which is a false good evil and an injustice.
In classical Justice one gets to keep the fruits of one's own labor. In Socialist “Justice” one does not get to keep the fruits of one's own labor; rather the state takes them to hand out to others supposedly equally. A classic definition of slavery is not getting to keep the fruits of one's own labors. Hence, Socialist Justice seeks to enslave the entire population, and therefore, Christians should never vote for a Social Justice candidate if at all possible. (The (U.S.) Democrat Party and (UK) Labour Party are generally parties of Social Justice.)
The Peace and Spirit of Christ Reigns
The Kingdom of God come on planet Earth in all its fullness is where the will of God by the Spirit of Christ reigns in Justice and Righteousness all areas of life, society, and culture and not just in the Church and in Just government.
All these various areas of life, society and culture are sometimes called “mountains” or areas of life where the Spirit of Christ will reign in a Kingdom Era. The seven main areas of life and culture some Christians talk about are church, government, education, the family, media and communications, marketplace and economics, and arts and entertainment. However, in actual number, there are dozens of areas of life, society, and culture where Christians should show leadership with standards of excellence.
Such Kingdom-of-God work for a Whole Counsel of the Kingdom can in fact seem like a daunting and unsettling task on the surface, but in truth that would be a misunderstanding of the Christian life which is actually one of peaceful contentment and true human fulfillment in all areas of life and society and for all people. How can this be? Paul tells us.
Philippians 4:7-9 says:...the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
Wisdom and Logos Rationality
And, further, when all these above things are done in all areas of life in all nations, the Spirit of Christ will reign in a Kingdom Era come on earth. The Spirit of Christ is the Spirit of Wisdom and Logos Rationality.
Whole Counsel of the Kingdomwork is both promoting the Gospel of Christian salvation and promoting Justice and Righteousness in all areas of life and society where possible.
Jesus famously summed this up as “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and God's Righteousness and all these things [of this life] shall be added to you.” (Matt. 6:33)
The Righteousness of God is found both in Christ by faith in His atoning work and then in doing the morally Right thing of God in our daily lives. Both true Justice and true Righteousness are found in the Higher Moral Law of God, and when Wisely practiced it is like building your life and nation on the Rock of the teachings of Jesus (Matthew 7:24), which are both moral and practical.
The three offices of Christ
Christ is Prophet, Priest, and King in a Whole Counsel of the Kingdom of God Christianity.Christ is Prophet when the sphere of education and worldview thinking is based on true Wisdom, Right Reason and Logos Rationality (after all Christ is the Logos).
Christ is King when the sphere ofgovernment is based on the moral and practical Laws of Nature and of Nature's God, as in the Declaration of Independence and the American founding.
Christ is High Priest whenreligion worships God correctly in Spirit and Truth. The sphere of religion is, therefore, based on the atoning work of Christ (to make us “at one” with God), and it is based on the fullness of a Whole Counsel of the Kingdom Christianity.
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A Whole Counsel of the Kingdom Apostles’ Creedwith a Marriage Covenant Vow to Christ
I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of Heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord: who was literally conceived by the Holy Spirit, and literally born of the Virgin Mary, and he suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose bodily from the dead; and he literally ascended into Heaven, where he now sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall literally come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy, universal catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the literal resurrection of the body, and the literal life everlasting.
I believe Jesus died on the Cross for my sins, and I personally accept that atoning sacrifice for myself, and I turn from all sin and invite the Christ of the one true God of this universe to come into my heart and to come into my heart to stay, and in covenant commitment I do vow to follow Christ faithfully all the days of my life in practicing to the best of my ability the Two Great Commandments to “Love God with all my heart, mind, and soul and to love my neighbor as myself” in the Way of Truth, Justice and Righteousness in all that I do, so help me, God.
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