Emanna for 03/16/2020

Repenting for the Kingdom (1)

Bible Verses

Matthew 3:1 ...John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the wilderness... (2) and saying, Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near. (3) For this is he who was spoken of through Isaiah the prophet, saying, "A voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight His paths."

Words of Ministry

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John ministered there in the wilderness bringing others to God and introducing the King, the One who represents God, to them....When this King was introduced to people and they were truly brought back to God, the kingdom was present immediately. The King with the people is the kingdom. The kingdom was there because both the King and the people were there. The New Testament begins with the genuine priesthood introducing the genuine kingship. The real priest introduced the real King. This introduction ushers in the kingdom. John's message was, "Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near." People had to repent because the kingdom was coming and because the King was there. We also need to repent that the King may gain us and that we may be His people. After we repent, the King gains us, and we gain Him. Through the King's gaining us and our gaining Him, we and the King become the kingdom. The kingdom immediately follows the King. Why has the kingdom not yet come? Because you have not received the King, and the King has not yet gained you. Because you are still far away from Him, the King has not been able to gain you. Thus, the kingdom is not yet here. Rather, it is off somewhere waiting for your repentance. If you repent, the King will gain you, you will gain the King, and the kingdom will be here.
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Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Matthew, 1986, pp. 98-99. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 2/15/99) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.