A Spiritual View of the Prepared Kingdom for Prepared Hearts

Colossians-3-2Bob Yarbrough is a retired pastor, a dear friend and a man of prayer who seeks the Father’s company. This is the first of many of his articles that will be reproduced on this blog. 

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.” Matthew 25:34

Perhaps you will remember the recorded story of Jesus that is introduced with the caption: “Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.” He pictured a prepared banquet and an invitation that read: “Come, for everything is ready.” Jesus proceeded to speak of the preoccupations of would-be guests that caused them to miss the feast. The first invitee says: “I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.” [Lk. 14:15-18].

Strange, that a man would buy something he had not seen! Perhaps Jesus was using his wit to accentuate the irrationality of the secular mind! Let me pivot on that to the Spiritual mind. Let us not think it strange that those who are told by “Good News” messengers that they are blessed by the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with the inheritance of a long-prepared Spiritual kingdom should have a strong desire to go and see it! The really strange thing is to treat that reality as unworthy of serious investigation! A “so what?” indifference belies our confession!

In these meditations, I call you to “prepare your minds for action” [1 Pet. 1:13] in pursuit of the vision of what is given us in Christ! If you, in your resurrection union with Christ in the Spirit, will take the time to “set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” [Col. 3:2], you will surely find what you seek, for the Lord declared it! [This promise of Jesus recorded in Matthew 7:7,8 is for us…and all whom He calls!]

By grace you have been placed at “the right hand” of the King of Heaven, who is set there by the Eternal Father to reign until every enemy is put under His rule. Hear now your King as He speaks to your heart: ‘Come, blessed ones…take your inheritance!” Paul comes alongside and entreats you, “Fight the good fight of the faith, take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession…”

Your confession is that “ In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you. Wouldn’t you like to see it? Is that possible?

If we believe the testimony of Paul to the Corinthians, he indeed, as “…a man in Christ…was caught up into Paradise…” There he “heard inexpressible things, things that man is not permitted to tell” [2 Cor. 12:2-5]. This capacity in Christ to receive “revelations” by the Spirit beyond what natural eye can see, ear hear, or mind entertain is undoubtedly what he prayed the believers at Ephesus would experience: “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints…”

Down through the ages, some have entered into the answer to this prayer. The secular closed mind tends to label these as “mystics,” not to be believed. For those willing to bear that reproach – “outside the camp” of cultural religion – for the surpassing joy of entering “the mystery” of the kingdom, I tell you who “knock at that door,” you will not be turned away.

Because of your birthright as a New Creation being you are invited to both “see” and “enter” the Kingdom of God! [Jn. 3:3,5] Will you receive my witness? Will you press on to “take hold of that for which Christ took hold of you”?[Phil 3:12] By this witness, Jesus is asking you, “What seek you?” If your heart says, “Master, where do you dwell?” Wait then in faith; He will say to you: “Come and see!” [Jn. 1:38,39] .

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Bob Yarbrough is a retired pastor, a dear friend and a man of prayer who seeks the Father’s company. This is the first of many of his articles that will be reproduced on this blog.