Regenerated into the Kingdom

Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

John 3:5
His Believers Being Born into the Kingdom

The believers of Jesus have been born into the kingdom. John 3:5 proves this. In this verse, Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a man is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” We were regenerated into the kingdom.

The Church Life Today Being the Kingdom

In Matthew 16:18 and 19 the Lord said to Peter, “On this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of the heavens.”

This shows that, in a proper sense, the church is the kingdom. Rom. 14:17 also indicates that we in the church are in the kingdom. The proper church life is the kingdom life.

Heavenly Rule in the Divine Nature

What is the kingdom? It is the heavenly rule in the divine nature. We all have been regenerated with the divine life. In this life there is the divine nature, and with this divine nature there is a ruling, a reigning, a governing.

This governing is both divine and heavenly. We, the regenerated ones, are under this reign today; we are under this government and control. We need to exercise this rule over ourselves. If you still need someone else to rule over you, it means that you are fallen.

We must be under the heavenly rule in everything we do. In a previous message we spoke about being the fighting army of Christ. But if you are not under the ruling of the divine life, you will never be selected to be in His army. Being chosen to be in this army depends upon obeying the heavenly rule in the divine nature.

The divine life brings us into the divine kingdom. The kingdom into which we are reborn in John 3:5 is the very kingdom mentioned by John in Rev. 1:9. How could we ever be joint partakers in the kingdom if we had not been reborn into it?

An Escapee From the Kingdom

After we have been reborn into the kingdom, we should remain in it. If you still argue with your wife or husband, it means that you are an escapee from the kingdom.

If you remain in the kingdom and live in it, you will never fight with your husband, your wife, or anyone else. Although the enemy may tempt you to fight, the ruling of the heavenly kingdom will restrain you.

All quotations in this post, unless otherwise noted, are from Life-Study Of Revelation, message 6, by Witness Lee. Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA, U.S.A. 1984. Source: ministrybooks.org

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