The Kingdom Is Coming

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Matthew 16:19 KJV
And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Romans 13:10-14 NKJV
Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. [11] And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. [12] The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. [13] Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. [14] But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

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The Kingdom is coming, what should we do?” In our passage, Paul provides a nudge to wake up — recognize and understand the present times — to roust us from our slumber so as not to be left behind. But is being left behind a real danger? Jesus says it is. In Matthew 25:1-12, He tells the parable of the Ten Virgins:

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“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’ But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.'”

Jesus tells us that we had better make sure we’ve made the correct preparations along the way. Why? Because if we wait until He arrives it will be too late! In other words, we need to deal with the sin in our lives right now and without delay. We must remain Spirit-filled, Spirit-led, and Spirit-prepared — that is the analogy of the oil from Matthew 25.

Our Lord knows a little sin will grow inside us, festering to the point where it can take over our lives. Sin must always be dealt with. Paul tells us to wake up, to not be lazy, and understand the present time. Why? Because our salvation is nearer than we think.

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Are you Spirit-prepared? What sin do you continue in? Confront it now. Admit it before God. Ask Him for His forgiveness and for the power of His Spirit to cleanse you from all unrighteousness.

Matthew 24:14 KJV
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

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