“Before we start our Q&A, let me inform you on some ground rules.” Kenneth said after concluding his first Grace Discipleship message. “The questions don’t have to be limited to tonight’s message, and no question is to silly. We have mic stations spread out in the room so feel free to ask your questions.”
“Hello, Pastor Kenneth?” one of the members in the congregation said.
“Yes sir, what question do you have?” Kenneth replied
“I still don’t understand what you meant about manifesting the spiritual realities by renewing our mind. Could you explain that further?”
“Sure, thing sir. What is your name by the way?”
“My name is Kevin.”
“So, Kevin do you understand what I mean when I made this statement, “When we get born again, our spirit is made perfect; our soul is being made perfect by the renewing of the mind; and our body will be made perfect when Christ comes back, and we receive our new bodies.””
“Yes, I did.” Kevin replied
“One of the spiritual realities Christ has already done for us is our righteousness. Look at 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Christ has already made me the righteousness of God. That is a spiritual fact. My soul though on the other hand has not been made the righteousness of God. I still think thoughts that are contrary to God, I still choose to do things that are contrary to God, and I sometimes feel like ignoring God. These are things that my soul experiences, and it’s because the salvation of my soul is progressive. Look at this verse in James 1:21, “Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” That verse tells us that our soul is saved by receiving the word of God. That is what Paul is saying in Romans 12:2, that we must renew our minds. When you renew your mind or thoughts according to the word of God, your actions will be in line with who you are in the spirit and that is how you manifest the spiritual realities. Does that answer make sense?”
“Yes, it does, thank you Pastor.” Kevin answered.
“Yes, Jeff what question do you have?” Kenneth asked
“My question is not from tonight’s lesson, but it has been on my mind for a while. I was talking to Benny a while back and he began talking about the two kingdoms on earth today. I cut him off because I was getting overwhelmed with all he was saying, but I can’t get that out of mind now.”
As Jeff was asking that question, you could hear the murmuring in the congregation agreeing with him. It seemed they all have thought about that question at one point in their Christian walk. There was a lot of anticipation in the answer.
“Wow! Seems like a lot of you have been wondering about the same thing.” Kenneth said
The congregation responded in unison.
“Let’s read a couple of verses before I begin to explain it all. Go to Genesis 1:26, “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”” This verse shows us God intentions and plan. One of them is for man to have dominion.
Look at this other verse in Psalm 8:5, “You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen—even the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas….” This verse emphasizes that dominion that we were given.
This last one is the clearest of them all. Psalms 115:16, “The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; but the earth He has given to the children of men.” These three verses show what God did. Man’s sin caused us to be separated from God, with that separation we lost our dominion. Our dominion is and always will be in the confines of our relationship with God. When we lost our dominion, the scriptures show that the devil took it.
Luke 4:5-7, “Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”” This verse explains to us who got the authority.
2 Corinthians 4:4, “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.” This verse calls the devil, the god of this age. In Ephesians 6, the verses call the devil and his kingdom the rulers of this age. Are you still with me?” Kenneth asked
Yes, we are, the congregation responded.
“When Christ died on the cross, He completely defeated the devil and his crew. In Colossians 2:15, it states that Jesus disarmed the devil and embarrassed him and his kingdom. In Colossians 1:13, the scripture states we were translated from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of his precious son. After Christ got the victory over the devil, Christ sent His disciples to bring people into His kingdom. The two kingdoms are after souls of the people. Each kingdom has its own agenda. John 10:10, explains to us that the kingdom of darkness wants to destroy you, while the kingdom of God wants to give you life. Did that answer your question? I rushed it, maybe I will do a full teaching on this because this is a very important truth.”
“Yes, it did, and I can’t wait for the full teaching. Thank you, Pastor.” Jeff said.
“That wraps us our first discipleship class. See you Sunday. Have a wonderful week.” Kenneth concluded.