2: The Kingdom Possession
Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014Print
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The Kingdom is to be brought down into earth's anarchy, but what does that look like in our daily, practical life? The answer, which unlocks every provision the Kingdom holds, may surprise you!
READING LUKE 18:1 – 19:10
The kingdom of heaven belongs to one type of person: one who has collapsed under human reality, who knows poverty of strength, ability, virtue. An inner condition so destitute, so poor in possessing nothing within, joined to the certainty that you never will, because you never could and never truly . . . have.
Blessed are the poor in spirit for
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
These “poor in spirit” are not the humble, the self-conscious or the low self-esteemed. These poor are way beneath such: theirs is complete despair of self. Unending and gaping need is their awareness, but their focus is fully fixed on the Solution. There is no more hope that “self” can do it. Their desperation forms a passion toward the Only Answer in the universe: Jesus.
The “poor” are the pitiful destitute, the utter incapable. The beggar, who can do nothing else . . . only beg. The word translated in Matthew 5:3 as “poor” is “Ptoches,” meaning poor and helpless: one who is so poor that he can only obtain his living by begging, this poor one has nothing at all (Zodhiates’ Word Study).
When the Great Father marks you for His heavenly kingdom, He sees to it that you are reduced to such impoverishment that God alone is left, the only hope.
but poverty begs.
Humility will know exaltation but poverty possesses the kingdom.
“God blesses those who realize their need of him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is given to them.” Matt. 5:3 NLT
The impoverished poor actually possess the Kingdom, all its glories and supplies. Beggars not only enter the kingdom, all that is kingdom splendor actually belongs to them, and they can possess and enjoy it without limitation!
The pursuit of . . . strength or riches, knowledge or ability are altars and sources blocking the tiny gate that only the naked destitute can pass through.
Adam and Eve refused to be dependent on God as little children: ever needy and always waiting. Their first realization after sin was of their nakedness. We inherited a naked soul and a dead spirit from Adam and Eve. Only proud delusion keeps us from seeing our bankrupt human condition, ours from conception.
Luke records a many-faceted story of the beggar: Jesus’ brilliant pictures of the truly poor, His living encounters with those who beg, and His loss of those who will not be so reduced.
THE WIDOW PLEADING FOR JUSTICE
(Reading Luke 18:1-8)
The widow was without protection, without covering, without power . . . even without love. And so she begged, unashamedly, persistently. As long as you preserve dignity, keep trying (or stay dejected), or live complaining about injustice, you are not yet a beggar with nothing left.
One who prays is a pray-er, and will be answered, but one who will “cry out day and night” is a beggar and that one will receive from God more than justice. He will accomplish all that is needed without the usual delay of mere asking.
“And will not (our just) God defend and protect
and avenge His elect (His chosen ones),
who cry to Him day and night?
Will He defer them and delay help on their behalf?
I tell you, He will defend and
protect and avenge them speedily.”
Luke 18:7-8a Amplified
Jesus ends the story with a piercing question (vs 8b): “However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”
The “widow and the unjust judge” was merely a story, an illustration of what moves God to act. But will Jesus find that same passionate cry of desperation poured out to the Father? A plea so sure of His hearing and so certain of His answer, that it will not cease for a moment or a day or even a night to wail to Him?
Despair turned bitter will not ask,
believing no One answers.
This is not a beggar but a fool.
Faith is the beggar who turns his critical need toward God without restraint and even without decency. This! This is profound faith that God is the only One who can. And He will! God answers such a passionate cry with an equal enthusiasm to answer!
Will He find such a faith in you? in me?
Copyright © 2003 Martha Kilpatrick, Citizens of the Kingdom