God’s Kingdom of Heaven, The Middle Road

Most Churchgoers today have some understanding of God’s narrow way, his high road; and his lake of fire, his place of wrath but it seems that most know nothing about God’s kingdom of Heaven, what I refer to as God’s middle road. In this article I’ll attempt to use God’s word to reveal his kingdom, the one that was created at the foundations of the word [Matt 25:34]. Before we start we need some appreciation how God categorizes sin and their various consequences.

The Bible talks about the narrow road that leads to life, and the wide road that leads to destruction. It says that few will find the narrow way, but many will sit down with Abraham Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven [Matt 8:11]. Most preaches declare that all on this wide road are headed for complete destruction, but that is not what the scriptures say!  These folks have lost their reward[the higher kingdom of God], so they will weep and gnash their teeth but they are still saved[1 Cor 3:11-15]. Many are not cast back in the lake of Fire!! This is talking about the sins forgiven of men[Matt 12:31 & Mark 3:28].  Many have not blasphemed the Holy Spirit, so we really need to understand this blaspheming the Holy Spirit!!!

God’s word calls out six different types of sin. Biblical Sins: The Six Levels Of Sin This post presents the Bible verses on sins that range from unintentional sin to blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.  Let’s take a look at the sins “that will be forgiven of Men”[see Matt 12:31-37 below]. To appreciate God’s kingdom of heaven we need to know what God forgives and what he will not forgive!

Sins Forgiven of Men

KJV Matt 12:31-37

31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

So these sins that will not be forgiven come under the heading of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Even blasphemy against Jesus will be forgiven! This passage contradicts what virtually all preach, even many among God’s remnant [those who have heard the call and come out of Babylon!!] Most preach that all must claim Jesus as savior or they will die; they we will be cast in Hell.

This passage clearly declares that those who blaspheme Jesus will be forgiven!! This not only includes those who refuse to claim him as savior, but even those who speak evil against Jesus.  This sin  will be forgiven!!!

I hadn’t seen this before, but now realize that all sins that cost us our salvation, [based on Matt 12:31-32] must be a form of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. The levels of sin article includes three levels of sin that will cost us our salvation. So the sins in levels 3-6 are different ways that we blaspheme the Holy Spirit. We’ll go through those sins here:

Level 3: Destroying God’s Temple;

When we destroy our Bodies Thru Sexual Sins we are really destroying God’s temple. If we keep doing this we will force the Holy Spirit to leave us, costing us our salvation.

Level 4: Sinning Unto Death

When believers continue in these blatant outward sins; indulging in fornication, greed, worship idols, extortion, or a drunkeness, they are sinning unto death. These sins spoil the worship of their entire gathering. The word requires we expel these sinners unto death so that they will see their error, and come to a knowledge of the truth! The bible describes these sin-tarnished worship services as useless!! I have not seen any pastors who are willing to comply with God’s clear demands!!!

Level 5: Committing the Millstone Sin

When we cause others to sin we are committing the Millstone sin. I believe that this sin is tied in with the stricter judgment for Church leaders. Leaders who take advantage of the simple trust of believers, oppress their followers, or teach unbiblical doctrines commit this sin. The folks committing this sin are probably the same ones who refuse to keep their gatherings clean [in KJV 1 Cor 5:11-13  11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. 12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.]

Level 6: Blaspheming The Holy Spirit.

Worshiping and taking the mark of the beast brings us the full wrath of God.[Rev 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.] This is but one way to blaspheme the Holy Spirit. Another way to blaspheme the Holy Spirit is considering yourself worthy to take on the roles and responsibilities of the Holy Spirit[presuming to lead your followers into all truth]. 1 Cor 14 explains that the Holy Spirit is God’s appointed leader of the participatory worship gathering.  He is the one responsible to leads each believer into all truth, as they seek and share. He tells them about the future and all that Jesus has for them.

Summary: Please understand that God distinguishes between folks who both believe and live in Jesus, from those who only believe in him[John 11:25-26 & John 6:47-51 see full scriptures in the P.S.]. This article only discusses the latter group, those who only believed in Jesus[the many on the wide road]. None of these discussions relate to the ones who are perfected; who offer their lives as living holy sacrifices to Christ, having forsaken all things, who sold their possessions and gave to the poor, the humble servants who recognize and turn from their flesh nature, their pride, their lustful selfish desires, accepting their role as unworthy servants of their glorious God.

This article is only talking about God’s sheep, those who fall asleep and sit at the great white throne, coming thru the fire as one who built on Paul’s humble tentmaker foundation with wood hay and straw having lost their reward. Here’s that passage.

KJV 1 Cor 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.

10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire..

Dear God,

Please help us to grasp all your word says about who will be saved. Keep us from ignoring difficult passages, from believing the many doctrines of demons that have been preached for many generations. Help us to seek and share to follow you and your Holy Spirit into all truth, to seek one mind, the mind of Christ. Amen

Glenn

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God’s Kingdom of Heaven, The Middle Road

God’s Kingdom of Heaven, The Middle Road

God’s Kingdom of Heaven, The Middle Road

God’s Kingdom of Heaven, The Middle Road

P.S. Two passages about thse who never die.

KJV John6:47-51

47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

48 I am that bread of life.

49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.

50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.

51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

KJV John 11:20-27

20 When Martha got word that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him. But Mary stayed in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.”

23 Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.”

24 “Yes,” Martha said, “he will rise when everyone else rises, at the last day.”

25 Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life.[e] Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. 26 Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”

27 “Yes, Lord,” she told him. “I have always believed you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who has come into the world from God.”

Sins that keep us out of God’s Kingdoms

1 Cor 5 talks about the things that keep believers from salvation. 1 Cor 5:5 tells us that continuing in these sins keeps the person from salvation. [NLT 1 Cor 5:5 Then you must throw this man out and hand him over to Satan so that his sinful nature will be destroyed and he himself will be saved on the day the Lord returns. ]

KJV 1 Cor 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

The above sins totally cut one off from heaven. These sins totally disqualify the sinner. He can not be saved, unless he turns from these sins. The following list of sins pertain to those cut off from the kingdom of God, the higher kingdom, the narrow way. By removing the above sins from the list in 1 Cor 6 we can see what keeps us from the kingdom of God.

KJV 1 Cor 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10 Northieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, norrevilers, norextortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God[higher kingdom].

So these things keep folks out from the kingdom of heaven. This list includes all the sins listed in 1 Cor 5 [blue and purple] plus a few additional things [in red].

The things that keep folks out of the kingdom of God, the narrow way, are in Red.

It is interesting that two terms are very similar, but different. The section that keep us out of the kingdom of heaven, that gets us cast into the lake of fire are railing and extortion. The similar things that keep us out of God’s higher kingdom, the kingdom of God, are reviling and thievery. These are similar but different terms. Let’s examine the definitions of these terms.

Strongs 3060: ralier reviler – mischief abusive scoffer

http://av1611.com/kjbp/kjv-dictionary/railer.html

RA’ILER, n. One who scoffs, insults, censures or reproaches with opprobrious language.

REVI’LER, n. One who reviles another; one who treats another with contemptuous language.

A Blasphemer Stoned

KJV Lev 24:10-23

10And the son of an Israelitish woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the children of Israel: and this son of the Israelitish woman and a man of Israel strove together in the camp;

11And the Israelitish woman’s son blasphemed the name of the LORD, and cursed[YLT and revileth]. And they brought him unto Moses: (and his mother’s name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan:)

12And they put him in custody, that the mind of the LORD might be shown them.

13And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying,

14Bring forth him that has cursed outside the camp; and let all that heard him lay their hands upon his head, and let all the congregation stone him.

15And you shall speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Whosoever curses his God shall bear his sin.

16And he that blasphemes the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemes the name of the LORD, shall be put to death.

17And he that kills any man shall surely be put to death.

18And he that kills an animal shall make it good; animal for animal.

19And if a man causes a disfigurement in his neighbor; as he has done, so shall it be done to him;

20Fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth: as he has caused a disfigurement in a man, so shall it be done to him again.

21And he that kills an animal, he shall restore it: and he that kills a man, he shall be put to death.

22You shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the LORD your God.

23And Moses spoke to the children of Israel, that they should bring forth him that had cursed out of the camp, and stone him with stones. And the children of Israel did as the LORD commanded Moses.

I’m not sure this is right, but thinking that the reviling is against God while the railing is against man. If this is correct, then those who rail against men are prohibited from the Kingdom of God [God's higher kingdom] and those who revile against God are prohibited from the lower kingdom, cast into the lake of fire.

The second case of similar wording is fornication and adultery. While fornication is sex outside of marriage, adultery is sex that violates marriage vows. It makes sense that fornication keeps us out of the higher kingdom while adultery keeps us out of both.

One other case of similar wording is thievery and extortion.

Thieves are kept out of the Kingdom of God [Higher kingdom] and extortioners are kept out of Heaven.

EXTORT’, v.t. L. extortus, from extorqueo, to wrest from; ex and torqueo, to twist.

1. To draw from by force or compulsion; to wrest or wring from by physical force, by menace, duress, violence, authority, or by an illegal means

Thief:

1. One who takes the property of another wrongfully, either secretly or by violence. Job.30.

2. One who seduces by false doctrine. John 10.

The thief takes secretly or by violence while the extortioner always uses force. I believe that is why extortioners are kept out of both Kingdoms.


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