Manifestation of The Heavenly Kingdom (7) Who Cannot Enter The Kingdom of God?
God sent His own Son to earth to preach the gospel of the Heavenly Kingdom. This gospel of the Heavenly Kingdom, which urges people to repent so that their sins may be forgiven, and to believe in and receive the Christ that was established by God so that through Him they may have everlasting life and can enter into God¡¦s Kingdom (i.e. the Heavenly Kingdom), has already been revealed. In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus Christ discoursed on the eight precious attributes of citizens of the Heavenly Kingdom, generally called the 8 Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12). Contrasted against these attributes of citizens of the Heavenly Kingdom are the hypocritical religious lives of the Scribes and Pharisees. The Lord used the ¡§8 Woes¡¨ when describing them. (Matthew 23:13-33) Not only was it very difficult for them to lead people into the Kingdom of God, they even shut the door to the Heavenly Kingdom. This time I would like to share from the teachings of Christ that there are 8 types of people cannot enter the Kingdom of God.
1. Those not yet reborn ¡V people who have not repented nor experienced the renewal of the Holy Spirit cannot enter the Kingdom of God, nor even see the Kingdom of God. ¡§In reply Jesus declared, ¡¥I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.¡¦¡¨ (John 3:3) ¡§Jesus answered, ¡¥I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.¡¦¡¨ (John 3:5)
2. Those who are self-righteous ¡V people who are self-righteous and do not rely on God cannot enter the Kingdom of God. ¡§¡¦Which of the two did what his father wanted?¡¦ ¡¥The first,¡¦ they answered. Jesus said to them, ¡¥I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.¡¦¡¨ (Matthew 21:31)
3. Those rely on good works ¡V if people do not shed their delusive self-centeredness but depend on following the law only, they cannot enter the Kingdom of God. ¡§For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.¡¨ (Matthew 5:20)
4. Those who are enslaved by money ¡V people who are beguiled by money will have difficulty entering the Kingdom of God. ¡§Then Jesus said to his disciples, ¡¥I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.¡¦¡¨ (Matthew 19:23)
5. Those who don¡¦t practice the Word ¡V people who do not truly live according to the will of God cannot enter the Kingdom of God. ¡§Not everyone who says to me, ¡¥Lord, Lord,¡¦ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.¡¨ (Matthew 7:21)
6. Those enamored of the sinful life ¡V if people cherish sinful pleasures and are unwilling to pay the price, they cannot enter the Kingdom of God. ¡§And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell.¡¨ (Mark 9:47)
7. Those not as pure-minded as young children ¡V without having the innocence and reliance of a simple child, one cannot enter the Kingdom of God. ¡§And He said: ¡¥I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.¡¦¡¨ (Matthew 18:3)
8. Those of double minds ¡V people who don¡¦t concentrate on traveling the Heavenly journey but are fond of the temporary pleasures of earth are not fit to enter the Kingdom of God. ¡§Jesus replied, ¡¥No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.¡¦¡¨ (Luke 9:62)
I fervently hope that we don¡¦t have any of the foregoing types of people in our church, but wish that all are clear of their salvation, have experienced admitting to and repenting of sin to God, are reborn through the light of the Holy Spirit, bear much fruit of life, are equal to the grace of God¡¦s calling, and diligently seek improvement every day so that they are worthy to have the Kingdom of God.
¡§With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of His calling, and that by His power He may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.¡¨ (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)
By: Daniel To