Kingdom of God
I Corinthians 2:12-14
I. Last week we asked the question: What would the world look like without the Bible?
A. We said the Bible is the single most important book that has ever been written.
B. We said God’s Word is the only source for absolute divine authority and truth.
C. We said the Bible is so controversial that conflicts and wars are started in homes, families, schools, churches, governments and countries.
D. We said people are willing to die, have died and are dying now for this book.
E. We said the Bible is the mind and heart of God and is the most important book in the entire world. It is God, the word of life, and that is why people will die for this book.
II. This week our question is: Why do some people read the Bible and never change for God?
A. The Bible is a God inspired book. It is supernatural and the words are Spirit and Life. (John 6:63)
1. The Bible cannot be read naturally and interpreted according to natural thinking or fitted into our own philosophy.
2. We must become what the author God intended us to become which is the image of Christ.
3. Jesus said if you have seen Me, you have seen the Father. (John 14:6-11 KJV)
4. When we look into the Word of God, Christ the Light is revealed and in Him we receive true life.
B. The Supernatural Word process: See – Believe – Experience.
1. We see Jesus Christ through His Word with our spiritual eyes.
2. Some people saw but they didn’t see. Why? Darkness, they refused to let go of the world.
(II Corinthians 4:2-4 KJV)
3. The spirit of the world blinds people’s spiritual eyes so they can’t see Christ, the light, the image of God. In turn, they are never supernaturally transformed by God’s Word, the light of Christ.
4. The Bible says the Jews who won’t see Christ still wear a veil over their hearts and live in bondage, darkness and blindness. (II Corinthians 3:12-18 KJV)
C. As soon as we spiritually see God, He supernaturally gives us the light and knowledge to believe.
(II Corinthians 4:6-7 KJV)
1. Believing is a supernatural intervention of God in our lives by His Word.
(Ephesians 1:18-19 KJV)
2. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. (Romans 10:17)
3. These things are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ. (John 20:31)
4. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for. (Hebrews 11:1) This means what you believe will manifest substance.
D. As we believe we experience God. Believing is a supernatural work that causes us to grow by the Word of God. (1 Peter 2:1-2)
1. If so, be you have tasted that the Lord is good.
(1 Peter 2:3)
2. God gives us a supernatural taste experience in His Word. (Psalms 119:103)
3. This experience is God’s life. It comes into us so we can see, believe and experience God.
III. Many of the Pharisees, Scribes and Sadducees only read naturally and never supernaturally saw, believed and experience God.
A. We can’t read the Bible and think our own thoughts, feel our own feelings, or do our own thing. That is what a natural man does.
1. Jesus said to the Pharisees, “Have you not read what David did, if you had known what this means: I will have mercy and not sacrifice (Hosea 6:6) you would not have condemned the guiltless.” ( Matthew 12:1-8)
2. When we read the Bible, we must read and look through the lens of grace, mercy and love.
3. We must receive the Spirit of God and catch the overall vision and heart of God.
4. God loves all people and wants to help them, save them and set them free.
5. Jesus was saying to the Pharisees: I know you have read, but you act like you haven’t.
6. That infuriated the Pharisees and they started plotting on how they would set Jesus up and kill Him.
B. Why did the Word of God not change the Pharisees, the Sadducees and the scribes?
1. First thing Jesus says to them: The reason you don’t believe in the Bible is your lack of seeing what’s in Me. (John 5:37-38) God is seen in Jesus Christ.
2. Second thing Jesus says to them: You are hypocrites and adulterers. Jesus said the Pharisees and the Sadducees were good at making weather reports but could not discern Him, the signs of the times. (Matthew 16:1-3)
3. Why did they not see God, not feel God, not believe in God, not experienced God, not taste God?
C. Jesus tells us why? Evil, adulterous people can navigate and manage the world for their own safety and good. They make life all about themselves.–
So, they can’t see God in the Scriptures because all they can see in life is themselves. Life is what you see.
1. Jesus said they could not see God because they had secret side lovers. They loved money for one.
2. Jesus said they justified themselves before men, but God knows our hearts. (Luke 16:15)
3. Jesus said they dressed religious for a show and they loved places of honor and positions and they cleaned the outside but, on the inside they were full of extortion and death.
(Matthew 23:5-7, 13-15, 23-28)
D. Jesus is saying the reason why the Bible was not changing them was because they had secret lovers of the world.
1. They loved money, position, and power more than God.
2. Life was only about them and their marriage to God suffered from their hypocrisy and adultery with the world. (I John 2:15-17)
E. Now how does this apply to us?
1. If we love the world more than God, the Word of God will only be natural, and we will still only see ourselves.
2. But if we read the Word of God with all of our heart, looking for God, it will become supernatural and we will see with our spiritual eyes and believe with our spiritual heart and experience the supernatural God of His Word.
3. Faith only works by love. (Galatians 5:6)
4. Today as you read the Bible, humble yourself, love God with all your heart and He will supernaturally change everything in your life.
5. God’s Word only comes alive when you go whole HOG after just Him.