Part III, Introduction – Attitudes of God’s Citizens Toward God, Mankind and SelF

Attitudes of the Citizens of God’s Kingdom Toward God, Man and Himself

There are very few kings who have been known for their ability to teach.  Our study of the parables has shown our king, Jesus Christ, truly distinguished Himself as “rabboni.”  The parables in Part Three will give us the full impact of what Jesus meant when He said,

The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!  or, There it is!’  For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.   Luke 17:20, 21.

When God, through Jesus Christ, rules our hearts and minds the results are attitudes of mercifulness, forgiveness, purity of heart, humbleness and faith.  We will be ready to accept the responsibility of stewardship in time and look for our own possessions in eternity.  These are some of the exciting concepts about God’s kingdom that Jesus will reveal to us by His parables in this series of lessons in Part Three.

We are blessed to have the Son of God as our teacher about life in our Father’s kingdom.  Our growth potential is limitless because of the sublime character of our teacher, Jesus Christ.

And He also spoke a parable to them: ‘A blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he?  Will they not both fall into a pit?  A pupil is not above his teacher: but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.’   Luke 6:39, 40

Those outside of the kingdom of God have only mere men to guide them.  They cannot rise above the wisdom of men.   In relation to true life and happiness they will surely be found “in the ditch” with their spiritually blind teachers. Christians have the potential to be like our teacher, Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  This can happen by our spiritual growth and because God created mankind with this potential (Matt. 18:3, 4).  Jesus, personally, is a description of our potential.  He is our law of life (John 1:1-5, 12).

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