Subjects of the Kingdom
Paradise Lost to
The entrance of sin caused a
separation between man and His Creator and
expulsion from Eden, his paradise home. The
precepts of Gods holy law, which law was
alter written with Gods own finger on
tables of stone and given to Moses, were
violated, and the penalty for this is death. But
God in His great love had a plan for mans
redemption. It was none other than the gift of
His only Son as mans substitute. This was
graphically symbolized by the sacrifice of a
lamb, the central part of the typical services of
the sanctuary. Type met antitype when Jesus, the
Lamb of God, yielded up His life on Calvarys
cross. Atonement for mans transgression had
been made; the victory over that old
serpent, called the Devil, had been won.
The good news of the gospel must be heralded to
all men everywhere, and Christs followers,
under the power of the Holy Spirit, were given
the task. They have fulfilled and are fulfilling
this great commission in spite of fierce
opposition and deadly persecution. Though many
have laid down their lives for the gospels
sake they are assured salvation (Mark 8:35) and a
glorious restoration to the Paradise so long lost
through sin. The final bruising of
the serpents head and the irrevocable
elimination of sin from Gods universe are
The Things to be Overcome
What are we admonished to
Do not be overcome by
evil, but overcome evil with good.
Note In 1 John 5:4
that which we are to overcome is called the
world, and in 1 John 2: 15-17 the things of
which the world consists are
described as the lust of the flesh, and the
lust of the eye, and the pride of life.
How to Overcome
What only can overcome
For everyone born
of God overcomes the world. This is the
victory that has overcome the world, even our
faith. 1 John 5:4.
What gives us the victory in
our conflict with the world?
This is the victory
that has overcome the world, even our faith.
Promises to the Overcomer
What promises does Christ make
to the overcomer?
1. He who has an
ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the
churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right
to eat from the tree of life, which is
in the paradise of God. Revelation 2:7.
2. He who has
an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the
churches. He who overcomes will not be
hurt from the second death. Verse
3. He who has
an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the
churches. I will give some of the
hidden manna. I will also give him a
white stone with a new name written on it, known
only to him who receives it. Verse 17.
4. To him who
overcomes and does my will to the end, I
will give authority over the nations
He will rule with an iron scepter; he will dash
them to pieces like pottery just as I have
received authority from my Father. I
will also give him the morning star.
5. He who
overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I
will never blot out his name from the book of
life, but will acknowledge his name
before my Father and his angels. Revelation
6. Him who
overcomes I will make a pillar in the
temple of my God. Never again will he
leave it. I will write a name of my God
and the name of the city of my God,
the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of
heaven from God; and I will write on him my new
name. Verse 12.
7. To him
that overcomes, I will give the right
to sit with me on my throne, just as I
overcame and sat down with my Father on his
throne. Verse 21.
In what one promise are
all these promises summed up?
He who overcomes
will inherit all this, and I will be his God
and he will be my son.
Note The exceeding
great and precious promises to the overcomer
embrace everything eternal life, health,
happiness, and an everlasting home. What more
could be asked?
The Literal Israelites
Upon whom was the name
Israel first bestowed?
Then the man said,
Your name will no longer be Jacob, but
Israel, because you have struggled with
God and with man and have overcome. Genesis
Afterward who came to
be called by this title?
These are the names
of the sons of Israel who went out of
Egypt with Jacob, each with his family: Rueben,
Simeon, Levi, and Judah; Issachar, Zebulun and
Benjamin; Dan and Naphtali; Gad and Asher. The
descendants of Jacob numbered seventy in all:
Joseph was already in Egypt.
Note In other
words, the descendants of Jacob, the grandson of
Abraham, were known as the twelve tribes of
What special blessings
were conferred on the Israelites?
The people of
Israel. Theirs is an adoption as sons;
theirs the divine glory, the covenants,
the receiving of the law, the temple
worship and the promises. Theirs are the
patriarchs, and from them is traced the human
ancestry of Christ, who is God over all,
forever praised! Amen. Romans 9:4,5.
The True, Spiritual
Who constitute the true
Israel, or the seed of Abraham?
It is not as though
Gods word had failed. For not all who are
descendants from Israel are Israel. Nor because
they are his descendants are they all Abrahams
children. On the contrary, It is through
Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.
In other words, it is not the natural children
who are Gods children, but it is the
children of the promise who are regarded as
Abrahams offspring. Verses 6-8.
What did John the
Baptist say to the Pharisees and Sadducees who
came to his baptism?
And do not think you
can say to yourselves, We have Abraham as
our father. I tell you that out of these
stones God can raise up children for Abraham.
What determines whether
one is a child of Abraham?
that those who believe are children of
Abraham. [Have faith]
To whom must one belong
in order to be Abrahams seed?
If you belong to
Christ, then you are Abrahams seed, and
heirs according to the promise. Verse 29.
In what scripture are
Christians recognized as Israel?
Peace and mercy to
all who follow this rule, even to the Israel
of God. Galatians 6:16.
To whom is the gospel
the power of God unto salvation?
For I am not ashamed
of the gospel, because it is the power of God for
the salvation of everyone who believes:
first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
Ministry to Literal Israel
To whom did Jesus first
send the twelve disciples?
These twelve Jesus
sent out with the following instructions: Do
not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of
the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost
sheep of Israel.
When the woman of
Canaan came to Christ, beseeching Him to heal her
daughter, what did He say?
He answered, I
was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.
When she persisted in
her request, and fell down to worship Him, what
did He say?
He replied, It
is not right to take the childrens bread
and toss it to their dogs.
Note By her
persistent faith, this woman, although a
Canaanite, showed that she was really a true
child of Abraham.
While dining with
Zacchaeus, what did Christ say?
Jesus said to him, Today
salvation has come to this house, because
this man, too, is a son of Abraham.
What did He say to the
woman of Samaria as to the source of salvation?
worship what you do not know; we worship what we
do know, for salvation is from the
Jews. John 4:22.
When the Jews rejected
Pauls preaching of the gospel, what did
Paul and Barnabas say?
Then Paul and
Barnabus answered them boldly: We had to
speak the word of God to you first. Since you
reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy
of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles.
Note From all this
it is plain that had not the Jews as a nation
rejected Christ, they still would have maintained
the preeminence as the children of God, and as
Gods light bearers to the world. But
because of this rejection, they were rejected as
Gods peculiar people, and others took their
place, and now bear the name of Israel in
common with those who were first called by that
Under what figure are
the Gentile believers represented who have become
a part of the true Israel of God?
And some of the
branches have been broken off, and you, though
a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in
among the others and now share in the nourishing
sap from the olive root, do not boast over those
branches. If you do, consider this: You do not
support the root, but the root supports you.
Lest the Gentile grafts
should boast, saying that the Jews were broken
off to let them come in, what warning was given
Granted. But they
were broken off because of unbelief, and you
stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be
afraid. For if God did not spare the natural
branches, he will not spare you either.
What encouragement is
held out concerning the branches that have been
And if they do not
persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in,
for God is able to graft them in again.
Before the Gentiles
become Israelites, in what condition are they?
that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and
called Uncircumcised by those who
call themselves the circumcision
(that done in the body by the hands of man) - remember
that at that time you were separate from Christ,
excluded from citizenship in Israel and
foreigners to the covenants of the promise,
without hope and without God in the world.
How are Gods
remnant people described?
This calls for
patient endurance on the part of the saints who
obey Gods commandments and remain faithful
to Jesus. Revelation 14:12.
Whose names are in the
foundation of the Holy City?
The wall of the city
had twelve foundations, and on them were the
names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
Whose names are on the
twelve gates of the city?
It had a great, high
wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at
the gates. On the gates were written the names
of the twelve tribes of Israel. Verse
Who will walk in the
light of the city?
The nations will
walk by its light, and the kings of the earth
will bring their splendor into it. Verse
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