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Realizing the presence, promise, and power of the Kingdom of God.

He's the One

The fruit of repentance is entrance into the Kingdom and wisdom of God.

John's question from his prison cell led Jesus into one of the tightest and most comprehensive explanations of His ministry to be found anywhere in the gospels.

All of Matthew 11 is in response to John's question: "Are You the One?" - a question, I believe, which was not for John's benefit, but for his disciples (why were they still hanging around him?). Jesus' answer outlines the majestic scope of His mission and invites us to think expansively about our own callings in the Kingdom of God.

First, Jesus noted that He had brought restoration to those whose bodies and lives had been ravaged by the effects of sin (vv. 4, 5). He made a point of saying that such blessing would come to all who did not stumble over Him, but who realized that, in Jesus Christ, all the uprightness, wisdom, and rest of God are available (v. 6).

The context for these blessings is the Kingdom of God, which we must enter violently by exercising the power of repentance against our sinful inclinations and practices (vv. 12-19). The fruit of repentance is entrance into the Kingdom and wisdom of God, as manifested in the life and works of our Lord Jesus Himself (v. 19, cf. vv. 4, 5).

So if we will humbly receive the revelation of God through Jesus Christ, that the Kingdom has come and all who believe in Jesus may enter and seek it, then, yoked with Him and pulling in the same direction, we will find the rest that God knew at the end of the creation week, and all our efforts will plow furrows for Kingdom seed and fruit.

Seeking the Kingdom means learning about Jesus, taking up His cross as our yoke, and following in His steps to bring restoration, uprightness, and rest to everyone in our lives. Whom will you affect for the Kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Spirit today?

T. M. Moore

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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