Study #1 Kingdom Ethics

Study #1 Kingdom Ethics

Note: As promised for today will be the first installment of our study series, on Monday we will be posting the first half of the study, and on Thursday we will be posting the second half and conclusion of that study, and on the following Monday we will be starting on the new study of that week. We are praying that through these studies you will be strengthened in your walk with The Lord.

Kingdom Ethics

Focus Verses
Luk 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Luk 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Lesson Text
Luk 4:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
Luk 4:17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
Luk 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Luk 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Luk 4:20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
Luk 4:21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
Luk 4:22 And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?

Outline
I. THE HOPE OF THE MESSIAH
A. Waiting for the Messiah
B. Introduction of the Messiah
C. Discovery of the Messiah
II. THE PURPOSE OF THE MESSIAH
A. Roles Fulfilled
B. Messianic Roles Not Yet Filled
III. THE MESSAGE OF THE MESSIAH
A. Messiah’s Inaugural Address
B. Reaching the Marginalized
C. Challenging the Status Quo: the Sermon on the Mount

Contemplating the Topic
The Lord came to establish a kingdom different from any previous kingdom; neither would this kingdom have a parallel with any future kingdom. His kingdom would have no political ramifications. Before the Day of Pentecost, Jewish religion had been bound in the law of Moses, which was “our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ” (Galatians 3:24).
In the parable of the sower, Jesus indicated not everyone who heard about the Kingdom would become a disciple. Some would receive the message initially but would soon turn aside due to “tribulation or persecution,” offenses, cares of this life, or “the deceitfulness of riches” (Matthew 13:1822).

However, those who heard the message, understood it, and received it would bear fruit for the Kingdom (Matthew 13:23).
Living by Kingdom ethics requires discipleship.
“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed” (John 8:31).
“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35).
“Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples” (John 15:8).
Searching The Scriptures
Scholars suggest that Luke’s writings were designed to reach the Gentiles. Luke portrayed Jesus as the Son of Man, whose mission was to save sinners. (See Luke 9:56;19:10.) All human beings need a Savior because “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
When God killed animals to cover the nakedness of Adam and Eve, He demonstrated that shedding of blood was necessary to atone for sin. Throughout the Old Testament, animal sacrifices were required for the atonement of sins. The priests were required “to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year” (Leviticus 16:34).
However, when Jesus was crucified on the cross, the blood He shed was that of a sinless man and was sufficient to atone “for the sins of the whole world” (I John 2:2). Jesus offered “one sacrifice for sins for ever” (Hebrews 10:12).

When we continue with the second half of our study on Thursday, we will begin at looking at The Hope Of The MESSIAH, Have a Blessed Day!

 

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