Jesus Christ the Fiery Serpent

Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.

PSALM 36:5



What Is the Kingdom?

The kingdom of heaven is a frequent theme in Jesus’ parables. It is the realm over which Christ Himself is the undisputed King of kings and Lord of lords. It is the domain in which His lordship is even now fully operative. In other words, all who truly belong to the kingdom of heaven have formally yielded to Christ’s lordship. To enter the kingdom, therefore, is to enter into eternal life. In short, the kingdom is synonymous with the sphere of salvation— that eternal realm where the redeemed have their true citizenship (Phil. 3: 20).

At present, the kingdom is a spiritual dominion, not an earthly geopolitical realm. Jesus described the current state of the kingdom as intangible and invisible: “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within [or among] you” (Luke 17: 20– 21). He also said, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18: 36). This is not the full and final expression of Christ’s kingdom, of course. The earthly culmination of the kingdom awaits His bodily return. Then all “the kingdoms of this world [will] become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” (Rev. 11: 15). The first phase of that eternal rule is the thousand-year reign of the Lord Jesus on earth promised in Revelation 20: 1– 7. That is followed by the creation of the new heaven and the new earth over which His eternal reign continues (Rev. 21: 1– 8).>

That is what Jesus taught us to pray for: “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6: 10). When the kingdom is finally manifest in the new creation, it will be visible, universal (spanning heaven and earth), and never ending. In the meantime, the kingdom is absolutely real; it is present; and it is constantly, quietly growing, as sinners are redeemed and graciously granted kingdom citizenship for all eternity. Jesus illustrated all those truths in His parables. The kingdom is called by several names in Scripture: “the kingdom of Christ and God” (Eph. 5: 5); “the kingdom of God” (Mark 4: 11); and “His [Christ’s] kingdom” (Matt. 13: 41; 16: 28).(Matt. 13: 41; 16: 28).

The common notion that “the kingdom of heaven” and “the kingdom of God” are separate realms is a fallacy. Matthew always used the expression “kingdom of heaven,” and he is the only writer in the New Testament who used that phrase. All the other gospels routinely say “kingdom of God.” The terms are synonymous, as you can see by a comparison of cross-references (cf. Matt. 5: 3 and Luke 6: 20; Matt. 19: 24 and Mark 10: 23; or Matt. 11: 11 and Luke 7: 28). Matthew was writing for the benefit of Jewish readers. He always said “kingdom of heaven” rather than “kingdom of God” because Jewish readers tended to be overscrupulous about the use of God’s name, and he did not want to put an unnecessary stumbling block in his readers’ way.

Is Entrance to the Kingdom Free, or Is There a Cost?

Nothing in the universe could ever match the priceless value of the kingdom. It’s worth more than any mere mortal could ever imagine— which means it is infinitely beyond the price range any of us could ever even think to afford. If you gave everything you ever had and everything you ever will have, it still would be nowhere near enough to merit entry into the kingdom. This is crystal clear in Scripture: you simply cannot buy your way in. In fact, it actually works the other way. People who are rich in this world’s goods are severely disadvantaged from the perspective of the heavenly kingdom. Jesus said, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” (Matt. 19: 24). Scripture says, “The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” (1 Tim. 6: 10). To be enthralled with material wealth makes a person unfit for the kingdom— even if the person isn’t wealthy.

In Jesus’ words, “How hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!” (Mark 10: 24). Nor does the kingdom belong to self-righteous people or those who think their religion, morality, education, humanitarianism, philanthropy, environmentalism, political viewpoint— or anything else— might earn merit with God (cf. Luke 18: 10– 14). The demand of God’s law is very straightforward. Jesus summed it up in a single statement: “You [must] be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matt. 5: 48). James says it this way: “Whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all” (James 2: 10).

So the law condemns us all, because we all fall far short of that measure. It is the very height of arrogant presumption to imagine that fallen sinners could sufficiently satisfy God’s perfect standard of righteousness or somehow win His favor by trying to cover our guilt with our own imperfect works. “We are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags” (Isa. 64: 6). We could sooner buy all the palaces and mansions on earth than we could earn entry into the kingdom of heaven by our own merits. In fact, the characteristic attitude of all true kingdom citizens is that they are “poor in spirit” (Matt. 5: 3). They recognize and confess their own utter spiritual poverty.

They know that they are unworthy sinners (1 Tim. 1: 15). That, by the way, is not one of the kingdom mysteries kept hidden until it was finally revealed in the New Testament. It is a basic truth that should have been perfectly clear already: Those who trust in their wealth And boast in the multitude of their riches, None of them can by any means redeem his brother, Nor give to God a ransom for him— For the redemption of their souls is costly. (Ps. 49: 6– 8) That’s why Jesus— the perfect, spotless, sinless Lamb of God— had to make the only possible atonement for sinners. “[ God] made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5: 21). In effect, Christ paid the kingdom’s entry fee in full for those who believe on His name— because He is the only one who could ever pay such an unimaginably high price.

And it was indeed an exorbitant price— worth infinitely more than all earth’s gold and material riches combined. “You were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold . . . but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1: 18– 19). He paid the price in full. That’s what His final words on the cross signified: “It is finished!” (John 19: 30). “By one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified” (Heb. 10: 14). Therefore all who enter the kingdom do so freely, “without money and without price” (Isa. 55: 1), by grace through faith— not by any merit or virtue of their own (Eph. 2: 8– 9).

II PETER 1:11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Grace and Peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus Christ.

  We as Christians wanting to be partakers of the everlasting Kingdom of God must learn to lisson to the Word of God more abundantly. For in the word there is not only truth but also the very entrance into the beloved Kingdom of God and everlasting life. Why does God ask through out His word if ye have an ear let them hear what the scripture say. Just look at the greeting I put before you. Grace and Peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus Christ. Grace and peace is made more abundantly to us through the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ. How then do we obtain this knowledge? We obtain this knowledge, through the eating of the flesh of Jesus Christ! Sounds like a stumbling block to me, for how can we eat the Flesh of Christ? For then again I say unto you, lisson. John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. Open your eyes look Christ, the Word became flesh and dwells among us even today. Now Look! Word became flesh, Word, flesh. So if we eat his flesh we eat the Word of God. which is the BIBLE! This Bible Is Christ Himself no, not the book, but the Word with in the book!
Does not Christ say in John 10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
So you want to enter into the everlasting Kingdom of God you must obtain this knowledge. The knowledge of Christ the door. The very entrance into God's Kingdom.
And here is Knowledge: 2Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: ( virtue is a positive trait or quality deemed to be morally good and thus is valued as a foundation of principle and good moral being.)1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;(is a familiarity, awareness or understanding of someone or something) 1:6 And to knowledge temperance;( Moderation )and to temperance patience; ( is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances ), and to patience godliness;( Divinity )1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. {1:8For if these things be in you, and abound, they make [you that ye shall] neither [be] barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1:9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 2Peter 1:11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

My Kingdom is not of this World


{4:3} But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: {4:4} In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. {4:5} For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. {4:6} For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.