By : Watana Alcorn Troy , NC
There are Kingdom principles which Jesus taught in a variety of ways including parables. Jesus had a certain attitude toward the Gentiles. Jesus was about his father’s business throughout his ministry on earth.
The principles are related to the basic and ethical teachings of Jesus Christ to his disciples and followers. Ethical teachings by Jesus were about the creation, the commandments, and about God’s personality. Basic principles taught by Jesus was on God’s love and grace for all (Stein, R.1996).
Summary: This sermon by Stanley Vasu is on the five principles in the Kingdom of God which are Promise, Patience, Praise, Provision and Promotion (Vasu, Stanley).
Promise- (Psalm 127:1; Genesis 11:1-9): An example is the tower of Babel. Patience- (Hebrews 6:12; Psalm 105:19): We should continue to persevere and not give up on doing what God has purposed us to do for his Kingdom. Praise- (Psalm 22:3; Joshua 6:20; Acts 16:25-26; Numbers 32:13): Two examples are when the walls of Jericho came down and when Paul and Silas were in prison and they praised God. Provision- (Matthew 6:33; Luke 5:1-11; 2 Corinthians 9:7; Luke 6:38): The verse in Matthew 6:33 (NIV) says the following:
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Promotion- (Luke 14:11; Matthew 18:1-4): Humility is an important part in promotion. I use the following in Luke 14:11 (NIV) which says:
11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
My strongest are in patience, praise, and provision. Lifetime principles to continue to grow in are in promise and promotion. In patience, I have learned to wait on God instead of wanting it instantly. My praise is through my singing, praying, and through The Great Commission. In provision, I have learned that God will provide for all my needs in all areas in my life. Humility is a skill I am still working on. In promise, I have to remember God will either bless or curse me based on my obedience to him.
There are also other important principles to the Kingdom of God in Christianity. They are such as to repent and be saved, take up our cross daily and follow Christ, accept Jesus words and apply them to our daily lives. Another important principle is to love all and to carry out The Great Commission for the Kingdom of God. Persevering and not giving up when Devil tempts us will lead to victory in the Kingdom of God.
Discipleship as taught in Matthew centers mainly on following Christ more than following the laws. Disciples should make the Bible main instructions to follow in their lives as they admire and praise Christ (Hagner, D., 1998). An important aspect in Christianity is in Matthew 5:13-16 (Betz, H., 1998). I am known as “the Glower” among my Christian friends and family because my light for Jesus Christ is shining bright for all to see. My bright shining face has been referred to as bright as Moses face was when he came down the mountain with The Ten Commandments and had to use a veil to shield light. I have been told by people they need to wear sunshades to see me because I am so bright. My big smile, glowing face, and love for others is the same all the time and people enjoy seeing me. They say I brighten up their day and give them hope to keep persevering and to not give up on their goals.
Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV) which says:
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Jesus taught in proverbs, riddles, poetry, paradox, and parables were mainly used to prepare his disciples for sharing of the Gospels. Parables was Jesus favorite way of teaching (Stein, R. 1996). Jesus main parts within his ministry were healing and teaching about his Father’s business. When Jesus was twelve in the temple, Joseph and Mary asked him what he was doing. Jesus answered “I am about my Father’s business.” My prayer ministry is also Kingdom business as well.
Here is a list of passages on Jesus teaching styles:
-synonymous parallelism (Matthew 7:7-8; Mark 3:24-25); chiasmic parallelism (Matthew 23:12; Mark 8:35); antithetical parallelism (Matthew 6:22-23; 7:17-18); hyperbole (Matthew 5:29-30; 38-42; 7:3-5); puns (Matthew 16:18; 23:24); similes (Luke 13:34; 17:6);metaphors (Matthew 5:13; Mark 8:15); proverbs (Matthew 26:52; Mark 6:4); riddles (Matthew 1Jesu1:11; Mark 14:58); paradox (Matthew 23:27-28; Mark 12:41-44); a fortiori (Matthew 7:9-11; 10:25); irony (Matthew 16:2-3; Luke 12:16-21); and counter questions (Mark 3:1-4; 11:27-33). Jesus used parables and figurative actions more within his teachings (Mark 2:15-16; 3:14-19).
A parable is a short allegorical story designed to illustrate or teach some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson. A parable also conveys a meaning indirectly by the use of comparison, and analogy. My favorite parables are: The feeding of the 5,000 with 5 loaves and two fishes, and the parable of the talents. The parables I have heard while attending church regularly in my life are: The parable of lost sheep, lost coin, and the Prodigal son. The lost sheep reminds me of the great Commission to reach all for the Kingdom of God. The parable of the lost coin reminds me to be a cheerful giver as I plant seeds into the Kingdom of God. The Prodigal Son reminds me that God will accept us back if we backslide or walk out of his will. The question I ask myself when feel off course with God is:” Who moved me or God.” the answer is God did not move I did. I have used this question recently in my 24-7 prayer line prayer ministry with callers. The callers are wondering why things are going wrong and getting no better; so I ask them this question. This seems to put things in perspective not only to me but my callers as well.
Here is a list of Gospel passages that tells Jesus’ overall attitude toward the Gentiles.
Here is a list of passages about his understanding of their role within the Kingdom.
1 Corinthians 5:7
1 Peter 1:19
Mark 10:45; Mark 14:24; Matthew 26:28
In conclusion, Jesus teachings in parables can be beneficial for ministers today as well as in biblical times. The Kingdom principles that were mentioned are an important part of Christianity. As Christians we should love all like Jesus Christ did throughout his ministry. Jesus should be an example to follow to doing our duties for the Kingdom of God.