posted May 17, 2012, 8:23 AM by Dale Barnes
To God’s elect, strangers in the world...”  “..live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.”  “Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world...”  (1 Pet.1:1,17; 2:11 NIV)  

Jesus, when he was standing in weakness, and helpless before Pilate the Roman governor, said; “I am a king...My kingdom is not of this world.  If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest...” (Jn.18:36-37)  The king was about to give his life for others that they might be able to come into his kingdom.  A kingdom that is not part of this present world system; a kingdom that will endure forever.

Jesus said, no one can see or enter the kingdom of God unless he is born again . (Jn.3:3,5)  The apostle Paul tells true Christians, “For he (God) has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves...” (Col.1:13 NIV)  Also the Bible says, “...since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe...” (Heb.12:28 NIV)  Let us live in the new life of this eternal kingdom.

God has done a wonderful and miraculous thing in bringing us into a relationship with himself, into a kingdom that is real and eternal. What is most marvelous is that the invitation goes out to all.
A new birth and entrance to Christ’s kingdom is open to all who will come to Christ and put their trust in him; call on him.  He will answer; forgive your sins and give you a new life in this eternal kingdom.  Whosoever may come, and it is free.