Advancing the Conversation of Jesus

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As a follower of Jesus and a willing subject of the Kingdom of God, what does Jesus want your relationship to be with the man-made world system on this earth? There are so many who claim to follow Jesus, yet believe Jesus wants them to be isolated from the world system-to have nothing to do with the earthlings and the things of this earth. This is why my Church as a kid forbid dancing, movies, and most of the music.

Jesus had a better idea and it all begins with a radical thought about the real enemy. It took me years of studying Jesus to see it. This is why Jesus urged the disciples to pray for the will of God and the Kingdom of God to be present on earth as it is in heaven.

NOW, if you know who your enemy is, then you can tell the difference between the people of the two kingdoms. NOTE what Jesus says: “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you. They will do all this to you because of me, for they have rejected the one who sent me.”(John 15)

Later, Jesus explains clearly the enemies of Jesus and his followers:
“I have told you these things so that you won’t abandon your faith. For you will be expelled from the synagogues, and the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God.” (John 16) NOTE, the enemies of Jesus and his followers are the religious leaders, those who think they’re doing God a great service by organizing and practicing their imaginations. Stick with Jesus, Jesus without any religious baggage.

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