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Are Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob already in the kingdom of God?

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May 3rd, 2013 | Filed Under: Author, Mitch Kuhn, Q and A, Second Resurrection0 Comments | Author:


Hello,

That is a good verse to bring up. It appears to be contradictory at first glance, but we have to remember a few key principals.

1. Jesus always spoke to the multitudes in parables.

Mat 13:34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:
Mat 13:35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

Christ is actually speaking of the very same mystery that Paul speaks of, Christ in you the hope of glory. Christ says it in a way that no on could understand until the Sprit came to reveal the mystery.

Col 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Joh 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

1Co 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
1Co 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

Notice who he is speaking to in Matthew 11 and Luke 13

Mat 11:7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?

Luk 13:22 And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem.
Luk 13:23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,

2. Jews are not those outward in the flesh

Rom 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
Rom 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Everything that happened in the Old Testament was a shadow of the good things to come.

Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
Col 2:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

Heb 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
Heb 10:2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.

With this in mind look what Paul says about who are the true Jews, those that will receive the promise.

Rom 9:4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;
Rom 9:5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
Rom 9:6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:
Rom 9:7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
Rom 9:8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

Being a physical Jew does not matter as it pertains to the promises. When Christ refers to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, he is referring to the Jews.

Luk 13:28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.

The Lord identifies himself as the God of the patriarchs.

Exo 3:6 Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.

And who is the true prophet?

1Co 14:3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

The prophets in the OT were speaking the shadows of what was to come, but the prophet today reveals the mystery through edification, exhortation, and comfort.

Here is a study about prophesy:
http://aionios.com/2013-03/gifts-ministries-and-operations-part-12/

The only way to see the kingdom of God is to be born again. The true israel and true prophet are born again, those speaking of the shadow in the OT have not been born again.

Joh 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Joh 3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
Joh 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

This study explains the difference between being born of the water and the Spirit.
http://aionios.com/2012-05/3rd-milk-doctrine-doctrine-of-baptisms/

The Book of Hebrews
The book of Hebrews explains in detail how the things in the Old Covenant were merely a shadow of the good things to come, including the patriarchs of the Jewish faith.
Here in Chapter 7 the priesthood is discussed. Melchisedec becoming a priest not according to physical descent, symbolized the change in the covenant that was to come.

Heb 7:11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
Heb 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
Heb 7:13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.

Now look how the writer of Hebrews connects what happend with Melchiedec to Christ. He points to the shadow, and then the fulfillment.

Heb 7:14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
Heb 7:15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
Heb 7:16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.

Chapter 8 explains how the tabernacle is merely a shadow of the true spiritual house within us to come.

Heb 8:5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.
Heb 8:6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
Heb 8:7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.

Chapter 9 shows that all of the all the commands that were followed regarding the tabernacle and service thereof did not give access into the holiest of all. It was not yet manifest! They mystery was not yet revealed.

Heb 9:8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:
Heb 9:9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;
Heb 9:10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.
Heb 9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;

Chapter 10 reveals the new way to enter into the holies, through the blood of Jesus, which was not yet manifest in the OT.

Heb 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
Heb 10:2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.

Heb 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
Heb 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
Heb 10:21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
Heb 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

So this brings us to Chapter 11 where the elders of the faith are used as a shadow to explain the true faith of Christ. If their faith caused them to receive the promise, then there would be no need for a change in the covenant.

Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Heb 11:2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.

After sharing all these great stories of faith, here is the conclusion.

Heb 11:39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
Heb 11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

If they did receive the promise and will be in the 1st resurrection, then why do we get something better? Why do they need us to be made perfect? Are they not already perfect if they received the promise?
I hope this helps,
Mitch

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