Thanksgiving for the Kingdom of God
God’s Kingdom Keeps Growing – Part II
Scripture Reading: Matthew 13:47-52
Key Verse: Matthew 13:47
“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a fishing net that was thrown into the water and caught fish of every kind.”
Today’s Key Verse is another illustration of the Kingdom of God, according to Jesus. This verse illustrates that God so loved the world that He cast His net everywhere around the world, inviting all to be a part of His Kingdom.
At the end of the Kingdom of the earth, all will stand in judgement before God. God will welcome those who have accepted His gift of eternal life through His Son Jesus into the eternal paradise that Jesus prepares. God throws the wicked, those that refused His gift, into the Lake of Fire, according to Matthew 13:50 and Matthew 24:51.
The Bible makes it clear that it is not God’s desire that anyone is eternally lost. Most everyone is familiar with John 3:16, but the verses that follow this famous verse are critical in understanding the judgement that faces those who reject God’s gift of salvation:
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
“There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. The judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants”, (John 3:16-21 NLT)
Please note the lessons from these verses.
First, God’s purpose in sending Jesus was not to judge the world but to provide a way for all people to be saved and spend eternity with Him.
Second, the wicked people’s decision to reject God’s offer causes this harsh judgement.
Third, Jesus and His teachings are the “light” that everyone on earth needs because the world lives in darkness without them. This light exposes what is evil. Those who love their evil ways more than God’s way refuse to go near the light.
Finally, God wants all people everywhere to come into His light.
Father, I praise You for my Salvation, help me to live in a way to attracts those still in darkness. I pray this in Jesus’s Name, amen.