WORTHY OF THE KINGDOM

by Thomas W. Finley


©1997

PREFACE

Living by Christ and for His coming Kingdom has been a growing aspiration for me for years. As most of those who "desire to live godly in Christ Jesus" (2 Tim. 3:12), I am constantly aware of my shortcomings. Nevertheless, I am stirred and encouraged to "press on toward the goal for the prize." (Phil. 3:14). Perhaps you can identify with these feelings, or, perhaps, you feel the need to be encouraged to "run the race." For the purpose of stirring us all to "run with endurance the race that is set before us" (Heb. 12:1), I offer this writing.

Encouragement to run the race, in my experience, comes not only from the inward working of the Holy Spirit, but also very much from God’s Word. I have found that the Holy Spirit has especially used certain truths and principles from the Bible to not only encourage me, but also to remind me again and again with focused clarity what is the goal of the race and how to "run in such a way" that I "may win" (1 Cor. 9:24).

This writing is not designed to be an exhaustive treatise on truths of the coming Kingdom and lessons related to it. Some key truths and principles will be touched, however, and it is hoped that this will be an inspiration to the reader to search for more truth. For this reason, a list of suggested reading is also included. How grateful I am to those servants of God whose ministries have touched my life, helping me to know more of the depths of God’s Word.

In my effort to make this work readable for most Christians, I have tried not to make it too technical in tone. My burden is not to make an airtight legal case for theological points. However, some of the truths will probably be new to the reader, and I must, therefore, of necessity lay down some proof of these points from the Scriptures in sufficient detail to convince the objective reader. If further study or proof is required, the suggested reading listed at the end can, I assure you, do a thoroughly convincing theological job. My burden is not theological argumentation, but it is the conveying of much needed truth, along with practical exhortation, to help us all run the race in such a way as to be approved by Him.

Finally, I must tell you, dear reader, that it is my conviction that the hour of the Lord’s appearing and His Kingdom has drawn very near. Therefore, I feel compelled to take up Paul’s final charge to Timothy: "I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word, be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths." (2 Tim. 4:1-4)

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And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart" (Jer. 29:13, NASB)