3 setions =aspects of: Foundation, Fulness & Fulfillment (/ Fruition).
gold, frankincense & myrh= new kingdom, new covenant & new life - glory to God in the highest, & on earth peace, good will toward men= new kingdom, new life & new covenant - the way (of love), the (rule of) truth & the life (of peace)= new covenant, new kingdom & new life
new life: see [A Living], new covenant: see [How Now]
The guiding principle of the kingdom is truth. The operation of the kingdom is justice.
`?inception: light dividing darkness =order from chaos - garden of eden description in Genesis conceivably intended as a kingdom parable
The first parable for examination is found in Mar 4:`?26 ..`?, and addresses the ambiguity of maintaining that the kingdom has come, still is coming and yet will come. `setting? Jesus starts with a breakout illustration of God's purpose to illuminate the world, but then backs off to indicate that the process will be one of progressive revelation.
The candlestick illustration and admonitions
The parable of the husbandman
compare seeming discrepancy in Luk `: of Jesus' statement that the kingdom comes not with observation and is within you
Proceeding: the parable of the mustard seed follows directly after the above parable in Mark, but is better read from Mat 13:31 ..35, which includes the associated parable of the leaven. There also, mention is made as an afterword of Jesus' deliberate use of parables in concordance with `?conformance to the secret/ hidden/ unfolding instructions from the previous scripture in Mark.
mustard seed shows that while light shouldn't be confined, truth can't be confined
leaven shows that the spread of the kingdom is pervasive rather than contentious
The parable of the field hands `setting?
treatment of workers as indistinguishable appears at a glance similar to the character of a cult
The miracle of the feeding of the multitude treated as a parable (ref "take up remnants that nothing be lost" verse)
structure of Joh 6 chapter
eat/ drink compared to doctrinal significance of the ordinance of communion =obedience, remembrance and consecration (per Faith & Message), as well as restoration (as a service, in addition to an ordinance)
believe & partake =[A Living]'s requirement for subjection to kingdom/ family as well as acceptance of grace
finally, Jesus points out that our grasp of the kingdom is in spirit: and thus, a never- ending battle for truth, justice and the spiritual way
The purpose of the kingdom is freedom. The ideal of the kingdom is faithfulness.
`outpouring: light shining (forth) in darkness - at hand, upon/ within you
The nature of the kingdom is reflected in the situation of its subjects. All are created with free will. Those whose will is inclined to seek truth (the controversy of predestination enters here; ref 2Th 2:10, 13) will come to know the truth and be made free. Those who've been freed are prompted to shoulder the yoke of faith. Those who undertake to be faithful increase their faith as they practice their faith. Faith then makes one whole.
John the Baptist as harbinger of the kingdom's (/reestablishment) "restoration" (Mat 17: 10.. 13) - note the FAQ to Jesus: "Wilt thou now restore the kingdom?"
The parable of a camel through the eye of a needle
The parable of the treasure found in a field
The parable of the pearl of great price
The parable of the householder's bounty
The parable of the lilies of the field
`Mat 5 notes that this is a new kingdom; using: "you've heard, but I say"
`preceded by 3 devotions of almsgiving, prayer and fasting (note vs JOY ordering, their potency in tuning in & turning on; ref Jesus' remonstrance after transfiguration)
Note that the parable of the field hands is representative of the old established kingdom in its portrayal of the efforts of the hands and their consequent reward in accordance with God's justice, as well as in the workers' expectations regarding the same. The central message of: "the first will be last and the last will be first" only seems to us to be a novel condition.
In reverse case, the parable of the lilies of the field is representative of the new kingdom in its deprecation of works and emphasis upon gifts, and in that its communal tone implies a time of preparation as waiting to greet the breaking forth of the new day, contrary to that of the field hands' repetitive gatherings looking forward only to ongoing toil. The employment of the commonly- found flowers as a subject only appears to us to indicate an antique theme.
The parable of the unjust steward - squandering of gifts as in previous parable of Prodigal Son, but as it were by the brother - transition from: "He who has been forgiven much will be faithful in much.", to: "He who is faithful in a little will be faithful in much." - So, faithful though unjust; and the commending of freedom in action leads into the aspects of the Priesthood of the Believer - also, under the more traditional sense of stewardship (accountability to a master vs individual custodianship of gifts in PoB), would be reflective of the suggestion of a division/ parcelling out of attention to the kingdom by God (see next, and also Laodicean letter speculation)
The direction of the kingdom is by grace. The growth of the kingdom is with favor (look with favor upon - congregational polity?). Does "joint heirs" imply a division or parcelling out of the (new) kingdom among the redeemed - and wouldn't that be necessarily divisive?
partially as scope (coming timing note "commencement" as graduation)
`do demons exist in our world today (parable of swept house)? - simple answer is: none are where the kingdom is - does one enter into the kingdom in life (narrow path & strait gate, building & trials of house on rock vs sand)?
`how has Christ conquered death? we're now emboldened to perfection (or casting off of folly), instead of resigned to corruption (or powerlessness): rejoicing in potential, rather than preservation/ relief - (Lazarus "never die" quotation, Nicodemus "born again" instead of dying, woman at well "living water springing up", 5k feeding elab as above) - preface with necessity to know of death (cycle of seasons & rainbow, ref 4x dead & dyings from Col 2, 3) - resurrection body imputation in 2Co 4, 5 "treasure in earthen vessels" passage)
from Mat 25 - context of lost chances in 23 & foretellings in 24 - 3 parables stacked up in 25
The parable of the wise and foolish virgins - "Then .."
The parable of the talents/ "unprofitable servant" (vs unjust steward) - stepping back to the use of generic: "the kingdom is like", to describe the kind of wisdom that supplies oil for one's lamp =employment of God's favor
The parable of the sheep and the goats - ultimately - those in the kingdom replicate God's grace (ref BGEA Easter sermon on Death Conquered) - explains the failure of those who protested their exemplary service in (`similar judgment separation passage)