Cyber Penance

Apologetics, Devos, Random Thoughts

About

Uber Geek, metal head, former critic of Christianity now Christian Apologist and Reasonable Faith Chapter Director for Reasonable Faith Tulsa South. Graduate of the Internship at Guts Church.

I am not perfect but I strive to let God’s Word be the foundation of my life in everything I do. My favorite Scriptures: Matt 6:33, Isaiah 43:4, Rom 8:28, Jer 29:11. Look them up and let them change your life as they changed mine.

Want to know more about me? Read my testimony (Parts 1, 2, and 3).

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  1. I’d love to know your thoughts on the Kingdom of God (your Matt 6:33 quote)…because I’ve been fixated on ‘happy are the poor in spirit (aka the needy) for their’s is the K of god.’ What does that really mean?

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    1. Good question. Thanks for asking.
      My understanding of the kingdom of God as it is “on earth as it is in heaven” is that it’s God’s way of doing things. So Matt 6:33 would be to seek first God’s way of doing things and God’s righteousness (his standard of virtue and morality), to play God first in everything you do.

      In the Amplified, it says

      But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
      Matthew 6:33 AMP

      And in the New Living

      Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
      Matthew 6:33 NLT

      As far as the poor in spirit, I love the New Living Translation on that verse

      “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

      Now matter how good life gets, I truly understand my need for him. I can never forget where I was before I became a christian, the darkness and depression that consumed me, and how much better my life has been since, both internally (peace, joy, etc) and externally.
      I’m reminded of the verses in proverbs

      Two things I request of You (Deprive me not before I die): Remove falsehood and lies far from me; Give me neither poverty nor riches— Feed me with the food allotted to me; Lest I be full and deny You, And say, “Who is the Lord ?” Or lest I be poor and steal, And profane the name of my God.
      Proverbs 30:7‭-‬9 NKJV

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    2. These renderings fail to carry over into English the continuous action denoted by the present tense of the Greek verbs used. Some modern translations, instead of saying here, “sinneth not” and “doth not commit sin,” take note of the continuous action and render the verbs accordingly: “does not practice sin,” “does not carry on sin” (NW); “practices sin,” “makes a practice of sinning” (CB); “does not habitually sin,” “does not practice sin” (Ph); “does not continue to sin” (TEV). Jesus commanded his followers at Matthew 6:33: “Keep on, then, seeking first the kingdom,” indicating continuous effort, rather than merely “seek ye first the kingdom” (KJ).

      A person needs to keep seeking the Kingdom; he must desire that government and be loyal to it. But he cannot forget that it is the Kingdom of God; he must conform to God’s will, to God’s standard of right and wrong in conduct, and he must continually ‘make his mind over’ so that every facet of his life is in accord with God’s righteousness. (Ro 12:2) He must “put on the new personality which was created according to God’s will in true righteousness and loyalty.”​—Eph 4:23, 24.

      This teaching stood in stark contrast with that of the Pharisees, who sought to establish their own righteousness. –Mt 5:20

      ~Biblical Truths~

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  2. Thank you so much for taking the time to give me not only different translations, but your before and after snapshot and other favorite verses. I struggle with the ‘neither poor nor rich’ at times….accepting what He says are good boundaries for me. But he knows better…and we do have an amazing mind-boggling inheritance.

    Keep sharing your light – God means many to connect with Him through your story.

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