The rich young ruler—
21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.
“If we die to our own lusts, agendas, and ambitions, then we will never have a conflict in obeying God.
Wow! Did you see that? This man came running to Jesus, knelt down, and fervently asked how to inherit eternal life…What desire! What passion! What enthusiasm! Yet Jesus’ response to this seeker caused him to walk away sad and sorrowful.
Can you imagine Jesus doing this today in our “seeker friendly” church culture?
“We’ve taken the Cross out of salvation and offered its benefits. Notice Jesus didn’t say to this upstanding citizen, ‘All you have to do is believe in Me [in Me is the gospel, not the gospel of the Kingdom]; believe that I am the Savior, and you will receive what you seek—eternal life.’ No, He didn’t do what has become so common today because Jesus was well versed in eternal judgment and punishment: ‘His delight is in the fear of the Lord.” (Isa. 11:3).
Driven by Eternity—Making Your Life Count Today & Forever, pp. 138-140 John Bevere
End of John Bevere
So who is the enemy of the cross. This rich young ruler is THE example:
17 Brethren, be followers together of Me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
Why are they enemies of the cross? Because they are not applying the cross in their lives (Kingdom of God) but only believe in Christ’s cross (salvation and the gospel). They were once saved and they beleive they are always saved. Saved and salvation are words of time and are not gospel of Kingdom (spiritual) words. Words of time can only give hope; and hope is not a spiritual word. The language itself defies this man-made doctrine of once saved, always saved.
The hidden mystery: Christ in you. Salvation is our going into Christ—the gospel, which we can only believe by faith in His death, resurrection, His blood and cross for us. We cannot work for salvation because that is legalism or self-righteousness.
BUT THE HIDDEN MYSTERY IS: CHRIST IN YOU—See Colossians 1:27, below. To make more and more room for the Christ and the Spirit, we must be denying the soul and taking up our cross and following Him; going through sanctification (being removed from the word; and the ecclesia or assembly of His people are those who are called out from the world—those being sanctified). As you will see that many are called and predestined but few are chosen; and those who are “chosen” according to specific Bible verses are those going through sanctification. There is much work and much effort in the Kingdom of God. Denying the soul and taking up our cross and following Him is much work. And those who are belonging Christ are crucifying the flesh with its affections and lusts. Galatians 5:24. Is crucifying the flesh and the fleshly nature legalism or self-righteousness? No, it is making more room for Christ in us. This is the hidden mystery.
This is not about salvation; it is about being either in the Kingdom of God or the kingdom of Satan—there are only two choices. Work in the Kingdom is not legalism or self-righteousness.
Is denying the soul and taking up our cross legalism or self-righteousness. No, this is the Kingdom of God where we are following a King and denying the soul and taking up our cross makes more and more room for Christ in us. Is going through sanctification and exerting effort to be removed from the world systems legalism or self-righteousness? No, this is the kingdom of God where we are making more room for Him in us. The ecclesia are those called out from the world and the world system (the definition of sanctification), which may not include all people in the assembly.
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:
25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints [those going through sanctification]:
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 [Christ IN you gives you hope of glory; and without Christ in you, there is no hope of glory–this is the Kingdom of God, not the gospel!!!]:
28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
THE SINNER’S PRAYER DOES NOT-DOES NOT!–DEAL WITH THE KINGDOM OF JESUS.