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The Kingdom Of Heaven Is At Hand

The English word "manifest" originated from a compound Latin word, manus, meaning the hand (the word manual, as in manual labor, originated from the same root word), and festus, meaning, to hold, with the applied meaning of to be seen because something is being held, and used, in the hand. From the Christian perspective, it means that the Truth is not merely to be known (after made possible by the Holy Spirit - see the Fact Finder question below), but to actually be lived by. Jesus Christ explained how true Christians are to let the Light of the Holy Spirit shine from them:

"5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 5:14-16 KJV)

And what did He say must be done to let the Light shine?

"5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle [see Jot and Tittle] shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:17-19 KJV)

"For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord"

True Christianity is not a personal philosophy (how many Bible-ignoring "Christian" churches are merely self-worshipping organizations named after people or countries?) or a social club where lusting "wolves" on the hunt can find their poaching easier among a gathering of their prey. True Christianity is a way of life - the only way to life, eternal life, "For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord."

The Holy Scriptures

"4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them [see A Brainwashed World]. 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen Vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed [see No Pain, No Gain]; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 4:9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 4:10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 4:11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 4:12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.

4:13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; 4:14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus [listen to the Sermon Christ's Passover: The Death And Birth Of The Saviour from our Sermons page] shall raise up us also by Jesus [see When Will You Be Judged?], and shall present us with you. 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish [see What Happens When You Die?], yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal." (2 Corinthians 4:1-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: How does a true Christian become a true Christian?
See The Process Of Conversion, The Gospel of The Kingdom of God and Could Christ Return Tonight?


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