Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians Chapter 15 tells his brethren to continue to stand in the gospel that was preached to them and that they received, by which they were saved. He specifically says, “If ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.” How can my faith be in vain? Or how can my preaching or someone’s preaching be in vain?
For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and joy in the Holy Ghost. (Romans 14:17)
Neither shall they say, Lo here! Or, lo there! For, behold, the Kingdom of God is within you. (Luke 17:21)
The Kingdom of God is not meat and drink, said Jesus, but righteousness and joy in the Holy Ghost! The Kingdom of God isn’t an earthly thing, it’s not something that I can touch and physically show. The Kingdom of God isn’t the achievement of a good career, a good family life, or good health. Christ came and spoke of the Kingdom of Heaven. He spoke of Another world. He didn’t preach of this world. He didn’t preach good health, good family life, a good career, a successful life. Unfortunately, many Christians today miss this main point and seek God for the earthly. So as to have a good family life, a blessed life here on earth, or good health. But Christ came to give a person eternal life, to give him salvation, to give him the Kingdom of God within him!
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. (1 Corinthians 15:19)
What are we truly seeking for? What are we truly living for? What are we truly preaching about? Do we experience as Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians chapter 1, verse 21?
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:21)
Do we realize that everything will pass and that our death may come at Any moment? Look around – open your eyes – God is clearly showing that it is the last days/times! No one will be able to bypass death! No one will be able to run away from God! Do you have the Kingdom of Heaven within you? Be honest to yourself! Do you experience righteousness and joy in the Holy Ghost? What do I experience when hardships come? What do I experience when troubles come? What do I experience when things don’t go “my way?” What do I experience when I am ill? Do not deceive yourself, the time is SHORT!
So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the Kingdom of God is nigh at hand. (Luke 21:31)