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A Greater One Than the Greatest Kingdom

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From the perspective of Jesus, to have the Spirit in life is more important than having the world under the control of his kingdom.

In the Old Testament, the coming kingdom was all the rage. It was at the center of Old Testament prophecy and within that center was the Messiah. So when Jesus was departing from the disciples to go to heaven, it was more than natural that they should ask about the coming kingdom. The coming kingdom was the greatest entity of the Old Testament and since they were convinced that Jesus was the Messiah, they wanted to know when the kingdom would show up. But instead of answering their question, he said the following.

For John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. And so when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, 'Lord, is it at this time you are restoring the kingdom to Israel?' He said to them, 'It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth'" (Acts 1:5-8).

In effect, he said that the coming Spirit was more important than the coming kingdom. From the perspective of Jesus, to have the Spirit in life is more important than having the world under the control of his kingdom.

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