6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.
Acts 1:6-7 (NKJV)
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Acts 1:6-7 (NLT) — 6 So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?” 7 He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know.
Acts 1:6-7 (NIV) — 6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.
Acts 1:6-7 (MSG) — 6 When they were together for the last time they asked, “Master, are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel now? Is this the time?” 7 He told them, “You don’t get to know the time. Timing is the Father’s business.
Thoughts of Devotion:
We see in this portion of Scripture that the disciples begin to ask questions of Jesus. And the main question was in relation to the kingdom, they thought Jesus would establish His kingdom here on earth! Since he had been talking to them for about forty days about the topic of the kingdom, it was for this reason that they were expecting an earthly kingdom in which Jesus would be king. The disciples expected the Messiah would occupy the throne of David, destroy the Roman government and reinstate the kingdom of Israel. But, this would not happen immediately! Since the kingdom that Jesus would establish would be of a spiritual nature.
In John 18:36 the Lord reminds them of this truth, “Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.” Jesus made it clear that the kingdom of God would be established in the spiritual and unearthly. According to Scripture, in Jesus Christ the kingdom comes as a message of power, backed by miracles and wonders. They could not be thinking of an earthly kingdom, but on receiving power from on high!
Today we have a clear and defined approach, and it is spiritual, not earthly! We have received an unshakable and eternal kingdom. We have the power of the Holy Spirit to live in another standard of living. We are citizens of heaven, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 3:20). We’re on a mission; we are only passing by in this world! Our mission is to expand the kingdom of God to the ends of the earth. This morning this truth has to be present in us, we must completely revolutionize our way of thinking and acting. We are investing in the eternal, not temporary. In that which transcends the system of this world, a spiritual and enduring world.
Matthew 6:10 (NKJV) — 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
Luke 17:20-21(NKJV) — 20 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”
Matthew 20:21 (NKJV) — 21 And He said to her, “What do you wish?” She said to Him, “Grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in Your kingdom.”
Matthew 26:29 (NKJV) — 29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
Mark 15:43 (NKJV) —43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, coming and taking courage, went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
Luke 1:31-33 (NKJV) — 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
Luke 22:29-30 (NKJV) 29 And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, 30 that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
John 18:36 (NKJV) — 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”
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