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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," Fall Edition 1996

Why No Revival

To many preachers are trying to build Christ's kingdom. That's right. We have little or no sweeping revival today because too many Christian workers are trying to "build the kingdom." Think about it! Can we really "build" Christ's messianic kingdom? Did Jesus ever tell His disciples to go out and build His kingdom? I don't think so.
   
    You see, the kingdom doesn't need to be built by us, it already exists. Christ established it 2,000 years ago, and it has been in existence ever since. Christ's kingdom does not need to be built in the world today because it already fully exists within the world today. All we have to do is to enter it, live in it, appropriate the blessings and benefits of it, enjoy it, and proclaim it to others.
   
    Think about it! What is your understanding of the nature of the kingdom? Do we mean that something needs to be added to Christ's finished work on Calvary to see His kingdom made complete? If so, then doesn't logic dictate that "building the kingdom" becomes an avenue for achieving salvation by our own works?
   
    Nowhere does the Bible tell us that we have to help Jesus out by trying to build His kingdom. Calvary was a finished work. The kingdom is redemption from sin, and that is a free gift. One does not work for a free gift (Romans 11:6; Ephesians 2:8-9). Neither do we have to "build" Christ's messianic kingdom, for that is really only a subtle way of denying (subverting) the true nature of his kingdom while going about to establish our own righteousness and not submitting unto the righteousness of God (Romans 10:3).
   
    The New Testament tells us that we enter Christ's messianic kingdom by being born again (John 3:3). We receive it (Hebrews 12:28). We are translated into it (Colossians 1:3). We are citizens of it (Ephesians 2:19). We live in it's power (Mark 9:1; Acts 1:8). We preach, proclaim, or herald it (Matthew 24:14). True revival comes from a simple offering-not feverish building-of it!

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