Keys of the Kingdom

 

You have probably heard ministers of God echo God is no respecter of persons when they try to buttress the point that God can bless you in the same vein. But I must state here categorically, some of those teachings have been very misleading and injurious to a lot of Christians out there. A lot of times people have not taken the time to really expatiate on the text carefully perhaps due to lack of insight or the desire to preach cosmetic messages that will not offend the congregation. Please let me state here succinctly, you will not partake of any blessing unless you do what is required. It is true that God is no respecter of persons but there are requirements.

The house of Cornelius has set the stage for access into the blessings and riches of God. Until that memorable day at the house of Cornelius, the Jews saw it as a taboo to associate with the gentiles because they considered them inferior.

Apostle Peter was summoned to the house of Cornelius and was instructed by God to go; suffice it to say, Peter wouldn’t have gone to the house of Cornelius without the vision he saw mandating him to go. When Peter got to the house of Cornelius, he heard from Cornelius how an angel of the lord appeared to him while he was fasting and praying directing him to send for him.  Prior to that visitation no Jew ever considered a gentile worthy of the attention of God not to talk of a supernatural experience. It will be an understatement to say the Jews considered the gentiles from another planet. While Peter listened to the narration by Cornelius, he was inspired by the Holy Ghost to release the keys to the kingdom culled from Acts 10:34, “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that FEARETH him, and WORKETH righteousness, is accepted with him.’’

It’s quite unfortunate that when people echo the phrase God is no respecter of persons they omit the last part of the statement which is the clause that activates the sentence. There is a but in the God is no respecter clause which I intend to expatiate on.

The teaching will be centered on two themes, the fear of the lord and righteousness culled from the text above as a pre-requisite for access into the kingdom of God where blessings abound.  I will start with the man Cornelius; what really
gave Cornelius access into the supernatural and the privilege to have Apostle Peter at his residence? Please read carefully what the bible says about the man Cornelius, ‘And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a JUST man, and one that FEARETH God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews.’ (Acts 10:22). So we can see that Cornelius possessed some of the qualities needed for the blessings of the lord.

Before I go into the fear of the lord in the next post, I want you to have a practical understanding of the modus operandi of God.  Psalm 18:25-27,’  To the faithful you show yourself faithful; to those with integrity you show integrity. To the pure you show yourself pure, but to the wicked you show yourself hostile. You rescue the humble, but you humiliate the proud. (To be continued)