Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Taking Heaven By Force?

Matthew 11:12 (NIV)
From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.

Forceful people lay hold of it.....

Matthew 11:12(KJV)
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

The Greek transliteration of "and the violent take it by force" is below:

kai biastes harpazo autos harpazo

the violent-biastes, strongs says biastes means 1) strong, forceful 2) using force, violent

by force-harpazo according to strong's 1) to seize, carry off by force

2) to seize on, claim for one's self eagerly

3) to snatch out or away

So looking at the Greek for ourselves we can readily come up with "and the strong/forceful take it by seizing on it, or claiming it for one's self eagerly"

Interesting words....

What's another way of saying this? You have to REALLY want this to get it. You have to REALLY want the truth, you have to REALLY repent and want to turn away from sin to get this. You have to dwell on it, you have to treat your relationship with the Creator like it's something important. People often think about the things that are important to them, if the kingdom of heaven and God's Word is something that you don't think on often, what does that say about how important you think it is? This does'nt mean you are perfect, it means you want what Jesus is offering and you are willing to turn your back on this world to embrace the kingdom of heaven. Too often that price is to high and men embrace the world instead. Search your heart and mind to know what is within you. You can lie to men all die, please don't lie to yourself. Grace and Peace~D