He came preaching the kingdom of God is at hand. To set men free in Spirit and in Truth from the bondage of this world and the next.
This was His good news, the gospel of the Kingdom, that the kingdom of God was at hand to set all men free from the elements of the world so that they may be free souls under God the Father of heaven and earth.
It was a system and a way that was based on faith, hope, and charity and the perfect law of love and liberty. His message was to bring peace and division. It was the salvation of the world.
The kingdom of God is "one form of government".
How does the Kingdom of God differ from other governments?
What was this thing called the Church? Was the early Church doing the same things as what we see the modern churches doing?
Jesus appointed a kingdom to his little flock, the apostles. How does that kingdom relate to that early Church? What was the role or purpose of that Church? What should it look like and what should it be doing to fulfill its mission?
There are thousands of views and versions as to what the Church is and what it should be doing, but there is only one man who established the Church. The Church was established by Yahushua* the Messiah, a.k.a. Jesus the Christ. Only He can define the purpose and nature of this thing called the Church. It is His Creation, His appointed institution. It is His Holy Church.
Seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness
It is up to each of us to strive, seek, and find out what the Church is according to the intent of the one who established it. How does it relate to us in our lives and in God’s plan for us? In this web site we expound upon what the Free Church was in contradistinction to what is often posing as a Church, but in fact the Church is always free. The Church was created under the perfect law of liberty. It was not only meant to be free, but to free all souls under God. If a Church is bound under any other authority it ceases being His Church.
The Israelites wandered in the desert under a new system of government, not like the system of Egypt which held them in bondage. They were told never to go back to that type of system again. In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes under the supreme law of the land, the Ten Commandments.
God’s government is dependent upon free will offerings to the church in the wilderness, the called out Levites, through faith, hope and charity. Living in such a system of liberty changes the souls of men and women. It alters their thinking, the way they live and relate to each other. This system of voluntary self governance brought the people together as a nation in a hostile land by binding them with love of neighbor, not social contracts and covenants with the insitutions of men.
The way of freedom is the way of God’s kingdom and the Church established by Christ was to serve that kingdom of righteousness. The people are bound together in mutual service of charity and love of God and each other. They sought to be free souls under God in the "world" men create but not of it.
Governed by Choice
No system can guarantee the morality of the people. Some systems of self government have a proclivity to lead men to virtue and some lead men to corruption. Liberty under God requires the daily practice of those virtues that mark His Character. This is why Jesus told us to seek the kingdom and His righteousness.
His kingdom of God at hand is a way of life. It is vastly different from what the Pharisees had come to believe concerning the prophets and the nature of God’s government. The Gospel of the kingdom is for the living. The kingdom was a way to live in the “world” but not of it. The world that Jesus kingdom was not a part of was the world of the gentile nations where men who called themselvves benefactors exercised authority one over the other.
How do we live in the world but not of it?
If we love Him we will keep His commandments. How do we keep the commandments?
Jesus came to return every man to his family and every man to his possession as free souls under his Father, but that requires that each of us believe in Him and His kingdom, and to strive for and seek that kingdom of God and His righteousness, with our whole heart mind and soul.
Jesus called out men to feed His sheep, to serve them in their search and striving. He appointed the kingdom to those men and told them to go out into the "world" and explain to them the nature of the kingdom. He said those who have the ears to hear and the eyes to see will know and follow in His Way.
We should love God and His commandments, not merely an image of Him created by men. We should not oppress, steal from or injure others. We should tell the truth in word and deed with no deception found in us. We should not follow in the ways of the Pharisees and their system of Corban which made the word of God to none effect. Nor should we return to the ways of Egypt because the Lord has taken us from there, never to return.
We should not covet our neighbors’ goods or family, their wife, sons or daughters or oppress them through the agency of others. We should not be like the benefactors of other nations who exercise authority one over the other, nor should we serve them or their gods.
This book is complimented by two other books, The Covenants of the gods and Thy Kingdom Comes. The former speaks of the contractual nature of governments created by men and the latter tells a history of the Kingdom and its nature and purpose in the every day lives of men and women seeking freedom under God.
"The Free Church Report" was compiled in the hope that we may develop a wider view of the message and mission of the gospel of the kingdom and the role the Church did and can play in the seeking of that kingdom and its righteousness.
*In Hebrew letters,; Which as we read them are, YudHeiVavShinVavAyin, or Yhvsva or Yahushua. and can mean"the existing one saves".