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Lesson 26

The Kingdom of God will be ruled by an all powerful loving King. It will be a government unlike any other experienced on earth. Winston S Churchill made his feelings about democracy clear when he stated ‘Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time….’ The one rule always cherished and upheld by God and democracies is the freedom of thought. Both God and governments have laws and rules for how to live your life along with social norms, but both will leave the decision to follow them up to the individual. God knows that love can not be forced, but it is something that must be willingly chosen. Jesus is the good shepherd. God is building his family with those who desire to be his children and follow after Jesus. God always has and always will leave the decision to follow up to you. How did God prove if the Israelites would follow him? How does God test Christians? What do Christians have to struggle against to follow God? What will be missing during the second resurrection period that is ever present today? How will those living during that resurrection be tested and when?

Deuteronomy 30:19-20 BRG Bible
19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: 20 That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

1 Corinthians 1:26-29 King James Version
26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

John 10:26-29 New Matthew Bible
26 But you do not believe, because you are not of my sheep. 27 As I said to you, my sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me, 28 and I give to them eternal life. And they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father who gave them to me is greater than all, and no one is able to take them out of my Father’s hand.

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