Sun, May 08, 2011
The God of the Living
Mark 12:18-27 by Pastor Jo Kim
Series: Revive the Church

The God of the Living 
(Mk 12:18-27) 

God is the living God(Jer 10:10; 2Ki 2:2; 1Sa 17:26). 
He is living yesterday, today and forever(He 13:8) and 
He lives with the living forever. 

Faith is believing and longing for Him and 
The life of this faith is, until living with Him, receiving His help and straining to stay alive at all times. 

While men call those with alive fleshly senses the living, 
God calls those with alive spiritual senses the living, 
For the righteous will live by faith(Hab 2:4; Rm 1:17). 

In spite of the fact that Adam was made a living being(Ge 2:7), 
When he was deceived and sinned, 
Death entered him and all men in him died(Rm 5:12). 

The Israelites knew and loved the fact that their God is 
The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob(Ex 3:6), and that 
They were the children of Abraham(Mt 3:9). 
All their fathers, however, were dead, thus they only had a past not a present. 

Yet the testimony inside sanctuary 
Reminded them of the living God and that they were His people. 

Jesus said, “Destroy the temple and I will raise it again in three days”(Jn 2:19), because 
Through the death and the resurrection of the temple of His body, 
He would reveal that He Himself is the living God for 
He is the Word in the beginning that became the living flesh(Jn 1:1, Jn 1:14), 
The Son of God who is living yesterday, today and forever(Mt 16:16) who 
Met Abraham and is greater than him(Jn 8:56-58). 

As He died, Jesus said, “It finished”(Jn 19:30), declaring that He: 
Laid down His life and fulfilled the Father’s will, showing that He alone is the living God(Jn 10:17-18); 
Condemned the devil who challenged the living God though he is just a creation(Is 14:12-15; Ez 28:15); and 
With His living blood redeemed the sins of men and gave life to souls(Jn 6:54). 
The Father raised Him and Jesus ascended to the heavenly throne and 
He is the living Lord. 

The Holy Spirit whom He sent 
Comes to those who received the living blood of Jesus(Ac 2:33, Ac 5:32) and 
Lets them testify that Jesus is the living Lord. 
To keep the little faith alive, 
He appointed the church, worship, pastors, teachers etc(Ac 20:28; 1Co 12:28) 

The people of the Spirit are those 
Devoted to not myths and genealogies, but the works of the living God(1Ti 1:4) and 
Have the living hope of resurrection(1Pe 1:3-5). 

Therefore, they live 
Not by the fleshly senses but by spiritual inspiration, 
Preaching the word in season or out of season, 
Keeping their head in all situations, enduring hardship and 
Doing the work of evangelists(2Ti 4:1-5) for 
They hope to be judged as the living and be taken up to His kingdom 
When the Lord Jesus returns. 

O Lord, 
Because of these fleshly senses are alive and tempt me, 
My soul is dying though it wants to live! 
A bruised reed You will not break and 
A smoldering wick You will not snuff out(Is 42:3)… 
Lord, help me to stay alive! Amen.