Kingdom Truth - What is the Kingdom of Heaven in the Bible?
Chapter 5, Introduction
The Basic Requirements for Kingdom Personnel
When the function of our mind is restored, ''we have the mind of Christ" (1 Cor. 2:16). Gradually, our lifestyle will be like that of Christ. But at the same time, wars will begin to rise inside of us. The "law in the members of the body" (old authority) will fight for dominance with the "law of the mind" (new authority of mind). On many occasions, the old authority will win! But this is the road to spiritual maturity. As long as we rely on the Lord who is the author and perfecter of our faith and believe in Him who began a good work in us, He will perfect it (Phil. 1:6). Those of us who have experienced this will eventually bear the fruit of peace, which is righteousness--reaching God's standard. However, in the event there is an error in our strategy and the mind becomes set on the flesh (Rom. 8:6), it is still possible to be taken captive by the old authority! This is what the Scriptures said, "Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free!" or "men of depraved mind, rejected (unqualified) as regards the faith!" (Rom. 7:23, 24; 2 Tim. 3:8) Also, some would quite often be "inflated without cause by his fleshy mind!" (the mind is controlled by the flesh) (Col. 2:18). In the end, they are "always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth" (2 Tim.3:7). Therefore, in order not to be bound by our old authority, our mind must be continually transformed and renewed. The first step to have transformation and renewal is to carry out the basic requirement of becoming a member of the Kingdom personnel--to enter the narrow gate and walk the narrow way! This requirement is briefly discussed as follows. May all those who desire to be a member of the Kingdom personnel learn from this.