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by Dr. John Thomas
Because "the kingdom shall not be left to other people," and because those who inherit it are to possess it for ever.
Now "flesh and blood" is mortal; how then can mortality inherit immortality?
It is a physical impossibility.
In other words, a man who only lives seventy years, cannot hold office for a thousand years; he must be made deathless before he can retain it for ever.
Again, it is a moral impossibility for sinners to possess the kingdom, because the law of the kingdom is that "he that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God".
It is the inheritance of saints, to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
Two things are therefore indispensable before Jew or Gentile can inherit the kingdom -- first, a moral purification; and secondly, a physical, or corporeal, purification.
The first is compassed in obeying the truth; the last, by a resurrection unto life.
Now, the repentance which results from believing the gospel of the kingdom is not "sorrow for sin"; nor does it contain the least bitterness or remorse of feeling in it.
The scripture word translated repentance is metavnoia, and signifies a change of mind and purpose.
When such a change takes place from believing the truth, it is a disposition and mode of thinking such as characterized Abraham, who is the model of the faith and temper which precedes justification in the name of the Lord.
But a change of mind and purpose, however "evangelical," is only granted for repentance in the name of Jesus Christ.
That is to say, though a believer of the gospel of the kingdom might possess this state of mind and child-like disposition, he would not be regarded as in repentance any more than in Jesus until the name of Christ was named upon him according to "the law of faith".
It imports not how much a woman loves a man, she is not his wife, and therefore entitled to none of the benefits he is able to confer, until she puts on his name according to law.
The name of Christ consummates everything.
"Complete in him"; but out of him everything is imperfect.
Faith is unfinished, and the change of mind and disposition is incomplete, until the believer of the gospel of the kingdom puts on the name of Christ.
In the act of doing this, his faith is counted to him for righteousness, or remission of sins that are past; and his change of mind and disposition is granted to him for repentance.
But a right to eat of the tree of life in the paradise of God is also imparted to the believer through the name of Christ.
The life-giving efficacy of his name is derived from his resurrection as the first-fruits of them that sleep.
Had Jesus not risen from the dead, men could not have obtained a right to eternal life through his name.
This is the doctrine of the apostles and the prophets.
An unrisen sacrifice is only a temporary propitiation for sin.