The Way of Ascension
Martin Cecil April 13, 1980
We are concerned with righteousness, with the coming of the kingdom. It's interesting, isn't it, how good Christians have been praying for centuries, “Thy kingdom come,” without anyone realizing that the only way it would come was if they themselves were in position to bring it. We have known about this for some time, but I believe there was a new awareness of the real nature of our responsibility this morning. The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; every location on the face of the earth is His. We need to live with this conscious awareness, so that we always assume the responsibility for the presence of the kingdom. We no longer think of the kingdom merely in terms of material change. This kingdom is not of this world. It is a heavenly kingdom and our representation of it is based in spiritual expression. The preaching of the gospel is the coming of the kingdom. “And this gospel … shall be preached in all the world … and then shall the end come.” Naturally!—the end of the old world because the kingdom has come. And that coming is our responsibility, in company with others who are in agreement. Wherever we may be, moving from here to there, we bring the kingdom with us, a holy place.