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No Exclusion For True Evidence

We have covered various types of evidence as defined by the constitutional laws of evidence used in the judicial system in the United States. I am using these evidence types and evidentiary rules as metaphors to encourage us in our presentation of spiritual evidence concerning the Kingdom of God (KoG). As Disciples of Christ we are yoked with the responsibility to reveal heaven or the Kingdom to those that are blind to its existence. The metaphor index of this site will link you to the evidentiary topics already covered in this blog thus far.

Today I want to begin a conversation about the rules that cause the exclusion of evidence. In order for a system of law to render justice, all evidence must be based in truth, all evidence must be handled impartially and the system must incorporate a sense of mercy when rendering its verdict in the name of justice. If all of these are met then people who interact with the system of justice will be more likely to recognize and accept its authority.

John 10:37-38 If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38 but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.”

The works of God Kingdom are the manifested evidence of His spiritual Kingdom. From the big picture point of view, all that we see in this material world is a manifestation of spiritual reality and truth of His Kingdom. However on a personal level we still need proof of that spiritual reality. This is what we Children of God or Disciples of Christ are supposed to be doing. We bring that evidence into this material world and into the personal lives of the people around us. If successful we make disciples of them who in turn likewise do the same to the people around them (Discipleship 101).

The goal of our transformative journey is that of becoming like Christ who is one with God our Father. Jesus the Master when in his earthly body was the first fruit and we are now joint heirs with him for all eternity. We have been adopted into God’s invisible spiritual Kingdom for this purpose. When a prince or princess is born to a king they are immediately heirs but they must learn how to rule effectively and justly. In time people will observe them, give them trust and finally submit giving deference and respect to the authority resident in that individual. Just because one is heir to the throne does not mean that everyone under the authority of that kingdom will freely give their hearts to the throne or its joint-heirs.

Jesus says do not believe me, but believe the works as evidence of God and His Kingdom. So by faith we received His works of forgiveness, mercy, adoption, sanctification, righteousness and His very presence which provides us with the authority and power to present the same evidence to others.  In turn others by faith may freely receive from the spiritual realm that which we have by faith been freely given.

Under the Exclusionary Rule, evidence collected or analyzed in violation of the defendant’s constitutional rights is sometimes in admissible for a criminal prosecution in a court of law if illegally obtained. In American justice system there is a presumption of innocence but in the kingdom of God, God Himself provided right standing with Himself through Jesus. Earthly judicial systems are biased and can be corrupted for various reasons.  In God’s Kingdom He is the Judge and Jury and Jesus is our advocate.

John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

John 20:21-23 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

The evidence we present has one purpose and that is to reconcile those who are blind to the reality of our Father’s love and His Kingdom. We as disciples are have been given the task of reconciliation. As we learn to present spiritual evidence to the people in our lives we provide the prof that establishes the fact of God’s love for them and the reality of His Kingdom.

Master Jesus was sent by God our Father and now we are the ones sent to complete the task. We are the plan of God and Master Jesus is the example of how we can get the job done. If we are able to renew our minds to the fact that we are one with God we can begin to have the necessary faith to allow the very presence of God that is inside of us to work through us.

If we continue to believe we are separated from God then we will fail to avail ourselves of the authority and power that God has made available through us. God’s Holy Spirit is resident inside of us so we can present spiritual evidence that is authentic having a chain of evidence that will ensure that it will not be excluded.  As disciples we are learning to do what Christ did. As Children of God we have the heart of our Father toward all men and women needing a sense of reconciliation.

The Kingdom of God is inside of us and we have an understanding of the spiritual realm as ones that live there. We are sent here in that authority and we have been given the responsibility to demonstrate the existence of the Kingdom. So we must remain faithful and go in the name of the one that sent us.  

Luke 6:40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.

John 14:12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.

Matthew 10:7 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.


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Parables of Truth

Another very important type of evidence is called demonstrative. Demonstrative evidence can be simulations, and models that are useful for assisting a finder of fact in establishing context among the facts. Jesus taught about the Kingdom of God (KoG) using demonstrative evidence called parables and word pictures. These animated stories simplistically described the hidden truths of the Kingdom, its operations and it relationship to us and the world.

Mark 4:33-34 And with many such parables He spoke the word to them as they were able to hear it. 34 But without a parable He did not speak to them. And when they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples.

Matthew 13:13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.

The reason Jesus used this style of evidence was so that he could explain the multiple concepts of the kingdom using a common language that the average person could understand. The spiritual kingdom is invisible and therefore explaining its principles required material examples that could be understood by the people of that day who were hearing the message. Besides that, His audience had little to no concept of spiritual things.

By following the example of Christ we can reach our audience and jury of peers to establish spiritual facts that cannot be understood with our physical senses. Only after the resurrection of Christ has the spiritual kingdom become available to all of mankind. There is now a spiritual consciousness among mankind that can grasp the concepts of spiritual truth and allow the ones that choose to become free of the bonds in this material world.

Forgiveness, repentance, faith and grace are just a few of the concepts that have been made available to us today. Though we cannot fully understand the all-mighty, all-present and all-knowledge, characteristics of God, we can begin to create and understand, models using our earthly concepts. As we repeat the demonstrative examples that Christ used these stories become common and begin to convey spiritual truth.

Matthew 13:44 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

Matthew 13:45-46 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

To sell or give away everything in this earth realm for God’s Kingdom should be a reasonable response to any person who finds it. So Jesus uses the 2 parables above to demonstrate this point about the value of His Father’s spiritual Kingdom. Not only does the Kingdom exist but its value is worth more than all a person’s material possessions. To sell everything from this world is a transaction that one should gladly make, speaks of the rare opportunity that must be undertaken when the opportunity presents itself.

This treasure or pearl that is hidden in the earth also speaks to our uniqueness as earthen vessels which have something wonderful on the inside of us. In other words the truly valuable thing about us is invisible from the outside. However the person who is awakened to this hidden value would be willing to sell everything and pay a large price even though outwardly appearances do not reveal the great value hidden within.

Isaiah 11:3 (Speaking of Christ) His delight is in the fear of the Lord, And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

It is impossible to discern spiritual value with the things of the material world. When Jesus asked His disciples who He was He responded to their answer by saying the “flesh and blood has not revealed this to you”. The things of the material world are incapable of showing forth spiritual truth. But we who are spiritually awake can use the things of the material world to present demonstrative evidence of material truths.

I encourage all of us who are awake to pull this type of evidence out of our locker and help awaken those that remain asleep to the freedom of God and His kingdom. As help enable other to see the Kingdom of God we fulfill our calling. We are the ones sent, with a mission from our Father, to our lost brothers and sisters that are in need of a spiritual awakening in Christ.





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Evidence that Surpasses Understanding

At the evidence locker we are encouraging each other to gather and present spiritual evidence of the Kingdom of God. Evidence can be anything that helps establish the fact of the Kingdom. The key is that the spiritual kingdom is within us and therefore our evidence will most likely come from within us.

I am often reminded of a testimony by author C.S. Lewis who tells of a story about his brother who took a cigar can and built a little garden in it. He said when he looked at it was like a magical little world, totally different from the one he lived in. He would sneak and open the lid and peer into this world of wonder. Mr. Lewis recalls how the memory of the garden in the can inspired him and as an author and he tries to describe the feelings of people who have a life changed by spiritual experience but have no material evidence.  In the Chronicles of Narnia the main characters enter the kingdom of Narnia but when they return to the material world they are forever changed because of that experience.

Philippians 4:7 and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard you hearts and mind through Christ Jesus.

We also, who have seen into the Kingdom of God (KoG) have this quiet assurance and confidence of life in this spiritual world. Once you have experienced the kingdom and the presence of God within your being, you begin to live in a peace that does not have its source in this material world. It is this experience that marks the difference between the spiritual realm and the material realm. The feelings that accompany these experiences can be evidence and we must learn to present this evidence of the reality of Gods spiritual Kingdom.

 A lot of believers in Christ read scripture and it is nothing more than a recorded testimony of someone else’s experience. This is quite alright for new believers but this should not be the status of mature. Until the spiritual kingdom becomes real and personal to us the words of Christ remain as hearsay testimony which is inadmissible as evidence. In order for evidence to become real it must be experience by one’s spirit, soul and physical body.

 John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

 John 16:33 This things I have spoken to you that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.

  Like the garden in the tin can in order for that reality to remain we must continually peer in to the spiritual realm to keep the experience fresh and forefront in our minds and heart. If we forget allowing the memories of spiritual experience to fade, we drift back into the material world losing sight of spiritual truth. Even though our understanding may fail to grasp spiritual truth, nevertheless that truth will yet remain.

 Living spiritually is a choice we must consciously make every minute of our life. The material things of this world in and of themselves do not speak of the spiritual realm. If fact, spiritual things are considered foolish by the material world and this is the reason for a spiritual transformation.

 Once you have become spiritually awaken everything in the material realm can reveal truths of processes that are unseen by the natural eye. This awakening comes with a peace that is grounded in the Christ who first awakened us to these truths. After our awakening Christ’s mission then becomes our mission, and the awakening of others to the spiritual truth we now experience become top priority in our lives.

 1 Corinthians 1:25-26 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.

 Many believers in Christ proclaim spiritual reality, yet they never truly experience it. Their proclamations are simply statements of their faith. Their faith is reasonable and scripturally based.  They hold beliefs that they are new spiritual creatures and one day they will enter into a place of spiritual eternity in the presence of God. And that is all good.

 But if they could truly experience today the reality of God’s Kingdom they too could embrace the spiritual Kingdom of God. As ambassadors we enter and exit the spiritual realm proclaiming freedom to captives of the material realm. We proclaim that this is now the acceptable year of the Lord and we help reconcile people of the material realm with their spiritual Father the living God. So we are one with God, sent to aid in the same mission as Christ.

 Luke 4:18-19 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” 

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