The Kingdom of God is the soon coming return of the Lord Jesus Christ to rule the earth from Jerusalem. This happens after the day of wrath when the Lord Jesus returns in glory to the earth amen.
---KevinMc1975 on 3/7/15|
The Kingdom of God is is His WILL.
A King has no kingdom if His Will is not being done.
The Kingdom of God is not within us if we do not do His Will.
---eaglet on 2/16/15|
-Noel on 7/22/12
2Ti 3:16 All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Paul did not exempt the truth of the Writings. He emphasized their purpose.
You will not practice the Sinai Laws, yet, is that to us as well?
Not all was written to us, but all is for us to know our God.
Paul alone has God's revelations to us, the Nations, no other Jew had this office. It was removed from the Twelve.
Ga 2:8 (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles
---Phil on 7/23/12|
Phil 7/22/12 To us, for us. What exactly does each one mean in your understanding?
"For us" to me means we apply into our lives what is written in the letter. If that is true it matters little who it was addressed to.
---Noel on 7/22/12|
Noel on 7/21/12
I requested you note the address on the envelope. It is to the Jews of the dispersion.
It is written to Jews, for the Jews.
It is not written to us, but it is for us.
Do you understand?
It is a mindset that needs overcoming in order to properly divide the word of truth and be qualified in the word.
2Ti 2:15 be diligent to present thyself approved to God--a workman irreproachable, rightly dividing the word of the truth,
---Phil on 7/22/12|
Phil on 7/19/12
I beleive that all the NT is written to Believers no matter what century they lived in. Saying some of it is not to us makes it very easy to pick and choose what we will or will not believe. For example what else should we pick out of 1 Peter and discard as not "to us"? And who would be the final authority on making that judgement? Verse 2 of 1 Peter 1 says the message is to the "Elect..." I think that applies to all the elect not just to those to whom the letter was originally sent. If what Peter wrote to those 1st century believers was valid why would it not apply to us? Was the church of God only the "household of God" back then or is it still the household of God? The answer to me is obvious.
---Noel on 7/21/12|
Tanya, I agree with Mark E, and Joseph's answers. The Kingdom of God is the rule of God over all intelligences in heaven and on earth who willingly submit to the Creator. Among human beings, only those who are born again fall into this category. And believers will be judge at "The Judgment Seat of Christ" for rewards. The Lost will be Judge at "The Great White Throne of Judgment"
---Mark_V. on 7/20/12|
Every word - and the word "every" is emphasized - of scritpure is for the edification of the church - the true church. Every word from the mouths of the five ministries of God - the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors, the teachers - comes from the spirit of God. The apostles were sent into the world having the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, within. Every word they uttered and written were from God and for the benefit of all people throughout the world - christians and non-christians. It was from the Holy Spirit that rememberance of all things Jesus has taught them to spread throughout the world.
---Steveng on 7/19/12|
Noel on 7/18/12
Noel, your judgment is sound and grounded in Scripture. Your understanding is in accord with the Writings.
I am inserting Peter's first letter. I ask that you take note of whom it is addressed to:
1Pt 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the chosen expatriates of the dispersion
It is a letter to Jewish believers, and not written with us, the nations, in mind. If you can receive that, you have correctly cut the word of truth 2 Ti 2:15.
All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for us. It is not, however all about us, nor written to us. The majority of the Testimony is Jewish, both OT and NT. Other than Paul's aposltleship to the Gentiles, and his epistles, we are not in view.
---Phil on 7/19/12|
The Kingdom of God, the gospel taught by Jesus and the apostles as well as the prophets of old, is a literal kingdom which is soon to be established in Israel and reigned by Jesus for a thousand years. After which Satan is to be let loose for a short time to wreak havoc upon the earth. After which all the other dead shall rise and be judged from the Book of Life according to their works (while living in the world today). This is the second resurrection.
Blessed are those who rise in the first resurrection (at the soon-to-come second coming of Jesus).
---Steveng on 7/18/12|
Believers in Christ are not going to be judged any time.
---Phil on 7/17/12
I think some clarification is needed for this statement.
Believers will not be judged for sin at any time. We will be judged for what we did in the body.
1 Cor 3:13 "each ones work will become clear, for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test each ones work, of what sort it is"
2 Cor 5:10 "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad"
---Mark_Eaton on 7/18/12|
Phil: Thank you for your input. I will have to study further into The sheep and goats. You did confirm the main point I was trying to make however, which is that the sheep and goats event occurs at Christ's return while the Great White Throne Judgement occurs over 1000 years later. Notice sequence of events in Rev.20. I understand the GWTJ is the second resurrection where some are in the book of life and some are not(v15).
Re your statement that "believers in Christ are not going to be judged at any time", see I Peter 4:17-19. We are being judged now.
---Noel on 7/18/12|
Noel on 7/16/12
This is not connected to us.
Mt 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth [his] sheep from the goats:
It is the Gentile nations from the tribulation period, gathered before Him for Judgment according to their treatment of His brethren during that time.
Believers in Christ are not going to be judged any time.
Jn 5:24 I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life.
It is separation in the coming Kingdom on earth from those future blessings through Israel.
---Phil on 7/17/12|
Scot1: It is my understanding that the separation of the sheep and the goats will take place at Christ's coming. It is a judgement on us who profess the name of Christ in this age (eg judgement on you and me and how we did with what He gave us). It is not a judgement on those who never knew Christ. The churches who do not keep the holy days of God do not have a complete picture of what God is working out here on earth.
I agree with you that there will be no second chances for anyone.
---Noel on 7/16/12|
Dn 7:27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom [is] an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
This is the Kingdom of God. It is on earth. It is the Lord's Kingdom, along with His people Israel. It will come as He promised.
It was rejected, three tiimes.
Jn 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
He will return with Judgment and establish it with the Twelve. Mt 19:28
It is the Kingdom of Heaven preached by Jesus. It is part of God's Kingdom, which is limitless and boundless.
---Phil on 7/16/12|
//This is an opportunity for salvation for those who were not called in their previous lifetime.//
No Noel this is the separation of the sheep and goats. There is no second chance at salvation.
---Scott1 on 7/16/12|
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The Kingdom of God that we are to believe in (and are to pray for its coming) is a literal kingdom which will be set up at Christ`s return.
Christ will be King over all the earth and the resurrected saints (the firstfruits of salvation) will rule with and under Him. The subjects will be those who survive through this present world into the millenium. Following the millenium and after Satan in thrown into the lake of fire forever comes a period known as the Great White Throne Judgement (the final harvest).
This is an opportunity for salvation for those who were not called in their previous lifetime. God`s plan is marvelous!
---Noel on 7/15/12|
A kingdom is all that has to do with someone who is ruling. Your kingdom can be all that you have and control, and your own personality has a lot to do with what you have and what you can handle.
So, God's kingdom is God's realm, of how He is and all He can do and what He does.
Jesus is the King of this kingdom, and His control all is related to how He does things in His love and joy and peace with us. So, there is His love meaning for all He says and commands in the Bible, in order to rule us. "Let all that you do be done with love." (1 Corinthians 16:14) "Love has us seeking to share all with our Father and one another."
---willie_c: on 7/15/12|
The Kingdom of God is built on the testimony of Jesus. One must hear it, learn it and take it into the heart. There will be no unrighteousness in God's Kingdom.
The gospel of the Kingdom contains the instructions to the wedding. The requirements are found in Matt 19:17-26 and Rev. 12:17. The invitation goes out to every tribe, nation and people but only a few will understand because the prince of this world has blindsided us with lies.
---barb on 7/15/12|
"What exactly is "The Kingdom of God" we are to believe?"
Tanya "the kingdom of God" is the reign of the Father's Spirit within us. Which produces within us, "righteousness, peace, and Joy", as we abide in, and submit to HIm. "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power." Rom 15:13>1Cr 4:20
---joseph on 7/14/12|
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