"Thanks for this very good description." You are of course quite welcome.
"Seek the Kingdom" also means "Surrender to God's control in all things" & "bringing/helping others to surrender to God's control"
And thank you Adetunji, for the exposition.
---Josef on 1/20/14|
Josef://The Kingdom of God is the spiritual sovereignty of God and/or His Christ. As well as the domain over which that spiritual sovereignty extends.// Thanks for this very good description. In addition: A Kingdom has a King. God rules over His Kingdom. Everyone/spirit that submits himself/itself to God's control belongs to God's Kingdom. "Seek the Kingdom" also means "Surrender to God's control in all things" & "bringing/helping others to surrender to God's control".
---Adetunji on 1/17/14|
Colossians 1:9_13 "... and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: "According to that, the Son's kingdom is now. However, Matthew 25:13_14 "Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods."
Matthew 25:31 "When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:"
Who will be his subjects when he sits upon the throne?
Matthew 25:31_46 tells it. A good subject on earth will have an assured place in his heavenly kingdom.
---Nana on 1/11/14|
The "sons of the kingdom" (in scripture, the Jews wanted an EARTHLY kingdom of spirituality, they weren't insisting on a HEAVENLY and DIVINE kingdom that would be TRULY SPIRITUAL (DIVINE)....and so, they couldn't be "sons of GOD"...WE CAN).
---faithforfaith on 1/11/14|
Well Josepf and MarkV I agree with you also.
The Kingdom of GOD is within.
Agape to all.
---Samuelbb7 on 1/2/14|
Seek first GOD's kingdom, NOT MAN'S KINGDOM of spirituality.....and also seek GOD'S RIGHTEOUSNESS, not man's righteousness.
The Jews of Jesus's time were like the Zealots who wanted an EARTHLY kingdom of God, and so Jesus said of them....
(in the RSV )"the sons of the kingdom" (the JEWS) will be cast into the outer darkness.
---faithforfaith on 1/2/14|
MarkV Yes. Amen. "How could there be a "Kingdom" inside you or me or anyone??"
The Kingdom of God is the spiritual sovereignty of God and/or His Christ. As well as the domain over which that spiritual sovereignty extends.
Jesus said . I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. That day you shall know that I am in my Father, and you in Me, and I in you." The realm in which a King abides, commands, and controls, is the Kingdom of that King. "Know ye not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?" See also Mat 12:28. The Spirit's presence constitutes the Kingdom of God. Just as the physical presence and reign of Jesus will constitute the kingdom of Heaven.
---Josef on 9/19/13|
Josef, I totally agree with your answer. But in the passage where Jesus explain how the Kingdom of God would come, He did not mean it was within the Pharisee. Because He was only explaining how the kingdom would come and no one was going to see it. And some will lie and say, here it is or I see it, because no one can see that the kingdom of God is within the believer, and follows the explanation with what is going to happen just before He Comes the second time, where many will say, he is here are He is there, and we are not to listen to them. Because when He comes, everyone will know.
---Mark_V. on 9/19/13|
Josef, How could there be a "Kingdom" inside you or me or anyone??
It is obviously symbolic, metaphoric not "literal" huh?
---1st_cliff on 9/18/13|
The Kingdom of God is not eat nor drink, but righteousness, peace and joy. Seek Righteousness through Jesus, Peace & Joy through the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
---anon on 9/17/13|
What type of people does God want to populate His kingdom?
People that truly love (as in the active form), genuine love.
And contrary what others say, the Kingdom of God was spoken from the beginning. "Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine, thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all."
"For the kingdom is the Lord's: and he is the governor among the nations."
"The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom ruleth over all."
"Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations."
---Steveng on 9/15/13|
-1st_cliff on 9/14/13 my understanding of the verse could very well be flawed. However, it is the understanding that I personally have been given to embrace and share. It is certainly not something I would argue, or attempt to convince any one of. I believe as I do based on the fact that Jesus used the greek word "entos" which is defined as "inside, within you i.e. in the midst of you, or within your soul" [Strongs G1787]. The word is only used twice in scripture. In the verse being discussed here, and in the unambiguous statement, "Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also." Mat 23:26
---Josef on 9/15/13|
Josef,**The Kingdom of God is within you** in the KJV margin it says "in your midst" or "among you"
It certainly was not "within" the Pharisees to whom He was speaking!
---1st_cliff on 9/14/13|
"What is "The Kingdom?"
The rule and reign of the Father's Spirit within us, which produces within us, and bring forth from us, His righteousness, peace, and joy as we abide acquiescently in the Holy Spirit. "The kingdom of God is within you." Luk 17:21
---Josef on 9/13/13|
1Cliff, you got it right. What you said is very true. People in the Old Testament didn't know much of God's kingdom, or much about Jesus or the Holy Spirit. Even when Jesus spoke to those He was teaching, like the disciples, they didn't understand many things He said even though He would mention many things over and over. peace
---Mark_V. on 9/11/13|
Jesus said, to the nation of Israel, "Seek first the Kingdom"//
The phrase kingdom of God is used by Matthew, Luke, and Paul.
In Matthew the kingdom of God refers to the physical, earthly kingdom promised to Israel.
In Luke it speaks to the spiritual principles in that kingdom.
With Paul it refers to the spiritual reign of God which includes all dominions and principalities.
This mean the phrase, kingdom of God or kingdom has different uses and different meanings, in different contexts.
For this reason, Paul says we have been translated into the kingdom of his dear Son placing the Church also under the universal dominion of Christ (Col 1:13-18). Being in Christ we are under Gods rule (1 Cor 10:3).
---michael_e on 9/10/13|
My understanding of a "Kingdom" is a King (or Queen) and subjects!
A system of government ruled by a Monarch ,Theocracy, if you will!
Jesus as the "King of kings" is the absolute ruler of this coming Kingdom.
The 1st century Christians believed He would begin His Kingdom then and there!
So even THEY didn't understand this new "Kingdom"!
---1st_cliff on 9/10/13|
One in the same for who so ever. Always share it that way
---Bryan on 9/10/13|
Willie, great answer. In the context both are talking about the same thing. The Kingdom of God is everything associated with God including Jesus and the Holy Spirit and heaven. Peace brother.
---Mark_V. on 9/10/13|
Bryan, the same word or phrase, in the Bible, can have very different meanings, each time it is used.
For example, "kingdom of God" can mean "righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit" (Romans 14:17). But also it can be referring to the reign of God on the new earth.
I think that basically kingdom "of heaven" and kingdom "of God" are talking about the same thing > what is of God, therefore is better than all that is of this earth, and therefore it is of all we have in Heaven.
So it is not two different things (c:
---willie_c: on 9/10/13|
There is the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven who understands the difference.
---Bryan on 9/10/13|
1Cliff, you ask what it means to seek first the kingdom of God. What it means is that those born of the Spirit (children of God) are commanded to seek first the kingdom of God. Jesus had just told the believers not to worry what they are to eat, drink or wear, that for all those things the Gentiles seek. He tells them, "for you heavenly Father" that is why they are children of God, "Knows that you need all these things already." The reason they are believers already is because we are told by Paul
there is none righteous, no not one,
There is none who understands,
There is none who seeks after God" (Rom. 3:11) The lost, do not seek after God, so how could they seek first the kingdom of God?
---Mark_V. on 9/10/13|
( love the way you can put it so,concise) you are good at write stuff to the point. Darlene always glad see you on here,keep you in my daily prayers..
Well, honestly, I search and read and my mind got so mixed up! Smiles
I did kinda get the idea it means just follow the Lord,seek his ways! I am just a simple woman, smiles..
Love of Jesus!
---Lidia4796 on 9/9/13|
Seek first the Kingdom of God. The first thing we seek is salvation through Jesus. All those saved are God's Kingdom. Those in God's Kingdom worship God,seek God in prayer,praise God,live for God. God is King and we are to worship Him in Spirit and in truth. God's Kingdom is a Spiritual Kingdom made up of those who no longer serve the flesh but walk in the Spirit and truth and love the Lord with their whole being.
---Darlene_1 on 9/9/13|
Without looking-up the word kingdom>>>it's the "kingdom of God". Eyes oh Him, putting Him first, STAYING IN PRAYER FIRST. Wanting to please Him first.... Caring more about heaven and spiritual things than earthly things.
---catherine on 9/9/13|
God knows. And in us He shares His kingdom with us > "for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." (Romans 14:17) This is God's own righteousness shared with us, and His own peace and joy which our Father Himself experiences . . . in His realm . . . how He is and lives and loves and feels in His love which He shares with us > Romans 5:5.
So, His kingdom is His realm of how He is and how He does things in His love with us. And this is so better than words can "define", better than we can understand, but we can share with Him (c:
---willie_c: on 9/9/13|