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What is the kingdom of God?

Postby Jericho on Tue May 14, 2019 8:42 am

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. (1Co 6:9-10)


What does the kingdom of God refer to in this verse? I had assumed it was talking about heaven, but upon thinking about I'm not so sure. Thoughts?
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Re: What is the kingdom of God?

Postby extravagantchristian on Tue May 14, 2019 9:16 am

Jesus is coming back to Earth to stay, and he said we would always be with him.

I think we're going to inherit the Earth with Jesus, to rule and reign with him, revelation 2 said that he has made us Kings and priests. So I think that we'll all have a role to play in governing and ministering to the nations in his kingdom here on Earth.

I think the church will have a different place in the kingdom of heaven than others who have died without being born again, like kids for example. Or those who have never heard about Jesus. I think they will be considered part of the 'nations'. But we will reside in Jerusalem with Jesus. We are his chosen, his elect. There is no higher honor than that. How much more should we his chosen abstain from all the sins mentioned in that verse above?
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Re: What is the kingdom of God?

Postby Abiding in His Word on Tue May 14, 2019 1:28 pm

I think the kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven are used interchangeably in the NT. Using e-Sword, the kingdom of God is used 69 times and kingdom of heaven 32 times. Jesus specifically said His kingdom was not of this world (John 8:36) and yet it seems that the entrance into that kingdom has some earthly awareness once a person believes in the Gospel that was being preached. In other words, while the kingdom is in the afterlife, there seems to be a spiritual awareness at the time of conversion or new birth.

Hope that makes sense.
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Re: What is the kingdom of God?

Postby extravagantchristian on Tue May 14, 2019 2:12 pm

Also to add some verses:


Revelation 5:10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.”

Revelation 11:15 [ Seventh Trumpet: The Kingdom Proclaimed ] Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”

(Jesus hasn't yet inherited the kingdoms of earth, so He too is awaiting His inheritance.)

Daniel 7:27 Then the kingdom and dominion, And the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, Shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And all dominions shall serve and obey Him.’

People from the nations will travel to Jerusalem to see the Lord:

Zechariah 8:23 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.” ’ ”

Revelation 15:4 Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, For Your judgments have been manifested.”

Revelation 22:2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
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Re: What is the kingdom of God?

Postby Jay Ross on Thu May 16, 2019 4:07 pm

Some Comments on what was posted: -
extravagantchristian wrote:Also to add some verses:

Revelation 5:10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.”

If we are to be make the Priests to our God, then how do we reign on the earth? By fulfilling the role of a priest of God to those around us in the places where we are scattered on the earth. How did Christ tell us to be great "by reigning" in the Kingdom of God? By becoming lowly servants in his kingdom to bless the nations who live around us where we have been scattered throughout the earth.

extravagantchristian wrote:Revelation 11:15 [ Seventh Trumpet: The Kingdom Proclaimed ] Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”

When does this happen? The order of events in the Book of Revelation does not help us to say what event this follows.

extravagantchristian wrote:(Jesus hasn't yet inherited the kingdoms of earth, so He too is awaiting His inheritance.)

Daniel 7:27 Then the kingdom and dominion, And the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, Shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And all dominions shall serve and obey Him.’

The Dan 7:27 is about when the Saints will receive the Kingdom as their inheritance which is after the end of the Age of the Ages.

When is Christ Given Dominion over the earth? Where does this event take place? The answer is not found in Dan 7:27 but the answer is found in Dan 7:9-14 where the order of events is given.

Daniel 7:9-14: -

{The place where the events will happen}

9 As I looked,
thrones were placed
and one that was ancient of days took his seat;
his raiment was white as snow,
and the hair of his head like pure wool;
his throne was fiery flames,
its wheels were burning fire.
10 A stream of fire issued
and came forth from before him;
a thousand thousands served him,
and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him;
the court sat in judgment,
and the books were opened.

{The first event}

11 I looked then because of the sound of the great words which the horn was speaking. And as I looked, the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire. 12 As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.

{The second event the occurs: -}

13 I saw in the night visions,

and behold, with the clouds of heaven
there came one like a son of man,
and he came to the Ancient of Days
and was presented before him.
14 And to him was given dominion
and glory and kingdom,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him;
his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom one
that shall not be destroyed.


This event occurs after the four beasts of Daniel 7:1-12 are judged by God in Heaven.

extravagantchristian wrote:People from the nations will travel to Jerusalem to see the Lord:


This heading gives the wrong impression of what the future holds: -

extravagantchristian wrote:Zechariah 8:23 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.” ’ ”


The passage is not saying that the Nations will travel to Jerusalem to see the Lord. Let us consider the passage where this verse is found and see if the translators paraphrase conveys God's future intent: -

Zechariah 8:20-23: - 20 "Thus says the Lord of hosts:

'Peoples shall yet come,
Inhabitants of many cities;
21 The inhabitants of one city shall go to/walk with another, saying,
"Let us continue to go/to walk together and pray before the Lord,
And seek the Lord of hosts.
I {the Lord of Hosts} myself will go/walk with you also."
22 Yes, many peoples and strong nations
Shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in/who resides in Jerusalem,
And to pray before/before the face of the Lord.'

23 "Thus says the Lord of hosts: 'In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, "Let us go/walk with you, for we have heard that God is with you."'"


If we as Christians are allowed to walk with and Worship God where we reside scattered throughout the earth, then why will it be different when God Establishes His Everlasting Kingdom on the face of the earth in our near future?

extravagantchristian wrote:Revelation 15:4 Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, For Your judgments have been manifested.”


Do we not go before the Lord today to worship Him? Why will it be different in the future?

extravagantchristian wrote:Revelation 22:2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.


There is no difference in the Revelation 22:2 imagery and the Ezekiel 47:1-12 prophecy. Ezekiel 47:11 is reflected in Revelation 22:2 where the river flows out into the low lands, of the earth to bring healing to the earth. It does not reflect the understanding that the Saint after the GWTRJ will all be living in Jerusalem.

God's promise to Abraham was that He asked Abraham to go to an earth that He would show him and the picture of the earth that is Abraham and his descendants is the whole earth that was created by God in Genesis 1:1 to be the habitat of the people of the earth but the fall put a spanner in the work of the Lord and so God laid out his plan as to how he would show Abraham and his descendants the earth that He, God, wanted to show to Abraham and his descendants that would be their inheritance as Son of the Living Lord.

If the "promised land" is our final understanding of the Saints inheritance as the Sons of God, then we are missing the mark in our understanding of God's Grace towards us. He wants us to have it all. All the land and seas of the whole righteous earth.

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