Some More Thoughts about the Kingdom of God
This is not meant to be an exhaustive study of this subject. The kingdom of God is probably the main subject of the New Testament, at least of the Gospels. Over and over again it is mentioned. Matt. 1:14 doesn’t sum it up but it makes the main point when it says “that Jesus came into Galilee preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God.” Matthew uses the term “kingdom of heaven” but they both seem to be talking about the same thing. So what are they talking about? Does the present Christian Church make it a major point of discussion? Actually there seems to be more confusion than discussion about it. I hope to alleviate that confusion.
Jesus made it plain that his kingdom was not for this world when he answered Pilate’s question as to whether he was the king of the Jews, John 18:36, “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence”.
Jesus taught us to pray, Matt. 6; 10, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven”. Doesn’t it make sense that this is the kingdom that he is talking about? The first kingdom he called my kingdom the second was thy kingdom. I think we all think they are both the same kingdom. I think we all think that this is the kingdom that is a major subject of the New Testament and is to take place in the millennial age. This is where we have differences with orthodox Christianity. The purpose of the millennial age and the reason that the subject of the kingdom of God was so important to the early church is because that is when all the people on earth will have their trial for life. This life is the schoolroom then will be the trial for everlasting life. Many people think this is too good to be true. Some even seem to think that wicked people deserve to be tortured forever.
There are a number of scriptures that contribute to our coming to the conclusion that we have. For instance Acts 15 verses 14 and 15 tell how the true Christians will be chosen during this age and after that is done, verse 16 and 17 says this,” After these things I will return, And I will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen; And I will build again the ruins thereof, And I will set it up: That the residue of men may seek after the Lord, And all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called saith the Lord”. David was a picture of Christ. Rebuilding his tabernacle is speaking of Christ setting up his kingdom.
It has long been a problem for Christian people when thinking of most people as being not good enough for heaven but too good for hell. Many have had a mindset for so long they cannot give it up. The question is not heaven or hell, it is life or death. Mathew 20: 16 tell us that “many are called but few are chosen”. Do those not chosen spend eternity in agony?
The kingdom of God will fix all things. I know I haven’t given enough proof here to convince you that what I’m saying is true, but please check it out. Second Timothy 2: 15 says to study. If anything I’ve said here makes any sense, check it out. Don’t believe things just because other people do. And if your friend or loved one does not see the need for accepting Jesus as his or her savior, don’t think that they are going to spend eternity in agony. And if you have questions about the veracity of the Christian religion because of that point, take comfort in that the Bible does not teach it.