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26. July 2014 15:17
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Jesus was Kingdom centered

26. July 2014 15:17 by don | 0 Comments

 

Kingdom of God theology is rooted in the Old Testament. The prophets declared the Kingdom as a day in which men and women would live together in peace, where social problems would be solved and the evil would pass away (Isa. 2.4; 11.6).

In the New Testament and central to the ministry of Jesus was the concept of the Kingdom of God. The authors of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) filled their books with teaching about the Kingdom. They often summarized the material as the beginning of Mark illustrates. "Now after John had been arrested, Jesus went to Galilee and proclaimed the gospel about the kingdom of God. He said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is near! Repent, and keep believing in the gospel!” (Mark 1.14-15). Mark's brief summary demonstrates the idea of the words and works of Jesus.

 

Matthew summarized in a similar fashion. He succinctly shows the ministry of Jesus in 4.23 and 9.35 as it centered on the Kingdom. Jesus also summarized the message of the Kingdom when he gave instructions to his twelve disciples (Matt. 10.5-15). The gospel of the Kingdom is the only gospel that he instructed his disciples to preach. When Luke recorded the sending of the seventy disciples (Luke 10.1-12), Jesus used similar language.

17. July 2014 21:31
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Everything is about Kingdom

17. July 2014 21:31 by don | 0 Comments

I know I have said this before but repetition is a great teacher.  The central theme of the scripture is the Kingdom of God.  It really is.  Jesus spoke about the Kingdom all the time.  Out of the abundance of His mouth He spoke.  Jesus even told his disciple what to preach.  He did not trust them to preach their own message so He told them to preach His message, the Kingdom of God.  

These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[a] drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

 It is pretty clear what Jesus was saying here.  Preach the Kingdom of God.  I do not believe Jesus has changed His mind.  Perhaps if our message was right the power would follow.  What do you think?

 

3. July 2014 12:46
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Review of the Kingdom of God

3. July 2014 12:46 by don | 0 Comments

Kingdom of God


The heart of Jesus' teachings centers around the theme of the kingdom of God. This expression is found in sixty-one separate sayings in the Synoptic Gospels. Countingparallels to these passages, the expression occurs over eighty-five times. It also occurstwice in John (3:3, 5). It is found in such key places as the preaching of John theBaptist, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near" ( Matt 3:2 ); Jesus'earliest announcement, "The time has come… The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!" ( Mark 1:15 ; cf. Matt 4:17 ; Luke 4:42-43 );the prayer Jesus taught his disciples, "your kingdom come" ( Matt 6:10 ); in the Beatitudes, "for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" ( Matthew 5:3 Matthew 5:10 ); at the Last Supper, "I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it anew in the kingdom of God" ( Mark 14:25 ); and in many of Jesus' parables ( Matthew 13:24 Matthew 13:44 Matthew 13:45 Matthew 13:47 ; Mark 4:26 Mark 4:30 ; Luke19:11 ).


 

6. June 2014 07:38
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The Kingdom of God is always moving forward

6. June 2014 07:38 by don | 0 Comments

 

International Standard Version
"From the days of John the Baptist until the present, the kingdom from heaven has been forcefully advancing, and violent people have been attacking it, ..'.   The Kingdom of God is always advancing or moving forward.  God's Kingdom is never static or still.  It is like the leven in a loaf, it is taking over the loaf or constantly moving forward to take over.  It is like a mustard seed, it is always moving in growth to become a huge tree.  The Kingdom of God is like 'rivers of living water', waters that are always moving.   The Israelites  had to move with the fire and the cloud.   In the cloud Israel found provision, whether water from a rock or quail in the desert, they found protection.  Israel won the battles so long as they were in the cloud, they found direction by following or moving with the cloud.  When the cloud lifted they had to be willing to move with the cloud.  We also must be willing to move in the Kingdom and not  become static or unmovable.  The Kingdom of God is not just moving forward but in a radical way, a forceful way.  Jesus said before he left us,  'GO'.  That means move.  He did not say, 'stay'.  We must GO with the Kingdom.  

19. April 2014 13:00
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The Government of God

19. April 2014 13:00 by don | 0 Comments

Everybody believes the solution to the problems of mankind and our nation is GOVERNMENT. Even though we do not say that yet why do we talk about it so much. OUT OF THE ABUNDANCE OF OUR HEARTS the mouth speaks. When we talk about SCHOOLS, CHURCHES & HOMES we discuss GOVERNMENT.

We want a new government so we can have a better world. We want a new religion, so we can have a better world. We want new politicians so we can fix our world.

 

ALL OF THIS PROVES WE BELIEVE THE ANSWER IS GOVERNMENT. Is all of this belief inherent? YES. God himself believes GOVERNMENT is the answer to man's problems. Genesis says "I will send a seed to woman and this seed will crush your head".  Head means authority or government,He is saying I will take my government back.

THIS IS SAYING SATAN TOOK GOVERNMENT.

We can tell what is wrong with man by the medication that is prescribed If I say I need Tylenol, what is wrong?  If I say I need Imodium, what is wrong? We can tell the answer to the problem by what God offers as the solution. Isaiah 9 says unto you  a child shall be born, and he shall come with the Government on His shoulders, NOT A RELIGION. What is He coming with? GOVERNMENT. what government? The government. This means there are many kinds, but only one is His, only one. God says there are many others, but only one that I know about, and it is MY GOVERNMENT!

3. April 2014 12:56
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The power of the Kingdom of God

3. April 2014 12:56 by don | 0 Comments

 

The omnipotent power of God is not best demonstrated in violence, throwing thunderbolts and spreading devastation, but in self-sacrificing love and goodness.  It is love (not tyranny) that never faileth, and with God (love) all things are possible. God is almighty, omnipotent.  That is fundamental.  But it is vital that all God’s elect realize that His power is not something separate from His wisdom and His love. 

 Jesus has made it abundantly clear that the power of God is not that of force, violence, or compulsion, but the power of love which “never faileth.”  “I, if I be lifted up (on the cross) from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”  Love is all-powerful and irresistible divine power is simply love in action.  The failure to distinguish between the omnipotence of force and violence and the omnipotence of love leads to the false ideas about God and His Kingdom that are so prevalent in the church systems today. 

 It is the infallible answer to those who impudently ask, “If God is omnipotent, why does He not stop war, sin, suffering, and all forms of evil?”  The omnipotence of love is something far grander and more noble than the omnipotence of force could ever be, though it is slower in operation. But the end of love’s omnipotence is sure and abiding. Love never faileth! God so loved the world, and when love’s power has been played out through the progression of the ages, love will win, will conquer all. Then all men will love God, not fear Him. What a plan! What incomprehensible wisdom! 

28. March 2014 12:25
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The Priority of the Kingdom and the King

28. March 2014 12:25 by don | 0 Comments

If you are interested in knowing more about the importance of the Kingdom of God, I decided to list some important Bible references that will help you to see the priority of the message of the Kingdom and the King.

1. The disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ were encouraged to give the Kingdom of God first place in their lives: “But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matt. 6:33). 

2. It was the Kingdom of God that Christ proclaimed when He began His public ministry:  “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God” (Mark 1:14). 

3. Its proclamation was the work God had commissioned Him to do: “And he said unto them, I must preach the Kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent” (Luke 4:43). 

5. March 2014 13:22
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The Kingdom is present and future

5. March 2014 13:22 by don | 0 Comments

Attempts to see the Kingdom of God as a future event are mostly the product of the late nineteenth century's rise of dispensationalist. 

 The Gospels tell us the Kingdom is to be sought in our lives,9 to be received now,10 that a man in Christ's day could see it and enter into it,11 and that it is found among us.

Other passages refer to the Kingdom as a progressive, developing fact. 

 The Lord's Prayer petitions "Thy kingdom come,"14 whereas we are told that "the kingdom of God is come"15 and that it is on earth and in heaven.16 Many of the parables regarding the Kingdom describe it in terms of the growth of a seed, tree, or yeast that develops over a period of time.17

 There is no denying that many references to the Kingdom are in the future as well. It is described as existing at the end of the world and after the final judgment.18 The angelic messenger told Mary it would have "no end"19 and the Epistles refer to it as "an everlasting kingdom"20 that is "for ever and ever."21

 The Kingdom of God and His Christ began with the ministry of Jesus Christ and will know no end. In history, it is whenever the Messiah reigns. We must preach salvation, but in doing so we must not reduce the gospel to a benefit. The gospel is "of the Kingdom of God." Salvation is our entry point, our submission to Jesus Christ as the Lord, or King, not only of our destiny, but of our lives, and of all heaven and earth. The gospel of salvation must lead us to the King and an understanding of ourselves as citizens in His Kingdom.

 

 

1. March 2014 15:23
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Old Testament Origins of the Kingdom

1. March 2014 15:23 by don | 0 Comments

The Kingdom was neither a new concept nor a new term to the Jews of our Lord's day. Not only the coming but also the triumphs of the Messiah were clearly foretold by Scripture.1 Jeremiah 23:5, for example, had declared,

 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

 This Kingdom was seen as a coming with the Messiah of an age of true religion and universal peace and prosperity as the blessing of God spread with His dominion. Devout Jews are seen in the Gospels as anticipating this Kingdom. Most specifically we are told that Joseph "waited for the kingdom of God."2  ( Luke 23:50-51; regarding the expectations of Zacharias, Simeon, and Anna see Luke 1:67-79 and 2:25-38.)

 Most Jews, including the apostles, envisioned a political, Jewish kingdom as the context for all the blessings prophesied. The Messiah would be the literal king of a Jewish state, institute religious reforms, usher in blessing and restoration, stand as a defender of Israel from foreign domination, and then eventually extend His dominion over the whole earth.

 The association of the Messiah with a Kingdom was also an expectation of the Jews. Daniel declared that the God of heaven would set up a Kingdom that would never be destroyed and that it would be that of the Son of man who would come with clouds of heaven and would exercise an "everlasting dominion."3   Dan. 2:44, 7:13-14