Kingdom of God
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Question: What is the Kingdom of God?
Answer: It is the rule and governance of the Family of God over all things. The Bible speaks of the Kingdom in the past (Daniel 4:17, 25, 34; 5:21), present (Matthew 12:28; Luke 17:20-21; Colossians 1:13), and future (Daniel 2:44-45; 7:13-14; Revelation 11:15-18; 20:4-15, 21:1-22:5). At the present time it rules the universe. Although it is not now ruling the earth, all those who have been truly converted are directly under the rule of God the Father through Jesus Christ.
In the future it will be reinstituted on the earth at the Second Coming of Jesus as King of kings and Lord of lords: "And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people . . . and it shall stand forever." (Daniel 2:44)
When Jesus returns all true Christians who have died or are still alive will be changed into immortal spirit beings. This transformation, known as the first resurrection, is necessary for the saints to enter into God's family and to rule on earth for 1,000 years:
"Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. . . . For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality." (1Corinthians 15:50-53, NKJV throughout; see also 1Thessalonians 4:13-18; John 3:3-7).
After a thousand years are completed all those who never got a full chance at salvation will be resurrected to receive their opportunity to repent and live God's way. The Father will then bring the New Jerusalem from heaven to the new earth and His government will rule the entire universe from the New Jerusalem for all eternity. The earth, in a very real sense, will become the center of all creation for ETERNITY.
Who will be IN or OUT?
Some of their characteristics of those who will be allowed into the Kingdom are: True righteousness (Matthew 5:20), Doers of God's will (Matthew 7:21-23), Must receive it like little child (Mark 10:15), Keeper's of God's Commandments (Matthew 19:16-17; Revelation 22:14), Must be willing to seek it (Luke 12:31), Must be willing to give up everything for its sake (Luke 18:29-30), Lovers of their fellow man (Matthew 25:31-46), Not longing for what they gave up to follow Jesus (Luke 9:61-62) and willing to suffer persecution (Matthew 5:10).
Some of the chacteristics of those NOT allowed to enter the Kingdom are:
"Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God." (Galatians 5:19-21)
"For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God." (Ephesians 5:5)
"'But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.'" (Revelation 21:8)
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