Monday, March 27, 2017

But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God. Luke 9:27.

In order for anyone to comprehend and appreciate the Bible, it is necessary to understand rightly a few things about the subject of the kingdoms.

Let us consider the study under the following headings:

1. The Kingdom of Heaven. This is the special theme of the Old Testament. It was the gospel or good news announced by John the Baptist, whose ministry was foretold by the prophet Isaiah (40:3 ).

This kingdom is from heaven, under the heavens, and will be established upon the earth. It has for its King the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is Israel's Messiah. This kingdom was at hand having the possibility of fulfillment until the close of the Acts period where Israel's rebellion and unbelief made it necessary to temporarily withdraw the offer.

When the true Israel is converted to Christ and they become a royal priesthood, they will carry the blessings and glory of this kingdom throughout the entire earth. This is their commission (Matt 28:18-20 ).

In the transfiguration scene, this kingdom is the subject. The spectacle is full of symbolism, even the brilliant transformation of Christ's person which represents the honor and glory He has with the Father. Moses represents the law, and Elijah the prophets. Christ stands as the One who will fulfill all things written in them.

2. The Kingdom of His Dear son. Col 1:13. This kingdom stands in direct contrast to the kingdom of heaven in that it has regard to a sphere which is far above all heavens. It also stands in direct contrast in that it was kept a secret from all mankind until its revelation to the apostle Paul while in prison at Rome. This was revealed only after all previous kingdom of heaven hopes were withdrawn. The kingdom of His dear Son, which is the subject of the administration of the mystery, is open for membership to those who will believe its teaching and enter in by faith. The instructions for it can be found in the epistles written by the apostle Paul after Acts 28.

This is the only kingdom or family of God that is offered today to those that believe. It is also called The Church which is The Body of Christ .

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-4 #5 Frank Graybeal 2012-02-13 21:04
I would think Christ is speaking of those who will see the beginning of His church which replaces the pagan Roman Empire with the Holy Roman Empire, or Catholic Church. His church had it's modest beginnings in Israel, and became the Kingdom of God on earth o reign in the hearts and minds of men down through the ages to this day. There is no end in sight.....His Kingdom is forever.

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+1 #4 Ruben 2012-02-13 14:14
Amen, Through christ, we shall pass, but we must first accept his offering becasue without it, we can't enter the Kingom. I don't see to understand who wouldn't want to enter a kingdom, I know I would.
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+3 #3 Jim Vance 2011-08-08 00:33
In order for anyone to comprehend and appreciate the Bible, it is necessary to understand rightly a few things about the subject of the kingdoms.

Maybe someone could grasp the beauty and glory of the Gospel, which is the main theme of the Bible, without truly grasping this specific interpretation of the Kingdom?
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0 #2 Thomas Lott 2011-08-07 21:31
AMEN to todays study. I have a comment about Matthew 28: 19, 20. This is the great commission of all believers of Christ, reguardless rac, creed, color.
May the Grac, Mercy and Love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us all.
Tom Lott
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+2 #1 Eric McCracken 2011-08-07 16:20
It is refreshing to find others who share my understanding of the Church which is
Christ's Body, rightly dividing the Word,
dispensations, etc.
May the Lord bless you this day.

Eric McCracken
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