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Nov 17, 2016

Episode 52 The Kingdom of God

This is David Sheats on Anchor of Truth. Jesus said we should seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. What is the kingdom of God? Is it something in the future or now? Is it a kingdom that can be seen or is it hidden? How do we obey this command of Jesus? There is much discussion related to this subject, and as with so many subjects, we can hardly begin to answer the questions in such a short time. But Jesus spoke much about the kingdom of God so I believe He expected us to have some understanding on how it applies to us. While this is a big subject, let us focus on what it means to us today.

• Some statements by Jesus concerning the kingdom of God
o Seek first the Kingdom of God (Matt. 6:33)
o It does not come by observation, is within you (Luke 17:20-21)
o You must be born again to see the kingdom of God (John 3:3)
o “My kingdom is not of this world.” (John 18:36)
o There are mysteries relating to the kingdom (Luke 8:10)
• God chose Israel as a nation to express Himself in this world (Deut. 6:7-8)
o Jesus was the king of the Jews (Matt. 2:2, 27:11, 27:37)
o Israel did not recognize or receive Jesus as their king (Matt. 21:33-46, John 19:15)
o The kingdom of God was taken from Israel and given to another (Matt. 21:43)
• God chose the church as the Body of Christ to express Himself to the world
o Jesus expounded truths pertaining to His kingdom after His resurrection (Acts 1:3)
o The Holy Spirit was given to bring the kingdom of God within (Acts 2:36, I Cor. 12:3)
o The church is the present expression of the kingdom of God on earth (Eph. 2:19, I Peter 2:9)
o The disciples taught truths concerning the kingdom of God (Acts 8:12, 14:22, 19:8)
• The authority of God is manifested in earthly bodies and has physical effects
o Christ was the expression of the kingdom of God during his earthly ministry
o The church is the present Body of Christ
o The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14:17)
o Where Christ reigns as Lord, the character of God is revealed in this world
o God’s purpose is that the local assembly of believers should be a pure expression of God
• One day the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of God (Rev. 11:15, 12:10)

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