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Kingdom of GOD

The kingdom of God is the central message of Jesus, from the beginning of his public ministry to the Last Supper.At the beginning he says. “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” (Matt 4:17). At the end he says: “I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom” (Matt 26:29).

 

The meaning of the Kingdom of God in the preaching of Jesus may be listed under five characteristics. First, the Kingdom of God is a social reality, not individualistic. This is easy to see from the nature of the word “Kingdom” itself, which suggests a territory and a people over which a king rules, the  kingdom is something one enters (Matt 5:20; 7:21 etc.). Second, the kingdom preached by Jesus is intended to be an earthly, political reality and not just heavenly. Thus he teaches the prayer: “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt 6:10). His will is a will for justice and peace:  “Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness” (Matt 6:33). Consider also the beatitudes of the poor in spirit, those who hunger for justice, the peace-makers and the persecuted (Matt 5:3, 6, 9-10). Third, the Kingdom of God is personalistic, not tyrannical or crushing of the individual person. It respects human dignity and the need for human rights and political freedom. “The Kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21). Fourth, the Kingdom is universal, intended for all men and women, all peoples and nations: “Make disciples of all the nations” (Matt 28:19). All are invited to the feast (Matt 22:9). All stand  under judgment (Matt 25:32).Fifth, the Kingdom of God is God’s kingdom. In this sense it is connected with spiritual life and religious faith. It is a devine gift, i.e., it cannot be dissolved into pure human political arrangements. The best short definition of the Kingdom is by Saint Paul: “The Kingdom of God is …righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom 14:17).

 

The Kingdom is Jesus’ future hope for this world, as the resurrection was his hope for the next world, for heaven. That is why he prayed, “Your Kingdom come!”

 

Kingship

 

The king leads his people in war; he is responsible for upholding justice and maintaining the central administration and worship; international commerce also involved his participation.

 

Keilah

 

A fortified town in the Plain (Josh 15:44; I Sam 23:7). Mentioned in the El Amarna Letters, where it is related that the king of Keilah cooperated with the Habiru. David saved the city from the Philistines (I Sam 23:1-8) but was forced to abandon it ( I Sam 23:12-13).

 

Kingdom of God, of the Heavens

 

The kingdom of God is the central message of Jesus, from the beginning of his public ministry to the Last Supper.At the beginning he says. “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” (Matt 4:17). At the end he says: “I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom” (Matt 26:29).

 

The meaning of the Kingdom of God in the preaching of Jesus may be listed under five characteristics. First, the Kingdom of God is a social reality, not individualistic. This is easy to see from the nature of the word “Kingdom” itself, which suggests a territory and a people over which a king rules, the  kingdom is something one enters (Matt 5:20; 7:21 etc.). Second, the kingdom preached by Jesus is intended to be an earthly, political reality and not just heavenly. Thus he teaches the prayer: “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt 6:10). His will is a will for justice and peace:  “Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness” (Matt 6:33). Consider also the beatitudes of the poor in spirit, those who hunger for justice, the peace-makers and the persecuted (Matt 5:3, 6, 9-10). Third, the Kingdom of God is personalistic, not tyrannical or crushing of the individual person. It respects human dignity and the need for human rights and political freedom. “The Kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21). Fourth, the Kingdom is universal, intended for all men and women, all peoples and nations: “Make disciples of all the nations” (Matt 28:19). All are invited to the feast (Matt 22:9). All stand  under judgment (Matt 25:32).Fifth, the Kingdom of God is God’s kingdom. In this sense it is connected with spiritual life and religious faith. It is a devine gift, i.e., it cannot be dissolved into pure human political arrangements. The best short definition of the Kingdom is by Saint Paul: “The Kingdom of God is …righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom 14:17).

 

The Kingdom is Jesus’ future hope for this world, as the resurrection was his hope for the next world, for heaven. That is why he prayed, “Your Kingdom come!”

 

Kingship

 

The king leads his people in war; he is responsible for upholding justice and maintaining the central administration and worship; international commerce also involved his participation.

 

 

 




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