Sunday, November 23, 2014
Kingdom Of God/ Kingdom Of Heaven
Bible Questions Answered:
“I am having a problem with two phrases in the bible, the kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven. Are these the same or different?
Bonnie/ Portland, Oregon U.S.A.
The Kingdom Of God. Is Mentioned some 69 times in our New Testament. The Kingdom Of God refers to God's presence and power entering the life of the believer.
John 3:3,5-8 NLT
3 Jesus replied, “I tell you The Truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”
5 Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom Of God without being born of water and
6 Humans can reproduce only human life, but The Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life.
7 So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’
8 The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of The Spirit.”
Our Lord, of course was referring to the entrance of The Holy Spirit, entering into the heart of a believer.
Jesus answered the Pharisees.
Luke 17:20 KJV
And when He was demanded of the Pharisees, when The Kingdom Of God should come, He answered them and said, The Kingdom Of God cometh not with observation:
Romans 14:17 NLT (The Apostle Paul.)
For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in The Holy Spirit.
The Kingdom Of Heaven.
The Kingdom Of Heaven, mentioned some 32 times in our New Testament, is a Messianic phrase, referring to Christ's coming Kingdom.
Matthew 18:23 KJV
Therefore is The Kingdom Of Heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
Matthew 25:31-46 NLT (Christ's Millennial reign.)
31 “But when The Son Of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit upon His glorious throne.
32 All the nations will be gathered in His presence, and He will separate the people as a Shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
33 He will place the sheep at His right hand and the goats at His left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world.
35 For I was hungry, and you fed Me. I was thirsty, and you gave Me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited Me into your home.
36 I was naked, and you gave Me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for Me. I was in prison, and you visited Me.’
37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink?
38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing?
39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
40 “And The King will say, ‘I tell you The Truth, when you did it to one of the least of these My brothers and sisters, you were doing it to Me!’
41 “Then The King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal (lake of) fire prepared for the devil and his demons.
42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed Me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give Me a drink.
43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite Me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give Me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit Me.’
44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’
45 “And He will answer, ‘I tell you The Truth, when you refused to help the least of these My brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help Me.’
46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”
I Corinthians 15:24-28 NLT
24 After that the end will come, when He will turn The Kingdom over to God The Father, having destroyed every ruler and authority and power.
25 For Christ must reign until He humbles all His enemies beneath His feet.
26 And the last enemy to be destroyed is death.
27 For the Scriptures say, “God has put all things under His authority.” (Of course, when it says “all things are under His authority,” that does not include God Himself, who gave Christ His authority.)
28 Then, when all things are under His authority, The Son will put Himself under God’s authority, so that God, who gave His Son authority over all things, will be utterly supreme over everything everywhere.