A Description of the Kingdom of God 27
A Description of the Kingdom of God, 27
For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; (Song of Solomon 2:11,12)
Eternal springtime will have come. When Jesus comes it always is springtime.
A spiritual nature and a material form. The subjects of the Kingdom of God will possess both a spiritual nature and a material form. There will be no person in the new heaven and earth reign of Christ in whom Christ is not dwelling to some degree. Flesh and blood cannot enter the Kingdom of God. The individual must be born again of the Spirit of God if he or she is to see or to enter the Kingdom.
No person can live by bread alone because God intends that mankind be both spiritual and material in nature. Every human being in the Kingdom must eat both spiritual food and natural food if he is to maintain his life.
Spiritual food and spiritual healing will be available to the members of the nations of the saved. Pain and death will be removed forever from God's Kingdom.
And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine. (Ezekiel 47:12)
There also will be natural food.
And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. (Isaiah 65:21)
It is interesting to note that the resurrected Jesus ate bread and fish.
Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise. (John 21:13)
Relationships and fellowship. There are relationships and fellowship in the Kingdom of God. There is no other element of the Kingdom as important as relationships. The first law of the Kingdom is that we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. The second law of the Kingdom is that we love our neighbor as ourselves. All the Law and the Prophets proceed from these two Kingdom laws.
We have spoken in our other writings of the supreme importance of union with God as distinguished from seeking power with God or working for God. It appears that far too much is said today about gaining power with God, as though God is seeking to develop more "christs." The desire to find ways of gaining power in Jesus' name can run dangerously close to the Antichrist spirit.
The highest concept of the Kingdom of Heaven is as follows:
That they all [all the saints] may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. (John 17:21)
It is good for us to strive for unity and for love among ourselves. We always must continue in that endeavor, for love is the mark of the Lord's disciples.
But John 17:21 goes far deeper than our frail attempts to love the brothers.
To be continued. A Description of the Kingdom of God 28