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And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. (Matthew 28:18)
The territory. The Kingdom of God, as is true of other kingdoms, has a territory it governs. The territory of the Kingdom of God is everywhere God's will through Christ is being performed. It is the determination of God that His will through Christ shall be performed everywhere in His creation. The King of our Kingdom has been given the entire universe by the Lord God, His Father.
The Kingdom of God rules throughout the heavens and the earth. The kings and priests of the Kingdom have access to Heaven and earth. Being both spiritual and material they are at home equally in Heaven and on the earth. They are thoroughly human and thoroughly of the Divinity of Christ. They are the expression of His Life (John 17:22).
The subjects. The Kingdom of God has subjects. If there were no subjects, no one to love, teach, and rule, what would be the use of being a king or priest? But there are in fact nations of saved people for whom we are responsible in Christ.
And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: . . . . (Revelation 21:24)
These saved peoples will respond gloriously to the love for them that Christ has put in the heart of His saints.
Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. (Isaiah 60:4)
The nations of the saved peoples of the world, who are the subjects of the Kingdom of God, will believe that Christ came from God when they behold the glory of the Kingdom in the saints.
That they all 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)
"That the world may believe."
The subjects of the Kingdom will respect and serve the royal priesthood.
And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers. But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves. (Isaiah 61:5,6)
The subordinate kingdoms. The Kingdom of God will include subordinate kingdoms that it governs. The subordinate kingdoms are the nations of saved peoples of the earth. They will be ruled by God's kings. This is why Christ is crowned King of kings, and Lord of lords. Christ is King of God's other kings and Lord of God's other lords.
The peoples of the earth will enter eternal life in the Kingdom, or into torment in the everlasting fire, depending on how they have treated God's witnesses, the saints, the "brothers" of Christ.
When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: (Matthew 25:31-34)
"The kingdom prepared for you [the people who assisted the Lord's elect, His brothers] from the foundation of the world."
To be continued. A Description of the Kingdom of God, 23