The Kingdom of God vs.The Kingdoms of Men

There is a striking dissimilarity between those who are citizens of the Kingdom of God and those who are members within the kingdoms of men. Religious men have negated the words of Jesus Christ and have missed the simple principle of what qualifies those who will enter into His Kingdom.


Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 18:3-4


There is only One Lord


In the kingdoms of men called “church” people put importance on certain individuals according to their spiritual function and therefore apply a grade of significance and loftiness to their roles within their religious systems.

In the Kingdom of God there is a completely different paradigm. Jesus never put value on the functions of an individual, but only on their inherent value as a human being. The special responsibilities of men within the “church” institutions in no way resemble, or represent our identity in Jesus Christ.

The failure of many has been to apply different classes, or a ranking system to people and apply it to the Kingdom of God. This is a deception as man-made hierarchical systems have no place in our spiritual lives. Many people falsely consider their pastor, elder, teacher, bishop, etc... to have more access to God than they do because they are of an elevated status, or of "special" classification in the “church” system.

The truth is that we all have equal access to God through Jesus Christ, and cultivating our relationship Him is our own responsibility that does not require a salaried mediator getting in the way. Among the ekklesia, all are servants of God, there are no man lords, but only one Lord, Jesus Christ.


The Last will be First


So the last will be first, and the first last.” – Matthew 20:16


Jesus Christ as He said these words was making a distinction between those who had a carnal earthly rank to a believer’s role in the Kingdom of God.


Then Peter said in reply, “See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first. – Matthew 19:27-29


The Kingdom of God is in direct opposition to earthly ranking because Jesus made it clear that those who are considered last in the world would be first in the Kingdom of God. If we really consider this on a deeper level, it includes all those who are self-titled and consider themselves as self-sufficient will be the last to find His Kingdom.

The moment you believe that you are more important than your other brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, you have fallen into pride. Satan’s kingdom is filled with proud religious people who are defined, classified, segregated and ranked according to their importance among men. In this dog eat dog system there is always competition to see who is more worthy, or spiritual than the other so they can move up the ranks. This system is defined by the template of religious traditions and protocols that are filled with rules, regulations, hierarchy and ordinances. There is no freedom that allows the Holy Spirit to move, just a rigid structure of a man-made template.


Lofty Positions and Religious Ordinances


By canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. – Colossians 2:14-15


The modern “church” strives after their oppressive religious ordinances in order to control people. When Jesus Christ died and rose again, He abolished the religious ordinances of the Law.

The true followers of Jesus Christ are free from the man-made oppressive doctrines of the “church” system.


Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. – Philippians 2:3


How many do you know that are more concerned about their lofty positions, titles and reputations? We are not to be concerned about these things because when we put others first, there is absolutely no need to be elevated, or esteemed. In the Kingdom of God, the servant is the greatest. The Senior Pastor, Reverend, Father, Pope, etc… are terms that ONLY apply in the kingdoms of men. These people who wear religious titles are to be pitied, not worshiped.

The Holy Spirit allows all believers to freely come at their own level with ALL having the same opportunity as their other brothers and sisters. We are all to grow and mature in Jesus Christ by His grace.

When “special” men are allowed to take the reins in the spiritual lives of others, they are attempting to play God. Satan obliges them as they expand his oppressive system on the earth. The ekklesia are not to focus on the governments of the world, but to seek first the Kingdom of God.


Chain of Command


The citizens of the kingdom of Satan are in rebellion against God’s Kingdom. The hierarchical religious structure of “church” is controlled by men and demons. Delegation of responsibility and authority is essential in man’s kingdom because no one man can be in more than one place at the same time. In contrast, the Holy Spirit can be at any place and at any time without the control of men because He is omnipresent.

God does not need hierarchy. Man-made hierarchy is simply rebellion against the headship of Jesus Christ. The ways of the world cannot be applied to the body of Christ.

All organized religions, denominations, sects that profess Jesus Christ with hierarchy are part of Satan’s Kingdom.

Citizenship in the Kingdom of God is NOT “church” membership.

The kingdoms men are easily exposed by their hierarchical structure. There will be always be a certain man at the top who oversees a chain of command that delegates his authority on a broader scale. This chain of command looks like a pyramid just like the government systems on the earth.


My Glory I Give to no Other


In the Kingdom of God the ekklesia understand that all authority and salvation has been delegated to Jesus Christ who is part of the Godhead.


I am the LORD; that is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to carved idols. – Isaiah 42:8


God alone builds His ekklesia and takes all the glory for it. Any mere man that wants personal glory for himself is delusional. In the “church” system mere man will apply legacies to what they have done, but in the Kingdom of God, it is ONLY about what Jesus Christ has done.

In the Kingdom of God all of its citizens receive instructions directly from God because God does not share his glory with another. This means that the “church” system is not of God and is under the direct control of Satan. God does not give His glory to any man, or angel because there is NO ONE like God. When we try to be like God, we do the same as what Satan attempted to do. It is out of pride that we want to take His glory for ourselves.

Hierarchy must imply delegation of authority and power and imposes order on the masses. To the believer, Jesus Christ has all authority, and because God does not share His glory, all glory belongs to Him. Hierarchy implies substitution of Jesus Christ for men.

Those who are overcomers will be granted to sit with Him on His throne and be co-heirs in God’s eternal Kingdom.


The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. – Revelation 3:21


He raises up the poor from the dust;
he lifts the needy from the ash heap
to make them sit with princes
and inherit a seat of honor. – 1 Samuel 2:8


Men fail to understand that their religious works are contaminated because of their sinful nature. We are poor and like beggars before God and are unable to help ourselves. It is only God that can give us mercy through Jesus Christ, but we must throw away our pride and humbly come before Him and accept His grace so that we can inherit a seat of honor with Him.

We all receive the same free gift from Him. There is no elevated status. The apostles and prophets had no elevated status. The tribes of Israel had no elevated status. When there is no elevated status among men, the Kingdom of God is present, meaning that God gets all the glory.


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graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

PandN- Another fantastic article. I truely believe that the carnel mind of a person will not understand anything you have just writen in this article. Those leaders within "churches" will most likely continue to maintian a firm grip on their positions within their so called churhces. But those of the spirit mind will seek the Kingdom of God. As mentioned with regards to the ekklesia, these are the true body of Christ and they are spirit minded. These are those who seek the Kingdom of God and have the true desire to spread the Good News of His Kingdom.

I truely believe there are many out there who do not understand what it means to be carnel minded. Some examples are those who seek and hold positions (of any kind) are carnel minded. Those who hold some form of degrees from some bible university and hang it on their wall, are carnel minded. But they don't see it as such. The same applies to those who receive or issue certificate of baptism to show proof they were baptized. Everything I just describe are examples of self accomplishments. Pride in what they THINK they have achieved based on their OWN EFFORTS. And then to have or need a document to PROVE it. Only the carnel mind requires proof. Being carnel minded is not limited to only that of what I have just mentioned. Carnel minded is being OF THE WORLD. The whole world system. And they apply this system into churches. The churches are full of example of those who are carnel minded. And the evil one has blinded those of this fact. But they will deny they are blind.

If one seeks God's Kingdom, he/she will begin to realize that degrees and certificates mean NOTHING in the Kingdom. God want to know what is in the heart of a man. All the degrees and certificate of man have no place or value in the Kingdom of God. God knows the spirit mind of those who seeks after Him and His Kingdom. The proof of it is in our hearts which He can see, not hanging on some wall. And we don't need some certificate in our hand to prove our baptism. Our Father in heaven knows our water baptism and baptism of the Holy Spirit. And it will reflect in our words and deeds in this life as we learn even more about our Father's heavenly Kingdom.

Great article and God bless.


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celafoe 2 years ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

AWESOME-- keep it up the anointing is still getting stronger. Lord we ask your continued anointing on our brother.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

God bless you for this hub of truths.

Voted up +++

In His Love,

Faith Reaper


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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Graceinus,

Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” - John 3:3

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. - John 3:5

A carnal religious person will not be able to see the kingdom of God because they are unregenerate and spiritually blind, but once they are born again, Jesus Christ takes the veil away from their eyes so that they can see His Kingdom. Spiritual growth in God's Word allows us to enter into His Kingdom. The ekklesia are spiritual brothers and sisters born of the Word and of the Spirit.

Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. - John 15:3-4

When we are fed and washed in God's Word and guided by His Spirit, we learn to live and walk in obedience to Him.

The unregenerate who are spiritually blinded can only see man's kingdom based on vain religious works. Those who continue to abide in man-made traditions cannot see the Kingdom of God. Those who abide in Jesus Christ can see His Kingdom in all it splendor.

Thank-you for your insightful comment.

God Bless.


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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Celafoe,

I appreciate you prayers and affirmation. Thank-you.


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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Faith Reaper,

Thank-you for taking the time to read the article and your encouragement.

God Bless.


Neil Braithwaite 2 years ago

Interesting that the Apostle Paul is probably quoted more often than Jesus from the mouths of vocational pastors within the corporate church, yet Paul goes to great lengths in his letters (Especially 1 Corinthians 9) to down-play any position of favor one may try and assign to him as a minister of the gospel of Christ.

In 1 Corinthians 9 Paul defends his position as an Apostle with a list of Apostolic "rights," but makes it absolutely clear that both he and the other Apostles (He uses the pronoun "we") did NOT use those "rights."

Paul sums up his philosophy on this matter emphatically with these words:

"But I have used NONE of these things. And I am not writing these things so that it will be done so in my case; for it would be better for me to DIE than have any man make my boast an empty one."

There can be no argument as to what "boast" Paul is emphasizing in this passage:

"That, when I preach the gospel, I may offer the gospel WITHOUT CHARGE, so as NOT to make full use of my right in the gospel."

Paul understood one thing for sure as both a follower and minister of Christ - as should we all:

Our rights end where the gospel of Christ begins.


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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Neil,

There are several verses that salaried pastors and their hirelings use to justify and defend their paid positions. Here is a popular one:

In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel. - 1 Corinthians 9:14

When someone uses this verse in defense of a salary, I immediately tell them that when reading the verse, the text seems to say that it applies to ALL "those who proclaim the gospel." That would mean, if all followers of Jesus Christ are called to proclaim the gospel, it would follow that we all must all get a salary too.

But, can we lump ourselves in with the modern pastors and the hireling clergy and receive compensation to dispense the Gospel too?

But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to WORK WITH YOUR HANDS, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one. - 1 Thessalonians 4:10-12

Within the context of the surrounding verses (1 Corinthians 9:1-6), the “right” to receive support/ compensation applied to the Apostles and others who traveled away to preach the Gospel, which were those who were called away and not able to work from their own sources of income. The verse does NOT apply to those who remained in the same place as they can make their own living themselves by the work of their own hands (vocation), just like Paul did as a tent maker.

The “right” that Paul expressed applied to those who traveled away from their homes. All those, including hireling pastors cannot twist these verses to make a living from the Gospel.

Paul urged his brothers and sisters to work with their own hands, meaning being dependent on no one by working their own vocation.

Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and NOT IN ACCORD with the tradition that you received from us. - 2 Thessalonians 3:6

If we really apply Paul's words, we are to keep away from all those who are salaried-to- serve because they are not keeping with the tradition of the example of the Apostles. The "right" in context is reserved for all those travelling away and thus needing support while away from their job vocation to preach the gospel, but Paul takes this “right” a step further and gives it up all together.

When Paul said, "work with your hands," he was not talking about ministry work. All ministry work with the exception of the "right" for travelling missionaries is to be done without compensation by working with your hands in your own vocation.

And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand. ’Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. Acquire no gold or silver or copper for your belts, no bag for your journey, or two tunics or sandals or a staff, for the laborer deserves his food. – Matthew 10:7-10

And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house. – Luke 10 :7

I agree, "Our rights end where the gospel of Christ begins."

There is no justification for accepting a salary in the New Testament.


Michael Milec 2 years ago

Hello dear planksandnails.

Such a lovely, interesting and truthful hub, as all of yours are. You are making me thinking , deeply considering, then my heart cries... Seemingly " we" the present generation of "Christians" as well many of past generations since the printing word, d o " h a v e " it all right presumptively. . .

Going back to the " first" generation of "kingdom of God " business - they had Resurected , living Christ the Anointed one inside of them: " yet more and more people believed and were brought to The Lord-- crowds of both men and women. As a result of the apostle's work, sick people we're brought out into the streets on beds and mats so that Peter's shadow might fall across some of them as he went by. Crowds came from the villages around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those possessed by evil spirits , and THEY WERE HEALED"- the same manifestation of the Kingdom deeds as of Jesus from Nazareth. . . The same deeds today will soon bring lost out of their comfortable ecclesia and paid CEO's would be collecting uninployment benefits ( ha).

Voted up, interesting and useful, with desire to be sent your hub to every single household of christianism , otherwise only few of us would end up knowing ...


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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Micheal Milec,

Jesus Christ said He would build His ekklesia. The paid CEO's are part of man's kingdoms that are inside named buildings called church. Hopefully, more and more will come out of these harlots forsaking all the man-driven agendas. Jesus wants us to go out and preach the Good News, not to call people into the restrains and confines of a building with man-made programs and salaried-to-serve ministers within them controlling the people.

Thank-you for your comment. God Bless.


liberty 2 years ago

God has used your writing to bring great clarity and peace.

He wants us to follow Him and learn of Him.

How marvellous.

Come Lord Jesus


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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Liberty,

I am encouraged that you have peace in knowing who we truly are in Jesus Christ apart from the traditions of man. I too have found great peace and freedom once I came out of the harlot church system. It has taken many years to clear my mind from the double-mindedness of "Chruchianity." With the help of the Holy Spirit, I no longer see things through man-made denominational lenses anymore.

I agree, when we focus and follow Him, we learn of Him

God Bless.

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