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My Kingdom is not of this World

Updated on March 12, 2017

Entering a Kingdom that is not of this world.

The Kingdom of God is one of the least explained subjects in most churches we see today. That does not mean the Kingdom of God is never mentioned, but I am saying that it is never explained. In my much younger years when I attended "church" I may have heard the pastor mention the Kingdom of God about four or maybe five times during the 2 1/2 years I attended church. The subject of the Kingdom of God was seldom brought up. Yet the pastor had often times mentioned Jesus or Christ or Jesus Christ. Most often the subjects he had talked about was how "christians" where to act or why Jesus Christ came to this world to take our sins and die on the cross.The subject of our Salvation was never far from the lips of our pastor who seem to think this was the main reason Jesus came to earth in the first place. Other subjects were taught just like the subjects that are taught in churches we see and hear about today. However the subject of the Kingdom of God (Heaven) was never the main subject of any sermon. although the Kingdom of God may have been quoted in verses when reading a parable and so on. But again the main focus of a study or sermon by the pastor was never on the Kingdom of God (Heaven). I didn't realize back then (almost 40 years ago) just how much emphasis Jesus placed on the Kingdom of God (heaven) during His entire ministry. Which I might add that my pastor, of many years ago, never bothered to mention in any of his sermons.

It was only in the past 10 years or so and by much personal study of the bible that I began to realize many things regarding the Kingdom of God (heaven). And why Jesus Christ was sent to us by our Father in heaven. And what follows are the things I learned of which I believe to be the answer of how we as believers enter a Heavenly Kingdom that is not of this world and who Jesus Christ is as King.

First, it must be said that every spoken word of Jesus Christ was commanded by God in heaven. Jesus said the following in John 12:49 (NKJV) which states: 49 "For I have not spoken on My own authority but the Father who sent Me gave Me a COMMAND what I should say and what I should speak."

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He also said in John 7:16 (NKJV) which states: 16 Jesus answered and said to them; "My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me."

What these two verses are saying is that Jesus Christ's entire ministry and what was taught by Him during His ministry was commanded of Him by the Father in Heaven. This is very important to note. Jesus Christ was to spread the gospel of the Kingdom of God in a manner that would only be understood by a few but heard by many. And it is for this reason only that twelve disciple were initially choesen to follow Jesus Christ throughout His entire ministry. And why Jesus often taught in parables. Parables which contained many secerets of the Kingdom of Heaven and what it is like. A Kingdom different than others and not of this world right from the very begining.

The authority Jesus had as King.

While on this earth and thoughout His ministry all things where placed into the hands of Jesus Christ by our Father in heaven. This means Jesus Christ was a King of the Kingdom of Heaven from the very begining of His ministry. Which is revealed in John 3:35 (NKJV) which states: 35 The Father loves the Son, and HAS given ALL things into HIS hand.

This verse clearly states that ALL things were placed into Jesus hands. Jesus was the direct representative of the Kingdom of Heaven while on this earth. All things were given into His hands. Everything Jesus spoke, the good works that He did, raising the dead and healing the sick were all proof of His authority as a King of the Kingdom of heaven. This can be proven by a number of parables revealed by Jesus. And His greatest responsibility was to teach those who would become citizen of a Heavenly Kingdom. But first they must learn to enter the Kingdom that not of this world.

The very begining of Jesus Christ ministry started like this in Matthew 4:17 (NKJV) 17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say; " Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand."

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Jesus states in Luke 4:43 (NKJV) 43 But He said to them; " I MUST preach the Kingdom of God to other cities also, FOR THIS REASON I WAS SENT."

These two verses revealed two important points. Frist, the begining of this ministry was focused on the gospel of the Kingdom of God and second, it was the main purpose of why He was sent to earth by the Father in heaven. In other words the main purpose of the Father sending Jesus Christ to earth was to preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God.

Kingdom Parables.

I am only going to try and explain the meaning of one Kingdom related parable that is mentioned by Jesus Christ. But for the record there are a least 13 parables directly related to the Kingdom that I would hope you will locate and study for yourselves. This parable is commonly known as the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares. But many seem take the parable out of context not realizing it is a discription of the Kingdom of Heaven. The parable that I am referring to is found in Matthew 13:24-30(NJV):

24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: "The Kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed a good seed in his field; 25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a corp, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servents of the owner came and said to him. Sir did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares. 28 He said to them An enemy has done this. The servents said to him do you want us then to go and gather them up? 29 But He said, No lest while you gather them up tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, first gather togather the tares and bind them in bundles to burn, but gather the wheat into my barn."

This parable is later explained in more detail by Jesus in Matthew 13:37-43 which I will get to in a moment but frist I would like to highlight some enteresting points that is often times over looked by most people who read this parable. The point is this, the begining of the parable begins with the following words: The Kingdom of heaven is like........ My question here is why is this part over looked? This parable is COMPARING the Kingdom of heaven. This parable is telling us what the Kingdom of heaven is like. Then we come to another point which is the context of this parable. Understanding what this parable means. When Jesus gave this parable to the disciples they did not understand it's meaning or context. So Jesus revealed the meaning in detail in Matthew 13:37-42 (NKJV) 37 He answered them and said to them, He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, the GOOD seeds are the sons of the KINGDOM, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. 39The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. 40 Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in fire, so will it be at the end of this age. 41 The Son of Man will will send out His angels, and they will gather out of HIS Kingdom all things that offened and those who practice lawlessness. 42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 THEN the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their FATHER. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"

Here is what Jesus is saying. In this parable Jesus is the Son of Man (King) the seeds are the sons of the Kingdom (citizens), the Tares are the sons of the wicked one (those who are OF the world), the end of the age (is the harvest) The Son of Man (King) will send out angels to gather out of HIS Kingdom all thing that offened (sons of the wicked one) at the end of the age. Once completed the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father's Kingdom.

Clearly the Kingdom is the main subject of this parable. It is the wheat (sons of the Kingdom) and tares (sons of the wicked one), but also the Son of Man (King) and the wicked one who are the players here. But we must remember what was said earlier. " The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hands." So at the begining of Jesus Christ's ministry He began sowen seeds of the Kingdom by means of His disciples. They are the first Sons of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Entering the Kingdom.

Jesus Christ said the following in Matthew 6:33 (NKJV) 33 "But seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."

So what does this mean to seek first the Kingdom? Well I think the best answer to this question is found a few verses later in Matthew 7:7 (NKJV) which states: 7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.

The most important thing anyone can do is study the words of Jesus Christ. His main focus of His ministry throughout the four gospels of Matthew, Mark Luke and John is the Kingdom of God. If you seek it you will find it. If you knock Jesus Christ will open the door for the Holy Spirit to guide you in your studies. This is what Jesus was focused on when He taught His disciples. Once they began to understand the Kingdom concept He sent His disciples out in two's to preach the Kingdom message as noted in Matthew 10: :7-8 (NKJV) which states:7 "And as you go out preaching; saying, "The Kingdom of God is at hand. 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give." And it should be noted that His disciple did exaactly as they were commanded to do.

What must not be left out is the fact that you can not enter the Kingdom of God without the baptism of water and Spirit. Without the baptism of the Spirit, it is NOT possible to enter the Kingdom of God. This is clearly stated by Jesus in John 3:5 (NKJV) which states: 7 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly I say to you unless you are born of water and Spirit, he CANNOT enter the Kingdom of God."

In the world but not of the world.

At no time during His His life time and ministry was Jesus OF the world. The reason for this is simple. He represented the Kingdom of God. Yes, He was in the world but as a representative of God's Kingdom He was not OF this world. By the time Jesus reached the end of His ministry His disciple were also not OF this world. Many might ask How could this be that the disciples where not of the world. This is proven in a number of verses in a few chapters in the Book of John. Please note that in each of these verses Jesus is talking about His disciples:

In John 15:19 (NKJV) states: 19 "If you were of the world the world would love it's own. Yet, because you are NOT of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you."

In one of the final prayer to the Father in heaven at the end of His ministry the following was also in His prayer:

John 17:6 (NKJV) states: 6 I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of this world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word."

John 17:14-16 (NKJV) states: 14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not OF the world; just as I am not OF the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out OF the world but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not OF the world, just as I am not OF the world.

These verses I just mentioned are important to note because it explains in part what Jesus had said when He stood before the Roman governer named Pilate, hours before Jesus death on the cross. The Jews had Jesus arrested and brought Him to Pilate to be crucified. As Jesus stood before Pilate He asked Jesus if He was the King of the Jews. Jesus answered Pilate's initial question. Pilate then asked Jesus what He had done. Jesus answer is discribed in John 18:36 (NKJV) which states: 36 Jesus answered; "My Kingdom is not OF this world. if my Kingdom were OF this world My servents would fight, so that I would not be delievered to the Jews; but NOW My Kingdom is not from here.

So what does this verse mean. I'm sure some may argue the context of this verse. But I will lay it out as I understand it to mean.

First, Jesus Christ is saying He is a King. Second, His Kingdom is not OF this world. It's a heavenly Kingdom. Third, If His servent were OF the world they would fight to prevent being handed to the Jews. Who are the servents Jesus is referring to in this verse? He is talking about His disciples. His disciple are not Of the world and therefore would not fight. And here is the most important part. Jesus had said; But NOW My Kingdom is not from here. What He was saying is this. But NOW My citizens (disciples) of My Kingdom are not from here. In other words the Sons of His Kingdom are not from here. They are part of a heavenly Kingdom just like Jesus Christ.

It is not possible here to cover the entire teachings of Jesus Christ regarding the Kingdom of God (heaven). And I hope to write more on this subject. My hope is that those who do read this will take it upon themselves to study more on this subject of the Kingdom which was the main focus of Jesus ministry. I will end this with something Jesus said which is found in Luke 17: 20-21 (NKJV) which states: 20 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, " The Kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor will they say, See here! or See there! For indeed the kingdom of God is within you."

God Bless.










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      KingdomCome 5 weeks ago from those of the Ecclesia

      wba108@yahoo.com- I am deeply sorry I did not make note of your comment long before this. Thank you for your comment. I believe the Kingdom message was Jesus main focus during His ministry as I had mentioned in this article. I believe most within the man made church system goes out of their way to avoid this subject of the Kingdom of God. If one is truely a disciple of Christ he/she would go out of their way the study indepth on this subject of the Kingdom of God. Our Lord Jesus Christ instructed us to seek it first in Matthew 6:33. But most seem to avoid it. If this subject was understood in context then most so called Christians would realize the falseness of the man made church system for what it is.

      For anyone who took the time to read it and not comment, I hope it gave them a moment of pause and something to really think about.

      Blessings.

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      KingdomCome 4 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

      wba- Thank you for your comment. The good news of the Kingdom of God is one of the most important subjects in the bible. Clearly Jesus Christ's main focus of His ministry was centered on the Kingdom. There are not very many churches out there that teach on this subject. And the few that do most often have no clear understanding of it. The JW's are one such example of wrong teaching on this subject. The JW's care more about their church name than the do about the correct teaching of Jesus when it comes to this subject. They, like a few other false churches, will seldom or never quote Jesus in HIs teach of the Kingdom. Example JW's have a skewed understand of the Kingdom and yet they do preach on it but seldom if ever mention the Kingdom the way Jesus Christ taugh it. Other churches like the Philadelphia Church of God believe they are the one who will inheret the Kingdom of God and the members will become Gods in a God family. The believe that they will be solely responseble for teaching the rest of mankind during the thousand year reign of Christ. But still the one thing these few, like the PCG, JW's and others, have in commen is there main concern is the money coming into their church and not any teaching of the Kingdom of God AS in the way Jesus Christ taught it. They have come up with a skewed understanding and teaching of the Kingdom.

      I believe that the Holy Spirit is with those and guide those who truely seek to understand the teaching of Jesus Christ and follow Him as a disciple. Regardless of the false churches of men.

      Again thak you for your comment and God bless.

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      charlie 4 months ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

      wba-- AMEN

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      wba108@yahoo.com 4 months ago from upstate, NY

      I agree with you that the gospel (good news), is the gospel of the kingdom. Jesus didn't die so we can sit back and let the world go to hell while we hold onto our "fire insurance".

      Our mission is the same as the mission of Jesus, " to extend His Kingdom", his prayer was "on earth as it is in heaven". In other words, our mission is to extend the kingdom till in fills the earth with His glorious rule.

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      KingdomCome 5 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

      celafoe-Thank you for you recent comment and support.

      Many blessing.

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      charlie 5 months ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

      eric & blossom-- Kingdom is correct. If you do not read and study the words of Christ and the scriptures how will you Know His command to love one another? And especially how will you know that the only way to His truths is by understanding that the Holy Spirit is the ONLY way to learn ALL TRUTH? And all the other things That are required to be "of Christ". You sure won't learn these things in the apostate church system.

      First comes repentance, then commitment to Christ, then learning how to be a disciple, then we must walk it out and endure til the end. These things are learned from the Holy Spirit, not from the "churches of men".

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      KingdomCome 5 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

      BlossomSB- I have made some spelling correction and I thank you for bring it to my attention. As I also mentioned to Eric; I will also ask you to read John 13:34 which I believe will clear up his concern (and yours) on the topic He brought up with regards to Love. And feel free to comment regarding the verse I mentioned after you have a chance to read it.

      Also I wish to thank you for you overall comment. Many blessings

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      This is a very good message, although I do agree with Eric Dierker that Jesus' 'Great Commandment' is the most important; to study is good, but obedience in action is better.

      PS It could be good to use a spelling-checker on your article.

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      KingdomCome 5 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

      Celafoe- As always I look forward to your comments. I agree with your added thoughts and comment. It is my hope this Kingdom message will get out to as many as those who are willing to read it. I am also happy to hear from you again. It's been a while. Also to let you know my main computer is out for the count. I'm working on a replacement. I'm working off my laptop at the moment which I don't use that often with regards to sending or receiving e-mails. I will send you one once I have a new one up and running. In the mean time Great to hear from you and God bless.

      Eric- Thanks for your comment. I will ask you to read John 13:34-35 and then tell me what you think.

      Blessing.

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That was a really good message. Thank you for such cogent thoughts. I have always appreciated your positions on things. God Bless you.

      But I did think this innacurate "The most important thing anyone can do is study the words of Jesus Christ."

      In my view the most important is to love each other as you would yourself and to love God above all else.

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      charlie 5 months ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

      GREAT ARTICLE BROTHER.

      Something that I know you understand but most professing to be Christians do not because it is not taught, that God has put on my heart to mention every time I speak or write these days is contained in several scriptures but the ones I usually share follow. In over 40 years of ministry around the world I have never heard these properly taught in a "church".

      These scriptures clearly destroy the LIE commonly taught that "Jesus is God" and the "trinity lie" confirm as scripture tells us that He is THE SON of God.

      All authority in heaven and earth has been given to Jesus -- UNTIL the end of this age (the great day of judgement) when Jesus then hands it back over to His Father God.

      Matt 28:18-19 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

      1 Cor 15:24-28 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 27 For "He has put all things under His feet." But when He says "all things are put under Him," it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. 28 Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.

      Keep up the good works spreading scripture truths as we have been commanded to expose the lies of satan so prevalent in the "churches of man". The saints need to hear the truth so they have no excuse if they continue to believe the lies.

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