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Are You a Part of the Kingdom of God?

Updated on January 22, 2018
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PlanksandNails' gol is to be a catalyst in encouraging the followers of Christ to pursue Biblical truth for themselves.

John the Baptist made a radical statement that the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand. He would speak about a representative of the Kingdom of Heaven who would come and proclaim its message and principles.

In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” – Matthew 3:1

Many have different ideas on what the Kingdom of God is. There are many religious man-made ideas that supposedly pertain to the Kingdom, but don't. Ultimately, Scripture should take precedence in defining what the Kingdom of God is.

Rule and Reign

The Greek word for kingdom is 'basileia' (Strong’s Greek 932) and the Hebrew word is "malkut' (Strong’s Hebrew 4438). Both are about ruling and reigning and also about the dominion that God establishes through His power where His sovereignty is manifest.

For the kingdom is Yahweh's. He is the ruler over the nations. – Psalm 22:28

Yahweh has established his throne in the heavens. His kingdom rules over all. – Psalm 103:19

They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom

and tell of your power – Psalm 145:11

When God exerts His authority in this world, His purposes are achieved through the followers of His Son, Jesus Christ. They do not have religious men who exercise hierarchical authority over them because Christ is the one who has sole rule and authority over his people.

The Kingdom of God is about following the way of Christ and His redemptive purposes that go against the flow of this fallen world. When the rule of God is allowed to manifest through His Son, it will brings redemption to the people of the earth.

From the beginning of creation God established His Kingdom on the earth, but when sin entered the world, it was given over to the dominion of Satan. However, when Christ entered into the picture, the Kingdom of God would manifest through him to set the captives free. Man could be restored to the Kingdom of God through his message of hope and salvation.

Kingdom Focus

When someone receives new life through the ministry of Christ, they are no longer slaves to sin, but righteousness. The Kingdom of God will spiritually be present within every true believer where Christ reigns in their lives.

But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. Or how can someone enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house. – Matthew 12:28-29

When Christ sets us free from the power sof darkness, his rulership takes over. His power is exercised by delivering those from the fallen ways of this world and filling them with the Holy Spirit. Once the 'strong man' is expelled from their lives, the Holy Spirit can enter.

Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” – Luke 17:20-21

The Pharisees could not see the Kingdom of God when it was manifest within their midst. Christ was the representative of the Kingdom as he was the embodiment of God's plan and purposes.

Christ demonstrated the principles of the Kingdom of God when he walked the earth and when he returns will establishment God’s sovereignty to bring righteous rule upon the earth.

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. – Matthew 25:31

From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. – Revelation 19:15

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” – Revelation 21:5

The Kingdom of God at this point in time is about God’s redemptive rule within people’s lives through Christ with a future hope and anticipation for his return.


The Kingdom of God is described in the many parables that Christ told.

Many falsely believe that the Kingdom of God is the open display of self-righteous works before others. These things are often in fully display in buildings called, 'church.' They fail to understand that the Kingdom of God has nothing to do with vain works filtered through a denominational agenda.

The Kingdom of God is this age is manifested in a humble way being about God’s grace and mercy through Christ. It is not about exerting physical power and might with the goal of physically doing away with evil. It is about preaching the Good News, the Gospel of the Kingdom. It is about the sacrifice of the followers of Christ who are in humble service to their King.

The triumph of Christ in people's lives is about transformed hearts who become citizens of the Kingdom of God.

The Kingdom is about God’s absolute rule and reign in people’s lives through Christ. It is the action of His sovereignty is this age and the one that is to come. It is presently here in people's heart and minds, but is also will come in the physical one day when Christ returns in the glory of his Father.

For the Son of Man will come in His Father's glory with His angels, and then He will repay each one according to what he has done. - Matthew 16:27

May we take heed to these following words.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. - Matthew 6:33

Are you a citizen of the Kingdom of God, or a member of man's religious kingdoms?

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      SimplyI 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      It all makes perfect sense to me. Especially that you talked about loving others. This was something (loving) I could not picture without belonging to somewhere. I am, in addition, very impatient/impulsive and tend to misinterpret the Lord's PROLONGED periods of silence. Remember Saul's decision to go ahead and sacrifice when the prophet was delayed? That's my problem.

      Thank you so much for your response. A lot of food for thought here.

      Blessings to you.

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      Those who come out of the religious man-made system called church have a hard time filling the void of not having the social relationships they once had. By pursuing to fill the void, many go right back into the oppression religious system that they came out of.

      To worship God in spirit and truth requires the ekklesia to abandon the idolatry of the social church club. Many have a false expectation that fellowship must look like a church service, home group, or house church, but this is an unbiblical notion.

      Abandoning the church system requires getting over the notion of being part of a group of people that attends meetings. These are the only experiences the former attender knows. They cannot fathom that fellowship could be simply two people sitting in a coffee shop. Most people want a scheduled meeting; they cannot conceive anything outside of an official gathering.

      The opportunity for fellowship outside the confines of scheduled organized religion has more opportunity for the Holy Spirit to work. In contrast, the church attender wants everything done for them by a professional hireling who orchestrates the meeting and all they have to do is show up.

      True fellowship requires that we love God first and then proceeds to showing it to others. True fellowship is not showing up to a meeting, but going out and loving others just like Jesus Christ did.

      Having our carnal wants met equates to church, but if you want to meet the needs of others, then you will have to abandon the self-centered services of organized religion that attempts to meet all of your spiritual desires. People go to get their sermon, social acceptance and music they want to hear.

      True relationship and fellowship is not about taking, but about giving. Church “fellowship” caters to those who want God to fulfill their carnal desires, rather than what we do for Him.

      The social aspect of church is a religious addiction. Many have trouble breaking the habit of being conditioned to do a certain thing a certain way. Religious addictions are as hard as quitting the bad habit of smoking.

      Since God builds His ekklesia, He is the one who may bring true fellowship with others as He sees fit. We must be satisfied that Jesus is enough, even when there may be no one else around at the moment. You must let Him cleanse you of your religious addictions that enslaved you for many years.

      Is Jesus enough, even though you may not have social interaction of like-minded believers all around you?

      Is Jesus enough, if you don't have support and encouragement that you "must have?

      Is Jesus Christ all you want?

      Jesus Christ alone can fill our loneliness and emptiness because He will never forsake us.

      Unlearning the traditions of church take time before God can reveal to you what true fellowship looks like. We can only learn these things by being alone with Him, and by putting our personal relationship first over other people.

      Many believers have been abandoned and persecuted for their faith. They have been ostracized from their families. In spite of this, they know that Jesus is enough in spite of their great tribulation and affliction. Their spiritual lives are not based on how many believers surround them, but it is by knowing and having a relationship with Jesus Christ alone. When everything has failed in front of them, He is still enough.

      True fellowship comes when we learn to live without it; when Jesus Christ is enough. We learn to get everything we need from Jesus Christ alone. We cannot truly learn to help, support, encourage and give ourselves to others without anything in return until we learn that we can get everything we need from God; That Jesus is enough.

      God is to be our source of strength. Once we learn true fellowship without taking our own carnal desires with us then we will know what God desires. We are then better able to reach out to others and use the opportunities that God gives us for fellowship that He desire His ekklesia to have.

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      SimplyI 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ok... This is our dilemma. I and my husband left the institutionalized church in Oct. 2013. We were very happy and growing. However... We felt that having no fellowship of believers whatsoever, we went back around May of this year. We are not happy by any stretch of imagination. We see the evils of the system 100%, but we go for the fellowship with those who are definitely saved, but do not know any better. Once again, we have no one to meet with or pray with or even talk about The Lord. This is the reason why we went back. What are your thoughts everyone? Need your guidance and prayer. The Lord seems to be silent in spite of our anxiety to know and follow his will.

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      Just like you, once I left the man driven "churches," I have never been more free. It is an interesting paradox as many look at me as if have fallen away from "God." While this is true, I have fallen away from worshiping their religious gods within their kingdom to worshiping the one true God in spirit and truth in His Kingdom.

      I want others to come out of bondage into the same freedom too. Unfortunately, there are many who are too blind to see that they are in spiritual bondage, but there are those who have been burned by the world system who are ripe and ready to enter into His Kingdom. It is out of agape love that we proclaim the truth even though many do not want to hear it.

      God Bless.

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      Neil Braithwaite 3 years ago

      P&N -

      Your comments are very helpful.

      I see the actions of those who promote and practice the "corporate church" model as no different than the Galatians Paul rebuked in Galatians 5. They were turning back to the ways of man just as today's purveyors of division are doing with the corporate church of MAN.

      The seriousness of this matter is summed up when Paul tells these men the consequence of their decision to become "subject again to a yoke of slavery" by following man's ways: "You have been severed from Christ."

      I fear the consequences for those who practice and support corporate church today may be the same.

      5 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

      2 Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you. 3 And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law. 4 You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. 5 For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.

      7 You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion did not come from Him who calls you. 9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough. 10 I have confidence in you in the Lord that you will adopt no other view; but the one who is disturbing you will bear his judgment, whoever he is. 11 But I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished. 12 I wish that those who are troubling you would even mutilate themselves.

      13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      You are correct. We must be obedient to the Holy Spirit as He leads. We all have a purpose as representatives of God's Kingdom with the gifts He has given us. Those who are not part of God's Kingdom are already judged; therefore, we are called to be vessels of the Holy Spirit to bring truth and conviction to the world as He leads, not judgement. That is God's domain.

      We are permitted to judge within the Church, but the abominable "churches of men" are NOT part of God's Kingdom, or the genuine Church; they are of the world.

      For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.” - 1 Corinthians 5:12

      We can leave the judging of the world to God, but still speak truth to them. That is what we are called to do. The deception of Satan is that he wants you to keep your mouth shut and make you believe that you are "judging" when you are actually being a messenger of God's truth. By saying God will judge the unrighteous is not making a judgement, but purveying the truth.

      Galatians 6:15 is speaking to those in the Church. The corporate "church" has absolutely nothing to do with this verse; they are of the world. An abomination to God is not of Him.

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      Neil Braithwaite 3 years ago

      God has revealed to me that the corporate church built by man is an abomination to Him and far from the Ekklesia built by Him through His Son. That being said, the Old Testament is a roller coaster of ups and downs by His chosen people, with many instances of God rebuking His people for turning away from Him and to the idols of self. But while God punished His people for turning from Him, He never gave up on them and His love for them never changed. In the same way I believe man today has turned away from God and elevated themselves in His place calling it "church."

      I want to be a messenger for Christ to those who have gone astray but not someone who stands in judgment. I hope to find a way through the Holy Spirit to correct as God would have it:

      Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another. 5 For each one will bear his own load. Galatians 6:15

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      The Kingdom of God is not the Church, but is part of it. The problem with corporate "church" is that they believe that it is the Kingdom; therefore, being part of "church" activities means they have entered into it. We know that in Jesus' parable, the field is the world, it is not the Church. The wheat and tares grow together in the world, not the Church. Many are in disobedience by fellowshiping with the tares as part of the body of Christ.

      When we see error in our fellowship, it should be by the protocols of confrontation if your brother has sinned against you. However, when we recognize a false ministry, or false teacher, they have not personally sinned against us. It does not require a personal confrontation because they are not of us.

      I believe the context of Mark 9:38-41 is in the interpretation of HINDER. I believe this can be defined as creating a physical obstacle, or physical restraint. The disciples attempted to hinder the children from coming to Jesus by physically being an obstacle in their way, but Jesus said, " not hinder them." I don't believe Jesus wants us to physically go to every corporate "church" meeting and try to physically restrain people from entering the building, or physically impeding a false minister from doing his works of vanity.

      When we speak out against the false" gospel," false "churches" and the men that promote them, it is not about physically being there to deter and make a spectacle of ourselves, but it is done by allowing the Holy Spirit do the work through us in a spiritual way.

      Yes, they are " "NOT FOLLOWING US," but even though that is the case, we are not to physically hinder their activities, but spiritually let God deal with them. We are not in a physical holy war against the apostate "churches."

      History attests to the atrocities that result from men trying to hinder the religious activities of one another.

      In our zeal for truth, we cannot forget that our battle is spiritual. As disciples of Jesus Christ we must heed His words and "do not hinder him."

      (("Would Jesus give US the same answer he gave His disciples in Mark 9:38-41 ("Do not hinder) when we speak out against the institutional hierarchical corporate church establishment and their leaders who are preaching the gospel and professing Jesus as Lord and Savior?"))

      Yes, Jesus would give the same answer. When we speak out, it is all in the context of how we are doing it. Today's religious corporate "churches" are an abomination because they are in disobedience, but Jesus has not given us the authority to go out and HINDER them. That would be promoting the false doctrine of dominionism.

      On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ - Matthew 7:22-23

      These verses describe the White Throne Judgement of the religious people who though they were saved by their works. They were the ones who didn't do the will of the Father. In application to Mark 9:38:41, we must do the will of the Father and not HINDER; otherwise, that would be a work of iniquity.

      What are your thoughts?

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      Neil Braithwaite 3 years ago

      P&N -

      Thanks for your response. However, my question is more broad than "miracles." I was highlighting that word to show the connection between the two passages in Mark and Matthew.

      I'm trying to understand what Jesus would say specifically about today's corporate church if asked?

      If one were to say the following to Jesus, would not His answer be similar to the answer He gave to John in Mark 9:38-41?

      Jesus, there are many who gather at specific buildings on Sunday mornings and sing praises to Your Name and listen to pastors preach the gospel and proclaim you as Lord and Savior. The people then give their money to these men, who in turn, pay themselves and for the upkeep of the building and programs they call "ministries." We have spoken out against this practice and against these men because they are "NOT FOLLOWING US."

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      There are many counterfeit paranormal miracles that are common place in the churches of men. They are very deceptive, and those that perform them are under the influence of Satan. They actually believe that they are doing God's work. Many people fall for them because they do not know how to weigh and test to discern them.

      We can know a true minister by their fruit and be suspicious of all sinful lifestyle and corrupted "gospels" they preach. It should be especially evident when they point to their own works as a “testament.” We are to test all things based on God’s standard of truth. Any true miracle will hold to any criticism. All the miracles of Jesus Christ were ironclad.

      We are ramping up to an age where more and more are performing the art of the paranormal and claim they originate from "God." The simple answer to knowing whether their claims are true is by what they teach. The biggest deception many fall into is walking away bedazzled without weighing and testing the teaching that follows the so-called “miracle.” Faked miracles and the paranormal powers of demons fall flat on their face when filtered through the truth of the Holy Spirit.

      In Jesus' time here on earth, the religious attributed His miracles to the work of Satan, but today, it is the other way around, the paranormal deceptions are attributed to the Holy Spirit.

      With that said,

      I believe your question may be answered in this verse,

      Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists undertook to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.” Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?” And the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. - Acts 19:13-16

      The demons knew Jesus and Paul, but did not recognize the Jewish exorcists. They tried to invoke the name of Jesus, but it was done in vain. They did not know Jesus Christ; therefore, any "miracle" and "deliverance" they did apart from God's power was of the devil.

      Today, many claim Jesus' name, but Jesus does not know them.

      I also have written a series here concerning "miracle" ministries that you may want to peruse here:

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      charlie 3 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

      Neil, today or tomorrow I am posting a new article on The True New Testament Tabernacle that may be of interest to you

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      Neil Braithwaite 3 years ago

      P&N -

      Brother, do you have a teaching on Matthew 7:15-23. Specifically regarding "ravenous wolves," their "fruits," etc. And especially 21-23 with regard to "who" exactly did God never know that won't enter into His kingdom?

      Some contend that my speaking out and exposing what I believe to be the un-scriptural structure of today's church is wrong and actually harms the cause of Christ. They say as long as christian leaders "preach" Christ and their "church" is growing and doing good things then they are producing "good fruit."

      Their argument is based on Mark 9:38-41 -

      38 John said to Him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we tried to prevent him because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “DO NOT HINDER him, for there is no one who will perform a miracle in My name, and be able soon afterward to speak evil of Me. 40 For he who is not against us is for us. 41 For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of your name as followers of Christ, truly I say to you, he will not lose his reward.

      The conflict I have between these two passages is where Jesus says in Mark 9, "there is no one who will perform a MIRACLE in My name, and be able soon afterward to speak evil of Me." and then in Matthew 7 Jesus says, "Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many MIRACLES?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’"

      Do you see a conflict here in Jesus' words?

      My contention is that the mystery of these two seemingly conflicting passages lies in Matthew 7:21 where Jesus says: "but he who DOES the WILL of My Father who is in heaven will enter.

      Would Jesus give US the same answer he gave His disciples in Mark 9:38-41 ("Do not hinder) when we speak out against the institutional hierarchical corporate church establishment and their leaders who are preaching the gospel and professing Jesus as Lord and Savior?

      Your thoughts and commentary would be greatly appreciated.

      In Him,


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      Neil Braithwaite 3 years ago

      Thank you and praise God for your courage and unwavering faith and obedience to the TRUTH.

      Like all of Satan's deceptions, he manages to use bits of truth to lure you in - waiting for the unsuspecting and ignorant to bite. The video in question had in it a very good graphic time-line of the Ekklesia from the beginning. The speaker also used some very good biblical arguments against the divisions (denominations and independents) in the Body of Christ he called "churches." Unfortunately, the speaker who calls himself an "elder" and "minister/evangelist" is nothing more than a hireling seeking to add "members" to "his" church and as Jesus said to the Scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 23 about their leadership practices:

      “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.

      P&N - Continue on in your good works and obedience to the One True Gospel and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Neil Braithwaite,

      I was not aware of this denomination and their propaganda. I have deleted the video and others that I have ignorantly posted from that source. Thank-you for informing me of this, it is greatly appreciated.

      God Bless.

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      Neil Braithwaite 3 years ago

      Brother I watched the "Church of Christ" denomination propaganda video at the end of this post. I came out of that denomination a long time ago. They are nothing more than a legalistic false church built on the same false corporate hierarchy model - sold out as just another legal entity creation of the State by their 501c3 status. Sad to see this on your post. Please tell me you are not a "member" of this false church.

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      graceinus 3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      PandN- I also want to express my strong support and agreement with celafoe's comment.

      God bless brother.

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      Entering the Kingdom of God through Jesus Christ releases us from the bondage of this cursed creation. Although we are in it, we are not of it. We are no longer citizens of this world, but our citizenship of the Kingdom of Heaven.

      Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims - 1 Peter 2:11

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      You are right. You cannot have one without the other. I went back and bolded, "and His righteousness" in Matthew 6:33 in the article to make it stand out too. Thank-you for bringing more clarity to the verse as it is very important detail not to miss. I am glad there are brothers here on Hubpages that have no qualms with poking, prodding and exhorting to flesh out the truth.

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      It is a radical message and many do not like what they initially hear. I believe it will take time to sink in, especially when they are told that their religious works are in vain. The people that have been burned and disillusioned by the traditions of men will be eager to hear more of the truth about the Kingdom of God.

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Pand N,

      "From the time of creation, God established His Kingdom on the earth, but when sin entered into mankind, His creation became cursed . . . . " That's probably a side of the Kingdom people don't often think about. thanks for bringing this out.

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      graceinus 3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      PAndN- Another Hub well done. Very clearly Matthew 6:33 explains that we should seek the Kingdom of God as noted in your very last verse you quoted. However, we must not forget in the same verse it states, "AND His Righteousness. Clearly we must seek both. Righteousness is through Grace through Faith. The Kingdom and Grace go hand in hand and are both equally important. Therefore, while seeking the Kingdom , we must also learn and understand His grace and accept it through faith to receive His righteousness. Our King is the bench mark of Grace. It is because of His grace that we obtain righteousness that we have the chance to enter His Kingdom, now (in spirit) and later , once it is again established on the earth.

      Fantastic Hub. God Bless.

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      charlie 3 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

      If only the "church folks" that believe they are Christians could understand this. It would set them free from "church" bondage.

      1 Cor 11:3 But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.

      Well done my brother.