If we are in the kingdom of God on Earth, we will be in Eternity also.

"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India
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If we love and obey God with reverential fear, we will become born of God with his seed in us, and we will overcome all sins.

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 1. What is the kingdom of God and kingdoms of this World?

A kingdom is a reign or rule under a monarch or a king. Many delegates may work for a king. There could be pockets of resistance by enemies also. In our study, God is the King. It begins with him being the only Creator of all things. Most Christians ignorantly give equal glory to the devil. They say that God has created all things, but he could not keep them safe, since Satan kills them. No; God gives the life and God takes it away. God is in control. If a person kills another, it is God who allows him to do that. Scripture says that one sparrow shall not fall on the ground without God's knowledge. However, God allows a few things to exist within his kingdom. Among such things, one is, the kingdoms of this world. He gives Satan influence on the kingdoms of this world, even though God has the ultimate power over them.

2. We pray, thy kingdom come. Does God's kingdom exist in this world?

Jesus taught this prayer to his disciples in Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. It is to bring God's kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. ("Luke 17:20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. 22 And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. 23 And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. 24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.") Then Jesus says in "Luke 17:20-21 The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you." That is, God's kingdom is not governed as the worldly kingdom, but it is governed from within the hearts of his people by the Spirit. So, God's kingdom is in his people, but not in this material world. Further, Jesus says in verses 22-24, when he comes back, he will come as Omnipresent Spirit, as light to the entire world, but not like a man who can only be present in one place at a time. So, don't look for Jesus Christ as we look for a man; he is God in the Spirit. "Jesus says in John 18:36, My kingdom is not of this world:" So, even in this world, the kingdom of God is spiritual.

("Luke 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. 5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. 7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. 8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.") Matthew 4:8-11 and Luke 4:4-8 tell us about a temptation of the devil. Satan tried to offer Jesus the glory and power of the kingdom of this world, in exchange of his worship. Even today Satan offers the same to prominent leaders, including famous evangelists; and they have bowed down to him. ("Matthew 13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.") However, Matthew 13:38&39 says that among the congregation in churches, there are children of the kingdom of God as well as there are children of the kingdom of the devil. Both are mixed in churches. If you like to study more about the kingdom of God, please refer to this link: "Kingdom of God."

3. Most Christians will neither see nor enter the kingdom of God.

The message of the true kingdom of God is in the bible. However, it is neutralized by the love gospel saying that God is love and so he will take us to heaven; or, since we are Christians, God will be in heaven, and such messages. Even if they read the verses, it will be like a theory to them and they do not know what to obey and how to put into practice. They are part of the church, pay offerings, attend meetings, etc. But such things are not obedience to God. Jesus Christ rejected them as hypocrites and children of the devil. We will see this in John 8:41-45. ("John 8:41 Jesus told the religious authorities. Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. 42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.") Even now, religious people are not godly people. They belong to their church society and are devoted to their denomination. If they are zealous, they are zealous for their preachers and church, but not for God.

The Bible says that sinning people are children of the devil. "1 Corinthians 6:9&10 say Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God." Preachers may reject these verses with enticing words. They are liars. The truth is, either you are in light or you are in darkness. You cannot be both in light and in darkness. They call the darkness as light. You must come out of the darkness to be in the light. ("Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. 8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; Revelation 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.") So, sinning people will not inherit heaven.

The kingdom of God is spiritual. Jesus Christ says that if we are not born of the spirit, we cannot enter the kingdom of God. It is in John 3:3-7. ("John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.") However, God will give us the holy spirit, if we ask God with reverence, as we are his children. Then we will be born again and enter his kingdom. ("Luke 11:8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. 9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?")

("In Matthew 7:21 Jesus Christ says Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.") Matthew 7:21-23 describes the celebrity miracle working and healing preachers. Jesus Christ says that they will not inherit his kingdom, because even though God is working miracle through them, they are living in sins and iniquity. So, their work is evil, and they will be thrown into hell.

False preachers say that it is impossible to obey the commandments of Jesus Christ. But it is not true. Jesus Christ has built his commandments upon 10 commandments. It is easy to obey him with the spirit of God. Let us look at the commandments to see if we can obey him or not. Index 1. "Obey Command is Gospel" Index 2. "Gospel of Kingdom"

4. How to enter God's kingdom; and what are the requirements?

"In Matthew 11:12 Jesus says, from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force." It appears to be a little scary because it seems that we must be violent as the rioters and looters, who are the children of the devil. "Luke 16:16 says, The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it." So, in order to enter into the kingdom of God, we must press into it. Matthew says it as violent, which is a bad translation. However, the kingdom of God is not taken by the polite, soft, passive people. We must be persistent, without the criminal connotation. So, we may say that those who are persistent will not only enter, but they may also inherit the kingdom of God. If we are on and off, or of the yo-yo type, we will not inherit the kingdom of God.

5. What is an inheritance; and how do we inherit God's Kingdom?

What is inheritance? Our inheritance will be which belongs to our father. If we want to inherit the kingdom of God, we must become the Children of God. That is, God must adopt us as his children. If we are not his children, we will not inherit his kingdom. It is that simple. However, God gives instructions that what must we do, so that God may adopt us as his children. ("2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.") 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 tells us to come out from worldliness, be separate, and touch not unclean things; then God will be our Father, and we shall be his sons and daughters. ("Romans 8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. 12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.") Romans 8:10-19 tell us, not to satisfy the sins of the flesh, but to receive the spirit of God and let the spirit lead your life, then God will adopt us as his sons. If we become children, then heirs of God, joint-heirs with Christ and we will inherit the kingdom of God. If we continue to sin, we will not inherit the kingdom of God, instead we will be cast into the lake of fire. One more important promise is that Jesus Christ tells us in Revelation 3:21. "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." Follow the steps of Jesus, one step at a time, then we will overcome as he overcame, and we will sit on his throne, as Jesus Christ sits on the throne of God the Father.

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