What is the God-kingdom?
Basic Christian doctrine teaches that the “kingdom of God” is not of this world(John 18:36). It is still future when Jesus returns. It is a kingdom where God rules. But, it has been forming since this power/Holy Spirit was given to Jesus after his resurrection and subsequently given first to apostles and others at Pentecost.
But, to a student of Botany and Zoology, one is taught about the plant kingdom and animal kingdom. Consider therefore that when God created living things, he created angelic-kingdom, plant-kingdom, and animal-kingdom.
But, when it came to “man“, he started in Genesis with “an image of him and after his likeness”(Genesis 1:27). Adam was composed of matter (dust) and “breath of life”(spirit of man; Genesis 2:6-7) and was created perfectly but “weak“(Matthews 26:40-43). There was a missing component that man needed that Jesus had to die and go back to the Father to get this gift to in-dwell in us (John 16:7; John 14:16-26). The Holy Spirit is key to finishing the work the Potter has planned for man (Jeremiah 18:1-6).
God was not creating a “human kingdom” or merely after an “image/ likeness” of him, not just “dust of the ground” (body). In fact, the dust-body will rot and we will be given another but “immortal body“.
Instead, God was creating a kingdom composed of “spirit beings like him“, a “Kingdom of God” above angelic kingdom. The kingdom of God is more than just a “government of God” and a place. It is a “new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:16-17) composed of immortal spirit-beings higher than angelic beings (Hebrews 2:5) and unique to one another, yet “one” with the Son and the Father, all in the “God-Kingdom“, with the Father above all and the Son, our Elder Brother “For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren” (Hebrews 2:11).
The preceding is only a “thumbprint“, a concise summary, of a process started from the foundation of the world and came to fruition because of the “faith, trust and hope” of Jesus on the Father’s promises to the “seed“(Galatians 3:16).
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Original post September 18, 2018