Understanding the kingdom of God is fundamental to understanding much of God’s revealed word. How and what one understands the kingdom of God to be will impact their understanding of such monumental events as Jesus coming to earth, His promised return, and the final judgment!
Leo Tolstoy first published his book in 1896. “The Kingdom of God is within You” puts forth his take on the nature of the kingdom of God. There are countless other books and Internet opinions about the kingdom of God. Many, if not most of these, shape the kingdom of God into an image that fits their preconceived notion or worldview (a la Leo) or is molded to fit a doctrine – something we have called presuppositional Scripture weighting.
Fortunately, there are many very plain statements about the kingdom of God in Scripture…
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…Arrived in Jesus’ day and continues today1,4,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,16,17,18,19,20, as was promised by God to be established in the “latter days”3 (Peter20 introduces his sermon saying it is the “last days” as prophesied by the prophet Joel). It remains forever3,5,18, above and over kingdoms of men3,11 and the kingdom of Satan10,12.
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