WHO gets to be a part of the Kingdom of God?
As we mentioned before, the Kingdom of God is the Government of God (Isaiah 9:6-7) and this is a system that is led by spiritual beings. So to be a part of it we can no longer literally be flesh and blood.
It is conditional
Many do not like to hear this, but it is true and makes sense. A relationship cannot be one-sided – in this case it cannot be God doing everything right and us doing whatever we want. Does that make sense?
The Narrow Path
Luke 13:23 Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?” And He said to them,
Luke 13:24 “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. [Because there is only one way]
Luke 13:25 When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’
Luke 13:26 then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’
Luke 13:27 But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’
Luke 13:28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out.
Let’s note Luke 13:23-24: We must strive, put effort into it, to enter through the narrow gate into the Kingdom of God. So Christ is telling us that MANY will seek to enter it, but they will not be able to. But they would not be successful. Why?
The reason seems to be that they GAVE UP. They ceased obeying God and still thought they would be able to enter the Kingdom of God.
2 Peter 1:10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;
2 Peter 1:11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Keep the commandments
Mark 10:17 Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”
Matthew 19:16 Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”
Matthew 19:17 So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Use it or Lose it
God expects us to use what we know and what He has given us
God expects us to grow our talents
Luke 19:24 “And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to him who has ten minas.’
Luke 19:11 Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately.
Luke 19:12 Therefore He said: “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return.
Luke 19:13 So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business till I come.’
Luke 19:14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We will not have this man to reign over us.’
[submission required; we acknowledge that we are subject to Them]
Luke 19:15 “And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
1 to 10; 1 to 5; 1 to 0
Luke 12:43 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.
Psalm 119 law, testimonies, His ways, precepts, statutes, all Your commandments, righteous judgments, word, ordinances, and knowledge.
Luke 12:44 Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has.
We Will have to give account
Like in the parable of the minas… the mina gained 10 or 5
Even in the sense of accounting – we will have to give a profit or loss statement so to speak
Romans 14:10 … For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
Romans 14:11 For it is written: “AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME, AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL CONFESS TO GOD.”
Romans 14:12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.
It will be for the good, the bad and the indifferent
2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
In other words our good works, bad deeds, and the things that we did not do that we should have [the sins of omission that James speaks about: James 4:17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.]
This why Peter states that judgment has already begun on the people of God (1 Peter 4:17)
Because there will be a reckoning
We Must be Spirit
To be a part of the government of God we must be spirit.
The only thing that we can do about this is what we have just mentioned.
Even that being, if we did all of it perfectly we still could not accomplish this last part on our own.
Only God can give it to us.
Nonetheless it is a condition of entering the Kingdom of God.
This also shows that we are not currently in the Kingdom of God nor is the first major implementation of it going on now.
1 Corinthians 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.
1 Corinthians 15:51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—
Christ speaks of this change in: John 3
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
John 3:4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
John 3:5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Not all will be in the Kingdom of God
We have implied this and touched on it, but let’s be clear about it: there is a lake of fire for a reason:
Revelation 21:8 But the … unbelieving [and sinners] shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
There will be no eternal life for the wicked
Let’s pickup where we left off in:
Luke 19:20 “Then another came, saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief.
Luke 19:21 For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’
Luke 19:22 And he said to him, ‘Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow.
Luke 19:23 Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’
Luke 19:24 “And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to him who has ten minas.’
Luke 19:25 (But they said to him, ‘Master, he has ten minas.’)
Luke 19:26 ‘For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.
Luke 19:27 But bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay them before me.’ “
[Other parables show that the unprofitable servant is killed by casting him into lake of fire]
He did not receive ANY rulership position, nor receive eternal life and He did not enter the Kingdom of God but died in the lake of fire as a physical being at the time of his judgment.
There are conditions and with these conditions we have choices. When we are aware, we get to make the choice to be in the Kingdom of God or we can say that we say that we do not want to follow God or be in subjection to His ways. So in this sense the Lake of fire is our choice.
So we must realize that the one talent he was or we are given, was not and, is not enough to assure entry into the Kingdom of God. Think about that for a second.
So it is not enough to be called, it is not enough to know the Bible backwards and forwards, it is not enough to do what we think is right; to be able to make it into the Kingdom of God.
WHERE will the Kingdom of God be?
It’s here now
It’s in our hearts
It’s in heaven
Where we go when we die
Kingdom of God; Kingdom of Heaven; shows origin as we talked about before, yet some take this to mean that this is where the Kingdom of God is and where we go when we die.
Acts 2:29 “Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
Not only that but he states it another way
Acts 2:34 “For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself: ‘THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD, “SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND,
John 3:13 No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.
So when we die we do not go to heaven and we stay buried in the ground like a seed waiting to transform when the conditions are right. This is the:
1 Corinthians 15:35 But someone will say, “How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?”
1 Corinthians 15:36 Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies.
1 Corinthians 15:37 And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain—perhaps wheat or some other grain.
1 Corinthians 15:38 But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body.
1 Corinthians 15:39 All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds.
1 Corinthians 15:40 There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
1 Corinthians 15:41 There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.
1 Corinthians 15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption.
1 Corinthians 15:43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.
1 Corinthians 15:44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
1 Corinthians 15:52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet [the return of Jesus Christ]. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
The Kingdom of God will be on Earth
There is an overwhelming amount of scripture that shows that the Kingdom of God will be on Earth
Finish this verse for me: Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit….
Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
Revelation 11:15 Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”
Daniel 2:34 You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces.
Daniel 2:35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.
Isaiah 11:6 “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, The leopard shall lie down with the young goat, The calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little child shall lead them.
Isaiah 11:7 The cow and the bear shall graze; Their young ones shall lie down together; And the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
Isaiah 11:8 The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den.
Isaiah 11:9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD As the waters cover the sea.
Now to one of the greatest mysteries that still exists today:
The Plan of God Comes in an Order
If the world knew this one aspect of the plan of God it would answer SO MANY questions that are still considered unanswerable or unknowable.
It coincides with the three festival seasons of the year and the harvest at each time
Passover (Spring; time of first growth) – wave sheaf was cut; “harvested” before any thing else could be taken/harvested from the field. Christ was the first of the firstfruits.
Then Pentecost – the next harvest; still a small harvest by comparison to the last one; this is the one of the rest of the firstfruits.
We Will Rule With Christ in the Kingdom
Daniel 7:27: “Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven (that is, on this earth) shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His Kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. And all dominions shall serve and obey Him.”
Revelation 2:26 And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—
Revelation 2:27 ‘HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON; THEY SHALL BE DASHED TO PIECES LIKE THE POTTER’S VESSELS’— as I also have received from My Father;
The reward [The Gifts and Rewards of the Next Life] for having lived a Christian life is a position of rulership in the Kingdom of God.
Revelation 3:21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
Revelation 5:10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.”
We will be a part of the God Family God’s Plan for Man
The Kingdom of God Will Grow
Then Fall Festival Season (specifically Feast of Tabernacles) is the final and great harvest when the rest of humanity will have had their opportunity.
Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
Revelation 20:5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
And so the God Family will grow, and the government of the Kingdom of God will grow too, that is, it will reach into the uttermost parts of the earth, and after that, into the entire universe
Luke 1:32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.
Luke 1:33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
Luke 13:18 Then He said, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it?
Luke 13:19 It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.”
Luke 13:20 And again He said, “To what shall I liken the kingdom of God?
Luke 13:21 It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.”
It begins small, but grows. Right now, the Kingdom of God, which is the Family of God, consists of God the Father and Jesus Christ. But the God Family is a growing Family. God is adding to His Family. God is reproducing Himself.
And then in the very end:
Revelation 21:1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.
Revelation 21:2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.