“Kingdom builders are bloody killers.”
Is the kingdom of God identical with the kingdom of heaven?
It’s easy to mistake the two because they appear to be used interchangeably:
And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. – Matthew 3:2.
And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. – Mark 1:15.
But similar does not mean same. Sheep and goats are similar, but not the same (Matthew 25:33). Ethnicity and citizenship are similar, but not the same (Matthew 15:22; Mark 7:26).
The child of God must learn to tell things apart (Ez. 44:23; Ex 11:7; Lev. 10:10) and thus ‘rightly divide’ the word of truth.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. – 2 Timothy 2:15.
Heaven is physical, but God is spiritual. No man has seen God, but Christ is God manifest in the flesh (1 Tim 3:16; 1 John 4:12; John 1:18). Even if you can’t see a soul, you can see the body of a man — but not his invisible soul inside him.
There is no map showing the ‘kingdom of God’ because Jesus said, “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.” (Lk 17:20-21).
Nor is food involved, “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” – Romans 14:17.
Yet you can draw a map of the ‘kingdom of heaven’ and enjoy food in it because it is the whole heaven:
“And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.” Daniel 7:27.
“Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” Isaiah 9:7. Read the rest of this entry »