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One More Kingdom Thought


"Then the King will say to those on the right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world'" (Matt.25:34).

It appears that this term kingdom of God or kingdom of heaven has several important designations. In today's verse, and down through verse forty, Jesus is talking about a different kingdom. It would be good for us to read these verses and meditate upon them. He is talking about "the new heaven and new earth." The kingdom of heaven has a future aspect to it as well. Jesus mentioned it several times, as did the apostle Paul. "I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable" (1 Cor.15:50). Clearly, Paul is talking about the kingdom in a future sense, in what we usually refer to as heaven. He looks at this kingdom as the best place that he could ever reside when he writes to Timothy. "The Lord will rescue me from every attack and will bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom.....To him be the glory forever and ever" (2 Tim. 4:18). The apostle Peter has his say in this matter too. "Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Pet.1:10-11). The coming of the new kingdom will not be announced but will rather come like a thief in the night. Finally, Peter makes this wonderful statement about our future residence.... "But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of the righteous." (2 Pet.3:13). As we look in retrospect, that spiritual kingdom of heaven that rules in the hearts of those who believe should lead us to His kingdom here on earth.....The church....As we serve Him with gladness, we will inherit the kingdom that is being prepared for us as I write...Pretty cool this kingdom thing.....

Have a wonderful day....Go about doing good..... Love mark Phil.4:11

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