Article - One Kingdom under God (part 1)
In the Old Testament there are several points mentioned in reference to God and the nations and kingdoms of the earth, namely: (1) May all the kingdoms of the earth know that Jehovah alone is God (2 Kings 19:19; Isaiah 37:20; 43:10-11; 44:6-8); (2) Blessed is the nation whose God is Jehovah (Psalm 33:12); (3) God rules over and has authority over all the kingdoms and nations (2 Chronicles 20:6; Psalm 22:28; 47:8; 103:19; 113:4; Daniel 4:17, 25, 32; 5:21), hence, God is able to give secular rulers power over all kingdoms of the earth (Ezra 1:2; Daniel 2:37; Habakkuk 1:5-11; Romans 13:1-5); (4) God will pour out His wrath on those kingdoms who do not know and call on Him (Psalm 79:6; Isaiah 23:11; Jeremiah 1:9-10). The Old Testament also prophesies of God’s coming spiritual kingdom (1) Whose King will come through the seed/throne of David (2 Samuel 7:12-17; Luke 1:31-33; John 7:42); (2) Whose kingdom will be set up by God during the days of the kings of Rome as indestructible and forever-standing (Daniel 2:37-49; 7:15-27); (3) And be ruled by God’s Anointed Son (Psalm 45:6-7; Hebrews 1:8-9). Shortly after Jesus was resurrected from the dead, He ascended into heaven (Psalm 16:8-11; Acts 2:25-33). He now sits at the right hand of God on the throne of David, as He reigns over His spiritual kingdom and rules it with all authority (Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28; Revelation 12:5). In the New Testament, God’s spiritual kingdom is fully revealed. Part of the gospel message includes preaching about Jesus’ kingdom (Matthew 3:1-2; 4:23; 10:5-7; 24:14; Luke 9:60; 10:1, 9; 16:16; Acts 1:3; 8:12; 19:8; 20:25; 28:17-31). The kingdom of God involves the reign and dominion of God (Matthew 6:33; 12:28; 13:38; 16:19). God reigns today through His Son’s dominion (Acts 20:27-28). The church of Christ is where all the saved reside (Matthew 16:18-19; Acts 2:38, 41, 47; 20:28; Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 1:13). In order to enter into the kingdom, you must (1) humbly hear, receive the gospel message and be converted, doing the will of the Father from your heart (Matthew 7:21; 13:19; Romans 6:17); (2) be born of water and Spirit through immersion so that you can be saved through the blood of Jesus and be added to His one true kingdom, the church of Christ (John 3:1-5; Acts 2:38, 41, 47; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:4; Colossians 1:13).
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