THE KINGDOM "MIS-READ"
Many presentations of Jesus' Kingdom of God teachings detract from, distort, contradict or misrepresent them. Two of these teachings are that "the church" is the Kingdom and the other that Jesus is the embodiment of the Kingdom.
Added to them are a few instances of mis-readings that lead to misrepresentation:
Example 1. The Kingdom of God is "within you" (Luke 17'20-21):
The truth is, the Kingdom of God is not "within" anybody! Never was, never will be!
Sadly, this saying is a common error brought about mainly because of misrepresentation and wrong thinking.
In context, the true rendering of the Greek word is "among" you, as follows:
"Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, 'The kingdom of God does not come with observation;
nor will they say, "See here!" or "See there!"' For indeed, the kingdom of God is among you."
The point is that God was in Christ in the midst of these Pharisees. Therefore the Kingdom of God was among them, not within them.
It could be said that Jesus was the Kingdom's earthly ambassador.
Then there's the question: If a person has to be born again to be able to see or enter it, how can the Kingdom be within? More importantly if it is within, how can the Father convey us into the Kingdom of the Son of His love?
To repeat, the meaning of the Lord's words only makes sense when the Greek word is translated, "among".
Example 2. The kingdom of heaven suffers violence (Matthew 11'12).
Speaking to the multitudes one day, Jesus said:
"... from the days of John ... until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force".
It very clear. "Until now" means the time when Jesus superseded John. In any case, this mysterious saying is completely out of order today and it has no place in Jesus' New Covenant Kingdom teachings.
It is totally inapplicable, or even meaningful today.
Example 3. "... everyone is pressing into it" ( Luke 16'14-16).
The context is:
"Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him.
And He said to them, 'You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it'".
The idea of "pressing into" the Kingdom could only have been for the time of the Lord's earthly ministry.
"Pressing into" it teaching is wrong because it contradicts the truth that everyone who repents, believes and receives Christ is conveyed into the Kingdom of God by the Father (Colossians 1'13).
Believers need to keep in mind that when the Holy Spirit came on the Day of Pentecost He brought Christ's complete New Covenant Kingdom teachings with Him as Jesus said:
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in My name
He will teach you all things
and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you,"
And today most Believers have the Lord's New Covenant Kingdom of God scriptures readily available delivering to and through the Body of Christ the whole counsel of God.
Prayer. Thank you, Father, for the the Holy Spirit's presence and for the powerful Word of God freely given to your Saints, providing us with your truth.
Thank you, too for your Kingdom and the privilege of being able to see it, enter it and live in it.
In Jesus' name. Amen.
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