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THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
There is a huge difference between the Kingdom of Heaven, (which is God’s eternal dwelling place in the spirit world,) and the Kingdom of God, (which is the Spiritual Kingdom of Righteousness, Peace, and Joy [or the “fruit”] of the Holy Spirit in the hearts or human spirits, in the souls or minds, and in the lives of mortal men, (Rom. 14:17; Gal. 5:22-23; 1 Ths. 5:23.)
Jesus said, ‘by default,’ little children, who are still too young to understand the Gospel, belong to the Kingdom of Heaven (Mt. 19:13-15.) This means; should any child die before the age of accountability, the child will go to heaven.
Heaven is a real place at the throne of God; the eternal presence and dwelling-place of God, where all those, who personally and sincerely believed in, accepted, and obediently followed Jesus, will live forever with Him.
However, all those from an accountable age (or those who are old enough to know the difference between right and wrong,) have to choose Jesus as their Christ in order to become citizens of the Kingdom of God.
We can only enter the Kingdom of Heaven by becoming citizens of the spiritual Kingdom of God here on earth.
THE KINGDOM OF GOD
Jesus said, ‘The Kingdom of God does not come with observation; [it is nothing physical like a church building or any other religious form,] nor will they say, See here! or See there! For the Kingdom of God is within you’ - meaning inside the ‘hearts’ of all Jesus’ sincere believing disciples who obey the truth of His Word and live according to His Moral Law of Love.
“In contrast to the expectations of the Hebrew Pharisees, [as well as all other religious Pharisees,] the Kingdom of God is not external and physical, in the sense of being a church system and/or a political domain, but rather internal and spiritual.” – [Lu. 17:20-21, Spirit Filled Bible footnote.]
Once people hear and understand the real, Scriptural Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself (and not church doctrines of any kind,) and once they personally and sincerely accept Jesus Himself as Lord, Savior, and Redeemer, they become the spiritually born again children of God, as Jesus commanded in Jn. 1:12-12; 3:3-5.
At that very moment, the Holy Spirit indwells every sincere believer as His Personal temple; effectively ‘planting’ the spiritual Kingdom of God inside the born again human spirit or ‘heart’ of the new disciple.
Eph. 2:19-22, ‘[Because you were born again through faith in and acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ,] you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, [all Scripturally born again believers] and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of [New Testament grace] and the [Old Testament law,] Jesus Christ Himself being the Chief Cornerstone, in Whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in Whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.’
‘Since you have purified your souls, [minds or thoughts — Rom. 12:1-2,] in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the [disciples of Christ,] love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been [Scripturally not church ‘sacramentally’] born again, not of corruptible seed, but incorruptible, through the Word of God, which lives and abides forever.’ - 1 Pet. 1:22-23
And so Paul could write, ‘Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that one does is outside the body, but the one who commits sexual immorality sins against his or her own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit Who is IN you, Whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price, therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.’ - 1 Cor. 6:18-20.
Casting lots to determine Gods will for a particular situation — can we still practice that under the New Covenant?
Jesus Christ is the Creator God
What is the Difference Between The Kingdom God and The Kingdom of Heaven?
Jesus declared in Jn. 18:36, “My Kingdom is NOT of this world. If My Kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight [physically…] But now My Kingdom is NOT from here, [it has no such origin or aspirations!]
‘When Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him an [earthly, physical] king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.’ - Jn. 6:15.
“‘Do not labor for the food which perishes, [the kingdom of this world,] but for the food which endured to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you… ’
Then they said to Him, ‘What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?’ Jesus answered, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in Him Whom He sent.’” - Jn. 6:27-29.
We don’t even have to believe that Jesus is the Christ, we just have to accept the indisputable facts – carefully researched and presented in: Jesus Christ is Not a Religion; His Life, Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension are Historical Facts
The first disciples saw Jesus walk on water, yet reverently feared the religious ghosts and political storms of their time. Discover how that could be possible:
Truly saved in Christ; the purpose and brutality of Jesus’ all-night trial; His complete atonement on the cross and His resurrection from the dead, explained in: