Why is it that when a “kingdom” is mentioned our minds take us to the church, when the Bible has made us understand that there is a heavenly kingdom too??
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I would suggest that the kingdom takes us to the church, at times, because we who are in the kingdom are also in the Lord’s church as Jesus proclaimed in Mark 16:18.
I am inclined to comment that while all under the authority of Jesus are in His kingdom of all heaven and all earth which is all creatures in heaven and on earth, those who are redeemed in the spiritual body of Jesus, the ekklesia translated church, are called to be saints as “sons of God” who are in “the household of God” and the specific “habitation of God in the Spirit” … The ekklesia, translated church, is described as ruling with Jesus in His kingdom…
I think that is what some was taught. I think it is associating with the physical, since the spiritual can be challenging to grasp.
Is there a difference between the Church and the Kingdom of Christ?
No there is no difference IF we would cease to misuse our English word “church” Mark, to deceive the disciples of our Lord’s Spirit, those who serve in the New Way of the Spirit in each ministering servant own communities and not in the Old Way of a written code.
There is but one Body of Christ and His Body is unseen.
We mere humans and our divisive church that we lead, teach and judge have convinced seekers of our Lord, that our ‘physical and seen church’ is the Body of Christ.
The Greek word for ‘church’ as recorded in our bibles is ekklesia and translated into English as ‘the called out’ which was a secular word with no religious connotation.
As disciples of the Spirit of our Lord, we are called out of this world into the unseen kingdom of God.
When understood correctly Jesus explanation to the Pharisees makes perfect sense which many of us have ignored.
Luke 17 The Coming of the Kingdom 20 Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”
How can we not be seen? Because we as individual disciples of the Spirit of our Lord (see Gal 5:13 thru 6:5) are ministering servants in each our own communities where we proceed as follows as instructed by the apostle Paul.
Gal 6:1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, —“you who are spiritual”— should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.
2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. 5 For each will have to bear his own load.
Romans 7:6 But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.
What is the New Way of the Spirit. asked no MAN ever, who seeks to EXALT themselves as “Leader” of our Lord’s disciples?
Romans 8 English Standard Version (ESV) Life in the Spirit 1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh —-but according to the Spirit.
5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. 8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
Heirs with Christ 12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
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