Ushering In The Kingdom Of God

People often confuse the Kingdom of Heaven with the Kingdom of God. The terms sound similar and are often used interchangeably, but they’re different.

The “Kingdom of Heaven” is the place where God dwells with His angels and saints. Not everyone can live there. God decides. Only He is the judge. Once admitted, heavenly “citizenship” (as far as we know) is eternally guaranteed.

Existence there is said to be “glorious”.

Romans 8:16 – 18 For the Spirit himself giveth testimony to our spirit that we are the sons of God. And if sons, heirs also; heirs indeed of God and joint heirs with Christ: yet so, if we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified with him. For I reckon that the sufferings of this time are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come that shall be revealed in us.

The “Kingdom of God” is a state of being which exists any time the Holy Spirit accepts an invitation to take up residence in a human soul.

From Adam until the time of Christ, the Kingdom of God was manifest on the earth only when God Himself chose to make an appearance, to dwell with us over the Ark of the Covenant, or to abide with us in the Jerusalem Temple. But this was far from the ideal, for our Creator is a personal God, not one who chooses to live in tents or in man made structures.

In the fullness of time, Mary, “full of grace” became the first “living temple” of the Holy Spirit since Adam’s fall. The Kingdom had come!

Luke 17:20 – 21 And being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God should come, he answering them and said: The kingdom of God cometh not with observation. Neither shall they say: Behold here, or behold there. For lo, the kingdom of God is within you.

With the birth of Jesus, the Eternal Word made flesh; God’s Anointed One; the Kingdom of God became the most powerful force on earth.

So it was first Mary, and then Jesus who perfectly accomplished the will of God on earth, just as it is routinely done in heaven.

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