To Fight or Not (10)

The kingdom of heaven

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.” Mathew 25:1, NET. Jesus told the story about ten virgins in conjunction with the description of the events that will take place just before He returns to take the faithful ones to His Father’s house. The emphasis in this story is on concept, understanding, and attitude concerning the kingdom of heaven, in time of the end of last days. Therefore, we must analyze the story about ten virgins relative to the kingdom of heaven, or the kingdom of God, and not comparable to our readiness for it. We must be confident that our understanding of the kingdom of heaven is correct and biblical. Unless we correctly understand the kingdom of heaven, we would not be able to visualize our standing concerning the kingdom of heaven.

The question we should be asking ourselves is not “What is the kingdom of heaven,” but “Who is the Kingdom of heaven”? “Now at one point the Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God was coming, so he answered, ‘The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is in your midst.'” Luke 17:20, 21, NET. John the Baptist proclaimed, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” Mathew 3:2, NET. John was announcing the coming of the Messiah when he said: “The kingdom of heaven is near.” The phrase, “The kingdom of God is in your midst.” could also be translated as, “The kingdom of God is among you.” On Earth, Jesus Christ was among the people; and, today He is among us through the Holy Spirit he sent to us after ascension to heaven.

The “kingdom of heaven” and the “kingdom of God” were used interchangeably, in the Bible, and both refer to Jesus Christ. If we remain in Jesus Christ, as He commanded us, we are in the kingdom of God. In Jesus Christ, and in Him only we are saved, justified, sanctified, and fully qualified for the kingdom of God. Our very life is hidden with God in Jesus Christ. Also, in Jesus Christ we are, here and now, seated in the “heavenly realms.” Ephesians 2:6, NET.

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Dan Lazich

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