Why do we rarely hear about God’s Kingdom in today’s churches?

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Speaker 1

Question number five. This is Anthony’s question.

Speaker 2

All right. So Anthony is asking why is it Jesus preached the gospel of the kingdom but rarely hear about the kingdom in today’s churches?

Speaker 1

And Anthony also asked earlier today that I think follows up on this. Yes, the Gospel was confirmed going out the world. We say Christ is in us, so why are we looking to the future? So, all right.

Speaker 3

Jay, who wants to take this one?

Speaker 1

Landon?

Speaker 4

Jay, I’ll let you take this one.

Speaker 1

Okay. So it’s interesting that let’s look at Luke 1720 to 21. Luke 1720 to 21. And it reads now when he referring to Jesus 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 within you. And so Jesus has said that the kingdom of God has come. What does he mean? He was now proclaiming the gospel in people’s hearts, and that the key to heaven is the Gospel, and it opens people’s hearts. It prepares them for being a citizen of heaven. Right now, today, we could be citizens of heaven. We don’t have to see ourselves as Americans, as Filipinos, as Indians, whatever. We can see ourselves as citizens of heaven today because Christ brought that. Now we are there in that time. Now we call this, in a sense, the kingdom of grace, and there’s going to be another coming and an institution of another kingdom that’s going to be the kingdom of glory. But right now, we can approach boldly the throne of grace.

Speaker 1

And there’s more verses along this Matthew 1331 to 33. And I think this answers the question of why don’t we preach that the kingdom has come? And, you know, so we’re talking about jesus says it comes by observation. Most people aren’t going to see it. These Jesus gave a couple parabols. Parables. Matthew 13, verse 31, another parable put he forth unto them, saying, the kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed which a man took and sewed in the field. Like, if you go look in the entire field, are you going to see that mustard seed? We’re going to miss it. It’s just going to do this small little thing in this gigantic field. But what happens, which indeed is the least of all the seeds, but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs and becomes a tree so that the birds of the air come at us in its branches. And Jesus goes on with another parable in verse 33, the kingdom of heaven is like unto Levin. But we were just talking about cleaning the whole house out of Levin, right, because the Bible generally says it’s a bad thing.

Speaker 1

But here Jesus says, the kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leaven. So woman takes that starter with the leaven in it, mix it with the other dough. You can’t tell where the old dough and the new dough was. Eventually, over time, that yeast just permeates everything. But you don’t see it. You don’t see that happening. So that’s what Jesus is saying. So many people are going to be caught off guard. They’re not noticing that the kingdom of heaven is here now, that they can get into it now. And some people might think they’re in it or on their way to it, not realizing they might be actually walking in the opposite direction. So Anthony, maybe you approach this differently than you left to know your thoughts. Also, Anthony says, yes, we have access to the new Jerusalem now. It’s a picture of us abiding in Christ. Well said. I really like that quote. That’s exactly right.

Speaker 3

Sorry. I think that Jesus says the kingdom of heaven is at hand. But I think too, like when it talks about preaching the kingdom of heaven, I think about Matthew 24, verse 14. I think in a sense we are living in God’s kingdom. We are heaven’s citizens or citizens of God’s kingdom now on earth when we accept Jesus Christ. I definitely think you can know that you’re saved as long as you abide in Christ. But I think when you look at Matthew 24 verse 14, it says, and this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for witness and to all nations, and then the end will come. So literally speaking, the preaching of the gospel of the kingdom is a precursor to the second coming of Christ. And I think that we fail if we think like this is all that there is. Like this world is all there is. God is saying, no, this world is going to come to an end. You look at every prophecy in the book of Daniel, daniel, chapter two. When you see the stone that crushes that statue, which is all the kingdoms of the world and builds up a new mountain, there are so many prophecies pointing to the end where Jesus comes and gives the kingdom to the saints.

Speaker 3

And that I believe is a future event. I don’t think we’re living in heaven now. This is heaven now. I’m not satisfied.

Speaker 1

Both you and Anthony are right though, in a sense of and I think that’s where there’s so much confusion, there’s sort of two comings of the kingdom right now. There’s a kingdom of grace which has come. We could be part of the kingdom of grace now and then at the second coming comes the kingdom of glory. And that’s when the new Jerusalem literally will come and plop down on earth and God will make the earth new, wipe out all wicked. So that’s the kingdom of glory. We’re not there yet, but right now we are in the kingdom of grace. Right now. We can establish our citizenship in heaven right now. Right now we can be ambassadors for Christ right now. I think that’s where the confusion comes. Landon, what’s your thought?

Speaker 4

Yeah, as far as like, preaching, why don’t we see this preach more and stuff like that? And I feel like I see it all the time. We see the street preachers who talk about the kingdom and stuff like that, but more so. I see people you were talking about acting like citizens because we are citizens of heaven. And with every small gesture and act that you do to your coworker that you do to like, you are acting like a citizen of heaven and the kingdom is being preached. Your actions speak louder than words most of the time. That’s why Jesus didn’t just preach that he’s going to die for our sins like he died for our sins. So as citizens, we should be finding ways to ease people’s burdens and reach out to them in ways that other people aren’t willing to do. And it really is a sacrificial love, but when people see that, they’re going to say, hey, there’s something different and I want it. And I think that the Gospel is being preached like that, like crazy. I’ll never forget Bill Liversage or some other great missionaries that have gone out to places that have people infected with leprosy or things like that.

Speaker 4

And I remember one story where nobody wanted anything to do with what they were preaching about. They didn’t want to hear about the Kingdom of God until they were getting like a real taste of, like, love. And he started hugging, like, all the leopard people, and he would just go around and start hugging everybody. And then they started listening to him. Or one person contracted leprosy, and then they listened to everything he said afterwards. And the whole island was converted after that. But it’s just love inaction his preaching the kingdom.

Speaker 1

Wow. We got a comment actually to that effect. Andrew Carroll writes maybe he could put up his comment.

Speaker 2

The kingdom to me is wanting to love God in others the way Jesus did the system of beneficence.

Speaker 4

Exactly.

Speaker 1

Beautiful. And so Anthony says, New Jerusalem is here. And again, this is where the kingdom is so complicated because, yes, the new Jerusalem is here. And there’s a lot of Bible verses established that the church, God’s people is the New Jerusalem. So there’s that. And then you go to Revelation, though, and it also talks about Revelation heart because you have things that are symbolic. But then I think you also have in Revelation 21 literal descriptions of the New Jerusalem and it literally is going to calm down and sit too. So, yeah, right now we have spiritual New Jerusalem that we could be a part of today. So you could say, yeah, that when we say kingdom is here, we could say right now, today we compose New Jerusalem. But there will also be literally a new Jerusalem. New Jerusalem. God’s holy city, god’s holy mountain. God’s capital will actually come down and land on Earth. And we will become here on Earth the center of the universe, which is just mindblowing, but that’s how at least we see it. You.

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