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The Kingdom (Reign or Dominion) of God: What does this mean?

The Kingdom (Reign or Dominion) of God: What does this mean?

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Published by Ifechukwu U. Ibeme

The Kingdom of God is God's redemptive rule in the lives of those submissive to His eternal purpose and pleasure (and God's restraint and retribution against evil), as it is settled in heaven and revealed in the Scriptures of God's Word, especially through Christ.

To preach the Gospel of the Kingdom is to preach that there is REMISSION of sins in the Name of Jesus and REGENERATION by the powerful operation of the Holy Spirit unto Eternal Life of the Kingdom, for everyone who repents and believes in the Lord Jesus.

The Church is the fellowship assembly of those who have penitently believed in and been baptized into Christ. The ministry of the Church in the world is to serve as ambassadors of Christ’s Kingdom, to reconcile the world to Christ through their Gospel witness, and to reign with Christ in the glory.

The Kingdom of God is God's redemptive rule in the lives of those submissive to His eternal purpose and pleasure (and God's restraint and retribution against evil), as it is settled in heaven and revealed in the Scriptures of God's Word, especially through Christ.

To preach the Gospel of the Kingdom is to preach that there is REMISSION of sins in the Name of Jesus and REGENERATION by the powerful operation of the Holy Spirit unto Eternal Life of the Kingdom, for everyone who repents and believes in the Lord Jesus.

The Church is the fellowship assembly of those who have penitently believed in and been baptized into Christ. The ministry of the Church in the world is to serve as ambassadors of Christ’s Kingdom, to reconcile the world to Christ through their Gospel witness, and to reign with Christ in the glory.

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THE KINGDOM (REIGN or DOMINION) OFGODWhat does this mean?
CONTENTS
he Kingdom of God is God’s Sovereign Royal dealings or His Reigning Relationshiptowards humanity and all creation. This Royal Relationship ranges from REDE!T"#EGR$%E &Revelation for Renewal' Regeneration for Rescue' and Recruitment for Regency( toRE"G)")G G*+R, &Reward and Retri-ution(.
 Psalms 103:19-22
(19) The LORD has established HIS THRONE IN  HEAVEN; HIS KINGDOM EXTENDS OVER EVERTHING!("#) $%aise the LORD& ' a*+els , his& ' -.e%,l .a%%i%s .h /a%%' t hisde/%ees a*d be' his %de%s0("1) $%aise the LORD& all ' .a%%i%s , his&  ' se%a*ts , his .h /a%%' t his desi%es0("") $%aise the LORD& ALL THAT HE HAS MADE&  IN ALL THE REGIONS O2 HIS KINGDOM0 $%aise the LORD& O 3' sl0
 Philippians 2:9-11
(9) As a %eslt Gd e4alted hi3a*d +ae hi3 the *a3ethat is A5OVE EVER NAME&(1#) s that at the *a3e , 6ess EVER KNEE 7ILL 5O7  8 IN HEAVEN AND ON  EARTH AND NDER THE EARTH 8 (11) a*d EVER TONGE :ON2ESS THAT 6ESS :HRIST IS LORDTO THE GLOR O2 GOD THE  2ATHER! De t 3/h thel+i/al /*t%e%s' a*d a+e*ess& the%e is ,te* /*,si*bet.ee* the Gs-el 3essa+e *
 Revelation OF the Kingdom
 a*d the Gs-el 3essa+e *
 Salvation INTO the Kingdom
! Re/e*tl' s3e dis-e*sati*alistshae be+* t the%ise % i3a+i*e a disti*/ti* bet.ee* the Ki*+d3 , Gd a*d the Ki*+d3 , Heae* .hi/h *eithe% :h%ist *% His A-stles ee% 3ade(Mat 1; Ma% <)!The ,ll.i*+ .e%e s3e as-e/ts , the *e Heae*l'
 Kingdom
 
&Dominion or Reign or *ordship(
, Gd -%ea/hed a*d e4-*ded b' the $%-hets& the:h%ist a*d His A-stles=> The -.e% , the Ki*+d3&> The *at%e , the Ki*+d3&> The Ki*+ , the Ki*+d3&> The /3i*+ , the Ki*+d3&> The 3issi* , the Ki*+d3&> The -e%ati*s , the Ki*+d3&> The a+e*/ies , the Ki*+d3&
THE KINGDOM (% DOMINION) O2 GOD
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- The edemption into the Kingdom!- The entan"e into the Kingdom!- The inheitan"e in the Kingdom# Pea"hing o$ the Kingdom message e$es to all the a%ove# &essiani" Salvation
 i*t the Ki*+d3 s-e/i,i/all' %e,e%s es-e/iall' t the
last thee!
bt thse .h a%e saed *eed the .hle -i/t%e ,% -%-e% .al? a*d .it*ess!
The 'h("h o$ the 'hist 
 %e,e%s t the ,ell.shi- , thse .h th%+h :h%ist hae bee* %edee3ed t %ei+* i* a*d %e-%ese*t the Ki*+d3 i* %de% t -%-a+ate its Salati*!:h%ist /a3e ,i%st t ,ll' i*a+%ate the
 Kingdom)s messiani"
 
edeeming  ga"e
 b' .hi/h .e a%e @sti,ied a*d %e+e*e%ated th%+h ,aith i* Hi3& bt :h%ist .ill /3e a+ai* t ,ll' /*s33ate the
 Kingdom)s messiani" eigning  glo*
 b' .hi/h .e shall be @d+ed ,% % .%?s a*d %ei+* .ith :h%ist!That is .h' the Gs-el 3essa+e -%ea/hes=
 Repent 
 a*d beliee :h%ists Gs-el& ,% the Ki*+d3 , Gd is +%a/isl' he%e ,% ' t see a*d e*te% t be a3*+ its /%e+e*ts *.!
 +ehold 
 :h%ist (the Ki*+ , the Ki*+d3) /3es s* t +l%isl' %e/3-e*seee%'*e a//%di*+ thei% .%?s0
SCRIPTR!" THEO"OG# OF THE KINGDOM$ THE GOSPE"!ND THE CHRCH
Psalms 47!"# $!% Sing to God& Sing&Sing to our 'ing& Sing&$7% (or GO) *S K*+G O( T- O/- -A0T&Sing a 1ell"1ritten song&$2% GO) 0-*G+S O3-0 T- +AT*O+S&GO) S*TS O+ *S O/ T0O+-&$#% The no5les of the nations assem5le,along 1ith the people of the God of A5raham, for GO) AS A6TO0*T O3-0 T- 06/-0S O( T- -A0T.e is highly ealted& -phesians 89:"99 $9:% This po1er he eercised in Christ 1hen he raised him from the dead and S-AT-) *; AT *S 0*GT A+) *+ T- -A3-+/ 0-A/;S$98% (A0 A<O3- -3-0 06/- A+) A6TO0*T A+) PO-0 A+) )O;*+*O+  A+) -3-0 +A;- that is named, not only in this age 5ut also in the one to come.$99% And God
 put 
 
 ALL THINGS UNDER
 C0*ST=S
 FEET 
, and he ga>e him to the church as -A) O3-0 A// T*+GS.The 5iggest conceptual hindrance to understanding the Kingdom is introducing adistinction 5et1een the Kingdom of ea>en and the Kingdom of God ? a distinction 1hich the Gospel records of Christ@s para5les and teachings 5y ;athe1, ;ar' and/u'e ne>er made. The other pro5lem is the idea of allocating territorial location ortimed duration $*srael or Church, OT or +T, ;illennium or -ternity% to the Kingdom.
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Some e>en go further to misconstrue the Gospel of sal>ation as distinct from theGospel of the Kingdom& These 5al'aniations of God@s re>elation are not really calledfor 5y clear Scriptures 5ut 5y imaginations, theories and speculations. e learn from the Scriptures that the uni>ersal
Church
 is the eternal, spiritual andin>isi5le fello1ship of all Bustified disciples $li>ing and dead% and e>en angels, 1hoare sanctified and united in Christ $8Cor 89 e5 8999"94 8Dohn 8E%. 3isi5ly spea'ing ho1e>er, the Church is the fello1ship of all those disciples $De1s andGentiles% 1ho through Christ ha>e 5een 0-)--;-) O0 0-SC6-) (0O;P-0*S*+G, 0-G-+-0AT-) A+) 0-C06*T-) *+TO CO"-0*TAG- A+) CO"0-G-+C *TC0*ST *+ GO)@S -T-0+A/ K*+G)O;, 1ho hear, 5elie>e,learn, teach, practice the Truth of God@s ord and proclaim Christ@s sa>ing
Gospel
of the
Kingdom
, 1ho also share together as one <ody in the apostolic fello1ship andin the sacramentsFordinances instituted 5y Christ $Dohn EE"!, 8!"82 Act 9E7"47-ph 98:"99%.  According to the Scriptures, the local Church is not merely a situational agreea5ly GAT-0-) assem5ly in Christ@s +ame $;at 8287"9:% 5ut a community of Christ@sdisciples institutionally ministered to and administered 5y apostolically O0)-0-)leadership of ordained pres5yterial clergy and elected diaconal council $Act !8"78498"9E Php 88Tit 8% for cohesi>e 1orship, 1or', 1al' and 1itness, 5eingdi>inely -;PO-0-) continually 5y the oly Spirit $Dohn 849! 89!"97 Act82%. *nasmuch as 1hate>er God created is under and su5Bect to God@s Kingdom ? i.e.is )ominion or 0eign $Psa 47!"# 8:E8#"99 -ph 89:"99 Php 9#"88%, the Churchis therefore not synonymous 1ith the Kingdom 5ut is the redemption agency andreconciliation em5assy of God@s Kingdom on earth $8Cor 87"98 0e> 8:%. Assomeone once put it, the Church is meant to 5e the royal family or ruling caucus of God@s Kingdom& Christians are supposed to 5e hitherto perishing sinners 5ut 1ho 5y Christ@s sa>ing grace and through their faith in Christ ha>e 5ecome rescued andrecruited into Christ@s heritage and regency to 5ecome God@s re5orn sons"heirs $Dohn8#"84 0om 284"87% and anointed royal"priests $9Pet 9#"8: 0e> 8!%. This is a far"reaching mystery& The relationship 5et1een the
Church
, the
Gospel
 and the
Kingdom
 is easily apparent from the Apostolic Scriptures
;ar 884"8
(14) Now after John was put n prson! Jesus "a#e nto Ga$$ee!
 preaching the gospel of thekingdom of God 
!(1%) An& sa'n! The t#e s fu$f$$e&! an& the n&o# of Go& s at han&*
repent, and believe thegospel 
+
Dohn EE"7, 8E"8!
(,) Jesus answere& an& sa& unto h#! -er$'! .er$'! I sa' unto 'ou!
 Except a man be bornagain, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
(4) N"o&e#us sa& unto h#! How "an a #an /e /orn when he s o$&0 "an he enter the se"on& t#ento hs #others wo#/! an& /e /orn0 (%) Jesus answere&! -er$'! .er$'! I sa' unto 'ou!
 Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
(2) That wh"h s /orn of the f$esh s f$esh3 an& that wh"h s /orn of the Sprt s sprt+() 5ar.e$ not that I sa& unto 'ou! 6ou #ust /e /orn aan+++++++++++(1,) An& no #an has as"en&e& up to hea.en! /ut he that "a#e &own fro# hea.en! e.en the Son of #an who s n hea.en+(14) An& as 5oses $fte& up the serpent n the w$&erness! e.en so #ust the Son of #an /e $fte& up*
(15) hat whosoever believes in him sho!ld not perish, b!t have eternal life.
THE KINGDOM (% DOMINION) O2 GOD
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