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What Is the Gospel that Jesus Christ Taught?
Good News Magazine ^ | Sept 2001 | Scott Ashley

Posted on 10/26/2009 9:22:24 PM PDT by DouglasKC

What Is the Gospel that Jesus Christ Taught?

If we are to understand the point of Jesus' teachings, message and mission, we need to be sure we understand the gospel—the good news—that He taught.

by Scott Ashley

What is the message Jesus Christ brought and taught? It seems like a simple enough question, but most people don't give it much thought. They know Jesus preached a "gospel"— which comes from the Old English godspel, meaning "good news" or "good message"—but what is that message?

This is where things can get a little murky. Many think that the gospel of Christ is a gospel exclusively about Christ. In doing so they focus almost entirely on the messenger while neglecting the message He brought. Is the distinction that important? Absolutely. If we fail to understand His central message, we will fail to grasp the whole point of His teachings, the reason for His coming and why He promises to come again to earth.

We will also fail to comprehend dozens of vital prophecies throughout the Bible. Jesus'message ties all of these things together in a theme that is truly good news that has great implications not only for your future but for that of the entire earth.

So what was Jesus'message? Let's go through some of His statements to be sure we understand it.

The gospel of the Kingdom of God

We find Christ's message summarized in Mark 1:14-15: "Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, 'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel'" (emphasis added throughout).

Jesus' teaching, we see, centered on the gospel—the good news—of the Kingdom of God. He also taught that people must believe that message and repent of their sins. Repentance is a prerequisite to entering the Kingdom of God.

Other verses confirm that the Kingdom of God was at the heart of Christ's message. Matthew 4:23 tells us that "Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, [and] preaching the gospel of the kingdom . . ." Several chapters later Matthew adds, "Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, [and] preaching the gospel of the kingdom . . ." (Matthew 9:35).

After Jesus'crucifixion and resurrection, He appeared to His disciples, "being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God" (Acts 1:3). Luke 4:43 records Jesus saying, "I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent."

Confusion about the Kingdom of God

It's clear from the Scriptures that Jesus' teaching focused on the Kingdom of God. As Luke recorded, Christ said God sent Him to proclaim this specific message.

There should be little doubt about what Jesus taught. Regrettably, that isn't the case. People have differing ideas of what the Kingdom of God is. Some believe it is all of Christianity. Some view it as the sum total of all that is good and right in the world. Others think that the church is the Kingdom of God.

Regarding the latter, notice how The Catholic Encyclopedia explains this common perception: ". . . The 'kingdom' means not so much a goal to be attained or a place . . . It is rather a tone of mind . . . At one time the 'kingdom'means the sway of grace in men's hearts . . . As men realized that this kingdom stood for a certain tone of mind, and saw that this peculiar spirit was enshrined in the Church, they began to speak of the Church as 'the kingdom of God' . . . The kingdom of God means, then, the ruling of God in our hearts; it means those principles which separate us off from the kingdom of the world and the devil; it means the benign sway of grace; it means the Church . . ." (1908 edition, "Kingdom of God").

Continuation of messages

Did Christ intend for us to be confused about the central theme of His teaching? Can it be whatever we want it to be? Can we find a clear biblical explanation?

Christ's teaching about the Kingdom of God becomes clear when we understand that Jesus was building on the message God had revealed centuries earlier through the prophets of Israel. God inspired these men to write of a coming world-ruling government—a physical, literal kingdom—in which the Messiah would administer God's laws and way of life to bring peace and prosperity to humanity.

The prophet Daniel, for example, saw a vision in which the Messiah receives this Kingdom: "I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed" (Daniel 7:13-14; see also Daniel 2:44).

Isaiah also wrote of the coming Messiah and His Kingdom: "For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever . . ." (Isaiah 9:6-7).

The plain meaning

Did Christ's followers understand that His teaching about God's Kingdom concerned a literal, world-ruling kingdom?

Indeed they did. Notice this promise He gave to His disciples: "Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel" (Matthew 19:28; see also Luke 22:28-30).

After God resurrected Jesus from the dead, the disciples had a burning question for Him: "Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, 'Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?'And He said to them, 'It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority'" (Acts 1:6-7).

They obviously understood that a part of Jesus'mission involved a restoration of a literal kingdom, with Christ as ruler and the disciples reigning under Him. Jesus told them, however, that the timing of the establishing of that kingdom is known only to God the Father (Matthew 24:36).

In Revelation 11:15 we read that this kingdom will be established at the seventh prophetic trumpet: "Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, 'The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!'"

The Kingdom and you

What does this kingdom have to do with you and me? It concerns us a great deal in every way.

Jesus Christ explained that He will return at a pivotal time in history—when humanity staggers on the brink of annihilation. In His remarkable prophecy in Matthew 24, He tells us He will intervene in a period of world crisis, "a time of great distress, such as there has never been before since the beginning of the world, and will never be again." Conditions will be so grave that "if that time of troubles were not cut short, no living thing could survive . . ." (verses 21-22, Revised English Bible).

Reading the rest of His prophecy (and parallel accounts in Luke 21 and Mark 13) is remarkably like reading today's headlines. Yet most people are unaware of the seriousness of the times in which they live.

The time of His return, Jesus said, "will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth" (Luke 21:35). He makes it clear that this will be the most horrifying and deadly epoch in mankind's history, one that few would live through. Only after human beings have learned painful lessons will they be humbled enough to willingly submit to Jesus'reign as the Messiah.

Your invitation to the Kingdom

Jesus had much more to say about the Kingdom of God. In the first passage we read, Mark 1:14-15, a vital part of Christ's message was an exhortation to "repent, and believe in the gospel."

Two millennia later those words are just as important and meaningful as ever. Although the good news of Christ's coming world-ruling kingdom is truly good— in that humanity will at last see a world of peace, happiness and purpose and an end to war and other violence, starvation, disease and every other form of suffering— there's more to the story. (To learn more of how the world will be transformed by the Kingdom of God, be sure to read "Coming: An End to Suffering" "The Coming Age of Grace" and "The Feast of Prosperity" in this issue.)

The ultimate purpose of this literal, world-ruling government of which Christ spoke—and the ultimate purpose of our learning and surrendering to God's laws and ways in this life—is to enable us to enter God's eternal spiritual Kingdom as His children, resurrected to eternal life in His family. God says, through the apostle Paul, "I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty" (2 Corinthians 6:18).

To enter that Kingdom, God must transform us from physical and mortal to spiritual and immortal. As Paul explains: ". . . Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality" (1 Corinthians 15:50-53). Jesus says of those who are transformed in this way: "Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father" (Matthew 13:43). Jesus the Savior, glorified and immortal, now shines as the sun at full strength (Revelation 1:16). If we are willing to repent and believe, as He commands, He extends to us the opportunity to be glorified as He is (1 John 3:2).

Those to whom God gives eternal life will live and reign with Christ in that Kingdom (Revelation 20:4, 6). They will be "kings and priests to our God . . . reign[ing] on the earth" to teach and bring others into this eternal Kingdom (Revelation 5:10). Jesus promises us, "To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne" (Revelation 3:21).

As the prophet Daniel had written centuries earlier: "Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him" (Daniel 7:27).

This is an overview of the wonderful news of a future of awesome power and purpose revealed in the gospel of the Kingdom of God Jesus Christ taught. Would you like to share in that future? The choice is up to you! GN


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1 posted on 10/26/2009 9:22:25 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: DouglasKC

‘No man cometh unto the Father but by Me.’


2 posted on 10/26/2009 9:24:36 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Dems, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: DouglasKC; informavoracious; larose; RJR_fan; Prospero; Conservative Vermont Vet; ...

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.

Amen.


3 posted on 10/26/2009 9:25:30 PM PDT by narses ("These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own.")
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To: MHGinTN
‘No man cometh unto the Father but by Me.

While that is certainly a teaching of Christ and a truth it's still certain from scripture that the gospel, the good news, that Christ taught was the good news of the kingdom of God.

4 posted on 10/26/2009 9:33:35 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: narses

Thank you for pinging others to this article about how Christ preached the good news about the kingdom of God.


5 posted on 10/26/2009 9:35:22 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: DouglasKC

John 10:9


6 posted on 10/26/2009 9:35:25 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Dems, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: DouglasKC; All

John 3:16 is the real message.

“God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

THAT is the Gospel that Jesus preached.

Discipleship is a whole new ballgame. The basic reason God sent Jesus to the world was because God loved us and wanted to bring us back into fellowship with Him.

Learning God’s laws and how to be obdient to His Word is a life-long commitment. We change day by day by the “washing of the water of the Word”.


7 posted on 10/26/2009 9:37:41 PM PDT by CyberAnt (Michael Yon: "The U.S. military is the most respected institution in Iraq.")
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To: DouglasKC

Let us pray for the coming of the kingdom as Jesus taught us.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.


8 posted on 10/26/2009 9:37:43 PM PDT by narses ("These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own.")
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To: MHGinTN
John 10:9

Thanks again for the scripture. It's certainly true. But the good news that Christ brought was the gospel of the kingdom.

Mat 4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

Mat 9:35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

Mat 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come

Mar 1:14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,

9 posted on 10/26/2009 9:42:26 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: CyberAnt
John 3:16 is the real message. “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” THAT is the Gospel that Jesus preached.

Certainly that is good news. But Christ preached the gospel of the kingdom of God. Reference: New Testament

10 posted on 10/26/2009 9:43:53 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: narses
Let us pray for the coming of the kingdom as Jesus taught us

Excellent!

11 posted on 10/26/2009 9:45:13 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: DouglasKC

The Gospel? “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so......”


12 posted on 10/26/2009 9:46:38 PM PDT by Doctor Don
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To: DouglasKC; All

But .. if you believe in Jesus as your Savior, you have eternal life - YOU HAVE THE KINGDOM OF GOD!!

Why is that so difficult for you to understand ..??

The “Gospel” is accepting Jesus as your Savior, receiving eternal life, and spending eternity with God in his Kingdom.

Without Jesus - THERE IS NO GOSPEL!


13 posted on 10/26/2009 9:49:55 PM PDT by CyberAnt (Michael Yon: "The U.S. military is the most respected institution in Iraq.")
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To: CyberAnt
But .. if you believe in Jesus as your Savior, you have eternal life - YOU HAVE THE KINGDOM OF GOD!!

Did you read the article?

14 posted on 10/26/2009 9:56:05 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: DouglasKC

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,
You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


15 posted on 10/26/2009 10:03:49 PM PDT by narses ("These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own.")
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To: DouglasKC

I don’t understand your point.


16 posted on 10/26/2009 10:19:53 PM PDT by Krodg
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To: narses

AMEN!


17 posted on 10/26/2009 10:49:00 PM PDT by notaliberal (Right-wing extremist)
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To: DouglasKC
Where do you understand the “kings and priests” to reign?
18 posted on 10/26/2009 11:43:51 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Krodg
I don’t understand your point.

About what?

19 posted on 10/27/2009 5:11:11 AM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: count-your-change
Where do you understand the “kings and priests” to reign?

It depends on your definition of "reign" and the context. According to scripture it's "on the earth".

Rev 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

In this verse the word translated "reign" is (transliterated) "basileuō". According to Strongs, this word means

" to be king, to exercise kingly power, to reign
a) of the governor of a province
b) of the rule of the Messiah
c) of the reign of Christians in the millennium

Christians are to participate in administering the kingdom of God in the millennium.

20 posted on 10/27/2009 5:18:51 AM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: DouglasKC
I see Christ's Gospel as telling us that God is LOVE. That God loves us and doesn't want us to be his automatons (like how Alllah treats his worshipppers -- IZlam means "submission" and that's what ALLLah wants his worshippers to do, OUR God doesn't want submission), he gave us free will to choose him or not.

Secondly, Christ said we have GRACE, God's love to help us improve ourselves and get closer to Him.

Thirdly, God is a personal God, He's not some abstract bull we sacrifice to.

Christianity has had a positive impact on the world because of the message that we can be good, that we are born for greater things. This has led to improvements and a care for human beings.
21 posted on 10/27/2009 6:38:37 AM PDT by Cronos (Nuke Mecca NOW!!!)
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To: Cronos
I see Christ's Gospel as telling us that God is LOVE. That God loves us and doesn't want us to be his automatons (like how Alllah treats his worshipppers -- IZlam means "submission" and that's what ALLLah wants his worshippers to do, OUR God doesn't want submission), he gave us free will to choose him or not.

While all that is certainly true how do you reconcile it with the multiple times scripture shows that Christ and the disciples taught that the good news was the coming kingdom of God?

22 posted on 10/27/2009 6:51:44 AM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: DouglasKC

I try not to assume what a person means so I ask since I have a somewhat different view of the subject.


23 posted on 10/27/2009 8:18:16 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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And .. if I didn’t read the article ..?? Do I get banished to outer Mongolia or something ..??

The question was, “What is the Gospel that Jesus Christ taught?” I can answer that question without having to “read the article”.

It’s just that you didn’t like my answer .. sorry!!


24 posted on 10/27/2009 10:07:58 PM PDT by CyberAnt (Michael Yon: "The U.S. military is the most respected institution in Iraq.")
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To: DouglasKC
I see Christ's Gospel as telling us that God is LOVE. That God loves us and doesn't want us to be his automatons (like how Alllah treats his worshipppers -- IZlam means "submission" and that's what ALLLah wants his worshippers to do, OUR God doesn't want submission), he gave us free will to choose him or not.

While all that is certainly true how do you reconcile it with the multiple times scripture shows that Christ and the disciples taught that the good news was the coming kingdom of God?


The gospel (i.e. good news) of Jesus Christ to humankind is, ... certainly, of His coming (and existing) kingdom on the earth and in heaven, ...

... and how He has made life within His kingdom available to us, His followers, ...

... through the giving of His life for us ...

... because of His great love for us.


Leave out any of these facets ... and the gospel message is incomplete.

25 posted on 10/28/2009 5:19:31 AM PDT by Quester
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To: CyberAnt
And .. if I didn’t read the article ..?? Do I get banished to outer Mongolia or something ..??

Well no, but since the discussion thread is presumably to be based upon the article it helps to know what points you agree or disagree with in the article.

The question was, “What is the Gospel that Jesus Christ taught?” I can answer that question without having to “read the article”.

You didn't.

It’s just that you didn’t like my answer .. sorry!

Your answer was incomplete. It never answered the question:

But .. if you believe in Jesus as your Savior, you have eternal life - YOU HAVE THE KINGDOM OF GOD!!
Why is that so difficult for you to understand ..??
The “Gospel” is accepting Jesus as your Savior, receiving eternal life, and spending eternity with God in his Kingdom.
Without Jesus - THERE IS NO GOSPEL!

The good news he brought was that there was a future kingdom of God, a kingdom of heaven. He taught about how to get there. He taught about what is needed to get there. His main message was about the coming kingdom of God.

Traditional Christianity often make Christianity a message about the man Jesus and not about what he taught. A part of the gospel is certainly that. But JUST teaching that guarantees confusion and deception:

Mat 7:21 KJV - Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 7:22 KJV - Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Mat 7:23 KJV - And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Without understanding the kingdom of God, the gospel that Jesus taught, people are in danger of becoming one of those whom Jesus never knew.

26 posted on 10/28/2009 6:08:33 AM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: DouglasKC
Traditional Christianity often make Christianity a message about the man Jesus and not about what he taught. A part of the gospel is certainly that. But JUST teaching that guarantees confusion and deception:

I don't agree with you here.

The most widely made claim against Traditional Christianity is that we focus too much on the peripherals to Jesus ... so that we tend to lose focus on the character of Jesus Himself.

Matt 7:21 KJV - Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Matt 7:22 KJV - Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? Matt 7:23 KJV - And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Without understanding the kingdom of God, the gospel that Jesus taught, people are in danger of becoming one of those whom Jesus never knew.


Once again ... I disagree.

The priority for the christian is knowing and spending time in fellowship with Jesus. If we make this our priority, Jesus would never claim that he didn't know us.

The knowledge of His kingdom would follow from spending time in communion with Jesus.

After all, that's how the Apostles learned.

He didn't send them off to study. He mandated that they spend time with Him.

27 posted on 10/29/2009 3:18:44 AM PDT by Quester
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To: Quester
The priority for the christian is knowing and spending time in fellowship with Jesus. If we make this our priority, Jesus would never claim that he didn't know us. The knowledge of His kingdom would follow from spending time in communion with Jesus. After all, that's how the Apostles learned. He didn't send them off to study. He mandated that they spend time with Him

I certainly agree with the sentiments expressed in your post.

My point was that if one relies on gaining knowledge from some spiritual communion with Jesus and neglects scripture, history and the teachings of the church then it DOES lead to deception. There needs to be a balance because Satan is actively working to deceive:

1Jo 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

If Christian teachings don't match up with what God reveals through scripture than at the best it's tradition and at the worst it's lies. C

28 posted on 10/29/2009 5:41:43 AM PDT by DouglasKC
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It’s so simple .. you have missed the point.

The Kingdom of God IS JESUS. Remember, Jesus told us, “No one comes to the Father except BY ME”. Therefore, to get to the Kingdom of God - you must go through Jesus.

If a person accepts Jesus as their personal Savior, and believes that Jesus is the son of God, that Jesus died for their sins, and was raised from the dead .. and sits at the right hand of the father .. THAT PERSON HAS ALREADY ENTERED INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

Jesus also told the mothers of the deciples that “the Kingdom of God is not low here or low there, IT IS WITHIN.

Therefore, I not only answered your question, I have Jesus’ own words as my witness that I answered your question.

If a person accepts Jesus as Savior, they will be someone that Jesus knows .. and the only people who have to worry about not being known by Jesus are THOSE WHO HAVE REJECTED HIM.

You have missed the point because knowing God is how you become a part of the Kingdom of God - and if you don’t know Jesus .. you cannot see the Kingdom. It’s really that simple. I pray you find that out before you have to stand before Jesus and he says, “I never knew you”.


29 posted on 10/29/2009 9:09:51 PM PDT by CyberAnt (Michael Yon: "The U.S. military is the most respected institution in Iraq.")
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To: CyberAnt
It’s so simple .. you have missed the point.

I don't think I'm missing the point. I do think that you're not understanding my point. :-) The Kingdom of God IS JESUS. Remember, Jesus told us, “No one comes to the Father except BY ME”. Therefore, to get to the Kingdom of God - you must go through Jesus.

It's certainly true that nobody can come to the FATHER except through Christ:

Jhn 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

And it's true that you can't enter the kingdom unless you come to the father through Christ.

If a person accepts Jesus as their personal Savior, and believes that Jesus is the son of God, that Jesus died for their sins, and was raised from the dead .. and sits at the right hand of the father .. THAT PERSON HAS ALREADY ENTERED INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

Here's either where you veer off or don't understand the kingdom of God. There's two questions: When do Christians enter the kingdom of God and what is the kingdom of God?

1. When do Christian enter the kingdom of God?

1Cr 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

If you're mortal, flesh and blood, says Paul, you can't inherit the kingdom. When does this happen?

1Cr 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
1Cr 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
1Cr 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality.

We get changed, become immortal, at the last trumpet...when Christ returns.

When does Christ say we inherit the kingdom?

Mat 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
Mat 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth [his] sheep from the goats: Mat 25:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
Mat 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

So Jesus Christ tells us WHEN and Paul agrees with him of course. We inherit the kingdom, enter the kingdom, when Christ returns. There's much more scripture than this that supports it.

Jesus also told the mothers of the deciples that “the Kingdom of God is not low here or low there, IT IS WITHIN.

Actually he was talking to the Pharisees:

Luk 17:20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
Luk 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Is it logical that Christ was telling the Pharisees that they had the kingdom of God within them? They wanted to kill him. He called them whitewashed tombs full of corruption. He called them evil. He said their father was the devil. They didn't have the kingdom in their hearts. They didn't have Jesus in their hearts.

So what did Jesus mean "within". A good explanation can be found here. I've excerpted a part:

Luke 17:21 is a text that many do not understand. Therefore, it can be regarded as a “hard saying.” We pick up the account in verse 20: “And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” What did He mean, “the kingdom of God is within you”?

The Jewish people anticipated a Messiah who would free them from the Roman yoke and restore the kingdom of Israel. They completely misunderstood the reason Christ came. He did not come at that time as the conquering King of kings; He came as the sin-bearer of the world. The Pharisees misunderstood this purpose and so asked the question cited in the above paragraph. We notice Jesus’ answer. He said the Kingdom of God would not come by “observation.” Notice, the marginal rendering is “with outward show.” Keep in mind, the Jews were continually looking for a sign. Jesus told the Pharisees that the Kingdom of God would not come in any physical manner that would allow them to observe its development. Rather, when the Kingdom of God comes, it will be sudden and dramatic (Rev. 11:15).

Then, Jesus made the strange statement: ” . . .the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21). What did He mean? Notice again the marginal rendering. The word “within” should be translated “among.” What He was saying was that the Kingdom of God is “among you” now, or “in your midst.” Why did Jesus say this? The answer is that in the Bible the words “king” and “kingdom” are synonymous. Compare Daniel 7, verses 17 and 23. Christ, as the coming King of kings, and the representative of God’s Kingdom, was already among them. But they had no sense of this reality. Christ had no intention of establishing the Kingdom of God during that time, or according to any Jewish ideas. Christ will do that at His second coming. But for present, their king was indeed among them.

If a person accepts Jesus as Savior, they will be someone that Jesus knows .. and the only people who have to worry about not being known by Jesus are THOSE WHO HAVE REJECTED HIM.

True that...

You have missed the point because knowing God is how you become a part of the Kingdom of God - and if you don’t know Jesus .. you cannot see the Kingdom. It’s really that simple. I pray you find that out before you have to stand before Jesus and he says, “I never knew you”.

Thank you for our prayers.

I think what's NOT being taught is that Jesus WILL return and actually setup a world ruling government of God on earth....a KINGDOM OF GOD. It's true that Christ IS the king of Christians and it's true that we have the down payment of his spirit for eternal life which subjects us to his kingship and his power and glory.

BUT the gospel of the kingdom is really about the world to come, that day when Christ will return and claim his own.

30 posted on 10/30/2009 6:04:19 AM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: DouglasKC

1 Corinthians

15:1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

The Resurrection of the Dead

12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.


31 posted on 10/30/2009 6:08:58 AM PDT by Gamecock (A tulip, the most beautiful flower in God's garden.)
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To: Gamecock

Thank you for posting those scriptures.


32 posted on 10/30/2009 6:23:38 AM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: DouglasKC

Well .. the message of the Gospels is NOW! You said I didn’t answer the question .. but I did .. the problem is that you will not accept my answer.

Since we do not agree .. and you are insistant upon the Kingdom of God being something in the future .. I’m going to end this conversation.

After all .. we’ll all find out fairly soon who is right and who is wrong. We could both be right or wrong.

This conversation is over.


33 posted on 10/30/2009 11:56:13 PM PDT by CyberAnt (Michael Yon: "The U.S. military is the most respected institution in Iraq.")
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To: MHGinTN; All

The article is home sourced to the United Church of God which is a splinter group of Herbert Armstrong’s cultic World Wide Church of God, faithfully teaching his doctrines. Spiritual discernment is necessary regarding their definitions as they couch their terms using terms familiar to orthodox Christianity.


34 posted on 10/31/2009 7:47:24 AM PDT by Godzilla (3-7-77)
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To: DouglasKC
1. When do Christian enter the kingdom of God?

1 Cor. 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

If you're mortal, flesh and blood, says Paul, you can't inherit the kingdom.


We are not only flesh and blood.

We are also spirit ... and our spiritual lives (which are eternal) ... are reborn when we enter into union with Christ.

We are already a new creation ...
"Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things are passed away; behold, new things have come." (2 Corinthians 5:17)
We are already a royal priesthood in the kingdom of God.
1 Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

...

9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

35 posted on 10/31/2009 9:16:25 AM PDT by Quester
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To: CyberAnt; DouglasKC

You mean, as in:

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive [past tense] together with Christ— by grace you have been saved [past tense] — and raised us up [past tense] with him and seated us [past tense] with him in the heavenly places [kingdom?] in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved [past tense] through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, [how?] not a result of works, so that no one may boast. [Why?] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” - Ephesians 2

If someone says the kingdom is a future government, and not being with Him in the heavenly places, then consider:

Mat 16:19 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Mat 16:28 “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

The first 16 verses of Matt 20: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matt%2020&version=ESV

“Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” - Luke 17

“And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” - Luke 23

36Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” - John 18

Col 1:13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son

2Ti 4:18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.


36 posted on 10/31/2009 9:44:30 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (I loathe the ground he slithers on!)
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To: Godzilla
The article is home sourced to the United Church of God which is a splinter group of Herbert Armstrong’s cultic World Wide Church of God, faithfully teaching his doctrines.

That's interesting language. You may want to read A Brief History of United Church of God

From that page:

Many of the current ministers and members of the United Church of God were once members of the Worldwide Church of God, a nonprofit corporation under the leadership of Herbert W. Armstrong until his death in 1986. A subsequent unwarranted shift toward nonbiblical practices and beliefs led numerous ministers and members to leave the fellowship of that organization.

Concerned with uneven administrative practices of the former assembly, more than 100 ordained ministers developed a new administrative structure that was more directly accountable to members and the ministry. A new 12-person Council of Elders, elected by a general assembly of all ordained ministers in United, was tasked with reviewing and independently documenting all core beliefs and doctrines of the Church, which above all must be true to the biblical record and not reliant on later divisive philosophical and theological traditions that were developed centuries after the original apostles.

Although many did consider Wordwide Church of God to be "cultic", United Church of God is not the same organization, doesn't have the same administrative structure, and doesn't have the same leadership.

Spiritual discernment is necessary regarding their definitions as they couch their terms using terms familiar to orthodox Christianity.

Spiritual discernment should be used for ALL religious teaching and should be verified that it matches up with scripture. Since you have no response to the article am I to assume you agree?

37 posted on 10/31/2009 9:52:32 AM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: Mr Rogers
Mat 16:28 “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

I'm not going to have time to address all of the scriptures before heading to worship service, but I did want to address this:

Mat 16:28 “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

The verses following this fulfill this prophecy. Peter, James and John saw the Son of Man coming in his kingdom in vision.

Mat 16:28 Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom."
Mat 17:1 Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves;
Mat 17:2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.
Mat 17:3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.
Mat 17:4 Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."

These disciples were given a vision of the future glory of Jesus Christ coming into his kingdom.

Peter confirms this later:

2Pe 1:16 For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.
2Pe 1:17 For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

38 posted on 10/31/2009 10:08:24 AM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: DouglasKC

Vision, or reality?


39 posted on 10/31/2009 10:10:57 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (I loathe the ground he slithers on!)
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To: narses; DouglasKC
Let us pray for the coming of the kingdom as Jesus taught us.

Let us consider the prayer as taught by Yah'shua in the original Hebrew.
Our father in heaven
may your name be sanctified
may your kingdom be blessed
your will shall be done in heaven and on earth
give us our bread continually
forgive us the debt of our sins
as we forgive the debt of those who sin against us
do not bring us into the hands of a test
and protect us from all evil
amen
shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
40 posted on 10/31/2009 10:38:11 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: DouglasKC
That's interesting language. You may want to read A Brief History of United Church of God

I had already reviewed the link prior to my previous post. Your link confirmed my "interesting" language. It splintered off when the WWCOG returned to orthodox Christian theology - the alleged shift to "nonbiblical" practices. As such, it has maintained the same set of beliefs that identified it to be non-Christian. Since you do not deny its close association to the WWCOG under Armstrong, do you hold to Armstong's cultic doctrines and false prophecies?

Although many did consider Wordwide Church of God to be "cultic", United Church of God is not the same organization, doesn't have the same administrative structure, and doesn't have the same leadership.

One of the keys that identifies a cult is not necessarily its organizational structure, but its theology as well. Theologically, UCG in its adherence to Armstongism places In continuing to place the teachings of Herbert W. Armstrong above that of the bible, it does carry with it a cultic following of his teachings.

Spiritual discernment should be used for ALL religious teaching and should be verified that it matches up with scripture. Since you have no response to the article am I to assume you agree?

That would be an incorrect assumption. Peal back the layers and your gospel is not much different than what is touted by mormonism. In fact, there are some very close associations - progression to godhood being just another one. Jesus' use of the phrase "gospel of the kingdom" (and parallel derivatives) Jesus was presenting himself as King so that Israel could receive her promise. So that when Jesus said "believe the gospel" He was telling Israel believe the good news that Messiah is here. Jesus' ultimate gospel is presented in John 3:16 - providing the sacrifice to reconcile man to God, providing eternal life.

41 posted on 10/31/2009 12:45:52 PM PDT by Godzilla (3-7-77)
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Vision, or reality?

It was a vision of a future reality...

Mat 17:9 Now as they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, "Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead."

42 posted on 10/31/2009 8:25:40 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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I had already reviewed the link prior to my previous post. Your link confirmed my "interesting" language. It splintered off when the WWCOG returned to orthodox Christian theology - the alleged shift to "nonbiblical" practices.

Are you making the case that ALL of orthodox Christianity is bible based?

As such, it has maintained the same set of beliefs that identified it to be non-Christian.

I would say that some of the beliefs challenge non-traditional Christianity. But these beliefs are closer to the Christianity practiced by the first disciples of Christ.

Since you do not deny its close association to the WWCOG under Armstrong, do you hold to Armstong's cultic doctrines and false prophecies?

You would have to define "cultic doctrines" since I have no idea what you're referring to.

Since I was never a member of Worldwide Church of God I have no stake in what Herbert Armstong was or was not. But I don't think he considered himself a prophet.

One of the keys that identifies a cult is not necessarily its organizational structure, but its theology as well.

By that definition EVERY religion is cultic because there's not one universal religion.

Theologically, UCG in its adherence to Armstongism places In continuing to place the teachings of Herbert W. Armstrong above that of the bible, it does carry with it a cultic following of his teachings.

Can you show me one doctrine of the Church of God that isn't in agreement with the bible?

That would be an incorrect assumption. Peal back the layers and your gospel is not much different than what is touted by mormonism. In fact, there are some very close associations - progression to godhood being just another one. Jesus' use of the phrase "gospel of the kingdom" (and parallel derivatives) Jesus was presenting himself as King so that Israel could receive her promise. So that when Jesus said "believe the gospel" He was telling Israel believe the good news that Messiah is here. Jesus' ultimate gospel is presented in John 3:16 - providing the sacrifice to reconcile man to God, providing eternal life.

That's a lot of words and theory with a reference to exactly one bible scripture to back it up.

43 posted on 10/31/2009 8:41:00 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: DouglasKC

Good question. Did he teach from the New Testament King James version?


44 posted on 10/31/2009 8:42:24 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!
Good question. Did he teach from the New Testament King James version?

No, that was the Apostle Paul.
45 posted on 10/31/2009 8:44:24 PM PDT by aruanan
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It was a vision of a future reality...

Not if the scripture is taken in context with itself. In the case of MT 17:9 'vision' is horama, and you choose the second definition rather than the first which reads :"that which is seen, spectacle" Thayers lexicon specifically identifies Mt 17:9 as a type verse for that definition.

This is supported by the parallels in Mark and Luke:

LK 9:36* And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen (horao). horao - to see with the eyes, which is in the perfect tense, and describes an action which is viewed as having been completed in the past, once and for all, not needing to be repeated. It is also Active, meaning subject are participants doing the action, opposite of a dream/vision in which they are not active.

Mr 9:9* And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen (eido), till the Son of man were risen from the dead. Edio - 1) to see 1a) to perceive with the eyes 1b) to perceive by any of the senses

These three verses all tell a different story and interpretation. It was not a vision of a future reality, but the very present here and now physical vision of the apostles involved.

46 posted on 10/31/2009 8:52:33 PM PDT by Godzilla (3-7-77)
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36Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” - John 18

I'm not sure what translation you used here, but the most accurate translations say:

King James: Joh 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

Literal interpretation (Greenes') Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would have fought that I might not be delivered up to the Jews. But now My kingdom is not from here.

The word translated "now" is the greek "nun"...Thayer's Lexicon defines it as "at this time, the present, now".

So he's saying "....at the present time my kingdom is not of this world."

The concept is that the Jews expected a conquering messiah, a king to crush Rome. Pilate was trying to find out if this was true...if he was the man. Christ was telling him "I'm a king, but I'm not here to have a physical kingdom...yet."

47 posted on 10/31/2009 8:52:49 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: DouglasKC

I use the ESV, which I’ll take for accuracy over the KJV...

NASB has it: Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.”

Notice he does not say, “My kingdom is not of this time. If my kingdom were of this time...”

That is why the translators don’t use time (hence)...it can also refer to place, and Jesus is using place earlier in the sentence.


48 posted on 10/31/2009 9:06:53 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (I loathe the ground he slithers on!)
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To: Godzilla
These three verses all tell a different story and interpretation. It was not a vision of a future reality, but the very present here and now physical vision of the apostles involved.

So Jesus was transfigured and glorified BEFORE he completed a perfect sinless life? Before he was crucified?

God called up the "ghost" of Moses and Elijah? He called up the dead?

Deu 18:10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer,
Deu 18:11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.
Deu 18:12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD,
and because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you.

It's an abomination to the Lord, Jesus Christ, to have someone try to call up the dead. So it's not likely that he himself would do it.

On the other hand a vision of a future kingdom where Moses and Elijah have been resurrected makes perfect sense in the context of the total scripture on the subject.

I would also advise you to look up all the usages of "homara" in new testament scripture. In nearly every verse, save one, it's translated as "vision". And it always refers to a supernatural event that while real, didn't didn't happen in objective reality.

49 posted on 10/31/2009 9:15:34 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: DouglasKC
Are you making the case that ALL of orthodox Christianity is bible based?

I am making a case that there are fundamental beliefs shared by Christianity that identify it as being Christian. After armstrong's death, the wcg was re-directed to return to those orthodox (proper) beliefs and theology. Those core beliefs are supported by the Bible and are as such bible based.

But these beliefs are closer to the Christianity practiced by the first disciples of Christ.

You may have to leg wrestle the mormons for that claim. Fact of the matter is that what you 'claim' as being closer is not the truth but a doctrinal overlay created by armstrong.

You would have to define "cultic doctrines" since I have no idea what you're referring to.

A couple were cited already. I'll wait further to see if you address them.

Since I was never a member of Worldwide Church of God I have no stake in what Herbert Armstong was or was not. But I don't think he considered himself a prophet.

You posted an article by a ucg author and by your own link show that it split from the wog after armstrong's death because it refused to make the changes back to orthodoxy. If you are a member of the ucg, your roots are the wcg.

BTW, I've seen as many as 209 prophecies of armstrong that have been proven false by history. If he hadn't thought himself a prophet, why all the prophecies.

By that definition EVERY religion is cultic because there's not one universal religion.

Then I'd suggest you look at the definitions of a cult in contrast to orthodox Christianity, as armstrongism is defined as a cult derived from Christianity.

Can you show me one doctrine of the Church of God that isn't in agreement with the bible?

Progression to godhood - right from one of the little on line books at the ucg site. But it doesn't surprise me you overlooked that point. Perhaps anglo-israelism, or may be that 'god' is a family

That's a lot of words and theory with a reference to exactly one bible scripture to back it up.

However, in this case, one verse was more than enough.

50 posted on 10/31/2009 9:28:10 PM PDT by Godzilla (3-7-77)
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