Kingdom of God


Apostle Peter Preaching the Kingdom of God - by LORENZO VENEZIANO - from Staatliche Museen, Berlin

 

Kingdom of God,
~ Mystical Body of Christ,
~ Holy Catholic Church (A Divine Society),
~ Holy Bride of Christ (cf. Song of Songs), and
~ the Communion of Saints.

Beginning
of the Kingdom

Ultimate Kingdom,
New Jerusalem

Established in 33AD - by the Passion and Death of Christ, which Defeated Satan, and prompted the Sending of His Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, the Birthday of the Church

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We Pray for the Coming of the Kingdom in the 'Our Father':

"Thy Kingdom Come,
Thy Will be Done,
On Earth, as it is in Heaven"


Fully Complete at the
End of Time - the
Second Coming of Christ,
the Day of Final Judgment.

Christ's Work was to Initiate the Kingdom. The Church is to Complete that Task.
The Kingdom of God is also another Name for the Mystical Body of Christ. Both Concepts express our Union with Christ through Grace; both include the Church Militant on Earth, the Church Suffering in Purgatory, and the Church Triumphant in Heaven. Yet, when considered as the Kingdom of God, it is seen more in the Light of Christ's Reign in the Minds and Hearts of Men, their Recognition of His Sovereignty and Obedience to His Laws.
The Building of the Kingdom of God is a Continuing, On-going Effort in which we are all called to Participate, with the Help of the Holy Spirit Residing in the Essence of our Soul.
At the End of Time, Christís Temporal Power will be Manifest, and all will Submit to His Rule, Willingly or not, to the Eternal Anguish of those who Freely Refused to Recognize and Submit to His Authority during their Life on Earth.
Those in the State of Mortal Sin are no longer in the Kingdom of God, but can be Reinstated by Sacramental Confession.

 

Index to Pages
on
The Kingdom of God

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The Kingdom of God in-Eternity is Constant, Static and Everlasting, and requires no discussion. The Kingdom of God in-Time (this World) is Developing, Transient and Growing, and is the Topic of these several Treatises. At the End-of-Time, the Kingdom of God in-Time will be presented to the Father by the Son, and the Two (2) Kingdoms will become One (1). Then the Loving Trinity (3) of God will share their Divine-Life with the Church Triumphant (Angels and Saints) for Eternity.

The Kingdom of God in-Time is in the World, but not of the World. God Rules not by Physical Force in the Conquest of Nations, but by the Conquest of Minds and Hearts by means of Divine Grace Infused by the Holy Spirit into Men's Souls. It is a Kingdom in which Subjects Submit-to the Will of God not by Force, but Freely out of Love. We shall not be in a Position to Work Adequately for the Spread of the Kingdom of God, unless-and-until, the Kingdom is First Established in our own Souls. All are Subject-to God's Kingship, even though some Refuse to accept Him as King, or Submit-to Him. At the End of Time, Christ’s Temporal Power will be Manifest, and all will Submit to His Rule, Willingly or not, to the Eternal Anguish of those who Refused to Recognize and Submit to His Authority during their Life on Earth.

The Kingdom of God exists in the Supernatural Order in the Essence of Men's Souls.

 

Supernatural Order
( If you are in the State of Sanctifying Grace,
the Holy Ghost dwells 'in-you'
in a very Special and Personal way.
)

Human Being/Person
(A Unity (1) of Body and Soul)

Natural
Order

Supernatural
Order

Natural
Body
(Subordinate-Partner)

Natural
Soul
(Dominant Partner)

Supernatural Grace/
Infused Virtues
and Gifts of the
Holy Ghost

The Supernatural Order is the Ensemble of Effects exceeding the Powers of the Created Universe, and Gratuitously produced directly by God for the purpose of Raising the Rational Creature above its Natural Sphere to a God-like Life and Destiny.

 

The Kingdom of God is also another name for the Mystical Body of Christ. Both Concepts express our Union with Christ through Grace; both include the Church Militant on Earth, the Church Suffering in Purgatory, the Church Triumphant in Heaven, and even God's Holy Angels. Yet, when considered as the Kingdom of God, it is seen more in the Light of Christ's Reign in the Minds and Hearts of Men, their Recognition of His Sovereignty and Obedience to His Laws.

The Unity and Cooperation of the Members of the Church on Earth, in Purgatory, in Heaven is also called the Communion of Saints. The Communion of Saints is the Spiritual Union which Unites:

the Faithful upon Earth,
the Souls in Purgatory and
the Saints in Heaven

in the One (1) Mystical Body, the Church, of which Jesus Christ is the Head, and the Holy Spirit is the Soul; and the Participation of All in the One (1) Supernatural Life.

The Saints, by their Closeness to God, Obtain of Him many Graces and Favors:

for the Faithful on Earth and
the Souls in Purgatory.

The Faithful on Earth by their Prayers and Good Works:

Honor and Love the Saints, and
Succor the Suffering Souls by their Prayers, and by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

The Gospels on every Page speak of the Kingdom of God as a Divine, Spiritual Kingdom, Established by Christ, and United in the Bond of Charity. It Embraces all the Elect on Earth and in Heaven, even the Angels.

 

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) The Kingdom of God, Its Shades of Meaning

(from the Catholic Encyclopedia: The Kingdom of God is more than just a Goal to be Attained or a Place)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Thy Kingdom Come, . . . .

(by Father Paul A. Duffner, O.P.)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) What is God's Kingdom?

(by Father Charles Irvin, M.Div, J.D.)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Christ the King

(by Father Charles Irvin, M.Div, J.D.)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) The Kingship of Christ

(by Father Paul A. Duffner, O.P.)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Thy Kingdom Come, . . . .

(by Father Reginald Martin, O.P.)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Thoughts on the Kingdom of God

(by Father Paul Hinnebusch, O.P., STM)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) The Nearness of the Kingdom

(by Meister Johannes Eckhart, Dominican Mystic)