What is God's Kingdom?

God's Kingdom at the End of Time, the New Jerusalem - by Paul Gustave Dorť . . . . . And I John saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God, prepared as a Bride adorned for her Husband [Rev 21:2]. From the Catholic Encyclopedia, the following Scriptural Terms apply to God's Kingdom: the Kingdom of Heaven; the Kingdom of God; the Kingdom of the Father; the Kingdom of Christ; the House of the Father; the City of God, the Heavenly Jerusalem; Paradise; Life; Life Everlasting; the Joy of the Lord; Crown of Life; Crown of Justice; Crown of Glory; Incorruptible Crown; Great Reward; Inheritance of Christ; Eternal Inheritance. The Kingdom of God is Infinite (∞), as God is Infinite (∞), and will have no Limits, no Confines, no Boundaries.

 

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.

The Kingdom of God 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.

 

 

What is God's Kingdom?

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

The Kingdom of God was always on the Mind of Jesus. There are about One Hundred and Fifty (150) References to Godís Kingdom in the New Testament, Fifty Two (52) of them in Saint Matthewís Gospel alone. It seems that the more Jesus spoke of the Kingdom, the more 'Otherworldly' it seemed to be. Perhaps thatís because in an Insanely Self-Centered World, Sane things seem to be Unreal.

 

Matthew 13:44-52 . . . . 17th Sunday [A]

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a Treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a Pearl of Great Price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.

Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is Good into buckets. What is Bad they throw away.

Thus it will be at the End of the Age. The Angels will go out and separate the Wicked from the Righteous and throw them into the Fiery Furnace, where there will be Wailing and Grinding of Teeth.

"Do you understand all these things?" They answered, "Yes".

And he replied, "Then every Scribe who has been Instructed in the Kingdom of Heaven is like the Head of a Household who brings from his Storeroom both the New and the Old".

Nota Bene - In the Synoptic Gospels, Mark and Luke use the Greek term "Basileia tou Theou", commonly translated in English as "Kingdom of God". Matthew, on the other hand, prefers the Greek term "Basileia tōn Ouranōn" (Βασιλεία τῶν Ουρανῶν), which has been Translated as "Kingdom of Heaven". In Matthew 13:44-52 above, "Heaven" stands for "God".

 

In Todayís Gospel, Jesus called it a Hidden Treasure, a Box filled with Golden Coins hidden somewhere in a Farmerís Field, a Jewel found by an Astute Businessman who sold everything he owned in order to buy it. Elsewhere Jesus spoke of the Kingdom as a Fishing Net filled with Fish, both Good and Bad. Elsewhere He called it Leaven, Light, Salt and Seed. He called it a Ripe Harvest, a Royal Feast, and Wedding Banquet, and so forth.

But what is the Kingdom in Everyday Terms? What is it in the Life we Live-out this Week, next Month, next Year?

Some think the Kingdom is only a Remote and Distant Heaven that follows our Life here on Earth. Others think it is an Ideal Political and Economic System. Some think it is exclusively Godís Business; some think the Kingdom is only within the Church.

But what IS the Kingdom of God? When did it Start? Where did it come into Being?

The Answer is found in the Beginning of Things. In the Beginning, God divided Light from Darkness. Then God divided the Land from the Waters of the Earth. Then He made the Earth Fertile so that it would grow Living Things. Then He made the Oceans, Rivers and Lakes teem with Fish. The Air He filled with Birds and the Ground with Animals of all kinds.

Then God made the likes of you and me. He took the face of a Man, and then of a Woman between His Hands, bent their faces back, and blew the Breath-of-Life into them saying, ďLive! Live you Man, Live you Woman, Live as I Live. I place you as My Agents over all the Earth I have made. Have Life. Increase Life. Give My Life to your ChildrenĒ.

Supernatural Order
( If you are in the State of Sanctifying Grace,
the Spirit of God, the Life of God 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.

 

Where is the Kingdom of God? Here on Earth; here as it is in Heaven. The Kingdom is IN-US as God has made us. It is in Human Life, that Sacred Space in which Lives the very Spirit of God, the very Life of God. That is where it Started; that is where it is Now.

Godís Kingdom is Discovered and Made Real in doing Godís Will. It is Realized in Godís Desire for our Life, a Quality, Joy-filled Life in you and in thoseHe has put into your Life.

Whenever we Pray the Lordís Prayer we Pray: ďThy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done on EarthÖĒ Godís Will is nothing else but our Well-being and Happiness. Godís Will is Realized in Living a Healthy Human Life. The Kingdom of Heaven is here on Earth, in High Quality Human Life.

Jesus was Recognized and Acknowledged as the Son of God because People saw in Him that Divine Purpose and Godís Divine Will in the Life Jesus lived.

Stop being Deaf, Jesus cried. Listen! Stop being Blind. Search and see. Stop being Crippled. Itís no good to live a Paralyzed Life. Move, Change, and Act. Stop being Mute. Speak about what is Good, what is Beautiful, and what is True! Speak Godís Mind and Purpose; Speak Godís Will.

When Jesus Encountered the Widow of Nain with her only Child, and now Dead Son; and when He was taken into the Room of the Dead Daughter of Jairus; and when He Wept at the Tomb of His Dead Friend Lazarus; He cried out: ďCome forth! LiveHe cried out with the Same Voice and Word of God that in the Beginning brought-forth everything out of nothing, and Life out of Inert Matter. It was God our Creatorís Voice calling us through Jesus to Live.

Jesus gave Life; He restored Life; He required Life; He calls us to Life. He lived Life with Prostitutes, Adulterers, Outcasts, Widows, and He does so today. He Lives Today in Street People, Crooks, and Vagrants. He is present in everyone you meet today, no matter how Badly those around you have Disfigured and Disguised His Presence.

Jesus changed Zacchaeus, that Greedy, Grasping, Mean little Man who sat on his Piles of Money. Zacchaeus became Prodigally Generous, Insanely Generous, as Generous as God is Generous.

Jesus detested Injustice; He hated Unfairness; He was revolted by Sickness, Deformity and Disease. He set His Face against Oppressors. When the Prince of Darkness, our Ancient Enemy and the Father of Lies Tempted Him to do things others than in Godís Ways, He stood His ground. When Pilate Condemned Him, Jesus stood in simple silence, grounded as He was in His Fatherís Kingdom.

We must all ask ourselves whether we are Living in Godís Kingdom. Do we Sacrifice our Comfort and Convenience for the sake of those around us? Does our work Add-Value to the Value of Human Life around us? Do our Choices, our Attitudes and our Decisions, Contribute-to the Well-being of those around us? Do we give Life and Add-to Life, or do we Drain it out of others? Do we give Joy to others, or do we Ignore them or even cause them Unhappiness?

If you are a Savvy Businessperson youíll Invest in that which will Last, and in that which others Value in you. If you are a Savvy Businessperson, you will Serve your Customers and they, in turn, will Reward you. Godís own Personal Investment was in the Humanity of Jesus Christ. In the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, God Invested us with His Holy Spirit, His very own Life. He wants us to Live His Life in our Everyday Life, something that is of Infinitely (∞) more Value than anything this World can offer you.

If you know how to Invest, then make this Investment. God has made a Risk-Capital Investment in you. Why canít you do the Same for God? If you do, you will Live a Happy, High-Quality Life because you will be doing Godís Will, and you will have a very Valuable Life in His Kingdom.

 

- End of Father Charles Irvin Homily -

 

The Kingdom of God is linked very closely with the Church, which was Established in 33AD by the Passion and Death of Christ, and the Sending-of His Spirit on the Day-of Pentecost, the Birthday-of the Church.

"We Love Jesus Christ in His Church, because She is His Immaculate Spouse, Who came out of His Opened Side on the Cross, just as Eve came out of the first Adam"

Saint Eugene de Mazenod

 

Pentecost is Traditionally considered to be the Birthday-of the Church, which is Christ's One (1) and only Bride. However, the above Quote by Saint Eugene-de-Mazenod sheds additional Light on the Subject. Actually, the Birth of the Church Commenced on Good Friday, when the Side (Heart) of Jesus was Pierced with a Lance, and Water and Blood Flowed-Forth for the Salvation of all Mankind. This Concept is Eloquently Explained below by the Great Doctor-of-the-Church, Saint John Chrysostom. The Descent of the Holy Spirit, the Soul of the Church, Fifty (50) days after Easter, on the Feast-of Pentecost, Concluded the Birth (Fashioning) of Christ's Immaculate Spouse, the Church.

 

Birth of Eve,
the Bride of Adam,
from Adam's side

Birth of the Church,
the Bride of Christ,
from Christ's Side

"Water and Blood Symbolized Baptism and the Holy Eucharist. From these Two (2) Sacraments the Church is Born: from Baptism, the Cleansing Water that gives Rebirth and Renewal from the Holy Spirit, and from the Holy Eucharist. Since the Symbols of Baptism and the Eucharist flowed from His Side, it was from His Side that Christ 'Fashioned' the Church, as He had 'Fashioned' Eve from the side of Adam".

Saint John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church