(b) How would even opposing nations benefit? And what is Jehovah asking back from you but to exercise justice and to love kindness and to be modest in walking with your God?”—Mic. (b) What warning of Jesus should we now take to heart, and why? They had lost all their material possessions, but—most important—they themselves were still alive! A favorite phrase, ‘We always try to leave a building in better condition than we found it.’, “● The presence of hundreds of children of all ages sitting quietly through the long, long meetings while parents—with Bibles and notebooks in hand—soak up the . (a) What questions are involved in the Kingdom’s having been a long time in coming? Those on earth who thereafter pass the decisive test of their loyalty to Jehovah’s Universal Sovereignty will forever honor Jesus as God’s chief agent in restoring the earth to its proper place in the universe, as they serve Jehovah in pure, clean worship.—Rev. Back in the days before the flood, did Noah work all on his own? Delegated authority. Sorry, there was an error loading the video. Just as any ruler, before going into office, is concerned about those whom he will associate with in his rule, Jesus was selective in choosing his apostles, those who would become secondary foundations of the new government. 15 In the beginning, God was Ruler directly over mankind. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. In line with Isaiah 48:17, what promised benefits do God’s people now enjoy? Kingdom theology teaches that, ever since the time of Christ, both ages are in play. 21 What means did God use in laying such a foundation? (Gal. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all: these things shall be added unto you. I only wish other divorcees in the world would come to know Jehovah and realize there’s someone who will return your love a thousand times over, who gives you a reason to want to go on living. This does not mean that they fail to obey the laws of the nations in which they live. But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. (b) By what means will God restore proper government over humankind? in order that when he arrives suddenly, he does not find you sleeping. . 28 When the King, Christ Jesus, was here on earth, he showed by his words and his actions that the law of the Kingdom would be a law of love. 20. (b) Will their position be different in the resurrection? . Get up on your feet and be of help, a great help to not just the non-believers but most importantly to the expansion of the knowledge of those who believe. That is why human efforts to make this earth a joyful home for all mankind fall so far short of what God promises by means of his own rulership. 2:3; 3:8). Jesus Christ said: “Do not two sparrows sell for a coin of small value? Later, the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had laws on the sanctity of blood and on circumcision. You are not held captive by your country’s circumstances or your family’s history, because as a citizen of the kingdom of God, you can enjoy the protection and provision His kingdom provides. When Jesus came to the planet, He didn’t come to start a religion. Not by a mere display of power, speaking in awe-inspiring tones from heaven. Adam worshiped God in a Father-son relationship. (b) What does Micah show with regard to Jehovah’s requirements? . . 44 In time of crisis or persecution, such togetherness brings special benefits. It really works among those who give allegiance to that heavenly kingdom. The Bible encourages families to stay together, to communicate together, to enjoy life as a family, to serve God as a family. 6:6-8. 19. Thus they became lovingly united under God’s kingdom. 8:9. Since faith on the part of men was required, these credentials had to be provided, based on God’s dealings with men from his first prophecy in Eden, and on through 1,500 years of Israelite history. You are not held captive by your country’s circumstances or your family’s history, because as a citizen of the kingdom of God, you can enjoy the protection and provision His kingdom provides. The theology of the Kingdom plays a unique and crucial role in the historical legacy of the Vineyard. 47. ), 29 This spirit of self-sacrificing love already abounds among true Christians, marking them as Jesus’ disciples. (Mic. The beautiful thing about being in God’s kingdom is that the benefits of being a citizen apply no matter where you live or what your circumstances are. Hostile attitudes were soon replaced with friendly ones. Your eyes saw even the embryo of me, and in your book all its parts were down in writing, as regards the days when they were formed and there was not yet one among them.” Only the Creator knows the minds and hearts of men. The Bible, in the prophecy of Jeremiah, chapter 10, verse 23, says about this: “To earthling man his way does not belong. 25 What do we see as a result? 53. Consider these facts: 18. What human today could fill such requirements? Giving also draws us closer to God because giving is an act of Worship and when you and I Worship God, it draws us closer to God. God gave His best because He loves you and I. Here is an example: During the civil war in Lebanon, Jehovah’s Witnesses in that land kept together, and they had remarkable experiences. He came to give us the opportunity to become members of His family and citizens of His kingdom. At least two of Jehovah’s Witnesses were killed by sniper fire in Lebanon, and there have been times, too, when they have died in disasters such as earthquakes. His purpose is to have people enlightened and educated to know him and to submit willingly to his administration. Though we cannot yet get out of it bodily, we can show our separateness by avoiding its selfish, materialistic ways of life. Without government there would be no order; it would be no less than mob rule. But God’s prophets assure his obedient people that their complete trust in Jehovah will be to their everlasting benefit. “● The friendliness and warmth of Witnesses who, though convinced they had the truth and the only truth, sought lovingly to convince rather than condemn. In this focused stillness within, they find an ineffable sense of peace. They worked together as a family, they survived as a family and as a family they gave thanks to Jehovah. Not at all! How will all men be again like Adam—sons of God, with direct approach to him? Jesus preaches this sermon to espouse Kingdom living. 8 So rulership over other men proved to be too much for any man or body of men, even though those men had God’s perfect law. Why is it so important for the ruler to know the minds and hearts of the people? (b) After thousands of years of man-rule, what has been clearly proved? Surely there is every reason to thank Jehovah for this most loving provision. 31. The phrase ‘Kingdom of God’ (also ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ or ‘Kingdom of Light’) appears more than 80 times in the New Testament. Because some of the biggest and most vexing problems today involve the earth’s food production, pollution and the ecology. If you are totally committed to God, you will see the Benefits of Kingdom Commitment. . They had his law; they had the principles of true worship of Jehovah. What people want is to better their lives, which is why we’re always setting out to improve our situation. To be totally committed to God's words requires work. On another occasion, the homes of two families of Jehovah’s Witnesses were in an area that was undergoing shelling. (a) How did Jesus show this to be a law of love? 3:9). “● The total racial equality and deep sense of communion among people from all walks of life. Friction, violence and wars have resulted, with contending sides struggling for domination. 26. Firstly, God can’t ask us to do something that is beyond our capacity. The rule of God’s kingdom is based on a moral appeal, and those who respond obey that rule because of their love for God and neighbor. Then one family accepted a Bible study with a visiting minister of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Therefore have no fear: you are worth more than many sparrows.”—Matt. (Dan. lectures.”. Our benefits of belonging to the kingdom of God is that we are provided protection and privileges which I believe are the promises of God. Those who live according to the “good news” are careful to keep clean morally. 10:21) But he also exhibited his qualities of love, mercy and long-suffering toward them whenever they repented. No, the entire congregation of Israel was journeying with him, and as a congregation they passed through under Jehovah’s protection. 6:33) When we use the word "seek" we are referring to a person's: goals and motivation for living. Why Does Matthew Use “Kingdom of Heaven” Instead of “Kingdom of God”? for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you . 11 A successful ruler would also need a complete knowledge of every detail, not only of human nature, along with all the situations and problems of the people, but also of the whole creation. Is it not obvious that no human can possess all the knowledge and ability needed to accomplish this? For example, an article in the Des Moines Register, Iowa, in describing the “Sacred Service” Assembly of Jehovah’s Witnesses in that city during the summer of 1976, had this to say: “An observer who had been conditioned by a lifetime of negative comments about [Jehovah’s Witnesses] attended the recent gathering of some 8,000 Witnesses at the formerly out-of-bounds Veterans Auditorium. 36 Even now, in advance of its thousand-year rule over earth, the heavenly kingdom is providing innumerable benefits for its loyal supporters, who acknowledge Jesus as their King. . Because they apply the law of the Kingdom in their lives. 2. It shows that the Kingdom “stone” mentioned by Daniel was “cut out” of the “mountain” of God’s sovereignty for the express purpose of vindicating his universal sovereignty and reestablishing this original close relationship over the earth. How, then, will this come about? These raise the question as featured on the cover of Newsweek magazine last year: Is there “Too Much Law?”. This is vital to our survival. 50. . So if He told us to do it, that means we can. . Cite any examples to show how the Kingdom message helps with life’s problems. (a) Why did the patriarchs not need a code of written laws? It makes unnecessary a law code with a long list of rules to nudge them into line. 15:24-28) For continued existence, all creation will then depend on obedience to the Sovereign Rule of the King of eternity. Jesus’ earthly life proved that he was from God. (Ps. Why should we ‘lift our heads up’ even in fearful times? (2 Pet. Just after the last sister had entered, a rocket exploded right outside the door. Box 31759, Phoenix, AZ United States 85046 | 1.866.272.LEON (5366) | firstname.lastname@example.org, Spirit Contemporary International© 2020 | Privacy. No longer are these divided by nationalistic pride or hatred. Why? (Matt. 51. Often these men were seeking their own selfish interests, and they wrongly advised and misled the ruler. 48:17) Through his prophetic Word Jehovah shows his people how they may walk safely during these days just preceding the “great tribulation.”. 20:24), 4 After thousands of years of human existence, why do we not see the peaceful, prosperous and happy world that people everywhere long for? (a) What do we see as a result of God’s patience? How do you thank someone for saving your life?”. . Some years ago the villagers were armed with pistols and rifles for use during feuds, and there were frequent slayings. (b) What benefits are enjoyed by the millions of the “great crowd”? As to God’s knowledge of the human makeup, the psalmist wrote at Psalm 139:3, 4, 16: “You have become familiar even with all my ways. How? 6 Why does it work out this way? 33 People of the world have often been deeply impressed by the benefits accruing to Jehovah’s Witnesses because of their obeying the law of God’s kingdom. Keep awake, then, all the time making supplication that you may succeed in escaping all these things that are destined to occur, and in standing before the Son of man.”—Luke 21:34-36. 9 Today, what do we find? Contrast it with the thousands of restrictive statutes in the law books of the nations, many of which are used to police unwilling citizens. 24. But the people came to want a human king, one whom they could see and who would give them prestige in the eyes of other nations. One of the wisest rulers that ever lived, King Solomon, said, as recorded at Ecclesiastes 1:15: “That which is made crooked cannot be made straight, and that which is wanting cannot possibly be counted.” It is true that there is such a twisted maze of problems, conflicting factions and interests, and unknown quantities that no human agency, however sincere, can straighten out the world’s entanglement. (Gen. 3:8) But this man rebelled and became unclean and unfit to stay a member of God’s family and was expelled from his garden home as a rebel. “As for Jehovah, he sees what the heart is.” (1 Sam. God made man with a desire for order and with a conscience to distinguish right from wrong. Peace is the first glimpse of the inner kingdom of God. 5 Right in the Bible itself we find proof of this statement in the history that it gives of the government of the ancient nation of Israel. By dealing closely with Israel he held them together and preserved his truth in the earth, while the other nations went their own way, following all kinds of false beliefs and superstitions. When we give we become more like God, God gave His best. What questions arise regarding the law of the Kingdom? May you take your stand now firmly and loyally on the side of God’s kingdom by Jesus Christ and enjoy its benefits to all eternity! It is a foretaste of the harmony and the love that will flourish among the entire world of mankind under the rule of the heavenly kingdom. Derek Morphew. God’s Kingdom will end wars, sickness, famine, even death itself. The villagers sold their weapons and used the money to purchase Bibles. That proved to be exactly the case. 15:3) Just how much does he care about people? I do not "seek" something unless I The well-known American George Washington said that “the happiness of society,” that is, of the people, “is, or ought to be, the end [the objective] of all government.” Over the centuries mankind has lived under hundreds of governments. These have to meet the highest qualifications, as Revelation 14:4, 5 states: “These are the ones that keep following the Lamb [Jesus Christ] no matter where he goes. We want a better world, and that better world is found in God’s kingdom, which is why Jesus taught a lot about what it means to be in His kingdom. 25. Throughout the meeting, rockets and mortar fire fell around them like rain, shaving off lampposts and peppering the surrounding buildings with shrapnel, but not a single thing hit the apartment where they were gathered. For, look! During this time He did not deal with the other nations unless they in some way touched upon the affairs of his chosen nation. No, for Jesus added: “Keep on . 7:2, 3). 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