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Man has established systems and patterns of living over many generations that govern his way of life. The engine of success, the life blood that drives and sustains each era in our continued existence is ideas and concepts. Concept: is a general idea, or something conceived in the mind. John Locke‘s description of a general idea corresponds to a description of a concept. According to Locke, a general idea is created by abstracting, drawing away, or removing the uncommon characteristic or characteristics from several particular ideas. The remaining common characteristic is that which is similar to all of the different individuals. For example, the abstract general idea or concept that is designated by the word “red” is that characteristic which is common to apples, cherries, and blood.

Concepts are crucial building blocks. From earliest recorded history to contemporary times our progression has been due in large part to the implementation and blending of old and new ideas. Each successive generation labors under the erroneous belief that they are somewhat better than their predecessors. This type of belief only robs and limits us of valuable resources and information. Our forefathers and predecessors connection to God and the environment is sadly lacking in this generation.

 

What is the Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God is the originator off all kingdoms; no other kingdom manmade or otherwise can compare or rival it. “ The kingdom of God embraces all created intelligence, both in heaven and earth that are willingly subject to the Lord and are in fellowship with Him. The kingdom of God is, therefore, universal in that it includes created angels and men. It is eternal, as God is eternal, and it is spiritual—found within all born-again believers. We enter the kingdom of God when we are born again, and we are then part of that kingdom for eternity. It is a relationship “born of the spirit” (John 3:5), and we have confident assurance that it is so because the Spirit bears witness with our spirits (Romans 8:16)” (GotQuestions?org).The Kingdom of God in essence is everything that is subject to God. God is still ruler over all creation because God is sovereign. Christ came to restore the kingdom Adam lost because of the fall, so the kingdom of God is everything that recognizes the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Everything else will be destroyed in the fullness of time. Of note here “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” Genesis 1:26.Nowhere does the Bible say man must have dominion over man, God never intended for us to control each other.

The Bible in Genesis chapter one tells us that God spoke and there was .In the same chapter we are told that he created man in his image and likeness, one can deduce then that thoughts and ideas originated with God. Jesus also said that he does what he sees his father do. The idea of passing on of tradition, rules, a set of values from father to son, mentor and mentee a common thread running through creation. Certain ideas were passed on to man; the kingdom concept is one of the many Jesus preached and taught about.

Certain characteristics pertain to all kingdoms

Every Kingdom must have a ruler. The Bible’s primary goal is to equip the kingdom citizens for life in the kingdom. Mans system mimics God’s sovereign kingdom in many ways, but is diametrically opposed to Gods values. One kingdom espouses the freedom of all its subjects’ while the other flourishes on the bondage and domination of subjects. The Bible describes God’s kingdom in this way “The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all”Psalm 103:19.” How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation” Daniel 4:3

 

All Kingdoms have:

A king and Lord – a sovereign,

A Territory a domain

A Constitution-a royal covenant

A Citizenry – community of subjects

Laws – acceptable principles

Privileges – rights and benefits

A code of Ethics – acceptable lifestyle and conduct

An Army – security

A Commonwealth-economic security

A Social Culture –protocol and procedures

 

(Culled from Rediscovering the Kingdom by Miles Munroe)

Jesus is Lord over every kingdom in the earth. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name” Philippians 2:9.Man is God’s representative on the earth, God is a spirit and spirit beings live in heaven,earth is mans domain.

 

ByJoszannSt.John

 

 

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