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Saturday, June 2 2012

The Constitution Of The Kingdom Of God

The purpose of the Church of God ("church" means people) is to provide the means and the process by which humans can become natural-born citizens of the Kingdom of God (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16? and the Fact finder below). The word "king" originated from the same word as "kin" i.e. family. The Kingdom of God will be, in effect, the Kin-dom of God, inhabited by God's children, and ruled by God the Father. The English word "patriotism" means faithful to the father - and the Kingdom of God is going to be a very Patriotic Kingdom.

The Kingdom of God will begin on the day of Christ's return (see The Two Signs Of Christ's Return and The Seals Of Prophecy):

The Stars Of Heaven

"5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth." (Revelation 5:9-10 KJV)

"11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever." (Revelation 11:15 KJV)

When the Messiah's work has been completed (see the Fact Finder question below), God the Father is coming to Earth.

"21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." (Revelation 21:1-8 KJV)

"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind ... Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself"

But notice carefully who and what won't exist in the Kingdom of God, as stated in the verses above, "the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars." The Constitution of the Kingdom of God will be based upon the Ten Commandments. There will be no one who does wrong, toward God, or toward anyone. The Messiah summed that up with His "Two Great Commandments" teaching.

Earth

"22:34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. 22:35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 22:38 This is the first and great commandment.

22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." (Matthew 22:34-40 KJV)

The First Great Commandment, "love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind," is obeyed by means of the First to the Fourth of the Ten Commandments.

"20:2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 20:6 And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work [see The Fourth Commandment, Part One: Work]: 20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God [see Why Observe The True Sabbath?]: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day [see The Fourth Commandment, Part Two: Rest]: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it." (Exodus 20:2-8 KJV)

The Second Great Commandment, "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself," is obeyed by means of the Fifth to the Tenth of the Ten Commandments.

"20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

20:13 Thou shalt not kill.

20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.

20:15 Thou shalt not steal.

20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's." (Exodus 20:12-17 KJV)

Fact Finder: How is the history and prophecy of the Church of God a process of salvation?
See the entire series: The Church In The Garden, The Church In The Wilderness, The Church Today, The Church In The End Time, The Church In The Kingdom Of God and The Church: Mission Accomplished


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This Day In History, June 2

455: Gaiseric and the Vandals (from which the term "vandalism originated) captured and plundered Rome (see also The Arian Kingdoms).

597: Augustine, missionary to England and the first archbishop of Canterbury, baptized Saxon king Ethelbert. The Christian-professing faith then spread rapidly among the Angles and Saxons.

1098: During the First Crusade (see The Crusades), the first Siege of Antioch ended when Crusader forces captured the city.

1420: King Henry V of England married Catherine of Valois, daughter of King Charles VI of France.

1692: Bridget Bishop became the first woman to face the witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. She was hanged on June 10.

1734: During the War of the Polish Succession, Russia and Austria took Danzig after a siege which had begun in October of the year before.

1740: Comte Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade, known as the Marquis de Sade, French writer and man of letters, was born. The term "sadism" is derived from his name.

1763: During Pontiac's Rebellion in Michigan, Chippewas captured Fort Michilimackinac by diverting the defender's attention with a game of lacrosse, then chasing a ball into the fort.

1780: Riots began in London in protest against Parliament's plans to extend the Catholic Relief Act, canceling restrictions on Roman Catholics.

1793: Maximillian Robespierre, a member of France’s Committee on Public Safety, began the "Reign of Terror," a purge of those accused of disloyalty against the French Republic.

1818: The British defeated the alliance of Maratha in Bombay, India.

1848: The Slavic congress in Prague began.

1886: U.S. President Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom in the White House, becoming the only President to be married in the White House. The groom was 49, the bride was 22.

1896: Guglielmo Marconi applied for a patent for his new invention: the radio.

1910: Charles Stewart Roll became the first man to fly an airplane across the English Channel.

1924: The U.S. granted full citizenship to the native people, the "Indians" (ironically, the "American" government granted citizenship to the original Americans who lived there for millennia before the European immigrants, who later claimed themselves to be the Americans, came).

1928: Nationalist Chiang Kai-shek captured Peking in a bloodless takeover.

1949: Transjordan was renamed Jordan (see also Beyond Jordan).

1953: The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place at Westminster Abbey in London, 4 months after the death of her father King George VI. It was the first coronation seen on television.

1969: The Australian aircraft carrier Melbourne collided with the U.S. destroyer Frank E. Evans off the coast of South Vietnam. The destroyer was split in two.

1979: Pope John Paul II arrived in Poland in the first visit by a Pope to a communist country.

1997: A jury in Denver found Timothy McVeigh guilty of the terrorist bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995 that killed 168 people.

2003: The European Space Agency launched its first space vehicle to another planet, the Mars Express. It was launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.





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