THE KINGDOM OF GOD
Jesus came into Galilee Proclaiming the gospel Of God and saying, " the time is fulfilled and the Kingdom Of God is at hand; REPENT and believe in the gospel. When asked to define His Kingdom, Jesus explained it this way: The Kingdom Of God is not coming in ways that can be observed. The Kingdom Of God is in the midst of you." (Luke 17:20-21). Romans 14:17 says that the Kingdom Of God is a matter of Righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
The Kingdom Of Heaven is within us: Jesus spoke His Word, "The Kingdom Of God is in the midst of you refers to His being the King and that He was in their midst advancing His Kingdom through His teaching, including the Sermon on the Mount, and the signs and wonders that are also illustrated what His Kingdom would be like. So, Jesus was teaching the Pharisees and others that the Kingdom was available to them, within their reach if only they became His disciples. It's an implicit reference to their made in the image and likeness of God ( Gen 1 26-27) and thereby had the God-given ability to cooperate with God's grace to make the Kingdom Of God a reality.
THE KINGDOM OF GOD WITHIN
"Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son Of God, God dwelleth in him and He in God."
1 John 4:15
"Twas the night before Jesus came
And all through the house,
Not a creature was praying,
Not one in the house.
Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care, Not thinking that Jesus might just come there. The children were dressing to get in their bed,
Not once ever kneeling or bowing their heads.
Mom on her rocker and baby on her lap
Was watching TV while I took a nap.
When out of the East there, rose such a clatter
I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.
Away to my window, I flew like a flash - Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash;
When what to my wondering eyes should appear, But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here.
With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray,
I knew in a moment this must be the day.
The light of His Face made me cover my head;
It was Jesus, returned, just as He said.
And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth
I cried when I saw him, in spite of myself.
In the book of Life which He held in His hand, Listed the name of every saved man.
He spoke not a word as He searched for my name; When He said, "it's not here," I was ashamed.
All people whose names were written with love, He gathered to take to His Father above.
But those who were ready He rose without a sound,
While all the rest were standing around.
Then he looked right at me and said: "it's never too late
On this Christmas Day you can seal your own fate."
I stood and cried as they rose out of sight;
If only I had been ready tonight.
In the words of this poem, the meaning is clear:
The coming of Jesus is drawing near.
There's only one life, and when comes the last call
We'll find that the Bible was true after all.
By - Stu Philips
TWAS THE NIGHT
BEFORE JESUS CAME