The preaching of the coming kingdom of God on earth and the name of Jesus Christ made up all that one needs to know before he or she is baptized. We see this in Acts 8:12. It is remarkable to note that all the Bible passages speak of the same kingdom of God and no one contradicted the other.
We shall look at Paul’s teaching of the kingdom in 1 Corinthians 15. In this chapter, Paul began by giving a summary of the gospel that he preached. He went on to narrate an apocalyptic discussion on the kingdom to come and how it will be established here on earth by our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:
22For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27For he “has put everything under his feet.” c Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 28When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.
Here Paul explains to us how the kingdom of God will be established on earth. It will come in this order:
- VS 23 Resurrection of the saints and judgement. After the judgement of the saints, Jesus will immortalize the righteous servants. See 1Cor 15: 21,22.
Also hear the words of our lord:
Mat 25:32-40 NET 32 All the nations will be assembled before him, and he will separate people one from another like a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or naked and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the king will answer them, ‘I tell you the truth, just as you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you did it for me.’
2 VS 24-25 Jesus will establish God’s kingdom on earth and together with the immortalized saints reign for a period of time. Jesus revealed later that this period is ‘1,000’ years.
See: Rev 20:6 NET Blessed and holy is the one who takes part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.
3 VS 26: During this time, there will still be mortals. But Jesus will eventually destroy death forever. Isaiah told us that people will live for a very long time during this period. Infact anyone who dies at 100 years of age just died like a child!
See: Isa 65:19-21 NET 19 “Jerusalem will bring me joy, and my people will bring me happiness. The sound of weeping or cries of sorrow will never be heard in her again. 20 Never again will one of her infants live just a few days or an old man die before his time. Indeed, no one will die before the age of a hundred, anyone who fails to reach the age of a hundred will be considered cursed. 21 They will build houses and live in them; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.”
4 VS 27-28: After this 1,000 year reign of Jesus Christ the king of kings, Jesus will handover the government and power to Almighty God his father.
Read this verse again to see that the notion of Trinity is wrong. Jesus is not the Almighty God but he is subject to God. After this reign of Christ, Jesus, the saints and everyone will now be under the direct divine rule of God forever. So that God will be all in all! Hallelujah!
God have revealed his wondrous plan to us mere mortals. He even ask us to be okay or this by believing, getting baptised into Jesus and following his precepts. Even if we die, when Jesus come again, he will bring us back to life again and give us immortality and we will reign with him on earth.
“9 They sang a new song, saying, “You are worthy to take the book and to open its seals: for you were killed, and bought us for God with your blood out of every tribe, language, people, and nation, 10 and made us kings and priests to our God, and we will reign on the earth.”
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