You Be In The Kingdom of God...
The First Resurrection?
Or Will Your
Attitude Leave You In The Second Resurrection?
article is written for the benefit of those
who have an understanding and appreciation of what will
happen in the first resurrection at Christ's second
coming, as originally taught by the late Dr.
Ernest L. Martin (1932-2002). It
is assumed that the reader already understands that
have been saved and that we
are destined to become part of the God family. This
will be accomplished through two
future resurrection periods,
as revealed in the Bible (The
Time Periods for the Resurrections).
For those with an interest in end-time prophecy, note that all
prophecies happen in "threes." More end-time
information can be found
For those who do not believe in the Bible, its
relevancy, its divine inspiration, or think that the Bible is in error, or that
there are other books of equal value inspired of God, I
encourage the reader to read the article, A
Major Proof of the Bible, and also the book, Restoring
the Original Bible, which you can read online in it's entirety.
This article and book prove that the Bible is the only
inspired word of God. Of course, actually reading the Bible
cover to cover is highly recommended and enlightening.
It is, after all, the most popular book in the
it is the way in which God has chosen to communicate
Watch the Mind of God video below, narrated by
Morgan Freeman. It could change your life.
The Bible mentions the
times and the "kingdom of heaven" 32
times, making the subject a significant part
of scripture that most Christians do not properly
this article is well researched and documented, it
certainly is not the final word on the subject. Much
more research needs to be done to do the subject
justice. There are several links at the bottom of the page
of other authors who have also written excellent
articles of a similar or contributing nature.
and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the
second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of
Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
seek ye first the kingdom of God. Matthew
the apostles on one occasion, "To you it has been given to know the
mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are without, all things
are done in parables." Mark
Please be sure to click on
all of the colored hyperlinked text to obtain a full
understanding of the subject. This article has been
considerably shortened by the usage of
hyperlinks, eliminating the need to reproduce other
supporting articles (to provide a more accurate and clearer explanation
to the reader). This hyperlink principle is similar in
function to that of Christ speaking in parables,
then (at a later time) explaining the full meaning of
his message to those who were truly interested.
Will Not Be in the Kingdom of God — or the First Resurrection
Christians believe that they will be in the kingdom of God or the first
resurrection. But are
they really qualified? Here is what the Bible states about who will
definitely not be in the kingdom of God or the first resurrection. Dr. Martin
states (in blue):
person who continues deliberately practicing sinful acts, that he or she
knows to be wrong, may even be chastised to the point of not making the
first resurrection. The first resurrection (which the apostle Paul
called in Greek “the out-resurrection” in Philippians 3:11) is a
reward Christ gives to those diligent in their practice of good works
and a reasonable conduct of life. Those brought forth from the dead at
Christ’s Second Advent, will see the thousand year reign of Christ on
earth known as the Millennium (Revelation 20:1–5). But those who
persist in sinfulness and unrighteousness will not witness that glorious
reign of Christ known as the Kingdom of God. Paul warned Christians who
persist in evil:
you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God? Be
not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor
effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor
covetous. nor drunkards, nor revelers, nor extortioners, shall inherit
the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but you are sanctified,
but you are justified [declared righteous] in
the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”
this you know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous
man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ
and of God.”
will have to wait much later until the dispensation of the fullness of
times (Ephesians 1:10) before they will be resurrected to attain the
salvation that God has granted to us through His grace.
time for the Kingdom of Christ and of God is the Millennium period—the
one thousand-year rule of Christ. The apostle Paul said that the rule of
the kingdom would last even beyond the period of the Great White Throne.
It will conclude at the end of the dispensation of the fullness of time
when Christ conquers the last enemy “death.” This is when the final
resurrection of the dead takes place and there are no more individuals
remaining in the “death-state.” This is the resurrection at the end
[in Greek: the telos] when even death itself is destroyed. At
that time Christ will hand all rule back to the Father. This is when the
kingdom (that He governs on God’s behalf) will end.
comes the end [the telos, the last resurrection at
the end], when he [Christ] shall
have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father.”
[Author's note: This "last resurrection" is in reality a consummation,
as there are only two resurrection periods.]
would be a sad thing if any Christian missed out on experiencing the
Kingdom of Christ and God that will occur on earth and in other areas of
the heavens. But only those who are in the first resurrection (taking
place at Christ’s Second Advent) will witness that glorious period of
time throughout its full span. This is the reward that each Christian
receives who does not reckon grace as an opportunity to continue doing
apostle Paul made it clear that those who repudiate the doctrine of
God’s grace, and treat it with disdain or in a frivolous manner, will
not be resurrected with such attitudes or given the reward of the
kingdom phase of history. This will be the most majestic period that
mankind will ever witness. It would be a great calamity to each person
who misses the Kingdom of God.
fact, if a person sins willingly after having come to the knowledge of
the truth on what grace really means, and begins to treat it with
disrespect and dishonor, sore consequences can come to the person in
this life and he or she in the future will not experience the Kingdom!
the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery,
fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft,
hatred, violence, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
envyings, murders. drunkenness, reveling, and such like: of the which
I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they
which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
is warned to practice the principles of right living, which after all is
only a reasonable requirement for the happiness and well being of
civilized man. But for those who persist in wrong living, the Book of
Hebrews has some strong words to say to them.
we know him that has said, ‘Vengeance belongs unto me, I will
recompense,’ saith the Lord. And again, ‘the Lord shall judge his
people.’ It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living
tries to rescue His people from falling into a lifestyle of wrong
living. We read further in the Book of Hebrews:
whom the Lord loves, he chastens, and scourges, every son whom he
God can chastise severely.
therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell,
severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in his goodness:
otherwise you also shall be cut off.”
actively trying to practice right living principles, people can be
“cut off" from such rewards as the Kingdom of God. This does not
mean, however, that the grace of God would be thwarted and people will
not eventually be saved. Before these dire warnings were given in the
Book of Hebrews, the author was aware that God “hath perfected FOREVER
them that are sanctified” (Hebrews 10:14). Ultimate salvation is
something all humanity will experience. That is something that has been
secured by Christ for mankind without the works of man (either good or
bad) being involved. Yes, everyone will be saved and brought to a full
knowledge of the truth of God.
[God] will have all men to be saved and to
come to a knowledge of the truth.”
True. All humans will finally repent
of their sins and wrong attitudes and be forgiven their sins. They will
be reconciled to God.
the love of Christ constrains us, because we thus judge, that if one
died for all, then were all dead. ... And all things are of God, who
has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the
ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ reconciling
the world UNTO HIMSELF, not imputing their trespasses unto
them; and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”
in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together
in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are
on earth, even in him.”
having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile
all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in
earth, or things in heaven.”
at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and
things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue
would confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the
last verse shows a voluntary and willing submission and confession to
Jesus Christ to the glory of God. This is true because the apostle Paul
showed that such confession is inspired by the actions of the Holy
Spirit on such individuals (1 Corinthians 12:3). If one checks every
occasion in the Old or New Testaments where the word “to confess” or
its cognates are used, it will be seen that it is always placed in a
context of persons using their “free will” and with heartfelt
contrition. This scripture thus shows that all things in heaven, on
earth and under the earth (the angels who are kept in chains in the
bowels of the earth) will one day willingly proclaim the Lordship of
Christ to the glory of God the Father.
though every person will eventually find salvation in the dispensation
of the fullness of times, those who persist in evil acts can miss out on
the glorious period known as the Kingdom of Christ and God. Those who,
willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth,
there remains no more sacrifice for sins.”
applies to those who count “the blood of the covenant, wherewith he
was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit
of grace” (Hebrews 10:29). This type of sin is called “the blasphemy
against the Holy Spirit” that Christ talked about (Matthew 12:31) and
referred to by the other apostles (James 5:20; 2 Peter 2:20–21; 1 John
5:16). Yet this sin is not unpardonable in the ultimate sense. It is
only “unpardonable” during this present age (up to the Second Advent
of Christ) and in the next age to come (when the Kingdom of Christ
appears on earth and lasts for the Millennium). That is what Christ
taught. Note carefully.
manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the
blasphemy against the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven. And whosoever
speaks a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but
whosoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven
him, neither in this world [Greek: age],
neither in the world [age] to come
sin is different from ordinary sins because in this case the person who
knows better actively and deliberately turns against what he recognizes
to be the truth. Such people are doing “despite unto the Spirit of
grace.” Unlike we who can have our sins forgiven in this age and when
Christ returns to have all our sins forgiven at the judgment when the
Kingdom of Christ appears on earth (at the start of the Millennium),
these abject sinners who do despite unto the Holy Spirit will not be
forgiven in this age, nor during the Millennium. They will not be living
during the Millennium to gain forgiveness of sins.
did not mean, however, that these vile sinners would never be forgiven
sins in all circumstances. They simply will miss out on the blessings of
forgiveness in this present age and miss out on seeing the rule of
Christ on this earth during the Millennium and the judgment of the Great
White Throne. When they are finally resurrected at the beginning of the
dispensation of the fullness of times (Ephesians 1:10), they will look
back and see what they missed out on as a reward. They (and the
spiritual powers in the heavens that have sinned and caused mankind to
sin abundantly) will then submit to Christ and confess His Lordship to
the glory of God. Recall again the teaching of the apostle Paul on the
ultimate harmony to emerge between God and man, and between God and all
spiritual powers in the heavens, on earth and under the earth.
at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and
things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue
should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God.”
proper way, therefore, is to remain faithful to Christ. If people
blatantly persist in the practice of evil and abandon all conscience
toward evil, such people will suffer great losses. Not only can such
people be handed over to Satan the Devil for punishment now, but also
they will miss out on experiencing “the world to come.” This is why
the apostle Paul was so severe in his writings toward outrageous sinners
who persisted in their sins and break off any attempt to repent of them.
He said, “Deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the
flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus”
(1 Corinthians 5:5). And, “If any man’s work shall be burned,
he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by
fire” (1 Corinthians 3:15).
they will, much later in the dispensation of the fullness of times
(Ephesians 1:10), finally be reconciled to God and be saved. There is
not the slightest doubt that all mankind will be saved at that time. God
Is Assured; the Kingdom of God Is Not
this point it is essential to remind ourselves of one major doctrinal
fact. The important phrase “Kingdom of God and Christ” is not to be
equated solely with the teaching of “salvation.” The “Kingdom of
God” is part of a salvation, in the sense of a reward
to those brought
up from the dead at the first resurrection, but it does not represent
the totality of salvation itself. The fullness of salvation is to
experience being born into the very family of God and this will happen
to all in the dispensation of the fullness of times. To be in the first
resurrection means that we will witness and experience the Kingdom of
God as well. It is an extra reward that all of us in Christ will receive
if we remain faithful and thankful to God for what Jesus Christ has done
for us. This is what Paul was endeavoring to experience by being in the
“out-resurrection” — the first resurrection that occurs at
Christ’s second advent — and this is what he wanted for all the
Christians to whom he wrote. In effect, those of us who remain faithful
in this age will inherit salvation and the Kingdom of God (the reward)
at Christ’s advent. And while all will eventually gain salvation, all
will not experience the reward — the Kingdom of God and Christ. It is
just that simple!
Dr. Martin provides us with another
our salvation is assured, we should always be about our Father’s
business and living in a righteous way that contributes to the glory of
Christ Jesus. We should always be pleasing Christ and the Father with an
upright and proper conduct of life. On the other hand, if we want to
live like the world after knowing this wonderful truth of "the
Mystery," we can miss out on the Millennial Kingdom phase of
salvation (Eph.5:5). But, if God and Christ are delighted with our
conduct in this life, they will resurrect us in the first resurrection
and let us enjoy the Millennial Kingdom phase of salvation (Revelation
20:4,5), Yet, if we continue to live like the rest of the world, we will
be brought to salvation all right, but God will let us inherit it with
the rest of the world -- when the world gets their salvation "in
Christ" the world obtains their salvation only after
the Kingdom phase of a thousand years reign of Christ is over.
warned all of us who understand the teaching of "the Mystery":
"For this ye know, that no whoremonger,
nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the
kingdom of Christ and of God" (Ephesian 5:5). If we do
not please God the Father and Christ Jesus in our earthy lives, they may
well consider it appropriate not to grant us our salvation until the
thousand year "Kingdom phase" is over.
people read in the New Testament of those who may not make it into their
inheritance, it is always speaking about the "Kingdom phase"
of salvation, not salvation itself which has been absolutely secured to
the human race through the works and efforts of Jesus Christ, our Elder
Brother. All men will indeed be saved (I Timothy 2:4), but Paul said
mankind will only be granted a salvation "in
its own seasons" (I Timothy 2:6, see original Greek).
Salvation is awarded at different times, We should want to do good works
now in order to please the Father and Christ. If we do, we can have the
assurance that we will be in the first resurrection and enjoy along with
Abraham, Moses, David, the apostles and others, the "Kingdom
phase" of salvation. Let us remember, though all mankind is
guaranteed a salvation through the works of Christ, all do not receive
it at the same time (I Timothy 2:4-6).
should always be diligent in doing good works. And we should also meet
all our human obligations to our families and to our societies that are
within the boundaries of moral and ethical principles of fairness that
are found within the biblical revelation. Our legal position of
presently being on the right hand of the Father, is a position only
recognized by the Father and Christ Jesus. Mankind does not look on us
as having this august standing as the very children of God. So, all
legitimate obligations we have with the rest of mankind should be
fulfilled by Christians. For example, if we have a contract to pay a
department store money for a product we received from them, we should
pay the store precisely and meet all the obligations of the contract.
True, any default will not jeopardize our salvation in Christ, but our
wrong attitudes could keep us from experiencing the "Kingdom
phase" of salvation and we can inherit many ills during this life
by our wrongdoing.
Who Will Be in the Kingdom of
God? — Attitude Is
If "many are called and few are
chosen," what is the criteria for us as twenty-first century Christians
of the "Information Age" (that separates us from Christians of
Is there an underlying characteristic that Christians may have that predisposes
a very possible denial of admittance into the kingdom
of God? Does one have to qualify?
Could that characteristic be attitude?
Our attitude towards our fellow man, God, the Bible,
learning (in this easy Information Age)? A "child-like"
If a negative attitude is the sin
against the holy spirit, as Dr. Martin so aptly points out
in his article, could a negative attitude also preclude us from admittance into the
kingdom of God? Could attitude be everything?
often do we seek God's will —
and His word (as revealed in the Bible?) How often do we search the
scripture for the truth about new ideas and concepts. When we are taught
something new, what is our attitude about it? Is it one of immediate denial?
is it one of, "I'm not sure about that, but I am going to properly
research it to see if it is of God?"
a good proper attitude, let us now examine some possible evils and sins that
just might preclude us from the kingdom of God.
Ignorance of Evil and Sin in Our Twenty-First Century
While most Christians of today lead rather
peaceful lives and know the difference between right and wrong in most
matters, there are still some evils and sins they may be practicing that
they may not even be aware of.
Four of these may be:
evil of murder. While most Christians behave themselves on a personal
level and certainly don't consider themselves criminals, they
ironically condone a certain form of murder. They have no problem in
mentally, physically or spiritually supporting the concept of
They surreptitiously support (at least in in their hearts and minds) the U.S. government's (and
other similar governments) ongoing wars of attrition, buying
into the bogus excuses of protection from "terrorism." Many
other Christians still buy into the facade of "fighting for
freedom" (such as in the last two world wars, Korea and Vietnam). They refuse to
read any books
on the subject or to educate themselves and others on the evils of
warfare and how these wars are really contrived, managed and financed
by the bloodline ruling
elite that God allows to rule the world
under Satan. They
buy right into the propaganda promoted by our rulers and fall for the
flag operations. Worse, they defer to the
Old Testament or out-of-context New Testament scriptures as
their biblical validation. If we
cannot discern this evil and sin now, will we have to learn it in the
25:31–40. On August 24, 2006, on a Christian
I asked a question, "Do we believe in Matt.
25?" The question generated 444 views and 13 replies. Many years
later, the topic was reintroduced on another forum, with additional
responses. Out of all of the responses from both postings, only one
person would admit to fulfilling this scripture. All the other
responses were a complete copout on why they didn't need to fulfill
Christ's command. One person amazingly suggested we shouldn't even talk about it,
as that would be boasting. I had to shake my head in utter disbelief
that such an attitude could prevail among alleged Christians.
Again, I ask the
question, if we cannot learn the lessons of Christian charity and love
(the very antithesis of evil and sin) for our fellow man in this lifetime,
will we have to learn it in the second resurrection? To
summing up this chapter on giving monies to Christ for the
spreading of the Gospel to the world (that all of us should be
active in doing), I wish to give a final method by which anyone
can be assured that what money or contribution is given goes
directly to Christ. This is a sure way that no one who loves
the New Testament teaching can argue with. The teaching comes from
Christ himself. Christ told people this certain way to give things
directly to Him,
the son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels
with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory. And
before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate
them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the
goats... then shall the King say unto them on the right hand,
Come, ye blessed of my father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for
you from the foundation of the world: for I was an hungered, and
ye gave me meat: I was thirsty and ye gave me drink: I was a
stranger, and ye took me in: Naked and ye clothed me: I was in
prison and ye came unto me."
• Matthew 25:31–40
Christ went on to
say that the righteous might be puzzled over this, because none
of them ever gave Christ these things personally. But Christ
went on to say: If you have
"done it unto one of
the least of these my brethren, YE HAVE DONE IT UNTO ME"
There we have it!
This is the assured manner to give something to Christ. If you
help out the unfortunate brother in Christ, you have given
something directly to Christ,
"Ye have done it
Jesus is speaking of is what we today call "Christian
charity." The problem is that most Christians don't practice it.
Most are deluded into thinking that all of mankind's needs are already
met through government sponsored programs of one sort or another.
Little do they know or care that these programs do not address all of
mankind's needs. Those that are "retired" and have the most
time to contribute and help (and often have the most financial resources to
contribute) seem to be the least concerned. Living "the good
life" seems to be their preoccupation.
— and the lack thereof. It is truly amazing that most Christians have
absolutely no concept of good health. They buy right into the evil/satanic/allopathic/medicine/drug
culture (pharmakeia) that prevails in our society today
— and which was also in
at the time of Christ. While healing the sick was one of the miracles
performed by Christ, most Christians continue to blindly destroy their
very own bodies
and those of their precious children. Drugs and
vaccinations are almost never
questioned, despite the large amount of
evidence as to their ineffectiveness and dangers. A wealth of
information is now available online on good,
natural health. But most Christians choose to ignore it and continue
to rely on their allopathic
doctor. This in itself is a violation of the first commandment, by
putting another god before the true God. Dr. Martin
this the way we show respect for God's temple? Is this the way we set
an example for the world? By putting poisons in
and our children's bodies? By eating the improper
foods that cause us to get sick
— and refusing to eat the
biblical foods found in the Garden of Eden? By refusing to take the wonderful
God has graced us with to
help keep us full of energy and free from
Again, if we cannot discern evil and sin in this lifetime, will
we have to learn of it in the second resurrection?
— and the lack of concern for our fellow human
beings. Most Christians would be shocked to learn that our entire
American judicial/law enforcement/prison system has morphed into what I
American Gulag System, a duplicate of the old Soviet Stalinist gulag system. Fair justice is rarely delivered. Starting with
the wrongfully convicted, we have 20% of the prison population serving
time for crimes they did not commit. Then we have unjust punishments for
many people who serve harsh sentences way out of proportion to the crimes committed.
Half of all prisoners are in for drug related offenses. And half of them
are non-violent. Locking these people up has done little to curtail the
drug problem. Ironically, the "legitimate" drug industry
continues to operate unscathed, producing toxic drugs that maim and kill
people on a daily basis, all prescribed by our friendly doctors.
Then we have prison conditions, which for many is simple slavery in a
prison industry where they have to work for pennies on the dollar —
and putting people on the "outside" out of work. Medical services and healthy
food are scarce and/or of poor quality, often resulting in a long term
death sentence. The list of dehumanizing conditions is endless.
concept of rehabilitation was done away with decades ago, except in
Europe, where many prisons are being shut down due to their
rehabilitation success. They actually treat prisoners like human
beings, rather than caged animals like we do in the U.S.A.
what did Jesus have to say about those in prison? He said, "...I
was in prison, and ye came unto me." Matthew 25:36. When was the
last time you visited someone in prison? When was the last time you
offered to help someone who is wrongfully convicted? Can you even
imagine what it is like to be imprisoned? Do you even care? Will
compassion and concern for others have to be learned in the second resurrection?
Where Does Attitude Really Come From?
comes from "desire." Desire to do what God says to do.
Desire to please God. The Bible has many
scriptures on the subject of desire. How badly do you want
to do God's will?
Is It a Lottery — or a
practice of these four evils and sins would appear, in my mind, to cast doubt on one's
qualification for the kingdom of God or the first resurrection. All four of these evils and
sins have one thing in common; they deal with the very essence of life
and the expansion of the family of God. They deal with how we
(and/or others) will live or die in this lifetime. If we cannot
understand these basic concepts now (through biblical and non-biblical education, life
guided by the Holy Spirit), then when
will we learn them?
these evils and sins
represent an unloving, unrepentant attitude. Attitude is key to
obtaining admittance into the kingdom of God. Those who we know (through
scripture) that will be
in the kingdom of God all had one thing in common; they all had the
main advantage that twenty-first century Christians have
over those who have gone before us is the vast amount of knowledge
available to us. We live in what is termed the "Information
Age." We have more information available at our fingertips than most
people in previous eras had in a lifetime.
how many of us make use of this information? How many people study the
many research documents on the ASK site, this site and countless other
sites? In my opinion, very few.
what did those who have gone ahead of us do that guarantees their
admittance into the kingdom of God?
spoke; and they listened. They had the right attitude.
Then, they put their knowledge into action.
on that understanding, it
is my personal belief that the decision for selection to be in the
kingdom of God in the first resurrection (for our present Information Age generation) will be
based on these same two factors (attitude and action); and not based solely on the more obvious and
grievous sins listed in the Bible (and discussed previously in this
article). It's all about attitude and taking action.
each letter of the English alphabet is assigned a
B=2 C=3 D=4 etc to Z=26 Then...
+ N + O + W + L + E + D + G + E
+14 +15 +23 +12 +5
+ A + R + D + W + O + R + K
= 98 %
+ 1 +18
+ 15 +18 +11
+ T +
I + T
+ D +
= 100 %
+ 20 + 20 +9 + 20 + 21 + 4
attitude will determine one's teachability. That is, our ability to learn
basic concepts when presented to us, either through the
educational teaching, or through life
experiences. It will not be a
matter of simple scriptural enlightenment through God's lottery system alone. If we are to be leaders, teachers, rulers,
etc., then we must have the mindset to learn the lessons that those
positions require. We must be teachable. Amazingly, only half
of the people reading this article even anticipate being in the
kingdom of God.
Our action will also be based on
how we have put God and Christ first in our lives
and what "They" are doing with our lives
(because we have asked Them for Their help). This action is
manifested in our
repentance, and described in the Bible as the fruits
of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22,23). And that, in turn, would be
manifested in many different ways, such as by fulfilling Matthew 25:31-40.
As the old adage goes, "Actions
speak louder than words." It is not something we can do by
ourselves, but is something God and Christ can help us do. This is
important to understand.
And what will happen if we do not
qualify for the kingdom of God? A scriptural reference to the "weeping
and gnashing of
teeth" is found in Luke 13:28. The term in this scripture implies an
extreme emotional response to not being accepted into the kingdom
of God (upon being resurrected in the second resurrection instead).
Since most professing Christians in our
generation will probably not come to a correct understanding of
the kingdom of God before their death (refusing to change
and adhering instead to the false
doctrine of going to heaven), they could hardly be expected to
generate such an extreme emotional response upon their eventual
discovery of their non-acceptance into the kingdom of God (when they are
eventually resurrected in the second resurrection). These scriptures are obviously directed to those whom
God has enlightened (either now, in the past or in the future) — and who
thought that they would be included in the kingdom of God.
“For many are called, but few are
What happens when one makes a conscious decision to live a life that will
merit consideration into the kingdom of God? One begins to think like God.
One begins to look at life and our fellow human beings as God does. One
desires to improve himself and
aspire to the highest rung of our abilities. One begins to imagine that
they are already there in the kingdom, learning even more and sharing our
God-given talents as God inspires us. And, one becomes truly happy.
In reality, we are letting God "work
also makes a positive
affirmation to achieve this noble goal. Most Christians are not
taught this principle. By thinking positive thoughts and saying positive
words, we can subconsciously affect all of our life goals and
beliefs. Activities as simple as taking the survey
at the top of the page, by "Liking"
our two Facebook
pages, or making a post
on our Forum
can go a long way to not only helping us to affirm and achieve our
goal, but also to inspire others to achieve that same goal. It
is a win-win situation that God will be watching.
Finally, one becomes inspired to preach the
kingdom of God, as Jesus did and as He
followers to do. We each can do this in our own unique way. Paul said,
ought to be teachers." Read
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This is truly our highest calling in life. It is our
is my hope that this article will help inspire an understanding that
results in changes to the lives of today's Christians — and that all of
today's Christians might eventually be considered for
the kingdom of God and the first resurrection!
The kingdom of God (aka, the kingdom of heaven) is a specific entity that will
commence at the first resurrection and the second coming
Those who are chosen to participate in it (as teachers
and rulers) will reign with Christ for 1,000 years over
the rest of mankind.
Selection will be made according to:
towards God, the Bible and learning.
their life of charity, teaching, sacrifice, success,
their character record based on the biblical fruits
of the spirit.
their love of God's word as revealed in the Bible.
their teachability, as revealed in their lifetime
track record of seeking out, grasping and implementing
new knowledge and concepts, both biblical and
Check out additional
articles on the kingdom of God and the
of God —
Here Now or Yet to Come? audio lecture by Dr.
Read this article
on the first
resurrection from the BibleResearch.org
on this article on the ASSOCIATES
for an ekklesia
that teaches the kingdom of God?
Kingdom of God and The Kingdom of the Heavens
The Bible mentions the "kingdom of heaven" 32
Biblical examples to preach the "kingdom
You Preach the Gospel of the KOG for 5 Cents?
The Bible mentions the "kingdom of
Biblical examples to preach
the "kingdom of God"
Great Generation and Modern Prophecy
of God audio lecture by Dr. Martin
Understanding, and Wisdom
of God vs Kingdom of Heaven
articles from Immortality Road
page 4, #6
Exact Time of Christ's Return
Who Are You?