The Kingdom Of God : Central Message Of Jesus

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The kingdom of God was the central message of Jesus. The term “kingdom of God” is used very frequently throughout the gospels. For example: “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God has come near; repent and believe in the good news” Mark 1:14-15. In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother 's womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again’ John 3:3-7. Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place” John 18:36.
Jesus leaves no clear explanation of His meaning of the kingdom of God. However, scholars know that he uses the phrase in several different senses, Stanton says. A. Ritshl’s viewed the kingdom of God as a human society organized through action inspired by love. “This approach emphasizes human initiative and the gradual permeation of society by the kingdom and is still reflected in phrases such as ‘extending’ or ‘building’ the kingdom. The kingdom was no moral cause, but a reality to be initiated by God in the immediate future” (p. 205). “Now in those days John the…

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