that God may be all things to everyone.” (1 Cor. Luke 11:20 (KJV) – But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. Here are two of them: 1. But this has not happened among Jehovah’s Witnesses. And because government by man is far better than anarchy, God has permitted earthly governments to operate for thousands of years. (1 Sam. Although the kingdom of heaven was only as yet near, Jesus gave special knowledge of it to his disciples. Since faith on the part of men was required, these credentials had to be provided, based on God’s dealings with men from his first prophecy in Eden, and on through 1,500 years of Israelite history. It is a foretaste of the harmony and the love that will flourish among the entire world of mankind under the rule of the heavenly kingdom. I only wish other divorcees in the world would come to know Jehovah and realize there’s someone who will return your love a thousand times over, who gives you a reason to want to go on living. . They had lost all their material possessions, but​—most important—​they themselves were still alive! . How does the operation of the Kingdom’s principles in family life help in a practical way? 48:17) Through his prophetic Word Jehovah shows his people how they may walk safely during these days just preceding the “great tribulation.”. 23. 6:9-11) Thus they are protected against the dissipation and dreadful venereal diseases that accompany promiscuous living, and they avoid the heartaches and pangs of conscience that result from breaking God’s law. (Gen. 9:4; 17:9-14) But it was their faith manifested by obedience to the commands of God that showed them to be worthy of a place as subjects of the Kingdom. That nation had a perfect law, given by God himself. They debated whether they should risk going out to the meeting, but decided not to ‘forsake the assembling of themselves together.’ (Heb. 14 Someone, however, may say, ‘But by what means could God, running this immense universe of which the earth is only a speck, be close enough and interested enough to correct all problems and bring the things every human needs?’ The answer is, He can do this by the Kingdom under his Messiah, Jesus Christ. Neither did he need an intermediary through whom to make an approach to God. (Prov. Wisdom and love would be needed in order to follow and apply the law for everyone’s benefit. Keep awake, then, all the time making supplication that you may succeed in escaping all these things that are destined to occur, and in standing before the Son of man.”​—Luke 21:34-36. (Acts 17:26, 27). Because they apply the law of the Kingdom in their lives. How has the world taken note of benefits derived by God’s people from their obeying the law of God’s kingdom? (Luke 3:38) Adam needed no temple located on earth in order to worship God. Firstly, God can’t ask us to do something that is beyond our capacity. What protection may God’s congregated people expect when Jehovah executes judgment, and why? How will all men be again like Adam​—sons of God, with direct approach to him? 12. But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. 15. How? Luke 17:20-21 (KJV) – And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation : Neither shall they say, Lo here! 26. By dealing closely with Israel he held them together and preserved his truth in the earth, while the other nations went their own way, following all kinds of false beliefs and superstitions. Many of these nations bitterly opposed God’s worship and the Israelite nation. 14. Some, through a desire to gain his favor or because of fear, became worthless “yes-men.” Others even conspired against their ruler.​—Compare 1 Kings 12:8-19. Will it place burdensome restrictions on them, or, rather, will they find genuine happiness in submitting to its rule? (a) How have most governments shown good intent? (Dan. 4. Why? or, lo there! 7 Benefits of investing in God’s work. (Rom. The kingdom refers to God’s rule; his governorship, his authority. What heartwarming benefits are to be derived from obeying this law of the Kingdom! 8 So rulership over other men proved to be too much for any man or body of men, even though those men had God’s perfect law. (Prov. 23 Then came the Messiah, the one whom God would use to head the Kingdom rulership. When Jesus came to the planet, He didn’t come to start a religion. A favorite phrase, ‘We always try to leave a building in better condition than we found it.’, “● The presence of hundreds of children of all ages sitting quietly through the long, long meetings while parents​—with Bibles and notebooks in hand—​soak up the . 43. 3 That is why most governments have generally set out with good intent. Jesus’ earthly life proved that he was from God. 2 The God of heaven knows this. It is because the law of the Kingdom, the law of love, is written on their hearts. A principle is “a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior…” (google.com) What people want is to better their lives, which is why we’re always setting out to improve our situation. But the people came to want a human king, one whom they could see and who would give them prestige in the eyes of other nations. This brings... 2. In Matthew 6:33, the scripture talks about seeking God’s kingdom first and the benefits that follow this instruction. Universal Church of the Kingdom of God benefits and perks, including insurance benefits, retirement benefits, and vacation policy. . Here is an example: During the civil war in Lebanon, Jehovah’s Witnesses in that land kept together, and they had remarkable experiences. . When one of those who were reclining at the table with Him heard this, he said to Him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” Luke 22:29-30 and just as My Father has granted Me a kingdom, I grant you that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. During this time He did not deal with the other nations unless they in some way touched upon the affairs of his chosen nation. Often these men were seeking their own selfish interests, and they wrongly advised and misled the ruler. 50 The “Son of man,” Christ Jesus, says that, in a time when the nations are in great fear and anguish, they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. God gave His best because He loves you and I. For conscience’ sake they respect and obey the “superior authorities” of the nations and their laws, but their highest allegiance they give to the supreme authority of Jehovah God and his kingdom by Christ Jesus. The Bible shows that it is because, in the beginning, God did not purpose for humans to rule over other humans. He has also made known his own righteous principles through the Bible, and, as a result of this, most of the nations of earth have embodied some of these principles in their constitutions. Back in the days before the flood, did Noah work all on his own? But what I say to you I say to all, Keep on the watch.” (Mark 13:35-37) And Matthew’s report adds this: “Prove yourselves ready, because at an hour that you do not think to be it, the Son of man is coming.”​—Matt. When we give we become more like God, God gave His best. 8:9-18) Even one of Israel’s own kings, a man who seriously studied life and its problems, spoke of ‘man dominating man to his injury.’​—Eccl. A person who had obtained a divorce before learning of God’s kingdom, and who had then been faced with the hard task of raising two young boys in a cruel world, writes as follows on how the Kingdom message benefited her: “I just wanted you to know how grateful I am to be in Jehovah’s congregation. For, look! The law of love is upbuilding and beneficial. 14:29-31) Similar benefits may be enjoyed today as families and congregations keep together in the loving association that God’s Word encourages.​—Compare Acts 2:46, 47. As a son of God he had intimacy with Him, evidently receiving daily communication. 51 But the Bible states that God’s purpose is to restore his original direct rule over humankind. 2:2-4. It is beneficial. 15:3) Just how much does he care about people? At least two of Jehovah’s Witnesses were killed by sniper fire in Lebanon, and there have been times, too, when they have died in disasters such as earthquakes. What change in rulership brought problems to Israel? Surely there is every reason to thank Jehovah for this most loving provision. Since God is the Creator of everything, He reigns over all things. 25. Thus they became lovingly united under God’s kingdom. Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God: by David A. DePra. But, in general, their prayerful reliance on Jehovah, their togetherness as a congregation and their calmness under pressure have worked to their benefit. (Phil. What special benefits may we enjoy by continuing to assemble together in time of crisis? In earthly kingdoms, the status of citizenship is necessary to identify persons who will be loyal to the king so the king can know with whom he can share power. So, when Jesus speaks of the kingdom being given to us, he is referring to the freedom granted to us to live under his rule. 7:12) At first it had God alone for its invisible King, with prophets and judges representing him to the people. Whatever the complaints made, however, the fact remains that some sort of government is clearly better than no government at all. Not necessarily so. Ephesians 2:19 (NKJV). That proved to be exactly the case. To be totally committed to God's words requires work. 27. It shows that the Kingdom “stone” mentioned by Daniel was “cut out” of the “mountain” of God’s sovereignty for the express purpose of vindicating his universal sovereignty and reestablishing this original close relationship over the earth. 24:44. Yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. (Ex. How does the foregoing résumé benefit us with regard to faith? 10 What hope, then, is there of seeing a truly just and altogether good government? 28. (a) To what extent have human governments benefited mankind? for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you . In concluding his great prophecy, according to Luke’s account, Jesus warns us: “Pay attention to yourselves that your hearts never become weighed down with overeating and heavy drinking and anxieties of life, and suddenly that day be instantly upon you as a snare. 15:24-28) For continued existence, all creation will then depend on obedience to the Sovereign Rule of the King of eternity. Adam worshiped God in a Father-son relationship. First, he selected one people, the offspring of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob​—the nation of ancient Israel. What benefits motivate people to become willing subjects of this government, God’s kingdom under Jesus Christ? 44. Top Five Blessings Of Being In God’s Kingdom – Vincent J. Eagen, III. 2:3; 3:8). 2:44. One of the benefits of inclusion in the kingdom of God is knowledge of its secrets. From Babylon came the mysteries and superstitions that characterize most of sectarian religion today, including that of apostate Christendom. lectures.”. They began to rely on their own wisdom and to listen to men, who had only human wisdom. 29) Or how can one enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? We've become a new creation Therefore have no fear: you are worth more than many sparrows.”​—Matt. 25 What do we see as a result? 24. How long would it take to select and train the rulers of such a government? God gave humans authority to rule earth when He created them, but they lost that authority when they disobeyed God and Satan assumed dominion over the earth, Genesis 1-3. . (Rom. What questions arise regarding the law of the Kingdom? God graciously provides a knowledge of the standards and principles of his righteous administration and how it operates.​—John 17:3. How did the coming of the Messiah prove that God had not wasted time? 21. “As for Jehovah, he sees what the heart is.” (1 Sam. Miraculous blessings, protection and provision are yours as a member of God’s family! . Peace is the first glimpse of the inner kingdom of God. (1 Tim. How do you thank someone for saving your life?”. These have to meet the highest qualifications, as Revelation 14:4, 5 states: “These are the ones that keep following the Lamb [Jesus Christ] no matter where he goes. The Principles and Benefits of Purpose Pt 1 Purpose Gives Confidence. 51. God commands those who love him: “Get out of her, my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins, and if you do not want to receive part of her plagues.” (Rev. Instant communication and fast transportation have “shrunk” the size of the world, so that there is an interlocking of interests, and no nation can be an isolated, totally independent unit. What is required for an altogether good government? 7 The ancient nation of Israel serves as a pattern to teach mankind the lesson that human rule can never bring the kind of life that people everywhere seek. The people’s interests began to be forgotten. 6 Why does it work out this way? Therefore God had not wasted time. How does Israel serve as a pattern showing what results from man-rule? 2. Using these men, he caused the kingdom of God to be preached throughout all Israel, and later, after his death and resurrection, to all nations. . . (2 Pet. But God’s prophets assure his obedient people that their complete trust in Jehovah will be to their everlasting benefit. Kingdom people are the men and women, boys and girls, who consciously, upfront, unapologetically flow under the rule of God. We invest into God’s Kingdom by devoting our personal energy, efforts, materials, and cash. But as time went on and difficult problems arose, these rulers began to look to sources other than God for wisdom, ignoring the law that he had given them to solve their problems. Jesus preaches this sermon to espouse Kingdom living. 31. 11 A successful ruler would also need a complete knowledge of every detail, not only of human nature, along with all the situations and problems of the people, but also of the whole creation. If they can ‘get away with it,’ many persons will flout the law, and in recent years these lawbreakers have at times included high government officials​—the very ones who should be first to obey the laws. 7, 8. REALLY, should it not be the purpose of a government to work for the benefit of its subjects? How could men be given enough evidence to have faith in such a government​—to see that it was beneficial in all its structure and principles—​something to which they would be willing to entrust their lives? 33 People of the world have often been deeply impressed by the benefits accruing to Jehovah’s Witnesses because of their obeying the law of God’s kingdom. Promises that we are taken care of more than the birds of the air and the lilies of the field (Matthew 6). They did not realize that God was working through Israel for their own eventual welfare and that in due time he would turn to dealing with them also. The Bible shows that God does not suddenly impose his kingdom upon people by use of devastating power as in a lightninglike coup d’etat. 3:24) At the same time a comparison with man’s rule and its results over thousands of years has clearly demonstrated the superiority, deservedness and rightness of God’s rulership. … Later, the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had laws on the sanctity of blood and on circumcision. (Prov. What happens in one place affects people everywhere else. What original relationship between God and man is to be restored? obeyed . 119:155, 156. He came to give us the opportunity to become members of His family and citizens of His kingdom. (a) What ought to be the purpose of government? A few honest rulers tried to bring in sweeping reforms. 22. 5. For the most part, this has benefited people with a measure of security, protection and order and an opportunity to earn a livelihood. (a) Who only can bring about desirable government and why? Jesus made it plain that it was because “God loved the world [of mankind] so much” that he sent “his only-begotten Son,” to this earth. This is the place in the Spiritual realm where God reigns as a King. He has led them into a most precious relationship with his Father, who says to them: “I, Jehovah, am your God, the One teaching you to benefit yourself, the One causing you to tread in the way in which you should walk.” (Isa. We call these experiences miraculous, but in reality, they’re normal for a citizen of the kingdom of God. The beautiful thing about being in God’s kingdom is that the benefits of being a citizen apply no matter where you live or what your circumstances are. (b) What benefits are enjoyed by the millions of the “great crowd”? No, God’s kingdom does not load them down with oppressive rules and restrictions, for the prophet Micah writes appreciatively concerning the Sovereign Lord Jehovah: “He has told you, O earthling man, what is good. 20 Thus, in laying the foundation for his government over the earth, Jehovah has first given us the benefit of these necessary things: (1) a firm basis for faith in the administration that he would provide, (2) a knowledge of the principles of his government, (3) a demonstration of his qualities as universal Ruler and (4) a sure and unmistakable identification of the Messiah, the One who would be mankind’s Deliverer and the King ruling in Jehovah’s name. And yet, whatever their measure of success, governments everywhere today recognize that the human race is far from enjoying a world of security and peace. We want a better world, and that better world is found in God’s kingdom, which is why Jesus taught a lot about what it means to be in His kingdom. 20:7-15. Citzenship in the kingdom of God comes with certain benefits too. This alienated mankind from God. His laws are now written on our hearts so we don't live by a rule book but by his divine... 3. God made man with a desire for order and with a conscience to distinguish right from wrong. His purpose is to have people enlightened and educated to know him and to submit willingly to his administration. But men went beyond this and assumed domination over other men. 32. 19 But Jehovah is an invisible God. He proved that he had, in perfect and complete measure, the qualities needed for one who could be entrusted with full authority. demonstrate the matter of the law to be written in their hearts, while their conscience is bearing witness with them.”, 3. Contrast it with the thousands of restrictive statutes in the law books of the nations, many of which are used to police unwilling citizens. Commitment to life comes with various benefits. . 3:3, 4). Legalistic religion is all about rules, judgment and impossible standards, and there’s nothing attractive about that. Friction, violence and wars have resulted, with contending sides struggling for domination. Giving also draws us closer to God because giving is an act of Worship and when you and I Worship God, it draws us closer to God. Christ would possess full, complete power, but the Bible shows, as stated at Revelation 14:1-3, that God purposed to have 144,000 others with Christ as associate kings and administrators. Otherwise they could not “inherit God’s kingdom.” (1 Cor. God also provided a living demonstration of the right principles of his government and laid a foundation for the King of that government to appear, namely, the Messiah. (b) What commandments did Jesus give God’s people, and are they restrictive? (Isaiah 33:24) (Psalm 72:16) (Isaiah 25:8) 4. No longer are these divided by nationalistic pride or hatred. It makes unnecessary a law code with a long list of rules to nudge them into line. 53 In view of all these grand accomplishments, could anything benefit you more than God’s kingdom? 11:4-7; Gen. 4:4; 5:22; 6:9) Hebrews chapter eleven shows that they pleased God well by their faith. 13:10). God Reigns over All Things. The Bible, in the prophecy of Jeremiah, chapter 10, verse 23, says about this: “To earthling man his way does not belong. in order that when he arrives suddenly, he does not find you sleeping. 42. 1. . 10:25) When they returned home it was to find that one house had been completely destroyed by a bomb, and the other house had been so sprayed with shrapnel that no one could have survived in it. How has the power of God’s kingdom to unite people in love been demonstrated? 6:26). It really works among those who give allegiance to that heavenly kingdom. 10:29-31. 39. (b) What stand are we encouraged to take, and with what glorious prospect in view? But now “Babylon the Great,” the modern-day worldwide empire of false religion, faces destruction. I do not "seek" something unless I 19. In line with Isaiah 48:17, what promised benefits do God’s people now enjoy? 6:33) When we use the word "seek" we are referring to a person's: goals and motivation for living. 45. By Babylonish religion we mean all religion on earth that finds its origin in the doctrines and formalisms of ancient Babylon, the cradle of all false religion. Eventually, practically everyone in the village began studying and embraced the Bible truths. Why is much time involved in God’s bringing in peace? What changes have taken place in the world, and how does Ecclesiastes 1:15 apply today? That kingdom would reestablish his relations with humankind and bring them back into proper orbit in his universal government, as they were at the first. 34 This remarkable unity, distinctively observed among Jehovah’s Witnesses throughout the earth today, is one of the rewarding benefits that they enjoy due to giving prior allegiance to God’s kingdom and following its law of love. (b) How would even opposing nations benefit? 49 Mark’s account of Jesus’ prophecy gives these concluding words: “Keep on the watch, . None have truly satisfied the needs of all the people. 41 By letting the Kingdom’s principles operate in their family lives, Jehovah’s servants are spared many of the sorrows that accompany the breakdown of the family in this modern world. Why are Jehovah’s Witnesses enjoying a remarkable unity, and of what is this a foretaste? 7:2, 3). How will all creation come to depend directly on Jehovah’s sovereign rule? For individual interests also become community interests, and a government cannot bring contentment and happiness unless the people as a whole act in harmony. The well-known American George Washington said that “the happiness of society,” that is, of the people, “is, or ought to be, the end [the objective] of all government.” Over the centuries mankind has lived under hundreds of governments. Throughout the meeting, rockets and mortar fire fell around them like rain, shaving off lampposts and peppering the surrounding buildings with shrapnel, but not a single thing hit the apartment where they were gathered. Without government there would be no order; it would be no less than mob rule. The theology of the Kingdom plays a unique and crucial role in the historical legacy of the Vineyard. (a) What did Jehovah accomplish by dealing closely with Israel? Delegated authority. (Col. 3:14, 18-21) It shows them in a practical way just how they may do this. “● The efficiency and organization of the enterprise, with some 2,200 volunteers signed up for tasks ranging from a complete scrubdown of the building to the cooking of meals. (b) What warning of Jesus should we now take to heart, and why? God symbolically dwelt among them in the tabernacle (and later, the temple), gave them victory over their … But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Second, his rule is not deferred. How can togetherness as a family or as a congregation bring benefits? But they found that they could only partially correct the situation. Then one family accepted a Bible study with a visiting minister of Jehovah’s Witnesses. They have written constitutions containing fine ideals and principles. Not at all! 12 Furthermore, for his administration to be one of happiness, accomplishment and productivity, the ruler would need to know what is in the minds and hearts of people, because he would have to reach their hearts to bring about their full cooperation. They have tried to serve for the benefit of the people. 8:9. (Zeph. 40 Moral and physical protection are other benefits that the Kingdom can bring us. The Bible tells us that they are a “great crowd” who will survive the crushing of the governments of the earth by the Kingdom “stone” mentioned by Daniel, to become the foundation for the “new earth.” (Dan. 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