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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Inner and Outer Kingdom of God, #2
There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. (Luke 13:28,29)
Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it. And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God? It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. (Luke 13:18-21)
And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. (Zechariah 14:16)
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of the world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. (Revelation 11:15)
Because the Kingdom of God is first an inner kingdom and after that an outer kingdom, no human being can see or enter the Kingdom until he has been born again. The natural man, the descendant of Adam, cannot possibly enter the Kingdom of God. Only the new creation, that which has been born of Christ, can enter the Kingdom.
I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. (I Corinthians 15:50—NIV)
The Kingdom of God must be born in us. It is the Kingdom of God that is born in us when we are born again. The Cornerstone of the Kingdom is the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ is the King of the Kingdom. Jesus is the Being, the Substance, the Authority, the Power, the Glory, the Truth, the eternal Life, of the Kingdom of God.
Whoever is not a part of Christ is not a part of the Kingdom of God. He may be being governed by the rod of iron of the Kingdom during the thousand-year Kingdom Age, but he himself is not part of the Kingdom until Christ has been born in him and rules in him.
The adamic race is not an eternal race. When the present earth and Heaven are gone the race of Adam will have come to an end (Revelation 20:11). Only those descendants of Adam who have been permitted to eat of the tree of life, that is, of Christ, will live on the new earth.
To be "saved" means many things. One aspect of salvation is to be among those who will live on the new earth. The people who live on the new earth will not be of the race of Adam as we know it today. They will be a new creation, having been raised from the dead (Luke 20:35,36).
The new race will still be "man." The people of the new race will have all the essential qualities of humanity. Divinity will have entered their humanity making their humanity incorruptible and eternal.
To be continued.