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Jesus' Church is referred to as The Kingdom

The people of that time were familiar with the concept of a physical king and his subjects in the kingdom.  In the spiritual realm you see God and Jesus as King...the Supreme Ruler.  Those that are true followers are the subjects in this spiritual Kingdom.

God and Jesus are the Head (the King) of the Kingdom:

Matthew 25:31-34 "But when the Son of Man (Jesus -- See 2 Thessalonians 1:6-8) comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. "And all the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left. "Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. (NAS)

God and Jesus Reign on Their Thrones Forever as Head of the Kingdom:

Hebrews 1:3-8 "And He (Jesus) is the radiance of His (God's) glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high; having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they. For to which of the angels did He ever say, "Thou art My Son, today I have begotten Thee"? And again, "I will be a Father to Him And He shall be a Son to Me"?... verse 8...But of the Son He says "Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom. (NAS)

This Kingdom is Not of This World -- God and Jesus Reign in Heaven:

Christians live on this earth, but will go to live in heaven with God and Jesus

John 18:36 -- Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting, that I might not be delivered up to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm." (NAS)

John 14:2-3 -- "In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also." (NAS)

Christians are the Subjects of the Kingdom:

This group of Christians, the "called out" is referred to as the church.

Matthew 16:18-19 "...and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it. "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven..." (NAS)

Colossians 1:13-14 -- "For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." (NAS)

How Are We Added to the Kingdom?

Acts 8:12 - But when they believed Philip preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being baptized, men and women alike. (NAS)

John 3:5 - "Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." (NAS)

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