Rom 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. [RV]
righteousness = Thayer’s Def’s. 1b) integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, correctness of thinking feeling, and acting
*Notice that not only are our actions righteous or unrighteous but also our thoughts and feelings.
righteousness – This word here means “virtue, integrity,” a faithful discharge of all the duties which we owe to God or to our fellow-men. It means that the Christian must so live as to be appropriately denominated a righteous man, and not a man whose whole attention is absorbed by the mere ceremonies and outward forms of religion. To produce this, we are told, was the main design, and the principal teaching of the gospel; Tit_2:12; Compare Rom_8:13; 1Pe_2:11. Thus, it is said 1Jn_2:29, “Everyone that doeth righteousness is born of God;” 1Jn_3:10, “Whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God;” compare 1Jn_3:7; 1Co_15:34; 2Co_3:9; 2Co_6:7, 2Co_6:14; Eph_5:9; Eph_6:14; 1Ti_6:11; 1Pe_2:24; Eph_4:24. He that is a righteous man, whose characteristic it is to lead a holy life, is a Christian. [Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible]
Mat 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
Mat 7:22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, and drive out demons in Your name, and perform many miracles in Your name?’
Mat 7:23 Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Get away from Me, you workers of lawlessness!’” [Tree of Life Version]
kingdom = Thayer Definition: 1) royal power, kingship, dominion, rule
lawlessness (iniquity) = Thayer Definition: 1) the condition of without law, 2) contempt and violation of law; iniquity, wickedness
The sense of this verse seems to be this: No person, by merely acknowledging my authority, believing in the Divinity of my nature, professing faith in the perfection of my righteousness, and infinite merit of my atonement, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven – shall have any part with God in glory; but he who doeth the will of my Father – he who gets the bad tree rooted up, the good tree planted, and continues to bring forth fruit to the glory and praise of God. [Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible]
Not every one that saith … – The Saviour goes on to say that many, on the ground of a mere profession such as he had just referred to, would claim admittance into his kingdom. Many would plead that they had done miracles, and preached or prophesied much, and on the ground of that would demand an entrance into heaven. The power of working miracles had no necessary connection with piety. God may as well, if he chooses, give the power of raising the dead to a wicked man, as the skill of healing to a wicked physician. A miracle is a display “of his own power” through the medium of another. An act of healing the sick is also a display of “his power” through the agency of another. In neither of these cases is there any necessary connection with moral character. So of preaching or prophesying. God may use the agency of a man of talents, though not pious, to carry forward His purposes. Saving power on the mind is the work of God, and he may convey it by any agency which he chooses. Accordingly, many may be found in the day of judgment who may have been endowed with powers of prophecy or miracle, as Balaam or the magicians of Egypt; in the same way as many people of distinguished talents may be found, yet destitute of piety, and who will be shut out of his kingdom. See Mat_7:21; 1Co_1:26; 1Co_13:1-3. [Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible]
So true, so true. Many years ago the LORD showed me that just because a pastor and/or the leadership of a church has the gifts of the Holy Spirit operating in its midst, doesn’t necessarily mean those leaders are walking with God or are doing His will (obeying His instructions). Of all the churches I’ve attended most didn’t allow the operation of the gifts, except for two. Of those two, one allowed some of the gifts but restrained the Holy Spirit from working miracles. The Holy Spirit had told me that there were enough people in that church who had the faith to believe for miraculous healings but the pastor didn’t want that because he wouldn’t be in control! How hard it is for pastors to relinquish control unto God! In addition, the pastors of that church sometimes spent tithes and offerings on themselves and took money designated for one purpose and used it for another. When confronted with these offenses they refused to admit and repent of them. I dare say that those responsible for shackling the Holy Spirit and misusing funds were not walking according to God’s Torah (His commands) and were not bearing good “fruit” in everything, as some of their fruit was rotten.
Mat 12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
Mat 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
Mat 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
Joh 15:8 In this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be My disciples.”
Then Yeshua began telling this parable: “A man had a fig tree he had planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it and found none.
Luk 13:7 So he said to the gardener, ‘Indeed, for three years I‘ve come searching for fruit on this fig tree and found none. Remove it! Why does it use up the ground?’
Luk 13:8 “But answering, the gardener said to him, ‘Master, leave it alone for this year also, until I dig around it and apply fertilizer.
Luk 13:9 And if it bears fruit, good. But if not, cut it down.’”
fruit = 2a) work, act, deed (includes words) [Thayer Greek Definitions] *Note that the tree (or person) which doesn’t bear fruit will in time be “cut down.”
Recently, I confronted a church about God’s Sabbath day which is the 7th day of the weekly cycle, not the 1rst day, which is Sunday. The holy scriptures bear this fact out in both the old and new testaments leaving no room for error. The leadership there is well-educated, some went to seminary (college to learn the bible) and yet they deny which day God sanctified (blessed/hallowed) as HIS sabbath. How can that be I asked myself – maybe you’re asking the same question right now. The only answer that comes to mind is, “the mystery of iniquity” is at work in such cases! — 2Th 2:7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already operating; only there is one who holds back just now, until he is taken out of the way. [TLV] *Lawlessness and iniquity are synonymous terms. Remember, the meaning of “iniquity” is “being without law; contempt and violation of the law (or Torah).” In the Torah we find that God’s Sabbath day was (and still is) the 7th day of the week, not the first. *Read Matthew 28:1-6, Luke 24:1, John 20:1, Luke 23:56, Exodus 20:10 and 34:21 for facts re God’s Sabbath day.
Some verses on the Kingdom of God for you to meditate on:
Mat 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Mat 12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.
Mat 16:28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.
Mat 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 19:13 Then little children were brought to Yeshua so that He might lay hands upon them and pray. Then the disciples rebuked those who brought them.
Mat 19:14 But Yeshua said, “Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Do you know why the kingdom belongs to the likes of little children? Because they are humble, trusting, and totally dependent upon their parents for their every need – the way believers in Christ should depend upon and humbly trust in Him.
*All the words of Jesus Christ are in red. All bolding and underlining added by me for emphasis.
Dear visitor, just so you know, this post is merely a starting point, a place for you to begin your own study on the subject of the Kingdom of God. I pray you will continue to study, that you may “walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God” – Col 1:10. [KJV]