"THE KINGDOM OF GOD"
By D. M.
"Kingdom of God,"
or "of the heavens," a phrase drawn
directly from Daniel, is a Kingdom which "fills
the whole EARTH" (Dan. 2: 35, 44),
replaces all worldly empires, and is obviously the Messianic Kingdom: when
"the Kingdom of the world is become the Kingdom of
our Lord, and of His Christ" (Rev. 11:
15). It is foreshadowed now by the Kingdom in Mystery (Matt. 13.), or the Church, and for both
regeneration is essential (Luke 17: 21; John 3:
3); but its manifestation at the Second Advent, to which all Scripture
prophecies refer it, proves it to be the Millennial. It is the
"Kingdom" with which our Lord returns
(Luke 19: 12, 15). In one aspect,
however, the kingdom is now present: for in parables the kingdom is the
Church: in literal passages, it is the literal kingdom; in figurative,
it is the mystical. The reason seems clear. Our Lord, when
personally present, spoke of the kingdom as present also, for it was present in
the person of the King: "If I by the
Spirit of God cast out demons, then is the kingdom of God come upon you"
(Matt. 12: 28). When the King withdrew
from the world, so did the kingdom. But the Lord is mystically
present with His Church: there is, therefore, a mystical kingdom: "who translated us into the kingdom
of the Son of His love" (Col. 1: 13).
Concerning the Everlasting
Kingdom, prophecy reveals
but little, and that little perhaps solely in the last two chapters of the
Apocalypse. IN THE ONLY PASSAGE IN WHICH THE HOLY GHOST USES THE
PHRASE "THE KINGDOM" (1Cor. 15: 24), HE MEANS THE MILLENNIAL.