Seek First the Kingdom   3 comments


I have become convinced that the Kingdom of God/Heaven, as Jesus explained it, was not nearly as spiritual as many have made it out to be.  Our Lord and Savior, I think, was quite practical and literal.  The Roman Empire did not execute him for teaching the Golden Rule.  No, the Kingdom of God/Heaven was, among other things, a criticism of the imperial order, complete with the reality of occupation.  That same Jesus, the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, remains revolutionary relative to a variety of socio-economic-political realities.  To relegate the Kingdom of God/Heaven to the spiritual realm is to attempt to domesticate a powerful, revolutionary, and properly disturbing (so some) and comforting (to others) message from God via Jesus.  But, be that as it may be….

I do have blogs devoted to my own opinions.  Each of my blogs links into the others.  BLOGA THEOLOGICA is the general depository, but I also have three season-defined blogs cross-referenced to specific days in the Church year.



Matt. 6, 33

Be not anxious about the future; be diligent and trustful.


1.  Kingdom is spiritual, in the heart, had for the asking.

2.  Church is the invisible kingdom.

3.  Righteousness is conformity to law, had by pardon, regeneration,and right-living.

II.  Seek first the kingdom.

1.  First in time, delay is dangerous.  Secure your place; there all is well.  Put off anything rather than this, for more is at stake, in fact all.

2.  Regard the church as of prime importance; help build it up and extend it; it represents the best interest of the community.  Economize not at the expense or loss of the church, for such is only so-called economy.  To do so is to rob God, our fellows and ourselves especially.  All such service–to the church–is an investment.

III.  “All these things shall be added.”  Accept the challenge and God will give spiritual good and add temporal necessities.  If he cares for the grass and hinds, how much more shall he clothe you?  He gave Solomon wisdom & added riches thereto.

Do right and then trust God.


Posted February 2, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 S-Z, Matthew

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  1. Hi there
    If you do a definition check on the word ‘kingdom’ you will find that it has been mistranslated. It is the word in Greek ‘Basileia’ it does not mean an actual kingdom, but rather the right to reign or rule. Which is what James is referring to in James 1:18-21 The implanted or inborn ‘word of truth.’ So it’s far more proper to say ‘the reign of God.’ I.e. The Reign of God is within you, which is the inborn ‘word of Truth.’ Being quick to hear this word of Truth, being quick to obey this word of Truth. James says that it’s the ‘Word of Truth’ that is able to save your soul. But only if it is obeyed.

    • Hence the use of “reign” in lieu of “kingdom” in some modern liturgies. Yet the question remains: What does the reign of God look like? I have been reading N. T. Wright’s thoughts on that matter recently.


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