Thursday, May 5, 2016

Kingdom Series: Don't we enter into the kingdom, Br. Tomsan?

Dear in Christ,

For some people, the strongest evidence that the Kingdom of God is an earthly kingdom is those verses which speak about entering the Kingdom. Of course, there are quite a few passages like that. (The Greek word that is consistently used for the verb "to enter" is G1525 in Strong's.)

Now, assuming that the Kingdom is a place or an object into which one can enter, can we apply the same logic to the following passages?
Mat 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter [G1525] thou into the joy of thy lord.
Mat 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter [G1525] not into temptation: ...
Mar 9:43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter [G1525] into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
Luk 24:26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter [G1525] into his glory?
Heb 3:11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter [G1525] into my rest.
I am convinced that you will agree with me that joy, temptation, life, glory and rest are not places or objects into which one can enter.

Don't we enter into contracts with people? The point is, the presence of the word "enter" doesn't mean that the Kingdom is a place or some region. The Kingdom of God is a state (of mind).

In Christ,
Tomsan Kattackal.