Augustine wrote: The City of God and the City of Man are two cities ruled by two competing loves.
A comparison between Jesus‚Äô kingdom and earthly kingdoms do reveal some similarities, but without question, greater are the contrasts between the Roman world empire, of which Pilate is a representative, and the kingdom of Christ. Today there is much confusion in the church over what is meant in the Scripture by the kingdom of God. In one sense, the kingdom of God is the rule of an eternal sovereign God over all creatures and things (Ps 103:19; Dan 4:3). It does not refer to a place, but to God's righteous reign in the earth, mediated by His Son, Jesus Christ. The kingdom of God begins in the hearts of redeemed men (Col. 1:13). The kingdom of God is also the designation for the sphere of salvation entered into at the new birth (Jn 3:5-7). Wherever the gospel breaks the stony heart of sinful man and brings him to Christ, the kingdom of God advances.
The kingdom of God, though not preeminently physical or political does have implications in this life. As men are converted and their minds are transformed by the Bible, the kingdom of God extends throughout the earth, yet it is not of this world. It is a spiritual reality that all Christians partake in and that is seen presently by faith, but will be grasped by sight at the final consummation.
I Greatly Appreciate This Sermon! Wonderful exposition on the Kingdom of God in contrast to earthly kingdoms of men. Staying true to the scriptures, this message helps to dispell false Christian movements which seek to advance the kingdom through carnal means and carnal reasoning, in showing why they are unbiblical. It also helps the believer to gain a more clearer understanding of how Jesus Christ is already advancing the Kingdom, our real role in this, and the glorious aspects of it's future that awaits us.
I'm very appreciative once again for the pure preaching from God's word from this minister.
A native of New York, Pastor LoSardo was saved by the grace of God in 1986 after hearing the Gospel from his brother, while pursuing a career in scientific research. He was ordained into the ministry in 1995 and served as the Associate Pastor of a large messianic congregation...