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Bible Q

Is the kingdom of God only future or present also?

Most of the references to the kingdom of God in the Bible are future. However there are references to the kingdom, in some sense, existing now. Colossians 1:13, the two present tense beatitudes “theirs IS the kingdom” (Matt 5:3, 10), and John’s present tense statement “in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that ARE in Jesus” (Rev […]

What will happen to babies and children when Jesus returns?

This question is usually prompted by the biblical teaching of a judgement day for mankind when Christ returns. More recently the question is also prompted by the commercial success in the USA of the ‘Left Behind’ Christian fiction novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, which present Protestant dispensationalist End Times teachings such as a “pretribulation”, […]

If the kingdom is on earth, what does “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 5:3) refer to?

The expression “kingdom of heaven” is equivalent to the expression “kingdom of God”, which is used in the parallel account in Luke (cf. Luke 6:20). The word “heaven” in the expression “kingdom of heaven” does not refer to the location of the kingdom, but the authority of the kingdom. The expression “kingdom of heaven” is […]

What is Hebrews 4:1-7 describing?

Hebrews 4:1-11 Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it.  (2)  For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with […]

If God had a political affiliation, what would it be?

What a great question! This is because it highlights some important truths for Christians. Would God be on the side of the conservatives, or the liberals, or perhaps the libertarians? Is God a socialist or a capitalist? Clearly, none of these. God does have a political agenda. When he is ready to, God will give […]