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May 21, 2007 / Daniel

The kingdom of God

Last week Matthew and I were having a discussion about the nature of the thousand year reign of Christ in the book of Revelation.  A question that I’ve always had is, “Where do the unregenerate folks that rebel against Christ at the end of the 1,000 years come from?” 

I thought of a couple of other texts that should play into the discussion. 

John 3:3  “In reply Jesus declared, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.'”    From this passage, I conclude that only regenerate people will see God’s kingdom (i.e. the millennium).  Unbelievers won’t get to see it. 

Matthew 25:46    “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”  According to this text, when Jesus returns, He will judge everyone from every nation.  Based on His judgment, some will be raised to eternal life and others to eternal death.   (BTW, Matt. 22:30 seems to say that resurrected folks don’t have kids). 

Ephesians 5:5   “For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.”   Here’s how I take this.  Idolatry is the essence of unbelief.  Those whose lives are characterized by consistent idolatry won’t get in the kingdom.

So where do these unbelievers that rebel against Christ come from?


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