Hello, i am doing some research on the Kingdom of God. I understand the kingdom of Heaven is both here on earth and in heaven and they co-exist.
can you help me understand the Kingdom of God/Heaven on earth? I have been reading and some articles say to stop “building” the kingdom on earth… is this true? are we supposed to cooperate with God on building the kingdom of heaven on earth by being his hands and feet, or is that purely the work of God?
any help in understanding this would be great, as i have a presentation to give to some teenagers. thank you.
Even though we’re pilgrims here in this worldly exile from God, with our true home to be found in the next life, we’re called to work to make* this* world as heavenly as possible rather than abandoning it and isolating ourselves as some religious folk are wont to do:
**1048 "We know neither the moment of the consummation of the earth and of man, nor the way in which the universe will be transformed. The form of this world, distorted by sin, is passing away, and we are taught that God is preparing a new dwelling and a new earth in which righteousness dwells, in which happiness will fill and surpass all the desires of peace arising in the hearts of men."641
1049 "Far from diminishing our concern to develop this earth, the expectancy of a new earth should spur us on, for it is here that the body of a new human family grows, foreshadowing in some way the age which is to come. That is why, although we must be careful to distinguish earthly progress clearly from the increase of the kingdom of Christ, such progress is of vital concern to the kingdom of God, insofar as it can contribute to the better ordering of human society."642
2832 As leaven in the dough, the newness of the kingdom should make the earth “rise” by the Spirit of Christ.119 This must be shown by the establishment of justice in personal and social, economic and international relations, without ever forgetting that there are no just structures without people who want to be just.
The kingdom of God means, then, the ruling of God in our hearts; it means those principles which separate us off from the kingdom of the world and the devil; it means the benign sway of grace; it means the Church as that Divine institution whereby we may make sure of attaining the spirit of Christ and so win that ultimate kingdom of God Where He reigns without end in “the holy city, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God” (Revelation 21:2).
Pope, H. (1910). Kingdom of God. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. newadvent.org/cathen/08646a.htm
Well Jesus said to Pilot that his kingdom was not of this world. He meant by that his kingdom is of another world … heaven.
However he often mentioned in the Gospels about his kingdom starting now. By this he meant that his presence is in the human heart of those that chose him. And his presence in the human heart (soul) is a pronouncement of belonging to his kingdom of heaven some day. A person freely choses to be a child of God thru love which in turn gives that person the birth right to inherit what is his at death…the kingdom.
This is the good news that Jesus sent his apostles to preach to all nations.
For a comprehensive source see Lumen Gentium of Vatican II:
*]3 …To carry out the will of the Father, Christ inaugurated the Kingdom of heaven on earth and revealed to us the mystery of that kingdom.
*]5 …The Miracles of Jesus also confirm that the Kingdom has already arrived on earth: “If I cast out devils by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you”.(22) Before all things, however, the Kingdom is clearly visible in the very Person of Christ, the Son of God and the Son of Man, who came “to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many:”(23)
]6 … Often the Church has also been called the building of God.(34) The Lord Himself compared Himself to the stone which the builders rejected, but which was made into the cornerstone.(35) On this foundation the Church is built by the apostles,(36) and from it the Church receives durability and consolidation. This edifice has many names to describe it: the house of God (37) in which dwells His family; the household of God in the Spirit;(38) the dwelling place of God among men;(39) and, especially, the holy temple. This Temple, symbolized in places of worship built out of stone, is praised by the Holy Fathers and, not without reason, is compared in the liturgy to the Holy City, the New Jerusalem (5). As living stones we here on earth are built into it.(40) John contemplates this holy city coming down from heaven at the renewal of the world as a bride made ready and adorned for her husband.(41)
*]6 …The Church, while on earth it journeys in a foreign land away from the Lord,(48) is like in exile.
*]7 … By the greatness of His power He rules the things in heaven and the things on earth, and with His all-surpassing perfection and way of acting He fills the whole body with the riches of His glory.
*]7 …On earth, still as pilgrims in a strange land, tracing in trial and in oppression the paths He trod, we are made one with His sufferings like the body is one with the Head, suffering with Him, that with Him we may be glorified.(64) ]8. Christ, the one Mediator, established and continually sustains here on earth His holy Church, the community of faith, hope and charity, as an entity with visible delineation (9) through which He communicated truth and grace to all.
*]9 …Its law is the new commandment to love as Christ loved us.(92) Its end is the kingdom of God, which has been begun by God Himself on earth, and which is to be further extended until it is brought to perfection by Him at the end of time, when Christ, our life,(93) shall appear, and “creation itself will be delivered from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the sons of God”.(94)[/LIST] vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_const_19641121_lumen-gentium_en.html
[FONT=“Garamond”][size=]1 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
(St. Matthew 3:1-2)
St. John the Baptist announces it: the Kingdom of God is near!
15 And saying: The time is accomplished, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent, and believe the gospel.
(St. Mark 1:15)
36 And seeing the multitudes, he had compassion on them: because they were distressed, and lying like sheep that have no shepherd. 37 Then he saith to his disciples, The harvest indeed is great, but the labourers are few. 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he send forth labourers into his harvest. (St. Matthew 9:36-38)
20 And being asked by the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come? he answered them, and said: The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21 Neither shall they say: Behold here, or behold there. For lo, the kingdom of God is within you. (St. Luke 17:20-21)
Jesus Reveals that the Kingdom of God is at hand and that it is NOW.
The Kingdom of God starts from Christ’s Public Ministry… it is found right here on earth but it is not earthbound.
The Church makes the connection this way:
The Church Militant–here and now
The Church Penitent–Pulgatory
The Church Triumphant–Heaven
Since the Church is the Body of Christ, it can be seen how the Kingdom of God is here and now but extends into the future in Heaven.