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The Kingdom of Heaven and Parables

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February 9th, 2014 | Filed Under: Author, Heaven, Mitch Kuhn, Q and A0 Comments | Author:


Hello,

It’s very good to hear from you. I appreciate your kind words of gratitude. I’ll be happy to answer your questions.

These two phrases mean the same thing and are used interchangeably in the scriptures. Heaven is simply the place where God dwells, and where he dwells is his kingdom.

(Act 7:49 NKJV) ‘HEAVEN IS MY THRONE, AND EARTH IS MY FOOTSTOOL. WHAT HOUSE WILL YOU BUILD FOR ME? SAYS THE LORD, OR WHAT IS THE PLACE OF MY REST?

Notice how Jesus uses these two phrases interchangeably.

(Mat 19:23 NKJV) Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
(Mat 19:24 NKJV) And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

When we overcome and enter the kingdom of God, we are also being given to sit on the throne with God in heaven.

(Rev 3:21 NKJV) To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

His throne is in his temple, and we are the temple of God.

(Rev 7:15 NKJV) Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them.

(1Co 3:16 NKJV) Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

The kingdom of God and the Kingdom of heaven are referring to the same place within us where God dwells.

(Luk 17:20 NKJV) Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation;
(Luk 17:21 NKJV) nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”

His point is that the the events in the Garden of Eden did in fact happen, and there is a spiritual meaning behind those events as well. In that sense, it is like a parable because there is hidden meaning.

The parables that Christ told did sometimes reference real people, but the stories are not a retelling of historical events. They are made up stories. Unless we are clearly told otherwise, the bible is a history book and everything did in fact happen. We are told that Revelation was signified, so we know that it was a vision and not real events.
Here is the definition of a parable.

G3850
παραβολή parabolē par-ab-ol-ay’
From G3846; a similitude (“parable”), that is, (symbolically) fictitious narrative (of common life conveying a moral), apoth gm or adage: – comparison, figure, parable, proverb.

No, there is not a literal heaven. God is a spirit and does not need a physical place to dwell. We will be resurrected with spiritual bodies, so there will no longer be anything physical, all will be spiritual.

(Joh 4:24 NKJV) God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

(1Co 15:44 NKJV) It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

I hope this helps you.

Your Brother in Christ,
Mitch

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