Cottonwood Diction
Understanding The Kingdom At Hand Introduction

The Kingdom of God at hand was preached by John the
Baptist and Jesus. They told their disciples to do the same. From the
beginning we were told that it was at hand, that we were supposed to
seek it, that it was in our midst, and within our reach in a present tense.

Everyone knew that a king was born. Prophets knew it, Herod knew
it. Magi, angels, and shepherds knew it. At Jesus’ triumphant entry into
Jerusalem, thousands of people hailed Him as the highest son of David, the Messiah, the Christ, the Anointed, the King of a kingdom.

Today, men have created eschatologies that might lead people to
believe that the kingdom of Heaven or God is some distant event, or that
it is only where you go when you die. While its jurisdiction may reach
beyond the veil of life and death it was clearly for the living.

The state of our modern society, its similarities to the world of Rome
at the time of Christ, and the prophecy in 2 Thessalonians 2:11 of the
coming of a strong delusion should encourage, if not compel, us all to
reexamine the events and words of the Gospel of the Kingdom, and what the early Church and the Christians were really saying and doing.

When Jesus told Pilate that His Kingdom was not of the “world” we
see one of five different Greek words found in the New Testament which
have all been translated into the word “world”. The word was kosmos,
and it is defined in Strong's Concordance as an “orderly arrangement”
and in Thayer's Greek Lexicon it is defined as “an apt and harmonious
arrangement or constitution, order, government

The word kosmos in the Greek and Roman view at the time, “...
meant originally the discipline of an army, and next the ordered
constitution of a state
.” The word came from the Greek “komizo”
meaning “to care for, take care of, provide for” or “carry off what is
one’s own.” Kosmos did not mean planet, inhabitable place, or age.

Jesus was not saying that His kingdom was not on the planet. It was
at hand in spirit and truth. Jesus was simply telling Pontius Pilate, seated as the ruling judge of a Roman court, that his Kingdom was not a part of Pilate's constitution, order, government or state and Pilate had no
jurisdiction to judge Jesus nor the kingdom God had given Him....

Read the rest of this Introductory pamphlet here

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