The kingdom represents God's government, authority, and ruling power, therefore, the kingdom is present whenever someone yields their life completely to God's authority. Donald Kraybill, in his book The Upside-down Kingdom, notes that people must enter into the kingdom because it is state of affairs rather than a state of mind (19). Until one is born again, one cannot enter the realm of the kingdom of God. In the book of Luke, Jesus tells His disciples that He speaks in parables so that others will not understand the "secrets of the kingdom of God" (8:9-10). Furthermore, one cannot understand the kingdom of God without being born again. When one submits their life to God's authority, he or she releases the nature of... [continues]
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