Table of Contents
Principles of the Kingdom of God - Title Page
Table of Contents
Introduction To Principles of the Kingdom of God
God Is Real
Who and What Is God?
Introduction – Names of God In the Old Testament - Names of God In the New Testament – The Father – The Son – The Holy Spirit – Oneness of the Trinity
Man: Body, Soul and Spirit
The Soul – The Body – The Spirit
The Principle of Faith
More Things About Faith
The Principle of Hope
The Principle of Love
The Principle of Spirituality
Transference and Appropriation - How God Transfers His Nature to You; The Way He Removes Sin
The Principle of the Father's Family
The Principle of Prophecy and Prophets
The Principle of Salvation
Becoming a Son of God
The Body of Christ
The Principle of Resurrection Life
Hell; Hades; Gehenna; Sheol
Satan: His Nature; Purpose and Spiritual Warfare
The Lord's Supper and the Last Supper
The Principle of Worship
The Second Coming of Jesus Christ
The Principle of Authority Over Futility
Creators of a New Age
Principles of the Kingdom of God is the title of this Book. This Book explores spiritual principles as opposed to the principles of this present age. In everyday life we are well familiar with the principles that operate here on the earth. We know that when a door is shut we must open it in order to pass through. We know that touching a hot stove will cause pain and a burn. Science is aware of the rules and boundaries of the laws of physics and chemists know the results of mixing elements together to cause a certain result. Although there are many of the scientific laws of nature currently unknown to mankind, he continues to strive to find answers and to reconcile the scientific world of which we are aware using out five senses.
What science does not understand, or is unwilling to admit, there is a realm beyond the certainties of this physical realm that is incapable of scientific proof. That realm is called ''The Spiritual Realm''. Most deny its existence or if they mentally assent to the possibility that such a realm exists they know little about it and certainly don't apply it to their everyday lives or scientific pursuits. Some look on such things as foolishness as the Apostle Paul said: ''But a natural [unspiritual] man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised'' (1 Corinthians 2:14).
However, as this book will attempt to point out, the spirit realm is very much a real place, actually more real than our physical world. The spirit world has its own set of rules and principles that govern it. However its ways are past finding out by the natural mind of man and thus invisible to those without spiritual sight. The Apostle Paul said in the Bible: ''because the human mind is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so'' (Romans 8:7). Thus our intellect is useless in knowing anything beyond what we can see or touch.
Just taking the most basic of the spiritual laws, the 10 commandments for instance, who can argue that we all would be a little better off if everyone was able to follow these basic rules? There would be no crime, therefore no expensive jails to confine criminals. The family unit, which has been broken down in this generation, would stay intact as children would respect their parents; there would be no adultery to break up the family and coveting would all together cease. There would be no serious disparity between the rich and the poor and the poor would be taken care of without great expenditure of funds to do so. There would be no greed, war, competition etc. just to name a few.
Jesus said that if we were to pray at all we should pray to God: ''Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven'' (Matthew 6:10). In other words, let the spiritual Kingdom and its principles be done on earth as it is done in the spiritual realm. According to His words we need not worry about our food, our clothing, our finances and worry would be a thing of the past. ''For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? ''Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? ''And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? ''And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. ''But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! ''Do not worry then, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear for clothing?' ''For the Gentiles [unbelievers] eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. ''But seek first His [spiritual] kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided to you. ''So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own'' (Matthew 6:25-34). Forgiveness would rid us of all conflicts including wars and the destruction that goes along with them. And do not let us be tempted to do evil which itself leads to ruin.
We are not saying we will wake up one morning and find that Earth has become a heavenly paradise but that is God's ultimate goal. And there are principles applicable to this end that we should be aware. Under spiritual principles perhaps there are no doors we can't go through without opening them. Perhaps there are solutions to our problems that appear unsolvable to man. If you believe in a Supreme Being God once said: ''For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,'' declares the LORD. ''For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts'' (Isaiah 55:8-9). Yet His thoughts and ways are available to us if we only seek them. Maybe this Book will open human eyes to the potentials that are available to us here and now. We don't have to die and ''go to heaven'' to have these unlimited realities. We just need to be aware of Him, get to know Him and watch your life become fuller, richer and eternal.