After 70ad, God has fully established His New Covenant spiritual gospel kingdom. This spiritual kingdom is made up of all born-again elect believrs in Christ. It is not a visable kingdom, but it is within each believer. – Luke 17:21.
The spiritual kingdom of Christians is the spiritual body of Christ, otherwise known as His Church. Each and every believer is equal in authority and status in God’s eyes. Each believer in the New Covenant spiritual body of Christ is indwelt by the Holy Spirit. -Rom 8:9, 15; 1 Cor 6:19; Eph 2:22; 3:16; 2 Tim 1:14; James 4:5 Therefore in Christ only righteousness dwells in the New Covenant spiritual kingdom.
The New Covenant gospel and the changes in the heavenly realm regarding angels is the “New Heavens”. The New Covenant Body of Christ made up all believers, is the “New Earth.” Each and every Christian in the New Covenant Church is a priest with a personal priesthood access to almighty God.
“you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a HOLY PREISTHOOD, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” – Pet 2:5
All believers in the New Covenant gospel kingdom have direct access to God. -1 John 5:14-15; 1 Pet 2:9. Each believer-priest has Jesus Christ as the only authority over them. After 70ad there is no authority between the believer and Christ. (Not Apostles, pastors, nor elders.) At the same time, each believer is to respectfully submit to one-another in Christ. This includes those who minister as elders and teachers in the fellowship of believers.;
During the transition period between Christ’s first and second comings, ending in 70ad., the New Covenant kingdom was beginning in its infancy. Gifted men, such as the apostles, and prophets, were chosen and commissioned by God to be the foundation for His church. -Matt 16:18; Eph 2:20; 4:11. These first century apostles and church leaders had mighty spiritual gifts given to them, but they also had great responsiblites. -Acts 1:8
They were to make disciples, equipping them for the work of the ministry and the edifying of the body of Christ. Jesus told them He was with them always (day and night) as they carried out His commissions given to them until the end of the Jewish age in their generation. – Matt 28:19-20
Those first century people did not yet have the New Testament Canon, which proclaimed the gospel and were the “keys to heaven”. Peter and the Apostles would complete and select the Canonical writings before Christ’s Parousia in 66ad -Matt 16:19. The responsibility for teaching the truth, appointing other leaders, and ruling over the brethren was entirely in the Apostles hands. They would be held accountable for their work, but they would also receive special rewards in the judgement.
Therefore, those first century Christians were to hold fast to their confession of hope without wavering, for God is faithful. They were to help one another to stir up the brotherly love and good works. They were to assemble together and exhort on another, as the Day of Christ return WAS approaching SOON. – Heb 10:23-25,37 They were instructed to “obey those who rule over you,” and be submissive, for they watch out for the saints, and must give an account in the soon coming judgement in 66-70ad. – Heb 13:17
Now after 70ad all of those judgements are finished. Now, in the fully established New Covenant Kingdom, each believer has a fully consummat3ed salvation in Christ. Each believer is a priest of the highest standing in the kingdom. Each believer is a permanent member of the spiritual body of Christ and has the Holy Spirit permanently indwelling them.
Each believer has the completed New Testament Canon of Scriptures. Each believer has direct priesthood access to Christ in prayer. Each believer must study and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, giving all the glory to Him and not to men. – 2 Pet 3:18
Each believer is to love one another, submit to one-another, care for one-another, teach one-another, help one-another, and exhort one-another. This includes the elders, who as mature and faithful servants of God, minister to their fellow brethren in the Church. (Body of believers).
All my exhorted love, Diana ❤ XO 🙂
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